Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families

Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families


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ISBN-13: 9781589979307
Publisher: Focus on the Family
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 401,061
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: To Lead Is to Serve 1

Part I The Heart

1 Important Forever: Have an Eternal Perspective 9

2 Say No to EGO: Be Humble 17

3 An Audience of One: Focus on God-Not Others 31

Part II The Head

4 Family Values: Discover Your Family's Mission and Take It On 47

5 To Do or Not to Do: Say Yes to the Best and No to the Rest 59

6 Staying on Course: Know the Difference Between a Crisis and a Bump in the Road 73

Part III The Hands

7 For a Limited Time Only: Make the Most of the Childrearing Years 91

8 Teaching to the Test: Help Kids Succeed 105

9 Follow Me: Inspire Obedience-Not Rebellion 121

Part IV The Habits

10 Time with God-A Dad's Perspective: Stay on Track by Staying Close to Him 141

11 Time with God-A Mom's Perspective: Meet Challenges by Meeting with Him 157

12 Moving On: Turn Mistakes into Opportunities Through Forgiveness and Grace 171

Final Thoughts 189

About the Authors 191

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Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
Family Leadership – Principles for Parenting New York Times bestselling author Ken Blanchard collaborates with Phil Hodges, Cofounder of the organization “Lead Like Jesus, and bestselling author Tricia Goyer in the book “Lead Your Family Like Jesus.” The authors begin by showing the relationship of leadership to the role of parenting. They stress the importance of following Jesus’ example of servant leadership. Meaningful practical personal examples and real life testimonies of parents illustrate the concepts discussed in each of the four parts of the book, which focus on: The heart, the head, the hands, and the habits of parenting. Each part covers three of the twelve Biblically based principles of parenting discussed throughout the narrative. The reader friendly format suggests thoughtful probing questions designed for taking time to pause, reflect, and offers specific ways for implementation. Another unique feature is the “Points to Ponder” review of key elements included within the chapters. These are found at the end of each of the four divisions. Several clearly presented powerful teaching diagrams provide a visual means of assimilating the material, for review, application, and a deeper study. “Lead Your Family Like Jesus” is ideal for classes on parenting, for couples, for men’s accountability groups, or women Bible study classes. It is  a book for parents, grandparents, family counselors and pastors. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book with real life application. The authors and guest posts really make you consider Jesus, your parenting style ,and your children. My only complaint was they used the Message bible translation which somtimes loses the feel of the text.
BeverlyLytle More than 1 year ago
What does it mean to lead? How do I lead effectively? How do I get my children to follow my leading? Parenting is filled with questions. Want to take the guess work out of finding the answers? This is a book filled with practical suggestions for ways to lead your family the way the creator of the family meant for it to be done. Using Biblical principles, Tricia Goyer, Ken Blanchard, and Phil Hodges take turns sharing from their hearts and their experiences about how parents can turn their families into Christ-centered, God honoring families. They share how parents can do this by examining how a parent’s heart, head, hands and habits can be turned into selfless acts of service to their family, thus giving them the joy and confidence they’ve been looking for in parenting. You will find this book to be broken down into short manageable chapters for even the busiest of parents. It also offers pauses in reading to offer a time of reflection. This book is one you will want to keep on your bookshelf for future reference. As a parent of grown children as well as a teenager, I have found that although the principles stay the same, our children go through many stages and changes. Information that may have seemed less pertinent at the first reading will later become applicable and helpful.
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ladybugofthree More than 1 year ago
This book is typical to Focus on the Family's style, it is full of hands on material you can put to good use with your family! Looking for advice and wisdom from others who have been in the same situation? Blanchard, Hodges, & Goyer have years of experience to share! I loved the layout of the book...the principle is stated, a real-life story is shared, thoughts/knowledge are backed up by biblical points, and then a pause and reflect time at the end! What a great book to work through with your spouse, or pick one up for yourself to read during your quiet time with the Lord! I give this book 5 stars, and cannot wait to share it with my husband! **I was given this book in exchange for my honest review**
malmal0505 More than 1 year ago
"Why is a single gal like her reading a book for parents in leading their families?"   Good question.  I wanted to read the book for a few different reasons.  I wanted to read, learn, and see how this book could help me in the areas of: 1.  my own personal family.  I am an aunt to three, sister, and daughter. 2.  my job since I work with children. 3.  my ministry since I work with our youth. Let me tell y'all...this book is AWESOME!!!  (And, I am so not just saying that either!)  The authors put in a lot of great advice, personal testimonies, principles to follow, and Scriptures to encourage and help in being a "servant leader".  So many times, I have been guilty of being a "self-serving" leader and not a "servant-hearted" one.  I want to be the best that I can be (play the army music with that-lol).  I know that I will never be perfect.  I will fall short at times, but I want to love and serve with all I am/have.  I want to be better equipped in dealing with others (whatever their age).  I don't want to be one that "harps" all the time, but one who disciplines out of love, respect, and gets the point across without beating them over the head with it.  I also know that this book will be something I will keep for when I have my own family one day (if it's His will).     
BTHM More than 1 year ago
The authors say "being a parent is probably the most important life-role leadership position you'll ever have, and it begins when you assume responsibility for raising a child". When you stop and think about it, it really is 100% true isn't it?  The book is divided into 4 domain areas of leadership (the 4 H's), that all apply to parenting: -Heart-character and rules you employ as you lead and influence your children -Head-your viewpoint and beliefs about leading and influencing your children -Hands-what you actually DO, when leading and influencing your children -Habits- how you continually refocus your desire to lead and influence your children as Jesus would have you do. The chapters then take on different parts of this concept and expound on them. they all include a basic principle, a sample story or two, what would Jesus do/did, ideas for parents, and then pause/reflection on the chapter's contents. Each section of the 4 domains ends with a review page, that brings to one page all the points to ponder for that area. As parents, we are reminded there are 4 areas of response to your kids actions: no response, negative response, positive response and redirection. The first 2 are a leave-alone/zap, which cause children to avoid parents' reactions, whereas the last 2 lead to teaching moments, and lasting memories. The book would be an excellent study guide for a church parenting class, especially for parents of elementary/tweens, who may have lost their way on a steady influence on their kids in a positive manner, and become more reactionary to their kids' actions.Additional resources are available to go with the book, including daily devotions, study guides, student resources, and interactive programs, to assist in making a program from the book for your church. It is an interesting and informative book, and one Christian parents should read.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Lead Your Family like Jesus, by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer Great book full of practical ideas, to be servant leaders of Godly households. This book will encourage you to be the best parent you can be. Challenge you to set goals, values and live with Christ as the cornerstone of your family. I really enjoyed all the personal stories they helped to bring the teaching alive and made them more real. The practical ideas show you how to apply them to your family. I would highly recommend this book to all parents.
ReneeAnn More than 1 year ago
I don’t have kids of my own, but after twenty-five years of observing family dynamics from behind my teacher’s desk, I’d have to say that parenting is the hardest job in the world. At our Christian high school, we dedicate ourselves to coming alongside parents as they seek to lead their children to Christ, guide their character development, and prepare them for life. So I’ll be sharing my copy of Lead Your Family Like Jesus with as many parents as possible. I discovered this book as part of inspirational fiction author Tricia Goyer’s Launch Team. She co-wrote the book with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. Are you wondering what qualifies Tricia to write a book on parenting? She began motherhood as a teen mom. After she gave her life to the Lord, He led her to marry a godly man. She and her hubs had two more children. Tricia became a working mom (she’s written 30+ books) and homeschooler. She started a Crisis Pregnancy Center. She leads Teen MOPS. Her family teaches children’s church together each Sunday. Now that Tricia has a married son, son in college, and daughter in high school, she and her husband recently adopted 3 young children. She provides a home for her grandmother, and Tricia is a grandmother herself. Are you catching on that Tricia has much practical wisdom to share with parents in all stages of their journey? You can connect with Tricia here at her website, on Facebook & on Twitter. How will reading Lead Your Family Like Jesus benefit you? This book will help you “take Christ out of the spare compartment of your private spiritual life and give him free rein in all your daily actions and relationships.” I’d sum up the main takeaway with these lines: “Leading like Jesus as a parent is first a spiritual matter. Whenever you have an opportunity to influence the thinking and behavior of other family members, the first questions you have to answer is, ‘Am I motivated by self-interest or by the betterment of those I’m serving?’” My favorite chapters discussed the concept of EGO. Initially EGO stands for Edging God Out and allowing Pride and Fear to dictate our choices, actions, and reactions. The authors remind us that “Edging God Out separates us from Him, from others, and from knowing the true selves He designed us.” They then encourage us that “when we replace our tendency to Edge God Out with Exalting God Only,” we operate from Humility and Confidence and “influence our kids in a way that points them to Christ.” ***Thanks to Tricia and Tyndale House for sending me a copy of Lead Your Family Like Jesus to review. Please, don’t miss picking up a copy of the book! Both parents and parents-to-be will appreciate this book. And if you are a grandparent, one of the nicest things you can do for your grandkids is to share this book with their parents. More encouraging quotes from the book: “By looking at Jesus, you can learn how to build a loving relationship with your children and extended family—no matter how you were raised and no matter what challenges your family faces.” “When the bills appear bigger than your income, trust in God by acknowledging that He is your Provider. He will supply what you need—not always what you want. He promises to take care of His children.” “Family members will experience what’s in your heart and head when your motivations and beliefs about parenting affect your hands—your actions.”
The_IE_Mommy More than 1 year ago
This book was so incredibly helpful I literally felt a weight lifted after reading Lead Your Family Like Jesus. Three authors with different perspectives came together to create one cohesive book that is both inspirational and informative. As Christians, everything we do in our life should glorify God, including parenting. How many people have you heard say they wish their was a parenting instruction manual? There is! It’s called the Bible and Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer used this as the foundation of their book and should be the fundamental basis of all parenting. I found so many things helpful in this book that it’s really hard to sum it all up. I have to say the thing that impacted me the most was Chapter 6: Staying on Course. Principle 6 is “To lead like Jesus, know the difference between a crisis and a bump in the road. ” The example is given of spilled milk. There’s a difference between a true accident and of the child willfully dumping it. I tend to overreact to these situations because I want my house clean and I feel like it’s a constant uphill battle. However, yelling at my kids for an accident damages their spirit and will teach them to hide things from me because I’m unreasonable. It’s hard to remember not to sweat the small stuff and look at the bigger picture. Another thing that struck me was the concept of having a family vision. It’s almost like a mission statement but for your family. What is your family about? What do you stand for? Having this to focus on gives purpose to actions and helps with making decisions when you have a direction in which you are going. Lead Your Family Like Jesus is so helpful and simple yet profound at the same time. Every parent should read this amazing book!
Kurt_Bubna More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! It's filled with practical wisdom and godly insight. It will encourage and challenge you to grow and become the best parent possible. Sometimes books speak to our hearts . . . sometimes to our heads . . . this book does both.