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<DIV>Alan Melton is the founder of the Disciple Like Jesus ministry. The ministry encourages parents and grandparents to disciple their children in same manner that Jesus made disciples. Alan has been a church planter, teaching elder, and business owner. He led Evangelism Explosion and FAITH Evangelism for ten years and juvenile delinquent ministries for sixteen years. Paul J. Dean is pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Greer, SC. Dr. Dean is a regional mentor with the International Association of Biblical Counselors, and is a sought-after conference speaker. He holds degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.) and Erskine Theological Seminary (D.Min.) He is also the host of the live radio call-in show, Calling for Truth.</div>
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In America today, children control more of their instruction and teaching than they should. Parents, with no established religion or faith of their own, allow children to make up their own minds about what is truth and what is not.
Many think that America began its recent decline when prayer was taken out of school. We blame the politics of the day and accept the continual degradation of our quality of life as if there is nothing we can do.
There is much we can do.
Proverbs 4:13 urges us to `Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.' In Disciple Like Jesus for Parents: Following Jesus' Method and Enjoying the Blessings of Children by Alan Melton and Paul Dean, the focus is on protecting our children by way of instruction.
This book begins with the need for biblical instruction (Part One) and moves on to an examination of how Jesus taught his disciples (Parts Two through Five) giving tips, advice, and practical ways parents today can model their parenting skills to that of Jesus.
The advice given in this book is not specific to a certain age group, though there are portions that specifically address certain age groups. Written to two parent homes as well as single parent homes, the focus is on creating a godly example for children to follow just as Jesus did.It is a lifestyle that children will not only learn but see lived out by the parents.
We often learn more from teaching than we do from being taught. If the reader of this book applies these principles, they may find a deeper relationship with Jesus as well. I was encouraged to see there were some hard truths in this book. Teaching our children of wisdom and honor, we can claim the promise found in Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Sound practical advice, well written, I highly recommend it. To learn more about the authors and their ministry, visit their website at [...].
The review copy of this book was provided free of charge by the author and donated to the library of Westwood Baptist Church.
Disciple Like Jesus For Parents is one such book I chose. I found myself underlining much of the text and writing personal notes and affirmations in the margins of most pages. When this happens, I know I've found a book I want to include in my store and let other parents know about.
Perhaps the two aspects I like most about this book are the abundance of scripture quotes with references, and the many practical applications, suggestions, and pointers the authors give us. For example, Chapter 8 doesn't just tell us in vague terms to build relationships and "community" in our homes, but gives practical ways of doing so, with a list of at least 20 indoor and outdoor activities that can be done together as a family.
Since both authors are parents themselves, their advice is not coming from inexperience and "theory," but rather from the perspective of what has (and hasn't) worked in training and discipling their own children.
If your heart is turned to your children, and you are looking for a Biblically sound, practical resource to disciple them in your Christian faith, (did I mention practical?), I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Disciple Like Jesus For Parents and read it with pen in hand.
You'll gain wise words and useful, Biblical insights in your journey as a parent with your children.