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  • 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 (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Identity - I belong to God & He love me.
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This was a very easy read and a great insight into spiritual parenting.
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I would recommend this book to parents of kids of all ages.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Stewart VINE VOICE on November 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karl Bastian on February 21, 2011
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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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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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Prince on November 24, 2010
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Who is Spiritual Parenting written for?

"Our goal as parents should be to endeavor to pass down our faith to the next generation in such a way that they will be able to pass down their faith to the following generation in our absence."

Go ahead, read that quote again. If you agree with Michelle's premise (and I do!), then you're going to dig this resource. If that doesn't resonate with you, if that's not the end you have in mind, then your going to struggle with the house that gets built on that foundation.

So... who is this resource for again?

The answer to this question is simple and complex.

The simple part - this book is for those of us who deeply desire to pass the faith on well to our children, our grandchildren and the generations that will follow.

The complex part - it's not just for parents. This book is for children's minstry leaders, pastors, moms, dads, grandmas, teachers - anyone who can shape a child's life and wants to shape it in a way that makes a lasting impact for generations to come. Anyone who has the power to help shape a child's environment should take the time to read through this resource.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Baird Kidmin360 on November 23, 2010
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This book is a unique resource for parents that I also highly recommend. Written in conjunction with the Tru curriculum from David C. Cook. Essentially, this book presents the Biblical idea that "the Holy Spirit is God's chosen teacher; it is He who causes spiritual growth and formation when and as He chooses." With this belief, "environments" or "spiritual space" is created at home and the church, allowing the Holy Spirit to move and work.

These 10 environments and their main point of emphasis include:

Storytelling - God has a big story & I can be part of it.
Identity - I belong to God & He love me.
Faith Community - God's family cares for each other & worships God together.
Serving - Asks the question: What needs to be done?
Out of the Comfort Zone - God has entrusted me with the things & people He created around me.
Responsibility - I am entrusted with what God with accomplishing what God would want me to say or do on His behalf.
Course Correction - When I get off track, God offers me a path of healing.
Love/Respect - God fills me with His love so I can give it away.
Knowing - God knows me & I can know Him.
Modeling - I see Christ in others & they can see Him in me.
Michelle goes in depth in each of these environments, explaining how they play out in church & home in an engaging, understandable manner. Her ideas are easy to apply & offer a clear path to engaging children in the journey of spiritual formation.

Again, this is another great tool for parents. For KidMin leaders, I would highly encourage you to read this, embrace it's ideas and pass them along to parents as another tool for committing to the process of investing in and taking responsibility for the spiritual development of their children.
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