First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God Through Intentional Discipleship
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First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God Through Intentional Discipleship  -     By: Shelly Wildman

First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God Through Intentional Discipleship

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It's no secret that parenting is tricky business. With advice flooding in from all sides, strong-willed children pushing against boundaries, and our own human flaws, it's easy to get bogged down in every how-to that we're not doing well. But maybe that isn't the right approach. Maybe the first step is not to ask "how" but to ask "why."

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Title: First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God Through Intentional Discipleship
By: Shelly Wildman
Format: Paperback
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 7 ounces
ISBN: 0825444861
ISBN-13: 9780825444869
UPC: 9780825444869
Stock No: WW44486X

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"If you ever feel lost in the maze of mothering—all the advice, all the choices, all the new ways to raise perfect children—pick up First Ask Why."
—Melissa Kruger, editor at The Gospel Coalition

Parenting is tricky business and most Christian parents are committed to doing it right. So they turn to others for guidance. And there is no end of help out there—from foolproof programs to guaranteed strategies, all designed to produce perfect kids. Except . . . parenting that focuses on how to raise kids to behave according to someone else's expectations will never succeed.
Our first step must be to ask why instead of how.
It is not the how-tos of parenting that will accomplish what we're hoping; it's intentional discipleship. When we concentrate on shepherding our children's hearts instead of managing their behaviors, the result is a child who knows Christ intimately, loves him deeply, and has a heart to serve him fully.

"I wholeheartedly agree with Shelly Wildman that there is no better word to summarize what God calls parents to do than discipleship. She unpacks in detail what this discipleship looks like practically, while she reminds us that being intentional simply means being willing tools of the Great Discipler in the lives of the children he has entrusted to our care."
—Paul David Tripp, author of Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Author Bio

Shelly Wildman is mom to three adult daughters and a writer and speaker from her home in Wheaton, Illinois. She has published on The Gospel Coalition blog, and has contributed to books such as Dating During the Apocalypse and A Moment to Breathe.

Editorial Reviews

"If you ever feel lost in the maze of mothering--all the advice, all the choices, all the new ways to raise perfect children--pick up First Ask Why. Shelly Wildman writes with the wisdom and insight that come from years of faithful parenting. Her book is full of excellent practical ideas, but more importantly offers solid biblical reasons to direct the choices we make as parents. This is an excellent resource to help parents understand their role from a scriptural perspective." -- Melissa Kruger, editor at The Gospel Coalition

"Oh how I wish I'd had Shelly's wonderful book as a young parent! Through practical wisdom, deep experience, and honest stories, she beautifully illustrates intentional parenting in a way that will inspire you no matter where you are in your parenting journey. . . . Her words will encourage you that you can absolutely do this parenting thing as long as your focus is finding and doing the will of God. Shelly guides you to examine what you are doing in raising your children, and she asks penetrating questions to help you examine why. . . . Let Shelly's knowledge be your roadmap to raising children who know why they are here and know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, whom they serve." -- Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids

"As a fellow mom of girls, I've always valued Shelly's heart for her family and her love of God's Word. First Ask Why illuminates a topic that can often intimidate parents--discipleship. Each page goes beyond sage advice for raising good sons and daughters and gives action steps toward a biblical imperative. By aligning personal experience with an understanding of God's heart, First Ask Why is an exceptional resource for nurturing spiritually strong Christ followers." -- Wynter Pitts, founder of For Girls Like You, and author of She Is Yours

"Raising young kids to adulthood is like moving from little league directly into the majors. I keep wondering how everyone got so huge with such big life questions. If you're daunted by parenting bigs, hold on to the wisdom of mentors like Shelly. One kid at a time, one intentional decision at a time, Shelly's view of parenting is the big sister you can trust." -- Lisa-Jo Baker, best-selling author of Never Unfriended & Surprised by Motherhood

"Shelly offers a beautiful mixture of challenges and encouragement for every parent seeking God's plan for their family. As a mom of ten, I am continually asking myself why while raising my kids. The pursuit of intentional parenting is the shining light in the pages of this book. Every chapter brings a personal look into real-life parenting and always reminds us to seek God's Word for answers. This is my absolute favorite part of Shelly's book: a humble reference to mistakes and successes in her own parenting and how God uses his Word to lead us gently back to intentional discipleship. A top favorite on my list of books to share with others!" -- September McCarthy, author of Why Motherhood Matters, & founder of Raising Generations Today

"I wholeheartedly agree with Shelly Wildman that there is no better word to summarize what God calls parents to do than discipleship. She unpacks in detail what this discipleship looks like practically, while she reminds us that being intentional simply means being willing tools of the Great Discipler in the lives of the children he has entrusted to our care." -- Paul David Tripp, author of Parenting

"Shelly Wildman has written a wise book that will have a lasting effect because of her graced understanding and application of principled intentionality in raising a godly family. Readers won't find cookie-cutter bromides here. Rather, they will find insight grounded in God's Word and cheerfully conveyed in personal family narrative by a well-read author. This is a domestic page-turner to savor and reread with immense profit during those fleeting child-raising years." -- Kent And Barbara Hughes, authors of Disciplines of a Godly Family

"Shelly opens the book with a perfect moment of utterly failed 'family devotions.' Bam! She had me. Why another parenting book? To take parents past the 'how' of performance and into the 'why' of intentions and motivations. Wildman does a bang-up job of showing the way to deeper, love-based discipling of our kids." -- Leslie Leyland Fields, author of Parenting Is Your Highest Calling

"Shelly Wildman doesn't offer burdensome to-dos or simplistic 1-2-3 formulas. Rather, she calls parents to prayerful intentionality. Warmly, wryly opening her life to readers, Wildman gives us a window into godly parenting in the thick of soccer season, basketball tryouts, homework, and Sunday morning worship. Despite her many exemplary qualities, Wildman never claims to be a perfect mom—which must be why I love this book so much." -- Jan Pollock Michel, award-winning author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place

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