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The Complete Book of Christian Parenting and Child Care: A Medical and Moral Guide to Raising Happy Healthy Children Paperback – September 15, 1997
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Martha Sears, RN, is a registered nurse and parenting and health consultant.
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Top Customer Reviews
I purchased this book recently and was disappointed. I was hoping for a book that would help guide my husband and I in raising our son in a Christian manner. However, the majority of this book is dedicated to pregnancy and childbirth. Since my son is already 5 months old, I didn't really need this information. Very little of the book is dedicated to infancy, toddlerhood and the issues that come about during these stages.
The book is well written, but much of the information regarding nutrition, health, discipline, as well as many other questions/concerns/issues is better covered in The Baby Book.
The authors encourage parents to work with the nature of the baby/child God gave them [which only makes sense - God created babies the way they are for very good reasons!]. I felt very comfortable using their parenting and child care recommendations and I truly found their ideas in harmony with my faith. We feel that using the suggestions in this book has helped us to become the parents that God wants us to be [well, on our good days at least! :) ]. We are also very pleased with the way our children are turning out.
This book provides a very interesting counterpoint to another "Christian" system of child rearing that was recommended to us - Gary Ezzo's "Growing Kids God's Way" [and the secular version "Baby Wise"]. For us, the Sears book was clearly more in line with our Christian faith and our beliefs about our divine calling as parents to God's own precious children. I would recommend any Christian family read this book as a balance to the Ezzo books - regardless of which method you choose, you will benefit from understanding both sides of the issue!
I love it that they tell the truth about what God actually said to Eve in Genesis 3:16, where the original text has been distorted and affected our whole birth culture. What freedom there is to know that Eve was NOT cursed to pain in childbirth, but was told that she would have to work hard to give birth, the same as Adam would have to work hard to get food from the ground.
As a Christian childbirth educator and labor support specialist, I recommend this book before all others except the Bible. Even if you are reading other Christian parenting books, please read this one to get a different point-of-view.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good read for first and all parents. It covers all kinds of topics from pregnancy to breastfeeding and beyond. Appreciate the values and education.Published 10 months ago by ALuth8
William Sears believes that the three main goals of Christian parenting are to know your child, help your child feel right, and lead your child to Christ. Read morePublished 13 months ago by reviewer
I absolutely love this book. It was really good for me to read after all the advice and dogma people had been throwing at me during my pregnancy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by avidreader89
I'm really enjoying this book by the Sears. I have read their other Attachment Parenting/Baby Books and this is a great addition as it explains where they are coming from. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Dr & Martha Sears helped me go from resenting motherhood--feeling like I was making my baby a project to control--to loving motherhood and loving/knowing my baby in such a more... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Hayden Travis
I highly recommend this highly informative, most helpful, inspirational, and complete Christian book for all phases of parenting and medical information from pregnancy to childcare... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by MJ
Hello, can anyone please let me know if I should also buy the Portable Pediatrician along with this book or are the two books similar regarding medical care? Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Shani
This book is wonderful and even though it was 94' when published its just as relevant today! A must read for soon to be, new and experienced parents!Published on September 24, 2012 by Deborah R. VanCampen