It is the biblical command in Proverbs 23:13 that the author of this straightforward book holds up as a guide for all parents who experience doubt and indecision in their roles as disciplinarians. The advice in this helpful guide, in contrast with modern psychology, points the way to strict parental discipline. The duties of a Christian parent are clearly outlined and always presented from a scriptural viewpoint. Each of the thirteen chapters in this practical book contains "review" and "response" questions, making it an ideal tool for either group study or personal development.
In today's society, where parental authority is being compromised more than ever, the Proverbs 23:13 command to withhold not correction from the child may seem nearly impossible to obey. As both father and pastor, Ray understands the difficulties facing modern parents, and he points to firm, biblical discipline as the solution. In this practical guide, he offers direction to all parents who struggle with doubt or indecision in their roles as God-ordained disciplinarians. With timely and inspiring wisdom, Ray exposes the emptiness of contemporary advice and clearly outlines from Scripture the duties of every Christian parent.
Bruce A. Ray (MDiv, Philadelphia Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Juanita Community Church in Kirkland, Washington, and author of Celebrating the Sabbath.