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!
I love books that help me learn to better bring my children up to know and love God and to obey and love His Word. This book is a great tool to help you guide your child through those teachable moments where you can show your child the application of God's Word. The book is laid out in a user-friendly manner so you can find the topic that your child is struggling with and then choose a verse out of the list of scriptures that applies to those certain behaviors. There are at least 15 for each behavior, ranging from the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, all the way to the Fruit of the Spirit. I think that what will best work for me and my children (3 years and 1 year) is to have them memorize a verse with me and then look for applications to that verse throughout the week or weeks that we focus specifically on that verse.
This book is going to be a wonderful tool for me over the years. I know I'm just now hitting some of those milestones but even the choice to throw a fit or to choose a cheerful heart is one that we can most certainly relate to, among others. This would be a great Mother's Day gift for a young mom. There have been so many times that I've needed just a little bit of guidance in order to frame my heart to address the big issue of a situation and this book is it. I love how Kara says that it's okay to use her book for the Scripture (and that she doesn't take it out of context and lets you know if it's part of a bigger story than just a Proverbs), but she says to make sure that your children see you reading the Bible so when you are discussing it, use your Bible or theirs. I also liked her idea of giving your child a Bible and underlining the verses in it that they have memorized. She said she did it when she was younger and it has become a priceless treasure for her. I know my oldest son would love that. Plus it gets him familiar with the Bible passages. So if you're looking for a Mother's Day gift, grab this book!
I received this ebook free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinon.