Never Mind The Joneses

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Messages from the media and pressures from peers all seem to conspire against raising children with strong Christian values. As kids grow older the potential for things to go wrong just seems to multiply.

How can parents nurture their families with confidence, without the fear that they are making some big mistake? Tim Stafford sets you free from worrying about the Joneses or anyone else. He shows you how to build core Christian values into your children in a way that fits who ...

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Overview

Messages from the media and pressures from peers all seem to conspire against raising children with strong Christian values. As kids grow older the potential for things to go wrong just seems to multiply.

How can parents nurture their families with confidence, without the fear that they are making some big mistake? Tim Stafford sets you free from worrying about the Joneses or anyone else. He shows you how to build core Christian values into your children in a way that fits who God made your family to be, unique and different from every other family.

In this practical and freeing book, you'll find:
Why your family doesn't have to be like other familiesHow to build core values into your children that will last a lifetime How you can find the patterns that fit who you and your family areWays to build family life that kids enjoy and that parents find satisfyingWhy there's more than one, good, right way to be a familyHow to build grace and freedom into your family life while still providing structure and securityRelease from the fear that you are parenting the wrong way
Stafford identifies thirteen core biblical values and describes a wide variety of ways to build these into families. He explores the many options that are available for parents to help their children develop in truthfulness, contentment, hard work, joy, rest, forgiveness and putting God first.

Some books suggest there is only one right way to parent, no matter who you are. In Never Mind the Joneses Stafford frees you to explore the ways God has provided that fit your family best.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830833498
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 1,108,552
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Stafford is a senior writer for Christianity Today. Among his many books are Knowing the Face of God; As Our Years Increase; The Student Bible (with Philip Yancey); Love, Sex and the Whole Person; a trilogy of historical fiction (The Stamp of Glory; Sisters; The Law of Love), and Never Mind the Joneses. He and his wife, Popie, live in Santa Rosa, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Family Culture: There Is Nobody Like You
2. Core Values: How to Shape Your Family Culture
3. God First: At the Center of Your Family
4. Concern for Others: Reaching Out to the Unlovely
5. Hard Work: Encouraging Willing Workers
6. Truthfulness: Learning to Speak the Whole Truth
7. Family Unity and Love: Holding Together in a Splitting World
8. Sexual Fidelity: Seeing Sex God's Way
9. Generosity: God's Irrational Exuberance
10. Submission: Fitting Into the Universe
11. Boundaries: Developing a Sense of Self
12. Joy and Thanksgiving: Learning a Happy Heart
13. Rest: Working Like God
14. Care for Creation: The First Commandment in the Bible
15. Contentment: Finding Peace with What You Have
16. Grace: The Value that Saves Core Values
A Few Final Words

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