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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Randall House; 1st edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892656794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892656790
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Tim Kimmel is one of America s top advocates speaking for the family today. He is the Executive Director of Family Matters, whose goal is to build grace based families by equipping and encouraging them for every age and stage of life. Tim develops resources for families and churches and conducts conferences across the country on the unique pressures that confront today s families. Not only is Tim a well-known speaker, he has authored many books including: Gold Medallion Winner Grace Based Parenting, 50 Ways to Really Love your Kids, Raising Kids for True Greatness, Why Christian Kids Rebel, Basic Training For A Few Good Men, Homegrown Heroes, Extreme Grandparenting, Little House on the Freeway (featured in the Billy Graham crusades), The High Cost of High Control, In Praise of Plan B and Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right. Kimmel has also produced several DVD series including The Hurried Family Video Series, Grace Based Parenting, Grandparenthood, and Basic Training for a Few Good Men. Tim and his wife Darcy s role as parents and grandparents is one they both count among their greatest joys. God has blessed them with four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.

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The last few chapters of this book are full of practical application.
Anjanette Barr
This was a great read and one that I recommend for all that have the opportunity to read it.
Aaron Conrad
That's why I believe books like Connecting Church & Home by Dr. Tim Kimmel are so important.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Stenglein on April 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you have ever read a book by Tim Kimmel or heard him speak, then you already know that his views on parenting and family can be strikingly different than what you might encounter from other Christian experts. It seems obvious that the heart of the Christian parenting message should be grace, but unfortunately it often is not. I am always intrigued by the perspective Kimmel brings to real life issues, so when I was offered a copy of his newest book, Connecting Church and Home, I agreed to review it. I was curious to see exactly how this author of Grace Based Parenting would address the issue of grace in family ministries.

According to Kimmel, young people are leaving their churches in record numbers. This is despite youth ministry programs of ever-increasing size and flash. Surely, something is missing. Kimmel suggests that grace is the missing element. In addition, he argues that churches and parents should foster a grace-based partnership. Working together, churches and parents can truly reach children for God. "The role of a parent is to connect to the heart of his or her child in such a way he or she prepares that child to more easily connect to the heart of God." (p. 21)

However, Kimmel states, too many parents have subcontracted out their children's spiritual training to churches and parochial schools. The result is disconnected parents, overwhelmed churches, and children who are growing up without a strong example of God's grace in their homes. In Connecting Church and Home, Kimmel lays out a clear plan for grace-based partnership between churches and parents.

This book is not just a list of platitudes and wishes. Instead, Kimmel lists specific things church families can do to connect church and home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anjanette Barr on March 29, 2013
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We've been in our new home for about a month now, and we've visited three churches. I started reading "Connecting Church & Home" at just the right moment. This book isn't about finding a church family, but it has helped me prioritize the characteristics that we should look for in addition to sound doctrine. Specifically, Dr. Kimmel advises that we pay closer attention to the church's philosophy than its strategy or tactics.

That may sound obvious and simplistic, but the way he unravels the implications of that truth has been a huge blessing for me.

Dr. Kimmel spends time helping the reader see that even a church with wonderful, orthodox theology, a passionate staff, generous volunteers, and stellar programming will fall short of effectively sharing the gospel and transforming lives if their underlying philosophy is not one of grace: treating others the way God treats (and loves) us.

From his point of view, that culture of grace begins at home, so a (the?) main focus of a local church should be to train and equip parents (and members in general) to respond to their children each other with grace. Theology and evangelism aren't downplayed in this paradigm. On the contrary, he believes that our theology has to be solid in order to really live in grace. I definitely agree.

What does living in grace look like? The last few chapters of this book are full of practical application. I was getting nervous about the number of questions popping into my head as I read the first 3/4 of the book, and I was so pleased that he'd answered them all by the end.

Dr. Kimmel isn't advertising for a specific church model - this can be applied to the way your church lives as a family whether you have age-segregated ministries or a family-integrated church. And most importantly for me, it can be applied even by parents who aren't finding the support they need in their church.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha Felgar on July 29, 2013
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I am looking for a text for teaching a college-level class on Christian Education for Children. All of Tim Kimmel's information is good... there just seems to be something missing... Everything revolves around God's grace that has been shown to us through Christ and how we are to demonstrated that grace to others. I concur that it is vital. He writes about grace-based churches and homes. It becomes evident that he is contrasting this with works and performance based environments. There isn't much mention of "walking in the Spirit" which is the only way these graces can be produced in us. He speaks of God's gracious heart and raising up children who will be passionate followers and who love Jesus, and that is wonderful, but the need for the intimate of abiding in Christ, hearing his voice and sensing his presence are not front and center. Maybe he is intending that all this be included in the term "grace." If so, it needs some translation. A few comments that he made in his book gave me opportunity to exercise some grace... and, I am sure if he read this review he might have to exercise some grace with me... Dr. Kimmel has a lot of other resources available that he has developed. There is something for about anything. It could be tempting to become dependent on all these resources (which are good) instead of seeking the leadership of the Holy Spirit through prayer and the Word in order to direct your individual home or ministry. I will use this as a resource but not a primary source. At this point I will use Michelle Anthony's "Dreaming of More for the Next Generation."
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