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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596381744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596381742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Answers frequently asked questions with biblical clarity, wisdom, and insight. The answers it gives are not only clear and practical, but richly gospel-centered and filled with hope."
--Ted Tripp, Pastor, Conference Speaker, Author of Shepherding a Child's Heart

"The book is packed. No sooner did I think, 'But what about . . .' before the next illustration set me off on a wise course." --Ed Welch, Director of Counseling, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

"A very practical book based on biblical principles to help parents of adult children. The style is engaging and the advice very wise. I wish I had had this book years ago!"
--Martha Peace, Biblical Counselor, Author of The Excellent Wife



"This is a wonderful book written for parents who are hurting and want solid biblical answers that speak to the heart. . . . If you are a struggling parent, [it] will bring you refreshing hope in handling your role from a biblical perspective." --John D. Street, Chair, MABC Graduate Program, The Master's College and Seminary

"An excellent treasure. . . . There is no other Christian book quite like it. . . . These two parent counselors have provided us with a great deal of valuable assistance."
--Lance Quinn, Pastor-Teacher, The Bible Church of Little Rock



"Later years can be some of the most challenging for parents, but in this book you will find lots of direction, compassion, and hope. . . . This is one book that every parent needs to have and read!" --Stuart W. Scott, Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Elyse Fitzpatrick counsels with the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship.

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If you want to learn about the Y generation, I highly recommend this book.
traveler
There are numerous good books on Christian parenting, aimed primarily at young children or even the teen years in particular.
Alex
The authors do a good job of combining Biblical answers with their practical guidelines.
William D. Curnutt

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William D. Curnutt TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
There have been many books written about how to raise your children, there have been many books written about how to deal with aging parents, but I think this is the first book I have found dealing with how to live with your adult children.

The authors do a great job of explaining this new societal trend, the Twixter's. That's the term used for the many young adults who are choosing to live at home and postponing adulthood until their thirties or later.

While it might not be a bad thing for your adult child to leave at home with you there are many areas that you need to consider to make it a pleasant experience for you and for them. We have always heard that "timing is everything" and the same can be said about when a young adult should leave the comfort of their parents home. In these 10 chapters you will discover answers to the most frequently asked questions by parents about their adult children. Questions such as, am I just being concerned and setting down rules or am I nagging someone who is really an adult?

Other questions, do I charge them rent? Do I expect them to do chores around the house? What are the expectations of curfews, letting us know where they are, who their friends are and what about the moral choices they make while living under my roof?

While it may appear that there are easy answers to these questions it always becomes more problematic when circumstances differ from child to child. What's good for one adult child might not be good for the next adult child. How do you know?

The authors do a good job of combining Biblical answers with their practical guidelines.

I especially enjoyed the chapters where the authors looked at life at home from the eyes of the Adult Child living with their parents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 20, 2010
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There are numerous good books on Christian parenting, aimed primarily at young children or even the teen years in particular. But Jim Newheiser and Elyse Fitzpatrick have done the church a great service by writing a book on parenting adult children. This theme is particularly important in our day with the twixter and adultolescence phenomena in full swing.

Newheiser and Fitzpatrick give wise, biblical, nuanced counsel on how parents can and should carefully and lovingly release their children, like arrows, as they enter the adult years (Ps. 127:4). While many parents seek an unhealthy degree of control over their adult children, other parents neglect restraining their ungodly children and ultimately aid and abet their descent into sin, as we see with Eli, who honored his sons above God (I Sam. 2:29-30).

In contrast, Christian parents should ground their training in the gospel, seeking to impart and model biblical principles, and asking the Holy Spirit to make them "stick". We simply cannot control our adult children; we must trust God when we're scared about the course of their lives, and as we see them, in some cases, suffer the consequences for their poor choices. Often parents unhelpfully prevent their children from reaping the consequences of their actions and "hitting bottom" as it were). Yet the prodigal son did not come to his senses until he was eating the pig slop. This book doesn't shy away from the hard cases; no, many gut-wrenching examples are delineated in detail, and the book's principles are applied to these cases in a wonderfully practical way.

Parents should:

1. Teach their children the love of God in Christ Jesus
2. Teach their children to fear God and live for His glory
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ramona Mom on July 20, 2010
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Saying that this book was timely for my husband and I hardly does it justice. With 11 children, ages 14 to 23, "You Never Stop Being a Parent" was a godsend. Although we are familiar with the Ultimate Source (the Holy Scriptures), Mr. Newheiser and Mrs. Fitzpatrick have once again written a book which we find rich in practical application of those Scriptures. Subjects such as finances, house rules (and when to change them), and marriage (strengthening your own and preparing for your childrens') are covered thoroughly in this well written book. Ample examples satisfied my own unending what-does-that-look-like-in-real-life questions and a "sample contract for your young adult" will be used and reused in our home over the next few years. The young adults still living in our home would likely say "thank you" to the authors if given the chance, as they are currently reaping the benefits of how this book has taught my husband and I to better implement biblical principles in their lives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ivory on July 27, 2010
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For full disclosure I am not a parent yet, but I am in ministry and work with families in all sorts of various situations.
I've seen a lot of harm done by well-meaning but misguided parents who refuse to let go of their adult children.
This book is the only one I've read that addresses the issues of these relationships in a fully biblical fashion sticking clearly with the Scriptures; neither imposing their beliefs on Scripture or taking away from all that Scripture instructs for parents and children.
I will recommend this book to every parent I know personally and to all in ministry.

As Dr. Tripp says in his accolades, it should be bought in bulk and handed out!

Ivory
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