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Effective Parenting in a Defective World (Focus on the Family) Paperback – October 1, 2007

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Chip Ingram is president and CEO of Walk Thru the Bible. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the author of seven books. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four adult children and seven grandchildren
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Product Details

  • Series: Focus on the Family
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141430384X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414303840
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chip Ingram --- prolific author, pastor and father of four grown children --- tells befuddled parents that it's possible to raise exceptional children in a world gone wild. He opens his text by backtracking some years ago when the television sitcom "Roseanne" was all the rage. Ingram explains that while the American public laughed at this family's obvious dysfunction, somehow they also resonated with their struggles as well. As Ingram notes, "Here was a family in crisis who could laugh about it."

Ingram then poignantly points out that what is laughable at a distance is frequently devastating up close. Perhaps most disconcerting is that the majority of parents seems to live in crisis mode, only reacting to one problem after another rather than proactively planning and leading their children to and through God's life-giving principles. Ingram shares that moms and dads first need to develop clear-cut objectives whereby they are aiming for God's best and highest purpose to be fulfilled in each child's life. Holiness, not happiness, is God's goal. However, parents often get sidetracked by the world's definition of life success that is in large part exactly the opposite of what God's written word commands. Another "must" for parents is to practice what they preach. As the old adage goes, "Character is always more caught than taught. Always."

The author spends a good amount of space describing, through personal retelling of his family's events and that of others, how to learn God's plan for effective discipline, punishment versus discipline, and words that discipline. Each chapter also includes practical steps for moms and dads to incorporate into their daily routine that will strengthen the bonds between parents and children.
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I'm part of a parenting group at church and we're currently doing the DVD series of this book. I had never heard of Chip Ingram before this and every Sunday we are all amazed by Ingram and can't wait til the next Sunday and hear more!
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Chip Ingram, president of Walk Thru the Bible, is a master communicator and teacher. In this series he turns his focus to the important topic of parenting. He speaks from a Christian perspective, bringing out perspectives from the Bible, and also from experience and common sense. Chip comes across as earnest and well informed, but not authoritarian. He is very transparent about his own stuggles, and mistakes as a parent. The DVD sessions are well done and the workbook studies are very practical and helpful. Our group of 30 parents eagerly attended each session throughout the 9 week study. Many of his insights reinforce common sense most parents have, we often slide from in moments of...how shall we say...parental lapse.
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This book is refreshingly honest and insightful. It gives clear direction no matter what age your child is, whether you have young children or teenagers, Chip will help you through many situations you are likely to encounter. It really is a must have.
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I second this book only to Tedd Tripp's two books. This is a more-rounded book about how to implement Biblical truths in your family. Personal stories help illiustrate the struggles of childrearing from childhood to teen.

Amazing Biblical teacher of Biblical truth!
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I came across a very insightful excerpt from this book and immediately ordered it from Amazon. I am still reading and have not been disappointed. Chip writes with a wise and gentle spirit, and you can tell he deeply loves his children. His advice is authentically Christ-like.
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Good for small group settings. Make sure you get the book (Focus on the Family) and not the study guide! The study guide accompanies a DVD and this is no good for a group setting. Books are much easier, each member reads the chapter than you come together to discuss. Very helpful for parents of children of all ages.
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I am and have been recommending this book to all who have children, or are looking at having children in the future. Sound biblical advice, with great strategies for implementation. A mother to nine expecting my tenth, this book has been an eye opener to solid parenting. May we all strive to be more like God in our parenting.
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