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Real World Parents: Christian Parenting for Families Living in the Real World Paperback – February 24, 2010
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About the Author
Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He’s the Executive director of Youth Specialties and founder of WisdomWorks Ministries and PlanetWisdom. He’s the author of several books including The Wisdom On series, Living a Life That Matters, Don’t Buy the Lie, and Raising Wise Children. Mark lives in Texas with his wife, Jade, and their two teenage children.
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Mark Matlock's "Real World Parents: Christian Parenting For Families Living In The Real World" may be small, but it's an engaging workbook about developing your faith at home. Families will benefit from the frank, open discussion of various topics. Nothing is taboo - sex, teen pregnancy, suicide, etc. Each chapter wraps up with several questions that the reader asks him (or her) self to further solidify the knowledge gained in the chapter. Technical data is provided in the form of graphical charts and tables, feeding statistics into the Biblical advice given by this extraordinary youth instructor.
This is a terrific book for parents or couples planning to be parents. Read together, the material will spark conversation about how to address certain issues that parents face. This book can also be used as a springboard to broach difficult or uncomfortable subjects with your children, themselves - especially teenagers. It would also be great for teachers and others who work with children. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a child in their life.
"Real World Parents" by Mark Matlock, the founder of Wisdom Works, a non-profit organization that seeks to help teenagers accelerate biblical wisdom in their lives, stands now as ONE OF THE BEST parenting books I have read in 12 years. In his own words, Mark says this about his book:
"This is not a book about taking your kids to church, saving them from the world, or producing good behavior. Many Christian parenting books focus on helping parents figure out how to raise well-behaved, well-mannered kids. The goal of parenting, in the long run, isn't for our kids to be known for how well behaved they are, but for how well they know and respond to God."
You won't find "formulas" or "methods" in this book. What you will find is the challenge and encouragement as a parent to make sure YOU are living and walking according to God's story and not the world's story. He also stresses the importance of engaging your children in "worldview-shaping conversations" where as a mom and dad you communicate God's worldview to your children. More importantly, as you read this book you are challenged to examine what story you are telling your children, both intentionally and in the way we live with and for God over time.
I really liked the "conversational" feel of this book.Read more ›
Matlock shares that what mattered most in his childhood home was that he watched his parents live out their faith day by day: "We were convinced of the worldview contained in the pages of Scripture because we saw our parents openly endorsing it, talking about it, learning from it, and living it out day after day, year after year. That was enough for us --- despite the failed attempts at family devotions." Interestingly, Matlock also shares what readers won't find in this book: tips, tricks or techniques to fix children's bad behavior. He explains that while this type of self-help resource might make parents feel better for a while because they are actively doing something, it does nothing to address the core issues that lie beneath the surface of outward behaviors.
In a visual model, Matlock goes on to relate children's inner ideologies as similar to icebergs. What you see above the surface (behaviors) is likely only about 20 percent of what's really there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. It highlights the contrast between the world's broken story line and God's and provides a strategy for teaching God's story line to our children. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gail Twymon
We are doing this for a bible study, so we are only four chapters in. It's been a great, interesting read. Lots of great stuff for discussion. I have enjoyed so far.Published on April 17, 2013 by tanya
This book relates to every parent! If you have small children or teenagers.
It is a great book to open your mind and see how you are parenting. Read more
Mark has incredible insight and does a fantastic job in helping the reader understand teenagers and their parents. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Jody K. Shelton
Mark Matlock has written a fantastic handbook to Christian parenting.
This book is filled with step-by-step instructions on how to engage our children in their faith and keep... Read more
Parenting is a complicated task. Godly parenting can be even more daunting. Real World Parents is not a how to book in the traditional sense. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Marine Corps Nomad
For parents that are feeling beat up and stressed out by parenting books that tell them "five steps to a better family" or the "ten-step action plan to making your kids love God",... Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by M. Carswell