In Contending for the Heart: The Hidden Key to Your Child's Behavior, Jim Ertel explains that the key to a child's behavior is what is in his heart. A child's behavior is an outward manifestation of his/her internal beliefs. As a Christian parent it is essential to concentrate on influencing your child's heart. Success at that will naturally bring about good behavior in your child. Paperback.
Parents today are asking the question: How can I, as a Christian parent, control my child's behavior when they are being subjected to so many opposing views and influences? Although that is a natural question, it's the wrong question and it leads to wrong answers and solutions. As you read the true stories in this book about raising children, you will discover that controlling behavior is never the real issue. Behavior is only a manifestation of what is believed in the heart. The question should be: How can I influence and win the heart of my child? If you succeed at that, the correct behavior will follow. Jim Ertel brings years of practical experience into this eye-opening explanation of what it means to parent through grace. You will learn how to instill and encourage your child's self-discipline through God's example.