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 co-host 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310340843
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 618,072
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I read Jeannie's book, I began to realize that my struggles in parenting were mainly due to not only my unrealistic expectations of my children, but also because of my unrealistic expectations of what I thought God wanted of me. Her book reminded me that there is nothing I can do to make Jesus love me more and there is nothing I can do to make Him love me less. Yes, I've been told this before, but until now, it had not resonated in my heart. Jeannie paints a beautiful picture of God's "unrestricted love and absolute acceptance of us" because as she puts it, until we accept God's grace, we will struggle in vain to let it flow through us to our kids. "It's not about what we do. It's about what his grace does through us when we surrender to his wholehearted acceptance of us." This has truly gripped my heart and I know it will grip yours too. She is real, humble, honest, practical and gives excellent resources and scriptures to help parents nourish their children's relationship with Jesus. Parenting the Wholehearted Child is a book that needs to be read over and over again!