(In the next few days, I’ll have three book reviews and giveaways for you! I’ve received these three books from publishers in exchange for my honest review. I have a copy of each to give away to one of my blog readers. Check out the first review below, and then read the instructions for the giveaway that follow.)
When I first received Parenting with Scripture to review, I envisioned a book that discusses what the Bible says about parenting with some practical applications for daily life – interesting topic, but not very unique; a book with this title could easily get lost in the mix of bookstore shelves. The downplayed subtitle much more accurately represents what this highly unique book is actually about, however: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments.
Pretend for a second that you have an issue with your kids (I know it’s hard!) – something like anger, conceitedness, laziness, pride or stress. Imagine this: You now have a quick reference tool in which:
- You find an easy-to-use two-page guide showing you how to handle the issue at hand (to find it, you simply flip through your reference tool, organized by topics in alphabetical order).
- You find 4-6 Bible verses you can use for rooting your child’s heart in what God’s Word says on the issue.
- You find relevant and Bible-based questions for discussing the issue at an appropriate level for kids.
- You find action points to really drive the lesson home.
Sounds amazing, right? That’s what this books offers!
I love this book in both concept and execution. Although it’s designed as a reference tool, you could easily be drawn to read it page-by-page. In fact, there are many ways the book can be used:
- Reference for teachable moments
- Conversation facilitator
- Topical devotional guide
- Scripture reference for memory work
- Prayer guide
On a side note, if you’re a family with kids of widely varying ages, this book is ideal. It could easily serve as a basis for discussion with kids in multiple age groups at the same time (e.g., for a family devotional). The questions and the actions are wonderfully applicable for any age.
The book’s author, Kara Durbin, says that when she was thinking about how to best parent her own children, she looked for a reference book that would have scriptures to use for specific parenting moments. Not finding one, she wrote Parenting with Scripture. What she delivers is indeed unique! I highly recommend this book for any Christian parent.
If you want to learn more about it, or order it for yourself, click here to check it out on Amazon (non-affiliate link).
I have one copy of this book to give away! To be entered into my random drawing, please do the following:
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