- Series: Little Hearts Handbooks
- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Little Hearts Books, LLC (May 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988995840
- ISBN-13: 978-0988995840
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Little Hearts Handbooks) Paperback – May 1, 2014
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With L.R.Knost's compassionate tone, relational style, and intelligent, well-researched writing, Jesus, the Gentle Parent is like a walk through the scriptures with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide as L.R. takes on Dr. James Dobson, Tedd Tripp, Gary Ezzo, and Michael Pearl, among others, breaking down their doctrine and reexamining such issues as spanking, instant obedience, and more in light of the original Hebrew and Greek texts of the scriptures. L.R. also offers practical, gentle alternatives in this one-of-a-kind, must-read gentle Christian parenting guide. The Parenting Review
Jesus, the Gentle Parent is a book to read, reread, and internalize. In these pages, you will find keen insights and powerful Scriptural truths...Before agreeing to write the foreword for Jesus, The Gentle Parent, I carefully read and examined how L.R. had engaged the subject, and I can say without hesitation that I am a better person, a better father, a better human being, and a better Christian for doing so. -Samuel S. Martin, Biblical scholar based in Jerusalem, Israel and author of Thy Rod and Thy Staff, They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy
About the Author
Best-selling parenting and children’s book author, L.R.Knost, is an independent child development researcher and founder and director of the advocacy and consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, as well as a monthly contributor to The Natural Parent Magazine. She is also a babywearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, homeschooling mother of six. Her children are a twenty-six-year-old married father of two; a twenty-four-year-old married Family Therapist working with at-risk children and families; a nineteen-year-old university pre-med student on scholarship; fifteen- and eight-year-old sweet, funny, socially active, homeschooled girls; and an adorable and active toddler. Other works by award-winning author, L.R.Knost, include 'Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages,' 'Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood,' and 'The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline,' the first three books in the Little Hearts Handbook parenting guide series, as well as her children’s picture books, A Walk in the Clouds, the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series, and Petey’s Listening Ears, the first in the Wisdom for Little Hearts series, which are humorous and engaging tools for parents, teachers, and caregivers to use in implementing gentle parenting techniques in their homes and schools.
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My only complaint is that when it comes to some of the interpretations of scripture, she seems to reach a little bit. For example, she construes Jesus' outburst in the temple as a "temper tantrum" in order to show that temper tantrums, or more generally emotions themselves, are not unnatural or evil. Now I buy the general argument she is making, but I don't buy that Jesus had a "tantrum." A tantrum implies loss of control of one's critical faculties, wherein the emotions overrule the reason. Just because Jesus had a violent, emotional outburst does not mean that his reason ceased to function or that he was not acting this way because he judged it to be just and appropriate. It is possible to be angry, and to act passionately and with force, without having to also "lose control" as is implied in a "temper tantrum."
Jesus' act was, in the opinion of most respected theologians and Christian teachers, impassioned but deliberate. He did not, according to the normal interpretation, "lose it." The fact that she basically says otherwise seems to me to be an unnecessary risk, because it is really not necessary to her argument, and by saying this she is going to alienate a lot of people from her argument unnecessarily. People who otherwise would have been on her side might now be put on the defensive by her introducing a novel interpretation of scripture into the picture.
That said, I emphasize that this was a great read and does a really effective job and pointing out the hypocrisy and truly anti-Christian nature of what has become the "conventional parenting wisdom" for a generation or two now, under the flag of "tough love" and "discipline" via Dobson and friends.
It has come to my attention that she has been having some health problems and yet if you search her name on Google you can find her blog where through it all she is still living what she wants her children to live, and instead of prancing around claiming her deep love for the Father by shouting it, she just allows her and her family to be a light of example in the world. God Bless this book for it is one of the heart and in my humble opinion that is the best kind.
Oh and one last thing. This book if far more than just parenting, this is about about self healing from past troubles (which admittedly you need to be brave and walk with God if you have had hurting moments in the past.), it is a book about researching faith so your can stand before others, and the Lord in confidence and this is a book that tears down barriers of what are misguided people who are hurting themselves and others in blind obedience rather than starting a journey to learn about the Lord. Thank you for reading my review and I can promise if you don't read this book you will have missed something very special in your life.
"I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." Revelations 3:20 NIV
Ive been touched very deeply in my heart by the guidance and wisdom in this book.
I wish every single parent on the planet could receive a copy and read it.
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