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Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting Paperback – September 1, 2009
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"Rock solidprofoundly grounded upon the all-sufficiency of the Word of God and the Gospel of grace. Farley is not going to give you theoretical platitudes; he is honest about his own deficiencies and his great need of gospel wisdom in parenting. This is, ultimately, a parenting book full of hope, hope grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ." --Douglas Bond, Author of Fathers & Sons: Stand Fast in the Way of Truth and Hold Fast in a Broken World
"Family literature purporting to be Christian is almost universally distinguished by well-meaning but impotent moralizing that effectively neglects the gospel by virtue of assuming it. Bill Farley pushes us beyond this, setting forth a parenting approach that is decidedly Christian precisely because it is informed and motivated by the transforming power of the gospel." --Art Azurdia, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Pastoral Mentoring, Western Seminary, Portland
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Bill spent 25 years in the business world before turning to full time pastoral ministry and writing. He has been heavily influenced by Jonathan Edwards, the seventeenth century Puritans and many contemporary authors, such as John Piper, Ian Murray, Jerry Bridges, Rodney Stark, Mark Noll, RC Sproul and others. Bill's writing has appeared in a number of publications including Reformation 21, The Journal of Biblical Counseling, Enrichment Journal, Discipleship Journal and Focus on the Family. His first love is preaching God's Word and pastoring. He also enjoys traveling around the US lecturing on topics discussed in his books. For recreation he likes bicycling, spending time with his family and reading history and related subjects. Charles Murray, Paul Johnson, William Manchester, and Barbara Tuckman are some of his favorite historians. You can contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also view his blog at www.williamfarley.blogspot.com
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The purpose of the book, as you might gather from the title, is to focus on the gospel as the most important power in parenting. It is not the parents--their efforts, prayers, hopes, dreams--that ultimately ought to shape parenting. Instead, it is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the power that needs to be at the center of all we are, all we do, as parents. And this is exactly what Farley teaches through the 230 pages of Gospel-Powered Parenting--he shows how to apply the gospel to every aspect of parenting and, further, how the gospel is really foundational in all that we do as parents. We cannot effectively teach or discipline or care for our children if we ignore the gospel. This is the message of the book and it is one we, as Christian parents, do well to ponder and to heed.
Along the way there are a few things that Farley does particularly well and I'd like to draw attention to a few of these unique emphases. First, he focuses on the vitality of marriage as an absolute key to good parenting. One of the best things we can do as parents is to love one another and build a strong, healthy marriage. Where many marriages suffer as mom and dad increasingly give themselves over to the needs (or perceived needs) of their children, Christian parents must remain first and foremost committed to one another.Read more ›
I also appreciate and am extremely challenged by his emphasis on fathers. Think about children who grow up in Christian homes. Many of them live sort of nominal church lives, not too hot or cold, mostly lukewarm. Others leave the faith entirely and spend the rest of their days in rebellion against the Lord. Still other children raised in Christian homes grow into strong believers who are passionate about Jesus and live out their lives in godliness and wisdom. Understanding that God is absolutely sovereign, it's still necessary that we as parents ask: why is this? Farley's observation, and mine as well, is that the deciding factor is not education--public, private, or home-school. Instead, Farley writes, "The common denominator between success and failure seems to be the spiritual depth and sincerity of the parents, especially the spiritual depth and sincerity of the father." Parents, especially fathers, I strongly encourage you to read this book and think deeply about the gospel truths therein.
Parenting books and especially Christian parenting books are plentiful - all with advice, plans, schedules and more advice on how to parent `successfully'.
This is an interesting addition to the `Parenting' library.
Farley's main point is that there is little direct biblical instruction on parenting. And the reason for this is that the Gospel is (or at least should be) the tutorial that informs our parenting.
Farley begins with five assumptions which parents must hold - and then he unpacks these five assumptions throughout the book. The five are:
1. effective Christian parents assume that parenting will not be easy but that rewards will ultimately make it worth while
2. effective Christian parents are willing to hold God's sovereignty and their responsibility in tension
3. effective Christian parents assume an offensive mindset. They pursue their child's heart - they do everything possible to make the gospel attractive. The gospel is the focus and goal for the parent NOT protecting their children from worldly influence
4. effective Christian parents are shrewd about new birth. They do not assume it. They understand the nature of new birth and they carefully look for its symptoms.
5. Effective Christian parents labor to focus their families on God not their children.
There is much in this book which is not politically correct in our society today. For example he advocates the use of corporal discipline (spanking). And, he says, a spanking SHOULD hurt the child.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome. We have 9 children and have been taught "formulaic parenting" for 16 years before learning that there is a much better way - gospel-centered parenting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
one of the best books on parenting. Title speaks for itself. Essential for true believers.Published 4 months ago by Yn
This book is firmly planted in the Gospel. A must read for every parent.Published 6 months ago by Zac Martin
Great Book - Demonstrates the foundation of the Gospel in effective parenting and applies to the this critical role. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DCA - MO
Best book I have read on parenting and I have read a few. I have read this book 2 times and will re-read every year.Published 8 months ago by Tim M.
This is a great book explaining how the gospel should inform and shape our parenting. A challenging book, but one that's full of hope because of the grace we have.Published 10 months ago by Steve C.
What sets this parenting book apart from others and makes it worth reading is the premise - the Gospel should be the means and the end of parenting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kristina Liapis
Absolute must read book! Get to the heart of the issue with your children... God has given you a small flock; it's essential that you shepherd it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer