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Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child's Heart with God's Extravagant Grace

Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child's Heart with God's Extravagant Grace

by Jeannie Cunnion


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"Rarely do I ever find myself agreeing with everything I read in a book. But Parenting the Wholehearted Child is the book I wish I'd written. Jeannie has given parents a profound gift within its pages." — Kathie Lee Gifford, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter, and cohost of the Today Show's Fourth Hour

Your kids aren't perfect. And you don't have to be either.

Are you exhausted from the pressure to be a perfect parent raising perfect children in this imperfect world? Do you ever wonder, "How did these precious children get stuck with a parent like me?" If so, let these grace-drenched pages saturate your heart with God's unfailing love while also equipping you to be a vessel of God's unconditional love to your children.

With authenticity, conviction, and a lively sense of humor, Jeannie guides you on a transformative journey into raising wholehearted—not perfect—children, who live from the freedom found in being wholeheartedly loved (and liked!) by God.

Parenting the Wholehearted Child equips you with biblical wisdom and practical ideas to teach your children that they are fully accepted by God, not because of anything they do or don’t do but because of everything Jesus has already done for them.

Woven throughout the book is the good news that it is God's extravagant grace—not your perfect performance—that transforms the hearts of children.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310340843
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeannie Cunnion holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Her professional background combines counseling, writing, and extensive speaking about parenting and adoption issues for organizations such as Bethany Christian Services and the National Council for Adoption. Jeannie also enjoys blogging on her website (, serving as the Council Co-Chairman at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and leading various parenting courses and Bible studies when she and her husband Mike aren’t cheering on their three boys at one of their sporting events.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Acknowledgments 15

Part 1 imperfect parents, perfect grace

1 Hanging on by a thread 21

2 Grace, our starting place 29

3 He calls me beloved 39

part 2 Experiencing a vibrant friendship with Jesus

4 Experiencing Jesus 53

5 Prayer 63

6 Bible reading 75

7 Scripture memorization 83

8 Worship and community 95

9 Service 101

Part 3 Growing in Christlike character

10 The fruit of grace 113

11 Respect 125

12 Self-control 137

13 Kindness 147

14 Thankfulness 159

15 Peacemaking 171

16 Honesty 181

17 In him and through him 191

part 4 Leading with love unconditional.

18 Authority and obedience 203

19 training and instruction 215

20 discipline and correction 233

21 repentance and forgiveness 251

Epilogue: how to get started parenting a wholehearted child 261

notes 265

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