Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt  -     By: Leslie Leyland Fields
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Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt

WaterBrook Press / 2008 / Paperback

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In the search of the ideal blueprint for raising their children, many Christians have seized hold of mistaken notions about parenting. They believe, for example, that having children should bring happiness, that happy children are a sign of good parenting, and that following the right set of parenting principles guarantees their children will become godly adults. But a closer look at what the Bible says about parenting exposes these beliefs as guilt-inducing myths and replaces them with the fresh hope of truth. The entire Old Testament is a narrative of God's own fathering of the nation Israel, whom he calls "my first-born son." Other stories of families in the Old Testament and Jesus's redefinition of family in the New Testament also reveal startling truths about parenting that move the focus from imperfect human efforts to God's holy purposes.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1400074207
ISBN-13: 9781400074204
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Why am I not a more joyful parent? Why aren’t my kids turning out as I expected? Why do I always feel as if I’m not doing enough for my children?

Is Parenting Supposed to Be This Difficult?

As a mother of six, author Leslie Leyland Fields knows firsthand the insecurities and questions that come with rearing children. In this provocative book, she explores with refreshing honesty the myths that can lead to unrealistic expectations and distract us from God’s purposes for our children and for us. These nine myths include:

• Children make you happy and bring great fulfillment.
• You will always feel love for your child.
• Your success as a parent can be measured by your child’s behavior.
• There is one “right” biblical model for family life.
• Good parenting will result in happy children.

Through a close look at God’s own life as a parent as well as stories from real-life families, Fields highlights the transforming biblical truths that release parents from the grip of mistaken assumptions. Fresh, provocative insights will lead you to a deeper understanding of God and yourself–an understanding that lifts the weight of guilt and fear and frees you to love your children as God intended.

Includes “going deeper” questions for individuals, couples, or groups.

Author Bio

Leslie Leyland Fields is the author of six books, including Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy. She has received the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and nominations for the Pushcart Prize and has written for journals such as Christianity Today, The Atlantic Monthly, and Today’s Christian Woman. The mother of six children, Leslie divides her time among parenting, writing, commercial fishing, and teaching in Seattle Pacific University’s master of fine arts program. She and her family on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

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  1. Florence, MT
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    Florence, MT
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    This was a birthday gift for a friend who turned 50. It would apply to grandparents, just as well as parents.
  2. Columbus, GA
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    December 18, 2010
    Columbus, GA
    Gender: female
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    One of my most favorite parenting books ever is "‘Parenting Is Your Highest Calling' And 8 Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt" by Leslie Leyland Fields. If you've hung around my blog for very long, you know I'm pretty picky about my parenting books, so this is high praise. In this book, Fields gives us "a liberating look at what God most wants you to know." She acknowledges up front that the Bible doesn't offer a lot of directly specific parenting advice. Yet she gleans biblical truths about parenting from the stories of God's people, from their parenting successes and failures, from God's work in their lives. It's a true parenting Bible study—no twisting God's Word around to support strictly human ideas will be found here.

    This book provides unique insights for parents of older elementary, tweens, and teens—though parents of younger children can benefit from reading it too. It's non-judgmental and encouraging, combating society's beliefs about parenting that leave parents frustrated and wondering where they must be going wrong.

    To summarize my favorite ideas, society tends to teach parents that if they carefully follow all the parenting rules, their kids will turn out right—just as sugar cookies turn out just so if you follow the recipe. Parents like this thought because they see in it a guarantee that their kids will grow up to be responsible Christians, contributing members of society, and problem free.

    The truth is, however, there is no such guarantee. God gave each of us—even our kids—the freedom to make choices. And our kids will make choices. And sometimes those choices will be wrong. This would be true even if there were such thing as the perfect parents. In fact, God is the only perfect parent, and He gave His kids free will, and every single one of them rebelled.

    The good news is that God provided for that, and He provides for our kids. As parents we do the best that we can do, then we prayerfully leave the rest to God—the One Who loves our kids even more than we do. We all have a spiritual journey to take. This book helps parents understand Who Is really guiding their kids on theirs.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 23, 2010
    Carolynn McNair
    Excellent, Biblically sound, and very encouraging! A refreshing drink of fresh hope for striving , troubled , guilt-ridden parents. Thank you!
  4. Wausau, WI
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    March 17, 2010
    Val Frania
    Wausau, WI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Have you every had a passionate belief that you couldn't put into words? You knew it had a Biblical foundation, but for the life of you, you couldn't nail it down or explain it well enough without making you sound like you were making excuses or justifying yourself? This book, Parenting is Your Hightest Calling & Eight Other Myths by Leslie Leyland Fields did that for me. It is a must read for all parents. She outlines 9 myths that many parents buy into that can cause grief and disappointment when their parenting experience doesn't the bring the results they'd expected. As a mother of 15 children, 13 of whom are special needs adopted, I saw how the blame game is easily entered into by those who have a tendency to judge others, especially Christian leaders who take credit for their own children's successes. Her basic premise is that we as parents are required by God to be faithful, to follow His basic guidelines for holy living and endeavor to teach the same precepts to our children. That's it. We are to leave the results up to Him. He is the one who will woo their hearts, call them to repentance and a life of service to Him. This book will help parents to look to God rather than themselves and quit applying pressure on themselves to satisfy those around them who expect them to take on God's role in their children's lives. This is a very encouraging book and I recommend it to every parent.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 11, 2008
    Mark Bickford
    Leslie Leyland Fields answers the question every parent asks. What is the perfect formula for raising children? There isn't one. But as she answers it she provides tools and references to free us to be everything God wants us to be as parents and to recognize what our highest calling truly is. This book is well written and well paced. It is freeing and convicting all at the same time. I would strongly recommend it to any parent, particularly those just starting out. In addition this book should be part of the reference library of every pastor and marriage mentor who deals with parenting issues. If, as a parent, you read one book next year, make it this one.
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