Grandparenting: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith

Grandparenting: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith

by Dr. Josh Mulvihill


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Many powerful voices are influencing our grandchildren, from those at home and in their schools to those in the world of entertainment and media. What can you as a grandparent do to speak wisdom and godliness into their lives?

Grandparenting gives you a biblical foundation for investing spiritually in your grandkids, walking you through the principles of influencing them for Christ—from sharing with unbelieving grandkids to discipling them into a mature faith. This book is perfect for individual use, small groups, or Sunday school classes. A Grandparenting DVD is available that features eight family ministry experts with over five hours of video content.

Two other resources are also available:

Biblical Grandparenting is a full-length leadership book that places grandparenting
ministry on a firm scriptural foundation. It is ideal for pastors and church leaders as
well as for use in the classroom at seminaries.

Equipping Grandparents is a brief book to teach pastors how to begin a grandparenting ministry in their church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764231261
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: Grandparenting Matters Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 757,923
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Josh Mulvihill (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive director of church and family ministry at Renewanation and has served as a pastor for nearly 20 years. He is a founding member and the director of resources for The Legacy Coalition, which is a national leader in grandparenting ministry. Josh and his wife, Jen, live in Victoria, MN, and are blessed with five children. You can find Josh on Facebook or at

Table of Contents

Foreword Cavin Harper 11

Introduction 15

Part 1 Cultural Messages 21

1 Influencing Grandchildren for Christ 23

A Life That Reflects Christ in Every Way

2 Recognizing Culture's Role for Grandparents 33

Three Messages Every Grandparent Must Reject

3 Giving Season 45

by Valerie Bell, CEO of Awana

Part 2 God's Design 55

4 An Introduction to Grandparenting 57

Four Biblical Truths Every Grandparent Must Know

5 Where Should I Start? 67

Applying Deuteronomy 4:9

6 What Is the Role of a Grandparent? 78

Grandparenting Is Discipleship

7 God's Vision for Your Family from Psalm 78 91

How to Be an Intentional Grandparent

8 Three Deficiencies in Christian Families 105

An Opportunity for Grandparents

9 The Six Most Important Lessons I've Learned as a Grandparent 114

by Cavin Harper, President of the Christian Grandparenting Network

Part 3 Discipleship Practices 123

10 Discipleship Practices Every Grandparent Can Do (Part 1) 127

Four Biblical Methods to Implement

11 Discipleship Practices Every Grandparent Can Do (Part 2) 144

Four More Biblical Methods to Implement

12 Intentional Grandparenting: Living in Light of Eternity 161

by Joe and Pam Mulvihill, Grandparents of Sixteen

Part 4 Strengthening Relationships 173

13 Developing Strong Relationships 175

The Foundation for Family Discipleship

14 Factors That Impact Relationships 186

Three Ways to Increase Intimacy

15 Gospel-Shaped Grandparenting 191

Five Statements That Can Transform Your Family

16 Grandparent Declaration 204

Conclusion: Final Thoughts 209

Appendix A What Is the Responsibility of a Grandchild to a Grandparent? 213

Appendix B Finishing Well: A Sermon for Every Grandparent 217

Appendix C Grandparenting Video Study Questions 227

Notes 245

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Grandparenting: Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was very inspiring and compelling to read with that also will guide and leading you to discovery and faith with joy into the journey and build legacy with your grandchildren with all the practical ideal that you will need and helping you to rebuild a relationship with an adult child, this book will point you to Jesus to restore it with cultural massages, God’s Design, Discipleship and Strengthening Relationship. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review “
Dr_Dan More than 1 year ago
When I read a book like Grandparenting; Strengthening Your Family and Passing on Your Faith, I attempt to read it through at least two sets of lenses while keeping certain questions in my mind. In so doing, I attempt to determine the books reliability and usability. I read this book through the lenses of a Student of Family Ministry as well as a pastor. As a student of Family Ministry, I asked these questions; 1) Is what this author describing backed up by the Bible? 2) Is what this author describing backed up by research? In this case the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes.” As a pastor (who is not yet a grandparent), I ask these two questions as I read; 1) Does this author have real people (and not just students of family ministry) in mind? 2) Would this book be helpful to the real people I serve as a pastor? Again, I can answer both questions with a resounding “yes.” Dr. Mulvihill seeks to call grandparents to their God given role as people who partner with their children to pass on the faith to their grandchildren, and then equip them with the tools and knowledge to do it. He uses key biblical texts such as Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:2-8; and Psalm 78:1-8. Mulvihill has clearly done his homework as he has studied these key passages but has written his findings in a way that is understandable. Furthermore, he has examined and given an eye-opening critique of the messages that our culture sends to grandparents that they are to pursue idleness and leisure, including the prerogative to spoil one’s grandchildren with toys and treats. He argues that while giving gifts and being a friend to one’s grandchildren is good, it is not the ultimate purpose of grandparenting, passing on the Gospel is. Whenever a book challenges our assumptions and calls us to greater faithfulness to God, a reader is likely to ask questions like, “Ok, I see what you are saying, but where do I start?” “How do I do this?” Mulvihill recognizes that these questions are coming and offers numerous helpful suggestions including strategies for improving relationships, managing expectations, and suggesting tools to get the job done. Finally, although the author is not a grandparent, he wisely includes sections written by grandparents who are faithfully executing the task of evangelizing and discipling their grandchildren. Thus, this book is not simply research, rather it is research backed by real world boots on the ground biblical grandparenting.