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About the Author

Megan Tietz is the creator of sortacrunchy.net, a blogging community devoted to discussion and dialogue at the crossroads of the Christian faith and the practice of natural family living. Over a decade ago, she married her college sweetheart and now they are raising two of the sweetest girls you’ve ever met. They make their home on the windy plains of western Oklahoma. Laura Oyer met her husband, Mark, in preschool, married him sixteen years later, and now spends her days caring for their two children and pretending to keep the house clean. Mark and Laura serve in leadership at their church in northern Indiana, and she has served as part of her city’s Community Relations Commission. Laura blogs at InTheBackyard.net.
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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Civitas Press (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615619207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615619200
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Bessey on March 30, 2012
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I have been waiting for a book like this for years! I can hand it out to new parents with absolute confidence that they will receive soul food, grace and wholeness, love and gentleness as they embark on their parenting journey. (I'll be buying them in bulk, no doubt, and it will be every baby shower gift from here on out.) In a church culture that can so often emphasize control and fear-based "what-if" scenarios for exacting obedience even from the start of our parenting journey, it is so refreshing to read that parenting is not a war, there is no "us vs. them" with our children. Our example in all things is this: I want to parent my tinies the way that God parents me. There is no recipe or training guide for marionettes of perfect obedience but instead a long process of capturing hearts, pointing towards Jesus. And the incredible thing about this heart-attitude for parenting is that it transforms our own hearts, minds and lives to be more like our Savior. This is a beautifully written book by two mothers whose collective voice I have learned to trust.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A.W. on July 1, 2012
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I love the idea behind this book, but after reading it I see it as basically a book about Attachment Parenting, written from a Christian perspective. I wish it had been advertised as such. Surely there is a need for such a book in certain circles, but my circle was not one of them. I was hoping that the focus would be on following God's leading for you as a parent rather than the opinions of others, which is what the title and description suggest. The authors did address this idea frequently, but unfortunately it seemed to apply primarily to the decisions to breastfeed, avoid sleep training, and other attachment parenting principles. Attachment parenting has gained a lot of popularity recently, and there are some good results from this, such as promoting awareness of the emotional and biological needs of children. But in my experience, the tables have turned and now many people are judged by AP parents for not adhering to these principles. I am a first-time mother of a 9 month old, I am a Christian, a professional counselor turned stay-at-home-mom, I breastfeed on-demand, have worn my baby using multiple types of baby carriers, etc. so I am by no means a 'babywise' proponent who would be defensive against AP ideas. But almost every mother I know is an AP parent. From the moms group I attended at a hospital, to the mommy-and-me class through the local public school system, to the church playgroup, to the La Leche League that meets at my church, to my next door neighbor, nearly everyone breastfeeds, cloth diapers, shops at the local natural baby toy store, eats organic foods, babywears, co-sleeps, etc, and there is certainly a feeling that these are the best things to do.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KPotler on April 1, 2012
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I remember when my oldest was 4 years old, throwing a temper tantrum in his room, and I sat in the hallway and cried. I cried wondering what would happen when he turned 16...I feared that this was just a glimpse of what was to come. Reading Spirit Led Parenting was a breath of fresh air, I wish I had read 17 years ago when my son was first born. Those days were filled with anxiety over whether or not the choices I made as a parent would affect him for the rest of his life. Megan and Laura do an amazing job of snipping the strings of fear that so often carry a new mom away. There are so many unknowns to parenting. Most of them time we feel unequipped to handle them. But these smart mamas remind us that we have all been given the most important tool there is, ready at our disposal, the still small voice of the Spirit. They remind us that there is no cookie-cutter answer to parenting, that we've all be chosen specifically to raise our own children and God is faithful to direct us each step of the way. This is a book I'll be giving as a gift at baby showers, for years to come!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By glmstar on April 1, 2012
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What a wonderful book! It offers great encouragement to parents navigating through the tough first year of a child's life. Laura and Megan share their passion and heart for the job they have been given as mothers, and honestly reveal the journeys they have had as they seek the Father's heart in parenting their babies. The advice they offer is not a formulaic list of do's and don'ts, but rather a challenge - a challenge to seek the Lord and follow the Holy Spirit. It's a reminder that we are never alone and that our Father has all the parenting advice we will ever need. There were moments of laughter and tears, nods of agreement and understanding, and gentle cues to remember that every baby is an individual and will have very different needs. This is a fantastic read for mothers and fathers - new or seasoned.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joy @ Joy In This Journey on April 14, 2012
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A few weeks ago, I received an advance copy of "Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby's First Year." While my baby turns five this summer, the guilt and fear of the baby years left what I thought were permanent bruises and scars on my heart. Those wounds began to heal as I read this book. "Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby's First Year" is far and away the most grace-filled, encouraging, find-your-God-given-parenting-style book I've ever read (and I've devoured countless parenting books these last twelve years). The writing is excellent, and the stories and wisdom within will free you to follow God's leading as you raise each individual child in your home in the way that best fits them and you.

Megan (who blogs at SortaCrunchy.net) and Laura (who blogs at IntheBackyard.net) start at the beginning -- our fear of failure. They know it intimately and how that fear drives us to prescriptive and rigid approaches to parenting with their promises of perfect children. But they also know first-hand how those approaches may or not may not be right for us and our children. In fact, rigidity and rules fail to recognize the uniqueness of each individual, even as infants.

"Just under the surface of every unexpected turn on the parenting path is the gripping fear that we are failing these little ones who are so desperately dependent on us to do this the right way.
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