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Parenting books can be preachy--readers often feel like the children of the erstwhile parent turned author. This one is different. The Ph.D. mom-authorÖs conversational style is rarely preachy and more narrative than didactic as she describes her £Aha!¥ moments, when she moved from attempting to control her childrenÖs behavior to putting them into environments where they can know God and be changed by him. This is not a £how to¥ parenting manual, but a guide for developing as a spiritually minded parent who asks, £Who did God create my child to be?¥ Attractive to many readers is the authorÖs mix of competence and vulnerability: £It frustrated me that some punk kid down the street had more credibility than I did.¥ Her writing is vivid, terse, and revealing--a story of a boy who grew up without a father to become a great father himself is the heart of a chapter on love and respect. The book speaks to the journey that all parents must learn to accept: to hear GodÖs voice and change along with their children.
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About the Author

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the vice president of Curriculum and Family Ministry Architect at David C Cook. She is the author of Dreaming of More for the Next Generation, The Spiritually Formed Family, and The Big God Story. Dr. Anthony has over 25 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children's and family ministries. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her husband and two grown children, reading a good book, the beach, and a strong cup of coffee.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434764478
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karl Bastian on February 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
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Not since Parenting is HEART Work has there been another parenting book that I really liked. Most parenting books annoy me. Why? Because I find them gimmicky or filled with tricks and cliche's that don't treat children as unique creations of God wired by Him for a purpose. I'm passionate about this because as a boy I was one of those boys that drove my teachers crazy - I wasn't rebellious, disrespectful, mean or insubordinate - but they might have called me a "bad boy" when I was out of ear shot. Because I didn't come out of a cookie cutter. But if they could see me now, they'd understand, I'm a leader, a visionary, a creative innovator, inventor and initiator. An entrepreneur. A mover-and-shaker. I still can't sit still.

That is why I was hesitant when I was offered a free copy of Spiritual Parenting to review, because it was a new "parenting" book, and I hate parenting books! Parenting books teach parents how to get their kids to behave, and if you've been to any of my discipline workshops, you've heard me say,

"I have absolutely NO interest in children behaving."

After the shocked faces recover, I assure them, behavior will improve, but what I'm interested in is shaping their character and their hearts. If you change their behavior - you succeed in making little Pharisees out of them. Training them how to "act" when adults are around. And what happens when the adults are no longer around. Uh, huh. Exactly!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Stewart VINE VOICE on November 25, 2010
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Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony stands out amongst the crowd of Christian books by grounding parenting in discipleship. Instead of focusing parental energy on sin management, Anthony urges parents to share their lives transformed by the gospel. "The goal of spiritual parenting is that our children would learn to hear and know God's voice, desire to obey it, and obey it in the power of God's Spirit, not their own strength."

With a goal of passing down a vibrant faith, Anthony describes environments and values that we should consciously cultivate in parenting: storytelling, identity, faith community, service, out of the comfort zone, responsibility, course correction, love and respect, knowing, and modeling. I found each chapter encouraging. Though Anthony is not coming from a covenantal perspective, I found her ideas and examples compelling and easy to comport to a reformed theology of children.

As twenty-first century evangelicals reconsider how to do church, the way we raise children in the faith must be part of that conversation. Anthony's book is a good start for parents to consider some of the fundamental concerns of raising children who share an authentic and transformational faith. It also serves as a necessary reminder that parents are responsible for the spiritual formation of their children, and how they live is much more important to that development than anything that happens for an hour or two a week.

It is a temptation for parents to look for someone to tell them just what to do, and this book is not structured to feed that. Anthony encourages parents to know their children, embrace the way God made them, and parent them as individuals. Without a formula to follow, parents are better reminded of their eternal focus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kiwiheney on July 28, 2010
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Read this book. If Christ is the center of my life, He will be in my kids' lives too, right? This book helped me to realize that is my TRUE role as a parent. Then it showed me some awesome ways to prepare them to know their God who loves them. The satisfactory behavior is just a side effect! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Stadtmiller on October 28, 2010
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I think that Michelle has really captured the coming zeitgeist in regard to child spirituality and parenting. Anthony's work is really about the margins that surround our family life and how to capture those moments for Christ. You will come away with a fresh perspectives on making every moment count. If the Deut. 6 call to make God a part of every environment you are living in inspires you, then buys Michelle's book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MYDADDY on October 2, 2010
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Very easy read, and filled with good spiritual foundation, common sence, that helps bring daily living to a managable level.
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I like books. No, I really like books and usually have three going at a time. This past week though, one captured my attention so much that I dropped the other books to finish it.

When David C. Cook invited me to review this book for my blog, I jumped at the chance. I'm always interested in checking out books on Christian parenting. In all honesty, I usually find myself skimming them just to get through them, but Spiritual Parenting was different.

Michelle's take on being a Christian parent was honest and refreshing right from her purpose statement in the first chapter:

"It was not my job to merely control my child's behavior and by doing so somehow create a spiritual life for him or her...my goal was to pass on a vibrant and transforming faith."

And with this purpose statement, she's calling parents to a radical way of life.

In order for parents to pass on that "vibrant and transforming faith" they have to model it, live it out in what they say and do, and become proactive with the experiences they offer their kids. What's great about Michelle's book, however, is that she understands the reality of the messy lives of families. She shares some of her worst parenting moments as well as success that remind us that if we keep at this thing called parenting, good will come of our efforts. God will bless our families as we seek after him and make a home where he is the focus and the drive for what we do.

She walks parents through ten environments they can create in their homes from storytelling to serving together to moving our families out of our comfort zones. The advice is practical yet visionary. I can't wait to get this book into the hands of our families at church.
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