1. Devotions for Sacred Parenting
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    Devotions for Sacred Parenting
    Gary L. Thomas
    Zondervan / 2005 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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  1. San Jose, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For all years of parenting....excellant
    February 9, 2019
    Bette
    San Jose, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We started reading Devotions for Sacred Marriage....a gift to us for our wedding. After reading it 5 times, and loving every minute, we decided to read Devotions for Sacred Parenting....even though our children are adults. We are being encouraged and challenged through the precious words in this book. Our "training years" are never ended. We thank God for Gary Thomas and his Lisa...They have made a difference in our lives!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love, Love, Love This Book for Parents of All Ages and Stages
    August 3, 2018
    Momof3
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Devotions for Sacred Parenting.
    "Do you think your children feel more like projects or deeply loved children?"

    When I read that, I thought of all the times I have tried to shape my children into productive citizens. That's not a bad thing. But if you're like me, sometimes that training-them-to-live-in-the-world mindset overrides the cherish-them-for-who-they-are moments.

    The question above and the devotion that followed in Gary Thomas' book, Devotions for Sacred Parenting, sent me immediately to talk with my heavenly Father.

    This devotion tugged at my heart because he talked about a phrase I have often said, "raising kids."

    Thomas wrote,

    "It can diminish family life to a farm activity of raising crops or raising pets. Kids are so profoundly different. Relating to them, caring for them, involved with them. I don't want the utilitarian aspect of growing them into adults to become the defining point of our relationship."

    "We can get so busy trying to make sure our children complete their homework, display good manners, not watch too much television, get enough exercise, and eat well that we can forget to enjoy them and relate to them.

    Ahhh . . . and that is why I love, love, love this book. It's not just another book on how to parent effectively. It takes a fresh look at how God uses parenting to transform us, to draw us to Him, and how that makes us better parents.

    This hardback book, published by Zondervan, contains fifty-two devotions followed by reflection questions. It is for parents of all ages and stages. My husband and I have two grown children out on their own and one teen still at home. We are gleaning precious reminders as well as introductions to some new things to ponder and pray about.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in return for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255

  3. Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Devotions for Parents
    June 26, 2018
    Mike
    Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Devotions for Sacred Parenting.
    Gary Thomas has written a powerful devotion called - - DEVOTIONS FOR SACRED PARENTING. This is not a how to book. It is not meant to teach you how to parent, instead, Thomas seeks to help the reader gain a better understanding of God's presence in their lives and how to instill those biblical values into their child's life.

    Yet, in some ways, this is a parenting book, but with wisdom from God. The book has a bright and colorful cover, which is inviting. The pages are glossy, and well done. Each devotion is about 4 pages in length, so they are pretty short and easy to read. At the end of each chapter, there is a purple box, with questions for reflection.

    Overall, this was a very good devotional, which I would highly recommend.

    I received this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A different kind of weekly devotional for parents that is a great resource
    June 13, 2018
    Scotty
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Devotions for Sacred Parenting.
    It probably wouldnt be a surprise to you to hear that missing from many homes that profess to be Christian is a sincere, consistent devotion to Christ.

    That sad truth is revealed in the lack of sharing Christ among husband and wife, and among parents and children. The idea of families having family worship time in their own home sounds both foreign and bizarre. A few years ago, the ministry I lead conducted a series of surveys among the friends of followers of our ministry, and a few of the questions related to spiritual activity shared between couples and with their children. Take a look at a few of the questions and results:

    How often do you read and/or study the Bible with your spouse?

    * Daily * Weekly * Monthly * Rarely * Never

    Results: 25% daily, 25% weekly, 25% rarely, 25% never

    How often do you read and/or study the Bible with your children?

    * Daily * Weekly * Monthly * Rarely * Never

    Results: 50% rarely, 25% daily, 25% never

    How often do you pray with your spouse?

    * Daily * Weekly * Monthly * Rarely * Never

    Results: 50% daily, 25% weekly, 25% never

    How often do you pray with your children?

    * Daily * Weekly * Monthly * Rarely * Never

    Results: 50% daily, 25% rarely, 25% never

    For people professing to be followers of Christ, sharing Christ with their spouses or children was grossly lacking. Some church leaders might respond by thinking that parents need to be taught how to pray with their children and how to disciple their children, etc.

    But theres a greater issue here, something more than just a lack of discipleship. At the core of the issue is the actual relationship that the husband and wife, the mom and dad, have personally with Jesus Christ.

    With that being the central issue in what we were looking at from our surveys, Im excited to recommend a new weekly devotional for parents that really understands this issue.

    Devotions for Sacred Parenting, written by Gary Thomas and published by Zondervan, is a unique devotional resource for parents because it doesnt attempt to equip parents in how to teach their kids this or that, but instead, its aimed at the spiritual life and development of the parents themselves. I think the publishers description of the book nails just what this square-shaped hardback is all about:

    Many books have been written about effective parenting procedures and how to influence your childrens behavior. Devotions for Sacred Parenting explores an entirely different reality: how parenting transforms you, the parent. It explores the spiritual dynamics of parenting that shape your soul and form the character of Christ within you Discover how God is parenting you as you parent your children.

    Thats the only explanation for the book, which is found on the back cover. Open the front cover and youll find starting immediately after a table of contents is the first of 52 weekly devotions for parents. Each devotion follows a simple format: a scripture, followed by a concise devotional reading based on the scripture, which concludes with a very short prayer and a couple of questions for moms and dads to discuss among themselves.

    The publishers description of the book was right on in describing the content as exploring the spiritual dynamics of parenting. Every mom and dad will relate to the subject matter, and will appreciate the clear, easy writing style that delivers important biblical insights for parents.

    THIS is the kind of devotional that husbands and wives who are moms and dads need and can benefit from! Couples who are parents who commit to read through this book together can expect to gain sharp biblical insights, encouragement, inspiration, and significant positive challenge, which will lead them to appreciate the prayer and discussion questions provided to round out their time each week. I would expect most couples would find themselves refreshed and positively challenged toward greater spiritual maturation by walking through these topics together.

    Christian moms and dads need something more than just functional training in parenting although that is needed! What they need more is seeing how God is there to parent them as they parent the children He has blessed them with. THAT will make a huge difference in the parents they become.

    If youre a mom or dad, get this book and covenant together with your spouse to read and talk through each of the 52 weekly devotionals. Youll grow to be better Christians and better Christian parents for doing so.

    I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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