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Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments

Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments

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by Kara Durbin

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

You're a parent who wants to teach your children to turn early and often to God's Word. You want them to think through and apply God's instructions to daily life. You want them to go to the Bible first to find answers to life's biggest questions. But how can you instill those habits


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

You're a parent who wants to teach your children to turn early and often to God's Word. You want them to think through and apply God's instructions to daily life. You want them to go to the Bible first to find answers to life's biggest questions. But how can you instill those habits into them right now-as preschoolers, elementary students, or teens? Where can you find a resource to help you?

This handy A-to-Z topical guide will equip you to instill God's principles into the everyday lives of your family members.  Among the many themes author Kara Durbin covers, you'll find:

·         Apathy

·         Complaining

·         Discipline

·         Fairness

·         Giving

·         Humility

·         Listening

·         Responsibility

Newly updated to include a section on identifying "teachable moments" in your child's life, Parenting with Scripture aims to make you alert to opportunities to talk to your child about godly living.  Furthermore, the ideas for simple discussions, Scriptures for memorization, and activities that are adaptable to your children's ages and interests will make you wonder why you didn't have this book before!

Kara Durbin writes from her experience and background in elementary education and involvement in children's ministry. Kara, her husband, and children currently make their home in Richardson, TX.

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Parenting with Scripture

A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments

By Kara Durbin

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2001 Kara Durbin
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-57567-528-2



This book is a ...

Reference for "teachable moments":

• This book can serve as a launch pad for discussing topics related to situations your child tells you about or is dealing with, news reports, TV show scenarios ...

Communication facilitator:

• When a child asks, or when you wonder, "What does God say about ..."

• When a child asks, "What does ___ mean?"

• As an opening to help you find out what your child knows and does not know about each topic.

Topical devotional guide for your child or family.

Scripture reference for memory work:

• It gives you and your child verses you can memorize that pertain to the situations you deal with most often.

Prayer guide:

• Pick a verse a day and pray those words for yourself and your child.

• Ask God to help you know how to best communicate and teach each topic to your child.

• Ask God to help you set a good example in each area.


Italicized Scripture

Portions of Scripture in each topic are italicized to help parents of younger children quickly pull out the most concise and easily understood parts.

Key Symbols

Small icons appear beside many Scripture passages and Scripture verse references in this book. These symbols are given to help you recognize that a Scripture is pulled from a one of several familiar and especially important Bible passages. The Scripture Appendix at the end of the book gives the complete passage.

* The Ten Commandments

* The Beatitudes

* The Love Chapter

* The Fruit of the Spirit

* The Armor of God

* Clothe Yourself with ...

* Add to Your Faith ...


Parenting with Scripture can be used for twos through teens. The verses and discussions can be geared toward what your child can understand, and the Take Action activities can be adapted to the child's age, interest, and ability. It is never too early or too late to begin instilling these principles in your child. Do not neglect your job as a teacher of these subjects.

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:6–7)

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

The exciting part about using this book is that you are teaching your child to think through the Scripture and apply it to his life. This process will give the Bible meaning and make the words real to him. Most importantly, you will instill in your child a habit of turning to the Scripture to answer questions so that it will serve as the guidebook for life.

The discussion questions in this book will make you and your child think. Unfortunately, thinking is not encouraged enough in today's society. However, if you want your child to base his life and decision making on a firm biblical foundation, you must prepare him by helping him think through each of these topics. For example, when a question refers to a Scripture, give the child a chance to think and answer before reading the Scripture. Then discuss and compare his answer with God's Word. Through these discussions, you will learn what your child knows about the topic, what he is struggling with, what he does not understand, and what needs to be reinforced.

The verses given are by no means an exhaustive list. The concordance and index to subjects found in the back of most Bibles are good resources for finding more verses on each topic. If you happen upon helpful verses that are not listed in the book, write them in for future reference.

Help your child look up the verses in his Bible instead of always reading them from this book. Remember, this is just a reference book. You want to do all you can to reinforce the Bible with your child. Working with your child to look up the verses helps him become more familiar and comfortable with the Bible. When your child is old enough, let him underline the verses in the Bible and write the topics beside them. As he runs across them when using his Bible, these notes will serve as a reminder that he is already familiar with those verses. Allowing your child to mark verses in his Bible gives him a sense of ownership and understanding of the Bible and the joy that comes with stumbling upon familiar passages.

May your child learn to love the Lord with all his heart, soul, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5).


A while back, my sister and I talked about a time when she caught her five-year-old son lying. She told him that he should always be honest, not only because she said so, but more importantly, because God said so. She then quoted a related Scripture to him and explained what it meant in reference to what he had done. I was amazed that she had the perfect verse ready to use in that teachable moment. I began to think through the different issues parents face with their children and questioned whether I knew verses for all the possible situations. This led me to an unsuccessful search for a topical Scripture reference for parents. Thus, in response to my own need and a desire to minister to other families, I began researching and writing. This book is a result of that study.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:9–11


Excerpted from Parenting with Scripture by Kara Durbin. Copyright © 2001 Kara Durbin. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers.
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Meet the Author

KARA DURBIN has enjoyed continually serving in various roles of children's ministries. She has a degree in elementary education from Texas A&M University and homeschools her children part time. Kara's inspiration for the book was her mother, who blessed her life by parenting her with Scripture. When thinking about how to best parent her own children, Kara looked for a reference book that would have Scriptures to use for specific parenting moments. Not finding one, she began work on Parenting with Scripture. Kara and her husband and two children make their home in Murphy, Texas.

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Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
mrsinserra More than 1 year ago
Basically, this title says it all. This book is a parenting guide that uses the Bible as a teaching tool. I found it very interesting and useful. The author, Kara Durbin, goes over some of the ways she has used the Bible, even when her kids were very young, to teach them what the Bible teaches on different topics, not just about right and wrong. Kara even uses a passage from Deuteronomy to explain what teachable moments are; anytime you and your child are together. What I found the most useful, was the way the book is set up. This is a book you will use on a daily basis if you have kids, long after you have finished reading it. After you read the intro and the teachable moments chapter, Kara lists 15 fabulous verses to memorize, they cover a broad array of topics that you may need/want to use when teaching your kids on a regular day, such as; Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.—EPHESIANS 6:1. Kara even gives some methods to help both you and your kids memorize the scripture verses, breaking it down by age. Kara also talks a bit about praying and how to pray with your children. But, the best chapter, in my opinion, is the Topics chapter. In this chapter Kara lists almost anything you can think of that you may need to parent a child on, for example, anger, in alphabetical order, like a dictionary. First, she gives the definition of the word, then she lists verses where anger is discussed in the Bible, and lastly she has some discussion questions to use with your kids and a take action part that gives some real life reinforcement activities you can use. I know that this will be a book that I will use when I have kids. It is a great tool if you want to teach your kids how to interact with the Bible in their daily lives and what the Bible teaches us about almost everything under the sun. I highly recommend this book to parents, Sunday school teachers, or even to teachers at a private school where you can talk about the Bible. Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent for parents who want a resource to help with those teachable moments that pass quickly. When you are dealing with a specific issue with your child--guilt, discipline, fighting, etc.--this book can lead you to appropriate Scripture to share with your child. You are reinforcing your position with Biblical references. The book also includes ideas for discussion, ways to take action, and parenting tips. This is all presented in an easy-to-read format. All the topics all in alphabetical order for easy reference. I have also found the book helpful for me as well.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
This book is a A-Z topical guide to assist parents in teaching biblical principles to their children. Some topics covered include responsibility, forgiveness, discipline, complaining, and humility. Each topic is presented in the same way; readers are given a definition, several bible verses, discussion questions, and then an action plan. Although this book is presented as a topical guide for teachable moments, in the introduction it discusses other uses for the book that I think are just as effective. One of the suggestions is as a topical devotional guide for the child or the whole family. I think it would be a good devotional guide for anyone. I really enjoyed reading through this book. I thought the referenced verses were relevant and applicable, yet familiar and easy to understand. I appreciated that the discussion questions were straight-forward and easy to use with children and the Take Action section was easy to implement. I also thought the length of each study topic was well-suited to a busy parent’s schedule or a child’s shorter attention span. This would be an excellent book for parents to use together so they are on the same page when addressing behavior problems with their children. It would also be a great study book for a mom’s group to study and practice scenarios so they are prepared when presented with a teachable moment with their children. It would also make a great gift to new parents. I highly recommend this book for any parent who is committed to teaching biblical principles to their children. It is an easy-to-use, handy guide. I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago