How to raise godly children in a godless world
Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle? Against the culture, against the busyness, sometimes even against your spouse and kids… Often it seems like everything is against you as a parent, and your everyday life can feel far from joy-filled. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Parents Rising will show you eight cultural trends that parents are up against today and what you can do to claim victory.
This book is about growth not guilt. It’s not a pep talk, or a “try harder” speech. This is real help for real problems that every parent faces. It’s a way to focus your efforts so that they’ll be more effective and you’ll be less exhausted.
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About the Author
ARLENE PELLICANE is a speaker and co-author of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World (with Dr. Gary Chapman). Arlene's other books include 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, The 700 Club, and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Arlene worked as the Associate Producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene earned her BA from Biola University and her Masters in Journalism from Regent University. She lives in San Diego with her husband James and their three children. To learn more and for free family resources such as a monthly Happy Home podcast, visit www.ArlenePellicane.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why You Must Rise 13
Quiz: How Healthy Is Your Home? 21
Strategy #1 Amusement Is Not the Highest Priority 23
Strategy #2 Parents Call the Shots 39
Strategy #3 Routine and Boundaries Provide Security 55
Strategy #4 The Bible and Prayer Every Day 69
Strategy #5 Marriage Takes a Front Seat 83
Strategy #6 Good Food Served on the Table 99
Strategy #7 Love Is Spelled T-I-M-E 113
Strategy #8 Launching Adults, Not Babying Children 129
Conclusion: Dream Big 143
Parents Rising Manifesto 149
Discussion Group Questions 151
About the Author 165
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this book from the perspective of both a mom who has grown children and one with a 5-year old. I see where I have followed most of the strategies while raising my older two kiddos. I see where I steered wrong, especially with Strategy #2 (Parents Call the Shots) and #5 (Marriage Takes a Front Seat). While my older two kiddos have accepted Jesus as their Savior and are good kiddos, I see where following all the strategies in this book would've benefited both my kiddos and my marriage. Now that I have a 5-year old and the book in hand, I will be using it as a reference alongside God's word in raising him to "love God, respect authority and value what's right". So many kids today do not respect authority and that is a big chunk of the problems you see in the schools and on the streets. I pray God forgives me for the important lessons I failed to teach my older children and allows me to be a positive influence on them in their adult years. Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy.
I have enjoyed all of Arlene’s books over the years. They are quick reads with sound, easy to apply tools to improve your family life. In Parents Rising, she clearly lays out logical and valuable strategies to raising kids who love God, obey and appreciate their blessings. We all at times doubt we are doing this parenting thing well or even right but her content reinforces our positive efforts and directs us gently to reign in on other areas needing attention. Her charge that we have been commissioned for this work and we must rise to the challenge is really convicting. I recommend this book to a parent at any stage in their journey of raising God’s children – I’m sure you will read it over and over again through the years!
Parents Rising is Arlene Pellicane's newest release. This book breaks down eight strategies for raising kids who love God, respect authority and value what's right. Arlene's honest and sometimes amusing family stories give a glimpse of how to apply these strategies to everyday life. Each chapter begins with a Bible verse and a short story. From there Arlene uses her research to share some startling statistics for the breakdown of the strategies in modern day culture. She weaves other author quotes and solid suggestions for implementing these ideas into the family. At the end of each chapter there is a question, a prayer and an action point. And interwoven in her writing she continually encourages parents to rise up. She also gives tips for single moms and blended families. There are also discussion questions at the end of the book for group meetings. Some of the topics covered are entertainment, boundaries, the role of the parent, daily Bible time and prayer, the priority of marriage, spending time with kids and getting them ready for life beyond the family home. Arlene's latest book is another one to read and devour. She directly addresses the needs of today's family with love, encouragement and plenty of Biblical wisdom. Arlene is candid and witty with a generous dose of common sense and a purposeful edict for parents to subscribe to God's values for raising kids today. The best part is the Parents Rising Manifesto at the end of the book which challenges parents to read it weekly and includes all the strategies from the book to keep in mind through daily life. I plan to read through each chapter again and evaluate where I need to rise up and read the manifesto in my morning devotions. I love this book and I hope you will too.
I received an advance copy for me to review. This book has a lot of insight. The questions really got me to dig deeper into my parenting. I have more awareness of things that need to change in my parenting. Great read!