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Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Finally a book that tells the truth and does not try and sugar c

    Finally a book that tells the truth and does not try and sugar coat what parents MUST do to have Godly children! Dave is honest throughout his writing letting you know there are not 3 simple steps to get the job done. If you are truly wanting to have a peaceful home with children that love the Lord, Dave will get you off to a fantastic start! We Need more books like this that tell you the walk will not always be easy, it takes time but the results are SO worth it. What Dave shares is not hard, but it does take time and you MUST be consistent. I would put this book at the top of the list for new parents!

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    Readers will absolutely love the quick easy flow of this book an

    Readers will absolutely love the quick easy flow of this book and the many bits of helpful parenting tips that fill its pages. I loved this book for all of its practical advice (that actually works!) for raising mindful, obedient and well-mannered children. Many might even agree that the most fitting title of this book would be "How To Raise Obedient Kids". There are many pages of what-to-dos and not-to-dos. Here are a few samples:

    - "Make sure you are the same person in church as you are at home. If you lose your integrity, purity and faithfulness in different circumstances, your children will know."

    - "Your children need to see you living what you believe."

    This book has almost all the right outward steps for raising obedient children... but sadly it is void of the most important advice "for raising kids to love the Lord". What is sadly missing from this book is that we must teach our children the means to "loving the Lord" via the gospel. From cover to cover, the gospel (which is the power to save our children) is completely adsent from this book. The word "gospel" is literally mentioned only once in the entire book and it was used in the context of someone preaching the gospel in China.



    This book is an excellent parenting tip book, but Christianity is not only about obeying the rules. This book fails to encourage parents to teach their children the gospel and to raise their children with "love for God". If all children have are rules and strict obedience, they will learn to fear God, dread God, and hate this strict judge of a god. Grace is absent from a life of pure strict obedience. It has been proven that legalistic Christianity drives children away from God, not towards him. I've heard the odds of children raised in legalistic Christian homes rejecting Christianity in their teen and college years are astronomical. No one can be "good enough" to "make it to heaven" so our obedient kids just give up. We need to teach our children the gospel, not just the law! So when they do try and fail, they know that Christ still loves them! (And know that I am not preaching "easy love" here or "freedom to sin".)




    Instead of this book, I recommend Elyse Fitzpatrick's book "Give Them Grace" about raising gospel-centered children without forgetting obedience but also not forgetting the gospel of God's grace and God's love. I also recommend parents listen to sermons from John Piper, who teaches grace, love and obedience in the right relationship and shows us all how to love God and see God for the beauty to be had in Him! We are not only to have joy in God's blessings but in Christ Himself! Our children must learn to love God and they will be watching their parents to see if their parents love God. Teach your children obedience but don't forget to also teach them the gospel of God's grace and to also show them grace every once in a while.




    My disclaimer - I received this book from the publisher but I am not required to give a positive review. I always give brutally honest reviews and attempt to critically point out parts of the book that may not agree with the Bible and so not appeal to others. I want you readers to be able to confidently choose a book based on the stars I give it, because I know you have limited money, time and energy to read. So let's make the most of our lives and discern and choose the very best books wisely.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    An informative guide to teaching our children to love Jesus. We

    An informative guide to teaching our children to love Jesus.
    We all want our kids to grow up in the truth of who Jesus is but that’s not going to happen on it’s own. As parents, we need to realize that being a parent means being more than just the provider of a roof over our children’s heads, the meals they eat, or the payer of the electricity bill so that they can play their games or watch their television shows. God has given us our children, to mould them and shape them into the people He wants them to grow into.
    A small step by step guide (mine was an E Book format) of how to pray for, teach the word to and maintain consistent discipline and structure in our children’s lives. Adding real truths about what it means to be a mother and what it means to be a father and living into the two roles that we are called to. A well written, helpful guide really outlining what every Christian parent needs to know in living out a life that children can meet Jesus through. I picked up some valuable tips – now to put them into action.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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