This guide offers parents practical steps and tips for wise, God-centered, and consistent correction aimed at transforming their children’s hearts.
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About the Author
Sam Crabtreeis a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has served for over twenty years. He is a former public-school teacher and is chairman of the board of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is the author ofPracticing Affirmation.Sam and his wife, Vicki, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and have two daughters and six grandchildren.
What People are Saying About This
“In a permissive culture that leaves parents unsure of their authority and confused about discipline, this book speaks with clarity, not only reminding parents that discipline is a critical element of parental love, but also showing parents how to practically discipline their children in a way that is consistent, God honoring, and productive.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and Suffering
“My wife and I were fortunate to attend a seminar on parenting young children featuring Sam Crabtree. He revealed the inconsistency and lack of logic often found in parenting young children and offered better alternatives. We were fortunate because we were able to take his wisdom and apply it to our children at just the right time. I have no doubt that many (if not all) parents experience the same sort of exasperation we did with our first child. And I have no doubt they will find Sam’s wisdom in Parenting with Loving Correction as helpful as we did.”
Paul K. Lim, MD, Trustee, Bethlehem College& Seminary; surgeon
“When my wife and I read this book, we immediately saw its value and wanted others to read it, so I was pleased when our small group agreed to go through it. But I was also a bit nervouswould the subject of parental discipline create conflict during group discussions because of differing parenting styles? Would the concept of correction (which is often considered in our culture to be overly negative) result in gloomy conversations? I needn’t have worried. Sam Crabtree uses definitions, Scripture, and helpful anecdotes to get everyone on the same page. His pastoral heart is shown in each chapter as he writes with care, grace, and humility. I can tell you from personal experience that this book yields fruitful discussionand parenting. Chapter 3 ends with this statement: ‘There is great hope. And there is help.’ For the believing parent, there is. And you will find both in this book.”
Scott Jamison, small-group leader
“As parents, it can seem like we’re constantly training, correcting, and disciplining our children. Thankfully, Sam Crabtree has given us a gospel-infused framework for the kind of loving correction that will help all of us train up a child in the way he or she should go.”
Bob Lepine, Cohost, FamilyLife Today; Pastor, Redeemer Community Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I devoured this book. The title is spot on. This isn’t a general parenting book- it zooms in tight on correction and discipline. I don’t think there was any new information for me (after reading “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” and “Instructing a Child’s Heart”) but I loved the simplicity and directness of the writing. He issues a lot of appropriately heavy warnings to parents and I feel very stirred up and helped after reading it. Five stars. “When we worry that our child will perceive our corrective discipline as unloving, we forget God’s higher wisdom about genuine love. He tells us, ‘Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him’ (Proverbs 13:24). When we refrain from correction, do we subconsciously think we’re wiser than God?” “Correction exists because errors and omissions exist, and because sin exists. Corrections are undertaken because of love. Love implements correction in order to protect the loved one from heaping ip negative consequences to his or her regret.” “I received a free copy of this book from Crossway Books in exchange for an honest review.”
I found this to be a very helpful book. Sam Crabtree did a great job of first identifying the root cause of children’s disobedience: the fact that they (like we) are sinners. He emphasized the importance of heart change over behavioural change. We as parents are some of the means God has ordained to work in the hearts of our children, to guide them into obedience to us in preparation for obedience to Him. The author’s insights into children’s behaviour and motivations were useful to me in understanding my own children better. On the practical side of things, I also appreciated the tips and guidelines presented in this book, which I’ve used to communicate more clearly with my kids and become more effective as a parent. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*