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During the past 15 years of ministry, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with thousands of parents. I can say with complete conviction that I do not believe we have bad parents today. In fact, I believe just the opposite: today we have parents who are absolutely committed to doing whatever it takes to be the best parents they can be, seeking to establish a more stable houshold than the one they grew up in. Why is that the case? Because the majority of young adults who are becoming parents today grew up in broken or dysfunctional families with marginally committed parents. As a result, they have seen first-hand the pain this can cause a child. Thus, many young adults today are waiting longer to marry and have children because they don't want to make the same mistakes their parents made. I often here, "I am not going to put my kids through what I had to go through. I'm going to be a better parent." And that's my starting point. You don't want to simply be a good or average parents, but I believe you want to be the very best parent possible. But what would qualify someone to declare, "I'm a great parent"? A great parent is one who leads his/her children into life not death.