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Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community (The Orange Series) Paperback – May 1, 2010

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About the Author

Reggie Joiner is the founder and DEO of the reThink Group. He is the author of Think Orange, The Orange Leader Handbook, and coauthor of 7 Practices of Effecitve Ministry.

Carey Nieuwhof is the lead pastor of Connexus Community Church with campuses in Barrie and Orillia, Ontario. Before moving into full-time ministry, he worked in law and broadcasting.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Orange Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434764812
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am currently reading this book for the 2nd time in a year. I first read it as part of a "class" that our church offered. I heard the title "Parenting Beyond Your Capacity" and thought I could learn about that! I was thinking more in the terms that I was beyond my capacity in my ability to parent my young children! However, the book is not another "Love and Logic" type behavior modification/discipline strategy as I initially thought. It's something 100 times deeper and more important! (I'm a Love and Logic Facilitator and think it's a MUST read/MUST take class for any parent/teacher/grandparent, too, though!)

The subtitle of this book really gives you a better clue to WHAT this book is about... "Connect Your Family to a Wider Community." It's more about the "It takes a village to raise a child" approach to raising children. The book talks about the importance of plugging yourself into a community of people who you can trust to help your children develop into all of the positive adjectives that you can think of that you want your children to be. It's also about seeing yourself and your family in the bigger picture....about thinking outside of yourselves to see God's story and plan for your lives.

I completely, respectfully, disagree with one of the 2 star reviews here. Our church embraces and teaches the "Orange" philosophy, which is the idea that two combined influences are greater than one. The heart and love of the family (red) combined with the light of God and the church (yellow) to make orange are much more powerful together than separately. Our church is primarily a church for the "unchurched." Many of our attendees are 1st generation Christians.
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I love this book! My church gave all the parents getting their babies dedicated a copy of the book. I have been handed books at various churches before and they have been, for lack of better words boring and obvious. So when the head of the children's ministry handed me the book I really didn't intend on reading it, but then she started stressing how she wanted all the parents to read it. She basically pleaded with the parents to read it, so I had to read it... Needless to say I was very blessed by this book. I am a 20 year old mother of two young children and at times I feel like I am not qualified to parent my wonderful kids, but this book touched on almost all of the issues I have! I have purchased this book for all the parents in my family for Christmas. GREAT BOOK!
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I'm the preschool director at my church. We give this book to EVERY new parent at our annual Baby Dedication because it's THAT good. Parents need to know that they will mess up - we all do.. it's okay, that's why we raise our kids in communities and don't keep them locked in our homes! But they also need to hear that as parents, they have the biggest responsibility in raising Christians for the next generation. The church is here to guide and to walk through parenthood with the parent, but not to be the sole influence on their Christian walk.
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A practical and easy to read book. I read it by myself, and now our church is using it for book club. Great conversation! Good for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, mentors..... It applies to all ages, but the younger we start, the better the return.
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I found this book informative and insightful while learning how to be a better parent to my 13 yo daughter. This book would also be helpful to a pastor who would like to preach/teach a series on child rearing. It's similar to the ideas that are shared in 'Parental Guidance Required' by Andy Stanley.
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This is a GREAT book for spiritual parenting novices and experts both. It outlines some fantastic principles and leaves the details to be determined by your own family. It really focuses on helping parents see their priorities and how to teach those priorities to their children. It's also very encouraging, a "you CAN do this" pep talk at times. None of it will have you feeling guilty over your current inaction or overwhelmed with their recommended action plans. It will simply inspire you to find ways to fit more faith into your family's everyday life.
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This is a quick insightful read. The author's break down 5 essentials to "parenting beyond your capacity" for clear understanding. Ideally, I would recommend reading this book with your spouse and talking about the ideas in the book. It is simple to grasp, but takes a commitment to apply. Highly recommended!
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Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community (The Orange Series) is the latest in the collection of books in the Orange tradition. Reggie Joiner has been the leader of this movement that has attempted to combine the yellow force (church) and the red force (family) to impact the lives of children and young adults in powerful ways. In this book, co-authored by Carey Neiuwhof, the orange philosophy is applied to parenting. Joiner and Neiuwhof demonstrate that parents need to partner with the church to go beyond their own abilities. As parents allow other Christians into the lives of their children, their children are influenced in powerful ways.

Consistent with the Orange approach to ministry and family, Joiner and Neiuwhof encourage parents to find ways to discuss faith in natural family settings. They list some opportunities that work well with the resources that are available from the ReThink Group, though the book never offers up these resources specifically except in some advertising at the end of the book. They also encourage the spiritual growth of the parents as well, which can happen by taking time out from life and by getting involved with small groups in a church setting.

What is great about this book is the honesty that the writers show. They are willing to admit their own parenting mistakes, and they never speak from the position of superiority. As they note, so many Christian parenting books only bring about feelings of guilt and inadequacy. This book says that we are all imperfect, and we need influences from outside the home to help us figure all of this out.
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