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Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture: Practical Help for Shaping Your Children's Hearts, Minds, and Souls Paperback – July 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736918620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736918626
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an author and speaker who loves to help readers and audiences live uncaged, freedom-infused lives.

My books include:

Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005),
Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006),
Watching the Tree Limbs, Wishing on Dandelions (NavPress, both novels releasing in 2006),
Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2006),
Daisy Chain, A Slow Burn (Zondervan 2009), Life in Defiance (Zondervan 2010),
Thin Places: A Memoir (Zondervan 2010),
150 Quick Questions to Get Your Kids Talking (Harvest House 2011),
You Can Raise Confident and Courageous Kids (Harvest House, 2001)
The Muir House (Zondervan 2011),
Beautiful Battle (Harvest House 2012),
Around the Word in 60 Seconds (Tyndale, 2012),
Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus (Thomas Nelson 2012).
The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You (Thomas Nelson, 2013)
Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse (Uncaged Publishing 2014)

You can find me primarily at My facebook page is and you can follow me on twitter at

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. M. Travis on July 20, 2007
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I've read that postmodern Christianity is an oxymoron. I've heard that some Christian booksellers won't sell this book because it has that "word" in its title. How sad--I feel especially bad to think of all the parents who will not read it, and never know what they're missing!

Mary DeMuth's book, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, is not about subjugating Christian ideals to the evil of postmodern thought. It's about encouraging the love for Jesus in the evolving mindset, embracing what is gold and learning how to deal with the dross. For a long time now I've been conscious of the fact that God has always known how man's thinking would change, and He set up Christianity in such a way that it can and will adapt to every possibility. This book confirms my thoughts, and it comforts me.

Christians can't change the world's new attitude, but we can change how we are "in the world, not of the world". Mary gives so many examples of how to live Christian right now--doable ideas that fired my imagination and filled me with enthusiasm. I've already "practiced" on my youngest, and plan to implement several of these tenets both with my family and in the class I teach for my church.

She details her sojourn in France to establish a church, and how her family encountered a decidedly postmodern culture. She pointed out so many things I've sensed, yet couldn't give a name to; gave voice to my concerns and confirmed some of my convictions. She doesn't claim to know it all but she has a good handle on the issue, and explains it in such fantastic prose that I had no trouble understanding. She writes with such grace and personality that I feel I've come to know her.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan on June 30, 2007
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Mary DeMuth offers honest sharing about her own parenting journey, specifically after moving her family to the very postmodern France, and also includes the experiences of others.

Honestly seeing the recent catchphrases "authentic" and "postmodern" always causes me to have a little skepticism. But instead of the excuses or ultimatums about the "right" way things must be done that I sometimes expect to find in works ascribing to this philosophy, I was pleasantly surprised that all I found is an explanation of why kids are different as a result of today's thinking, and how we can best parent them as a result of it.

Favorite sections addressed having conversations with your children, coaching them, and making your home a haven and a community, both to your family and to include others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Narelle Atkins on July 14, 2007
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Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture is written for parents seeking to raise Christian children in a postmodern world. The cultural shift from modernism to postmodernism raises new questions and issues for parents. Truth is no longer objective but is dependent on circumstances. How do you authentically parent your children and encourage them to have a relationship with Jesus in a world where truth is subjective?

This book provides Bible-based information on different aspects of postmodern parenting. Topics discussed include conversational parenting, learning from your children, creating a safe haven in your home, connecting with your children through art and creativity, coaching your children from dependence to independence and Jesus' abundant provision for parents. Ms DeMuth draws on personal experiences and interactions with her children. She shares a number of examples from the time her family planted a church in France. Other parents share their experiences and each chapter has a study guide with questions for group discussion.

Authenticity in parenting, as opposed to image-parenting, is essential in a postmodern culture that values authentic relationships. Ms DeMuth explores different ways to teach the Bible to children that are meaningful and that encourage children to ask questions and grow in their relationship with God.

Another trend of postmodernism is the switch in focus from individualism to community. An authentic expression of community is desired, although it is not easy to find. Parents create their children's first community. Ms DeMuth encourages parents to create a community of grace that helps their children to understand the heart of God. She explores how parents can equip their children to be salt and light in the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Walker on August 20, 2007
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I recently finished reading Mary DeMuth's "Authentic Parenting in a
Postmodern Culture". I found it to be a heartfelt, well written, relevant
book with great wisdom for parents. As a mom of a teen, a tween and a
kindergartner, I was encouraged to raise my children in such a way that they will be prepared to face the culture in which we live.

I have already used several of Mary's ideas in dealing with my three. This week I had a conflict with my oldest regarding the way she treated another person. I later realized that her behavior was not too different from my own in many cases, and approached her with an apology and a goal for both of us to do better. "Authentic Parenting" reminded me to be real with my children and to avoid trying to give them the impression that I am perfect. Instead, we share the joy of seeking to be more like Christ every day.
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