Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments  -     By: Kara G. Durbin
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God's Word has something to say on every subject, but sometimes in the heat of that "teachable moment," we forget where to find a helpful verse about anger, forgiveness, or humility! Featuring topically arranged Scriptures on 101 topics, Durbin's handy guide provides relevant passages plus discussion questions, action recommendations, and helpful teaching tips for parents and older siblings. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 248
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.63 (inches)
ISBN: 0802408494
ISBN-13: 9780802408495
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Publisher's Description

Train your child in the way he or she should go, moment-by-moment with God's Word.

Parenting with Scripture is an easy-to-use topical resource for parents who want to make the most of teachable moments with their children. It is a guide to help you train your children in how to think and apply God's Word  the day-to-day.

The 101 alphabetically-arranged, two-page topics address behavior, attitude, emotions, and actions. Examples include forgiveness, humility, anger, and procrastination. Each topic is comprised of Scripture passages, discussion questions, action items, and parenting tips. This revised edition of Parenting with Scripture adds detailed help for parents to quickly identify teachable moments and know what to do when they appear.

Author Bio

KARA DURBIN has enjoyed continually serving in various roles of children's ministries. She has a degree in elementary education from Texas A&M University and homeschools her children part time. Kara's inspiration for the book was her mother, who blessed her life by parenting her with Scripture. When thinking about how to best parent her own children, Kara looked for a reference book that would have Scriptures to use for specific parenting moments. Not finding one, she began work on Parenting with Scripture. Kara and her husband and two children make their home near Dallas, Texas.

Editorial Reviews

"Basically, this title says it all. This book is a parenting guide that uses the Bible as a teaching tool. I found it very interesting and useful. The author, Kara Durbin, goes over some of the ways she has used the Bible, even when her kids were very young, to teach them what the Bible teaches on different topics, not just about right and wrong. Kara even uses a passage from Deuteronomy to explain what teachable moments are; anytime you and your child are together.

What I found the most useful, was the way the book is set up. This is a book you will use on a daily basis if you have kids, long after you have finished reading it. After you read the intro and the teachable moments chapter, Kara lists 15 fabulous verses to memorize, they cover a broad array of topics that you may need/want to use when teaching your kids on a regular day, such as; Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.—EPHESIANS 6:1. Kara even gives some methods to help both you and your kids memorize the scripture verses, breaking it down by age. Kara also talks a bit about praying and how to pray with your children.

But, the best chapter, in my opinion, is the Topics chapter. In this chapter Kara lists almost anything you can think of that you may need to parent a child on, for example, anger, in alphabetical order, like a dictionary. First, she gives the definition of the word, then she lists verses where anger is discussed in the Bible, and lastly she has some discussion questions to use with your kids and a take action part that gives some real life reinforcement activities you can use.

I know that this will be a book that I will use when I have kids. It is a great tool if you want to teach your kids how to interact with the Bible in their daily lives and what the Bible teaches us about almost everything under the sun. I highly recommend this book to parents, Sunday school teachers, or even to teachers at a private school where you can talk about the Bible." Reviewed by Sarah Inserra, Net Galley April 7, 2012

"This book has become indespensible in my house! We have tried for several years to connect God's word to behaviours we exhibit, both good and bad. That means a lot of time looking up verses and a lot of times I say "God tells us in His word......." but I can't remember the exact verse. This book makes it quick and easy to find verses that relate to everything from sharing, to anger, to compassion, to honesty, to so much more!

Before you start thinking this is just a compilation of Bible verses, let me fill you in. Each quality includes a definition to begin with so that you and your children really know what the word means. This is especially important for little kids. Then there are several Bible verses that include the quality. This is followed by a few discussion questions and then a Take Action section that encourages you to do something with what you have learned. Then there are parenting tips for both young and older children. This is followed by a listing of any related topics that are also in the book so you can cross reference them.

The design of the book lends itself to topical family Bible studies. We used the Family Character Assessment from We Choose Virtue  to identify our weak spots and started studying from there using this book as a resource. It has really helped me to lead my children and myself towards more biblical behavior." Reviewed by Ginny Blankenship, Net Galley April 8, 2012

"I love this book.  I don't like very many parenting books because they can be such a beat down but this book is so refreshing.  Perhaps because it uses the Bible instead of quotes from famous parents.  There are so many reasons I love this book.

First up, it is topic based, alphabetically so if you are in frantic state needing assurance immediately you can quickly locate the chapter on, say, "Stress."  The first page of each chapter starts with a definition of the word then followed by the quoted scripture.  The second page has discussion points, take action suggestions, a parenting tip, and ending with related topics if you need to read more. 

The second part of this book I love is what comes after the topics:  Scripture Appendix, giving you a quick list of Be Attitudes, 10 Commandments, etc; 15 Fabulous Verses to Memorize, memorization methods for all ages of children, and how to pray scripture for your children. This book should be on every parent's bookshelf!  Buy your copy today." Reviewed by Cary Plunkett, Net Galley April 9, 2012

"Parenting with Scripture is literally the best way to describe this book.  Ms. Durbin takes scripture and teachable moments for parents to use as a reference.  She does a great job at using situations that could come up in a child's life and using verses to help guide the child on his/her path of faith.  She recommends that parents use this for children two years old and up.  Heck I'm sure that if I gave my mom this book she would use it for me :-)

Ok I'll admit, upon first starting to read this book, I felt an immense amount of guilt.  I was thinking my goodness I'm an educator and I haven't thought of using scripture to teach my kids in moments that they need it most. Thank goodness Kara Durbin thought to write a book for parents, because I don't think I would have thought of this on my own.  I'm not very good at memorization, so having scripture at the tip of my fingers when a teachable moment occurs is great.  This book is a great reference book, read it through once, but always have it on hand for that moment you need a verse to help you parent your child in a Godly way.  I should note that there is a section of verses that Ms. Durbin highly encourages the reader to memorize.  I plan on do that!" Reviewed by Breanna Parker, Net Galley April 28, 2012

"Parenting With Scripture is geared toward parents of children ages two through teens. It defines a teachable moment: how to find one and what it actually is. Discussion questions are designed to help the parent grab a hold of those teachable moments with his or her children. Different ideas can help you tailor each lesson to fit the individual situation. Included are verses that fit a variety of situations. Parents are encouraged to discuss the situation, pray about it with their children, and to memorize those verses." Reviewed by Andrea Coventry, Net Galley July 11, 2012 

"I’m so excited about this  book!  I loved the "Wise Words for Moms" wall chart, I only wished it were more in-depth — but Parenting with Scripture is.  As much as I want to parent with the living, active words of Scripture, it’s awfully hard to recall the correct ones to memory for every occasion.  Parenting with Scripture is well-organized, with indexes and cross-references, as well as points of action and discussion for all sorts of teachable moments." Reviewed by Gretchen Acheson, Net Galley August 15, 2012

"Parenting with Scripture is an easy to use topical resource that parents with young children can use when teachable moments arise. This effective guide helps teach young children how to think and apply God’s Word in their daily lives. Kara Durbin’s revised book helps parents capture those teachable moments and use Scripture to shape their children’s behavior. The 101 alphabetically sorted topics address behavior, attitude, emotions, and actions. Examples include Forgiveness, Humility, Anger and Procrastination. Each topic includes scripture passages, discussion questions, action items, and parenting tips. Questions and tips are written so older children can teach younger children. This new edition of Parenting with Scripture includes detailed help for parents to quickly identify teachable moments, and what to do when they appear. " Reviewed by Rachel Steffen, Net Galley September 28, 2012

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A MUST for your home library -
    December 31, 2012
    Ron Ruse
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We wish we would have had this book when our kids were young - they're now adults.

    Excellent resource for raising kids biblically - will now put this on a list of MUST haves for new parents.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great devotional guide for parents with kids K-6
    October 4, 2012
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In raising our children in Christians homes, we have the opportunity to walk alongside our children--to help them understand how the Word applies to their life. Recently, I received a copy of Parenting with Scripture by Kara Durbin for review. I wanted to look at this book because I've been looking for a resource like this for a few years. There's been a few that have come along that I've reviewed. Each has had its own strengths and things that it was missing. But, I think Parenting with Scripture has a lot what I've been looking for.

    Let me explain. I am a learned teacher. My husband is a natural teacher. He simply has that gift of knowing how to explain concepts and ideas. I, on the other hand, need a tool to get me started. A tool, like this book. Parenting with Scripture is a book full of verses on various topics like beauty, apathy, discipline, hospitality, and others. For each topic, there are several Bible verses, discussion questions, activity ideas, and parenting tip(s). I liked each of the sections. They are starting points. The lists of Bible verse are more thorough than other books and lists I've read. I really like that there are qualities that are both strengths we would desire to encourage and weaknesses that we would desire to help our children thwart. There is one part of the pages that I would like to make a caveat for. It is the parenting tips section.

    I tried to find out on the web what perspective Ms. Durbin is writing from, but could only find scant details. She has two children (I'm not sure how old they are) that she homeschools part-time. I'm not sure what that means. She has some experience in elementary ed. But, parenting and classroom teaching are two different things. The hard part is that I've become more and more aware that our perspective and experience shapes the advice we give. So, with this book or any other that includes parenting advice, I would consider whether the author's situation is or has been similar to my own. Then, if it is or has been different, I would take that into account and think harder about how or if the advice applies to my situation. So, I would do with this book. No parenting advice always applies for everyone--because our children are all different, think differently, and respond differently.

    If you're looking for a book you could use as a devotional with children ages 6-11 years old, then this would be a great resource. It is a great tool to use as a starting point for discussions. I am thankful that as my children get older, he places great age-appropriate books in my lap to encourage and help me along the way.

    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishing for review.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    "Parenting with Scripture"
    October 2, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    From the moment my husband and I became parents, we wanted to raise our daughter to love the Lord. It is our greatest desire for her to accept Christ and to live her life for Him.

    In the day-to-day life of parents, though, we tend to get off track. We get caught up in everything that goes on with physically and mentally taking care of our daughter that we neglect the spiritual side. In reality, however, the spiritual should not just be a 'side' but should be the reason and the direction for everything else in our lives.

    I was excited to get the book Parenting with Scripture to review. I sometimes struggle trying to think an appropriate verse or passage that relates to whatever we are doing through discipline or in other ares of our parenting. This book is a literal reference book of verses for many, many different situations in parenting and in life.

    The author gives a few tips at the beginning on how to use this book, my favorite being to not just use this book to look up the verses. Of course, you can use this reference to find certain verses or passages, but she points out that it is always better for your children to see you going to the word of God to actually read the verses. This points them to using the Bible daily for direction. Even better, she encourages you to memorize many key verses that may come up often.

    This is not only a great tool for finding Bible verses for various situations in parenting, but it is also great for adults! From anger to worry, this book is packed with verses to help in all areas of life, and I know I will use it for myself and for my daughter in the years to come.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 8, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    I believe parents should be teaching their children Scripture from the time they are born, and I'm always looking for resources that encourage us to do so.

    This book is an A-Z topical guide. Each topic (such as anger, gentleness, salvation, faith, fairness, discipline) has 4-6 Bible verses, discussion questions, and activity suggestions to help the lesson sink in.

    It also includes a guide about "teachable moments", memorization methods, a handy index so you can find the topic you need quickly and a great little section about praying scripture for your children..

    I think this would be a handy tool for parents who aren't sure how to apply God's Word to their parenting.

    I received this book from Moody Publishers in return for a review. These views are my own.
  5. Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must have for Christian parents
    April 11, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first saw this book, I didn't think it was going to be unique. I own "Instruction in Righteousness" by Doorposts and I assumed it was like that. While there are similarities, this book is different: more modern, more applicable, more easily navigated. I showed it to a couple of my friends and they agreed whole-heartedly. They had seen similar books, but loved the overall set up and practicality of "parenting with scripture".

    Some of my favorite points:

    ~ Subjects are in alphabetical order. You don't have to turn to the table of contents or index to find what you're looking for.

    ~A definition of each subject is listed.

    ~The listings are concise. Very short (averaging 2 pages each) and to the point.

    ~They give great applications for every one; from Scripture memorization to volunteering for charity to making lists of your blessings. Very easy to put what you're trying to teach into action.

    This is an awesome book that I'd recommend to anyone. I know I will beusing it with my 5 children for years to come!
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