Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

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A guide to help Christians parent their children with grace and an emphasis on the cross. How are parents to raise children so they don't become Pharisees (legalists) or prodigals (rebels)? It's all about grace-filled, gospel-driven parenting, says the mother/daughter team of Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. Christian parents, in their desire to raise godly children, can tend toward rule-centered discipline. There is, however, a far more effective method—a grace-motivated approach that begins with the ...

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Give Them Grace (Foreword by Tullian Tchividjian): Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

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A guide to help Christians parent their children with grace and an emphasis on the cross. How are parents to raise children so they don't become Pharisees (legalists) or prodigals (rebels)? It's all about grace-filled, gospel-driven parenting, says the mother/daughter team of Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. Christian parents, in their desire to raise godly children, can tend toward rule-centered discipline. There is, however, a far more effective method—a grace-motivated approach that begins with the glorious truth of God's love for sinners. In Give Them Grace, parents will learn how to connect the benefits of the cross—especially regeneration, adoption, and justification—to their children's daily lives. Chapters address topics such as our inability to follow the law perfectly, God's forgiveness and love displayed at the cross, and what true heart obedience looks like. Fitzpatrick and Thompson also discuss discipline, dealing with popular culture, and evangelism as a way of life. Parents will find this book a great resource for raising grace-filled, Jesus-loving kids.

 

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“So many Christian parents fall into the trap of asking the law to do in the hearts of their children what only grace can accomplish. Armed with threats, manipulation, and guilt, they attempt to create change that only the cross of Jesus Christ makes possible. It is so encouraging to read a parenting book that points parents to the grace of the cross and shows them how to be instruments of that grace in the lives of their children.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

“In our human attempts to raise good and godly kids, we often forget that God extended his best grace to us. We are not full of grace on our own; we desperately need his grace. Elyse Fitzpatrick and her daughter, Jessica, provide a great tool to guide parents down the road of gracious parenting. I commend it to you.”
James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church

“Elyse Fitzpatrick continues her never-ending quest to churn out grace-filled, Christ-centered, gospel-saturated books. And now she’s done it again with her daughter, Jessica, coauthoring this excellent parenting book! If you are a parent, get online and order your copy of Give Them Grace today!”
Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Families, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

“The authors—mother and daughter—remind us that parenting is not only hard but also impossible. Yes, we need to nurture, teach, discipline, train, pray, and model, but we must not depend on our parenting skills to change the hearts of our children. Instead, they counsel parents to ‘rely on the faithfulness of Jesus, our great high priest, to change their hearts.’ Grace for both parents and children flows through the pages of this book; I only wish I had read it at the beginning of my parenting instead of the end.”
Rose Marie Miller, missionary; author, From Fear to Freedom

“This is not just a book on parenting; this is deep training in the gospel. Elyse Fitzpatrick shows parents how to model themselves after the heavenly Father, who changed his children not by wrath and the law but by grace. A lot of books talk about gospel-centeredness in theory; this book shows you how to apply it to one of life’s most important relationships.”
J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610453530
  • Publisher: christianaudio
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

ELYSE FITZPATRICK has been counseling women since 1989 and is presently a part-time counselor at Grace Church in San Diego. She holds a certificate in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. Elyse is the author of twelve books including Women Helping Women, Love to Eat, Hate to Eat, Idols of the Heart, and The Afternoon of Life. She is a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counseling. A frequent speaker at women's conferences, she has been married for nearly thirty years and has three adult children and two grandchildren. She and her husband, Philip, reside in Escondido, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Eye opening

    I loved this book. It was an easy read, but had a lot of information. It was a lot of practical things that I didn't even realize I wasn't doing, but should be. The gospel should be present in my parenting and before reading this book, unfortunately, it wasn't...just the law. Definitely recommend for any Christian parent or soon to be parent...wish I had read it before now (my daughter is currently 3).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Parenting Book from Reformed Evangelical Perspective

    Give Them Grace is a beautiful book that is co-written by mother-daughter team, Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. "We've encouraged you to dazzle (your children) with the message of Christ's love and welcome, and then when you think that surely they must be tiring of it, go back and drench them with it again." This book is written from a Reformed Evangelical approach and neither of these mothers pretend that they are perfect or that their lives/families are perfect. This is certainly not a "parenting tips and techniques" book but rather a book that is all about Jesus and pouring Jesus into your child's everyday lives. I have to admit, that this was not a book I could just "breeze through". It is one of those books whose material is so rich that you almost have to take breaks to digest it all and ponder what you are learning from its writings. They show us that even though we are imperfect parents, God's grace covers us and our children. It also shows us how to improve our relationship with our children and show them God's grace through our own lives. This book also covers the 5 types of parenting that God has called us to: Nurturing, Correcting, Managing, Training and Promises. Give Them Grace is available through Crossway Books for just $11.99 and is a great book for anyone who is a parenting or considering becoming a parent.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    "It's nothing short of revolutionary"

    "the irony of gospel-based sanctification is that those who end up obeying more are those who increasingly realize that their standing with God is NOT based on their obedience but on CHRIST"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Grace filled parenting

    Grace - the one thing most of us struggle with. After all what does this word actually entail? How do we show grace? Have we really accepted fully the grace God has bestowed on us - or do we understand the depth of that grace in its fullness? This is a radical approach on parenting as it presents the idea to parent with the gospel of grace of legalistic rules. A home dominated by the telling of "the Story" instead of the implementing of rules and regulations. The over-arching view is that as parents each of us is imperfect however we can live and parent with extreme grace. I am a big believer in "teachable moments". In fact our home has scripture posted on the walls (thanks to the new vinyl cling lettering that looks hand-painted), we have scriptural art work on the walls and shelves - all constant reminders of whom we serve. In fact above the archway in the living room our family theme verse (Joshua 24:15) is posted. My children even memorize a verse for every letter of the alphabet along with other theme verses for their schoolwork. I also love to use moments of life to teach a life lesson based on scripture. However, I found some of the sample conversation in this book to lesson the effect of the gospel and Christ and to even diminish the power of certain scriptures. For instance I do not apologize when have to discipline my children with spankings by saying "I am sorry to cause you pain...." This quote goes on to diminish the suffering and power of the cross. A more applicable scriptural reference to use is that like God punishes His children out of love so too must we as parents, for if we love our children we will not spare the rod but will chasten them when they are disobedient. All in all the book is an excellent parenting book in that it is not a list of rules for christian parents to take not of and apply. The danger though is that the sample conversations will become a list of conversation and instead of prayerfully asking that God reveal "teachable moments" the parent might try overly hard to apply scripture everywhere and by default becoming a pharisee of sorts. Parenting must be done in grace - for this there is no argument. But it must also be approached prayerfully. It must never diminish the gospel or power of the Word of God. And we must all be careful not to use scripture to beat up our children - for in this they will become bitter and revel against the very thing you are trying to teach them to embrace. My advice: parent with grace by living grace. All the scripted conversations in the world - all the scripture memory that can be done in a life time is null and void if it is not demonstrated in your daily walk. After all what makes God's grace so appealing to us? It is the fact that Jesus Christ demonstrated grace daily - not by repeating the scripture of the day, but by living and walking it. This is worth the read and may inspire you to live with grace. I received this review copy from Crossway in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    That Grace May Abound

    This book while excellent for parents is a great encouragement for us to be gracious in all relationships. The parenting focus is really for parents of little ones but be willing to apply it to all your kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Glimmer

    Y can't we just all use the same book? Much less confusing

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