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Product Details

  • Series: Bible for Life Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Thumb Indexed a edition (April 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849937752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849937750
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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This book is a must read for all parents!!!
mommy4
Please remember: I believe MacArthur does a good job explaining the Scriptures, focusing on what God wants us to know and do in our families.
Michael Welbers
One of the best books I have read on parenting.
MM S

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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Michael Welbers on February 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
In our culture, there are many concepts and theories, assumptions and views on how to raise children. Often, studies in the areas of Psychology and Human Development, Sociology, Medicine, and so forth, come to different conclusions, sometimes even contradictory. Studies in other cultures again have different views. Then there is the Christian sub-culture, with all its very helpful seminars, books, audio tapes, magazines, etc. But these usually draw their ideas from one or more of those same studies, and end up contradicting each other.
I don't want to discredit Christian educators, child psychologists, and so forth. They are playing an incredibly important part in helping parents understand their role; for instance, I believe that Focus on the Family, and James Dobson, THE contemporary parenting "guru", had and still has a huge influence on how families raise their children, and I am thankful for that.
If you are parents, or getting there :-), I encourage you to get your hands on some good books from Focus. However, when the theories of the books we read, Christian or not, contradict each other, then we're stuck. How can we really KNOW the best way to raise our children? The answer is quite obvious: Read the Bible!
You might argue that many things in the Bible are either old-fashioned, from another culture, and simply not applicable in our time. You're right, not everything applies to us. But everything can serve to teach us something, to educate us.
When the Apostle Paul wrote his letters, no one had a degree in Child Psychology; no one had heard about ADHD or other such "problems". But when Paul wrote, his thoughts were guided by the Holy Spirit, and He transcends time and culture.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After only a few chapters the Lord has shown me that my frustration up to this point in childrearing could have been avoided. His way is so simple and basic. We make things diffcult by coming up with our own methods. By teaching the basic principles of God's word we cannot fail in raising our children because the Lord will back us up with His power when we apply His principles. However, it starts with us as the parent and the way we live our lives as the example. How can we teach our child to be right with God if we are not following God's laws as parents. This book shows the extreme importance of putting our focus on bringing up our children God's way especially as we see our society's decline becoming more evident. Only the Lord can save the family!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R on January 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for anyone who takes Scripture seriously, and is either thinking of having or currently has children. John MacArthur is very true to God's Word, is very open and honest, and provides wonderful direction for raising children in the love and admonition of the Lord. Some of the truths he presents are not popular, especially today, but they are very biblical.
Not a pseudo-Christian "self-help" book, this book provides a wonderful blueprint for raising children, teaching them about salvation, and encouraging them to serve the Lord all from a firmly biblical standpoint.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a single person I rejoice in the goodness of God who has granted me the opportunity to read this book before I have a family. I can now look ahead with great confidence knowing that I have the tools to be a good parent, to raise children well, and that I have a God who is faithfull and has given me everything needed to be a "succesful Christian parent".
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a really well written book that emphasizes biblical standards for raising children. Goes against alot of moden psyco-babble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stephanie steeves on January 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
I read this book for a class, so maybe the problem is that I'm not a parent, so I'm not seeing that side of it. However, it seems to me that John MacArthur, though he knows a lot about the Bible, knows very little about children. I am in education, so I do know a few things . . . .
For instance, on p. 41 he says that inventive spelling is a result of self-esteem being to high. Kids should not be allowed to spell "inventively" as it were. Spelling inventively is actually a part of phonics and learning to read. Young children do it naturally, and will grow out of it.
He also is not a fan of mothers working outside of the home, which is argued by Christians everywhere. However, I believe that it is a personal choice for each family. He uses some pretty harsh language: for instance, on p. 192, he says "I believe one of the worst errors a mother can make is to sacrifice time with her own children for the sake of pursuing a career". Interesting.
On p. 206, he says "All scripture is for all ages". Basically children should be exposed to everything in the Bible. Yes, all of scripture is profitable, but some of the stories of the Judges or Song of Solomon aren't exactly child-friendly. I wouldn't want my young child or students reading some of those "stories", at least not without some prefacing. Yes, they should be encouraged to read all of it, but maybe with some guidance

In short, it's a great book with great tips for parents. He comes down harshly at some points, and appears to not know what he is talking about at other times.

Read it with grains of salt.
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