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Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: IVP Connect
Publication Date: 2017
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Series: LifeGuide Bible Studies
Seven Letters to Seven Churches, LifeGuide Bible StudiesDouglas ConnellyIVP Connect / 2017 / Trade Paperback$6.99 Retail:
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Songs from Scripture, LifeGuide Topical Bible StudiesJames W. ReapsomeIVP Connect / 2016 / Trade Paperback$6.99 Retail:
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Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Grandparenting: A High and Holy CallingJanuary 15, 2018Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mothering is the calling and the gift that came to me even though I did not have either the wisdom or the optimism to pray for it. Twenty-four years into the journey, Im still learning, and my kids are good teachers. Because my husband and I were late bloomers in a part of the world where people tend to marry and start their families early, quite a few of our friends had already become grandparents while we were still up to our fetlocks in parenting. Even after our oldest son married, the idea of becoming a grandparent was nowhere on my radar and then my first grandchild was born.
Made in the express image and likeness of his dad, my grandson was instantly knowable and soon became a kindred spirit. Together weve spread paint on paper and on popsicle sticks; weve made cookies and craft projects and played in the snow. Our long walks through the woods with the dog or down the road with the stroller have made him a toddler-ace at identifying flowers and making conversation with the neighbors donkey.
Resources for Grandparents-in-Training
Like his dad and his uncles, my grandson is also a good teacher. However, even after the birth of his baby sister, Im well aware that Im still a grandmother-in-training.
Phyllis and Andrew LePeau have provided a Life Guide Bible Study that encourages me to open the Word of God and to step into its wise instruction for grandparenting well. In Grandparenting: Loving Our Childrens Children, the LePeaus have a light touch, likely cultivated by their own 13 grands. And since, in their opinion, grandchildren are the reward for not killing your kids, I want to learn from both the positive and the negative Biblical examples so I can be a blessing to future generations.
According to the study, the greatest blessing we can give to our grandchildren is a solid relationship with their parents. We bless them well by layering our affection, our time, our prayers, and our teaching about God on top of what their parents are trying to do. Analyzing the content of Old Testament blessings reminds me of the importance of my words (spoken and written), of expressing high value for their little lives, of picturing a special future for them, and of making an active commitment to their good.
When viewed through the lens of loving our children by loving their children, the story of Ruth becomes a lesson in accepting my daughters-in-law as if they were my own children. Isaac and Rebekahs regretful favoritism becomes a cautionary tale about multi-generational dysfunction. Jesus teaching about forgiveness is the lubricant that prevents a familys relational gears from grinding and wearing. The little known story of Barzillai, aide to King David, offers wisdom about stepping aside and giving adult children the gifts of freedom and encouragement.
The opportunity to have an impact on another generation is a humbling privilege. Working to be a transforming influence in the lives of our childrens children is an investment in our familys future and a journey that is sure to keep a grandparents faith vibrant and growing.
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Author: Andrew T. Le Peau
Located in: Downers Grove, IL
Submitted: October 03, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. Phyllis and I are very proud of all thirteen of our grandchildren, some living nearby and others across the country. Phyllis served for many years as an area director and evangelism specialist for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I was the long time associate publisher for editorial with InterVarsity Press. Now I am a writer and editor who blogs at Andy Unedited. Together we have written several other Bible study guides.
What was your motivation behind this project? While there is a growing number of resources for grandparents, we knew of no other Bible study guide on the topic. And that is understandable. Few grandparents are mentioned in Scripture, and when they are, they are not always presented as positive role models. Would there be a way, we wondered, to dig into the issues grandparents need to deal with that used Scripture as a primary resource?
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? We love Scripture and we love studying it in a group. The guide is designed to be used equally well by an individual, a couple or a group. The advantage of a group is that we can learn not only from the insights of each other into the Bible but also hear what others have learned about grandparenting that can benefit us.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? We interviewed a number of grandparents in preparation for writing the Bible study guide. We were impressed by how much they emphasized the importance of having healthy relationships with the parents of our grandchildren. Grandparenting is not just about us and the grandkids. It is a multigenerational adventure.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: We also learned in writing the book that grandparenting is not just about things we do with our grandchildren. It is about who we are as people--our character, our values, our priorities. Who we are has as much more impact on our grandchildren than the things we give them. The guide gives people an opportunity to consider how we might need to grow and change, and when the right time for that may be. With God, it is never too late.