- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (May 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433520095
- ISBN-13: 978-1433520099
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus Paperback – May 4, 2011
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“So many Christian parents fall into the trap of asking the law to do in the hearts of their children what only grace can accomplish. Armed with threats, manipulation, and guilt, they attempt to create change that only the cross of Jesus Christ makes possible. It is so encouraging to read a parenting book that points parents to the grace of the cross and shows them how to be instruments of that grace in the lives of their children.”
—Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?
“In our human attempts to raise good and godly kids, we often forget that God extended his best grace to us. We are not full of grace on our own; we desperately need his grace. Elyse Fitzpatrick and her daughter, Jessica, provide a great tool to guide parents down the road of gracious parenting. I commend it to you.”
—James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church
“Elyse Fitzpatrick continues her never-ending quest to churn out grace-filled, Christ-centered, gospel-saturated books. And now she’s done it again with her daughter, Jessica, coauthoring this excellent parenting book! If you are a parent, get online and order your copy of Give Them Grace today!”
—Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author, The Pastor and Counseling and She’s Got the Wrong Guy
“The authors—mother and daughter—remind us that parenting is not only hard but also impossible. Yes, we need to nurture, teach, discipline, train, pray, and model, but we must not depend on our parenting skills to change the hearts of our children. Instead, they counsel parents to ‘rely on the faithfulness of Jesus, our great high priest, to change their hearts.’ Grace for both parents and children flows through the pages of this book; I only wish I had read it at the beginning of my parenting instead of the end.”
—Rose Marie Miller, missionary; author, From Fear to Freedom
“This is not just a book on parenting; this is deep training in the gospel. Elyse Fitzpatrick shows parents how to model themselves after the heavenly Father, who changed his children not by wrath and the law but by grace. A lot of books talk about gospel-centeredness in theory; this book shows you how to apply it to one of life’s most important relationships.”
—J. D. Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; author, Not God Enough and Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart
About the Author
Elyse Fitzpatrick (MA, Trinity Theological Seminary) is a counselor, a retreat and conference speaker, and the author of over 20 books, including Because He Loves Me, Comforts from the Cross, and Found in Him.
Jessica Thompson is the author of Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family and the coauthor (with Elyse Fitzpatrick) of Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus. She is a wife, a mother of three, and a member of an Acts 29 church.
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I may finish the last portion of the book for the hope of gleaning some small kernels of wisdom (and maybe I'll end up amending this in the case that they address some of the area in which I found it lacking), but honestly it's simply not worth the time if you are a busy homeschooling mother like me. After a string of very disappointing books on Christian parenting, I just have to say this: Pick up your Bible as often as you have time and be constant and consistent in prayer (alone, with your husband, with your children). Submit to Christ in all things and let the Spirit lead you in doing what is best for your children. Maybe that's a little too precious for some, but honestly your family will likely be much better off than with any other 5-star method packed in a pretty book with a catchy tagline.
I don't find that it gives very practical methods for raising kids, as say a John Rosamond book would. But I don't think that was the intent of the authors. Some of their examples of how to talk to kids were lengthy and verbose, to say the least...and the authors admitted as such. But it was a very good reminder to me that my ultimate goal in parenting is to point my children to Jesus. Always Jesus.
A basic premise of GTG is that children are "unbelievers", therefore evangelization of the child is the basic focus of the parents, not discipleship. I question this approach (Ps 22:9-10,Gal 1:15, 1 Cor 7:14). As for the parents, missing from GTG, is a stress on the importance of husband-wife unity in parenting. Intentional or not, GTG seems to be addressing a single parent. GTG also fails to stress a Kingdom focus, and tends to cast the Law of God in an unfavorable light, often confounding it with parent-made legislation. God's Law is generally portrayed as somehow antagonistic to grace, when in fact its only problem -- condemnation --is due to a deficiency in us, a deficiency remedied by our Lord's atonement and the indwelling Spirit. Instruction of our children in the Law of God is highly commended by both Christ (Matt 5:19) and the apostle Paul (2 Tim 3:16). It is also highly extolled in the Psalms (Psalm 1,19,119, etc.). Earning favor with God is not the aim of the Law, Christ-like moral beauty is.
That said, "Give Them Grace" still accomplishes much in the way of parental instruction. Throughout GTG there is strong admonition for parents to "walk by faith, not by sight", placing full confidence in the goodness and greatness of God. My disagreements are not meant to discourage its reading. In fact, I highly recommend GTG, as it was highly recommended to me. I was challenged and blessed by its contents.