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Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today's Families Paperback – June 1, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
this couple learned to have spiritual input into their children's lives.
I bought copies of the book for each of our four children to use with
their families. The seminar of the same book was also enlightening.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
having read this yet but just finished her book on Family Ministry. If it's as good as that one it'll be great!!Published 2 months ago by Dawn Connor
This is by far the best parenting book I've ever read!!Published 6 months ago by Alabaster Essentials
This was an excellent book!!! Great parenting advice!!! Every parent or parent to be needs to read this book!!!!! Would recommend to parents with kids of any age!Published 9 months ago by Hallie