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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310340845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310340843
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeannie Cunnion holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Her professional background combines counseling, writing, and extensive speaking about parenting and adoption issues for organizations such as Bethany Christian Services and the National Council for Adoption. Jeannie also enjoys blogging on her website (www.jeanniecunnion.com), serving as the Council Co-Chairman at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and leading various parenting courses and Bible studies when she and her husband Mike aren’t cheering on their three boys at one of their sporting events.


More About the Author

Jeannie Cunnion is the author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child (Zondervan, April 2014). You can connect with Jeannie through her blog at www.jeanniecunnion.com.

Jeannie's passion is inspiring and equipping parents in raising children who live from the freedom found in being wholeheartedly and unconditionally loved (and liked!) by Jesus Christ.

She holds a Master's degree in Social Work, and is a passionate advocate of adoption. Her professional background combines counseling, writing, and speaking about parenting and adoption issues for organizations such as Bethany Christian Services and the National Council for Adoption. She also serves as the Council Co-Chairman at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, where she enjoys leading various parenting courses and Bible studies when she's not cheering on her three boys at one of their sporting events.

As for what makes her happy - that would be good music, sand between her toes, Auburn football, sisters, putting her heart on paper, water in every form, singing like nobody's listening, people who don't take themselves too seriously, and most of all, her hubby, Mike, and their three boys.



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I highly recommend this book to parents and parents to be.
kris
Because of God’s extravagant grace, wholehearted children are compelled and empowered to love Jesus and love others as he first loved us.
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The book is broken into four sections which makes it a very practical resource.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Abstoss on April 8, 2014
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This book is so refreshing, it takes the pressure off us as parents, which is nearly impossible, and lets us give our fears anxieties tears and imperfection to God. What I took from this book and is that its so hard to get it right but if we are open to his grace we can lessen the falls by reading his word and enveloping ourselves and our children in his love. How great is it that we are not expected to be perfect because we can't be?? I need to know this and needed to know this even before having children. This book is for all ages of parenting, before children, having children and once they are grown. Jeannie Cunnion teaches is that we are forgiven already and loved already. I love how this book is written, which is why I gave 5 stars, she intertwines verse with actual life experience that is so relatable. She gives real practical advice on how to teach our children about Gods Grace and never ending love. I will definitely need/read this book many times during this parenting thing that is so hard but so incredibly amazing!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Morella Atkinson on April 8, 2014
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As I read Jeannie's book, I began to realize that my struggles in parenting were mainly due to not only my unrealistic expectations of my children, but also because of my unrealistic expectations of what I thought God wanted of me. Her book reminded me that there is nothing I can do to make Jesus love me more and there is nothing I can do to make Him love me less. Yes, I've been told this before, but until now, it had not resonated in my heart. Jeannie paints a beautiful picture of God's "unrestricted love and absolute acceptance of us" because as she puts it, until we accept God's grace, we will struggle in vain to let it flow through us to our kids. "It's not about what we do. It's about what his grace does through us when we surrender to his wholehearted acceptance of us." This has truly gripped my heart and I know it will grip yours too. She is real, humble, honest, practical and gives excellent resources and scriptures to help parents nourish their children's relationship with Jesus. Parenting the Wholehearted Child is a book that needs to be read over and over again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ctmommy on April 8, 2014
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I need to re-read the message of grace in this book EVERY DAY! As a rule follower and a rule enforcer, I focus too much on my kids actions. This book reminds me that what REALLY matters is my relationship and my child's relationship with Christ. Getting to know God and rest in what he has already done for us can be the best fuel for our parenting. PTWC reminds us of this truth in a very down-to-earth way and also provides very useful practical tips for keeping this focus.

She does not give a parenting to-do list, but instead frees you from the worldly to-dos that bog us all down.

A MUST read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on April 8, 2014
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Jeannie offers a groundbreaking gift in her book, Parenting the Wholehearted Child as she offers readers the truth that we don't have to be perfect to let our kids know that they are perfectly loved. She extends grace after grace on every page as she artfully and humorously tells us the story of how accepting God's grace for herself has allowed her to extend grace to her children in a way that lets them taste the freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus. As a marriage and family therapist, it will be my #1 recommendation. And as a parent, it will be my #1 resource. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Taylor on April 9, 2014
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Exhale! God's Grace is sufficient to cover everything, even your parenting. This book helped me discover that it is most important to show my children my dependance on a perfect Heavenly Father, not my perfection as a parent! Shew! What a relief! I know this is a tool to help us be Christ-like parents, but it is also a tool to take us deeper into our own love story with Christ too. Let these concepts and disciplines wash over your own life and watch how it overflows to your children. God is so good! Haven't read a book that gets it right like this one! Please read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By blous on April 8, 2014
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Jeannie has written a book that should be in the hands of not just parents, but grandparents, teachers and all child care workers. Her wisdom, insight, humor, humility and advice is sooooo needed today in raising wholehearted children in a world that so often tears a family apart. You will find yourself convicted of your own mistakes, yet challenged to understand more about grace and forgiveness, and excited to apply Jeannie's counsel. You will both laugh and cry through her many examples of raising a family of 3 boys.

As a grandparent, I regret that I did not have a book like this when raising my own family, but I am excited that I can still learn and apply these principles of grace to my grandchildren. Jeannie's biblical wisdom and practical ideas will transform the way you view God's extravagant grace for you and for your family. This book should be on every family's bookshelf to be read and reread.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachael on April 13, 2014
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This book is full of grace, wisdom, and compassion wrapped up as a gift for parents. It is a reminder of God's unconditional love for us and our children despite our imperfections. In our imperfect world, it felt so good to read a book that offers freedom from perfect parenting and focuses on turning our children to Jesus and his perfect love . This book is a must read….
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