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.
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.
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.