We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don't know how to do it, you'll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge.
**Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real-life family examples.
|Publisher:||David C Cook|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Michelle Anthony is the vice president of Learning Resources and Family Ministry Architect at David C Cook and the author of Spiritual Parenting, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation, A Theology of Family Ministry, and The Big God Story. Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, theology, and leadership and over twenty-five years of church ministry experience as a children’s and family pastor. She lives in Colorado Springs and loves a good book and a cup of coffee.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Director and the Script: Choosing the Abundant Life 9
Chapter 2 The Six Dysfunctions of Parenting: Omitting God from the Scene 17
Chapter 3 Kissing the World Good-Bye: For the Double-Minded Parent 33
Chapter 4 Free Indeed: For the l-Can 't-Say-No Parent 49
Chapter 5 Beyond the Pursuit of Perfection: For the Driver Parent 71
Chapter 6 Relinquishing Control: For the Micro-Managing Parent 91
Chapter 7 A Time to Bless: For the Criticizing Parent 107
Chapter 8 Living a Meaningful Family Mission: For the Absentee Parent 127
Chapter 9 Beyond Good Behavior and Chore Charts: For the Spiritually Healthy Family 143
Chapter 10 Remember and Celebrate the Abundant Life: Rites of Passage for Our Children 165
Appendix A The Ten Environments 185
Appendix B Questions to Consider in Writing a Family Mission Statement 189
Appendix C Writing a Mission Statement 191
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Michelle Anthony in her new book “Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family” published by David C. Cook gives us Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles. From the back cover: Who’s in charge of your family: You or Jesus? We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In Becoming a Spiritually Formed Family, Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don’t know how to do it, you’ll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge.Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples. A habit is something that we fall into simply by doing the same action over and over. When it is a bad habit it can help make our family dysfunctional. The good news is that all it takes to break a bad habit is to replace it with new actions that make a good habit that will help make our family functional. Easy? No. Doable? Yes! Ms. Anthony identifies six dysfunctional habits: 1) The Double-Minded Parent, 2) The I-Can’t-Say-No Parent, 3) The Driver Parent, 4) The Micro-Managing Parent, 5) The Criticizing Parent, 6) The Absentee Parent. Each chapter ends with a “Reflect And Respond” where there are reflection questions to help clarify the thoughts of the chapter. As I said bad habits can be changed. Dysfunctional families can be turned around to become highly functional. “Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family” can help immensely. I recommend this book highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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.”
“Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family” was very eye-opening in many ways as well as very informative. I appreciated Michelle breaking down the 6 parenting styles, but also how she gives hope to parents who might fall in that category. I know there were some places that really convicted me! One thing that helped me stay in engaged was Michelle’s writing style. I felt like she was having more of a one-on-one conversation with me rather than just presenting information I might not fully comprehend. I also liked how she didn’t present herself as better than anyone, but shared some stories of her own struggles making her easily relatable too. There were a few places that I did feel she was a little long-winded. It was in these few places that I had to flip back to see what we were talking about again. However, even with that said this is a great read. I love the encouragement she brings as well as awesome examples to inspire and help be a healthy spiritual family (my favorites were writing a family mission statement and spiritual scrapbooks). I recommend this novel to parents who desire to have their family as a whole draw closer to God and need encouragement from others' stories, sound advice, and through the Word of God itself. *(I received this book from the publisher and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
When I was offered a chance to review Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family (for free) I opted in. I thought it might be good, but I had no idea what powerful ammunition it would become against many of the not-so-healthy family practices I have already put in place. It’s not a cure, but it is certainly a gentle glow in dark areas and a guide for making changes that will impact my family for generations to come. Author and speaker, Dr. Michelle Anthony is down to earth and relatable. Reading this book was like hanging out at the kitchen table with someone who is an expert, but who is not judging me for my shortcomings. Rather, she is sharing what she has learned through her own imperfect journey. In her book she has mapped out an easy to understand blueprint for recognizing one of six possible styles you could have came from. One example is the “driver”, who drives kids very hard and the ultimate dysfunction that accompanies such parenting style. There is the absentee parent, double-minded and a few other truly relevant styles. I have yet to meet anyone who comes from a fully functional family. She then lovingly provides powerful material to use, as you trust God to make the necessary adjustments in your current family, so that you don’t repeat patterns you grew up with. An easy but life changing read. I recommend Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family.
Choosing Abundant Life as an Alternative to Dysfunctional Parenting In her book “Becoming A Spiritually Healthy Family” Michelle Anthony compares our life journey to that of families working together to “live on script each day,” pressing on toward the goal. She identifies six dysfunctional parenting styles and shows how by shifting our goals we can live abundant lives resulting in spiritually healthy families. Anthony helps the reader identify their parenting style, assess family relationships, determine responses, and consider fresh perspectives. She uses personal experiences; illustrative stories, Biblical examples, and practical “Reflect and Respond” questions and exercises to form practical affirmation statements, and action plans, for formulating authentic environments for becoming a spiritually healthy family. “Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family” is packed with workable Biblical principles and practical life changing guideline, inspiring a new generation of parents to model Christ and to train their children to know God’s Word and respond to His love through a commitment to follow Him. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.