- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (May 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496421973
- ISBN-13: 978-1496421975
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
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The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ Paperback – May 1, 2018
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It’s no secret that Clay’s and Sally’s hearts beat for the family, and now they’ve offered those heartbeats for us to consider, emulate, and find encouragement from. The Clarksons specialize in inspiring a biblical big-picture mind-set with next-step practicality in a world that often finds parenting burdensome. The Lifegiving Parent offers delight and wonder to parents in the trenches. (Ruth Chou Simons, mom of six, founder of GraceLaced.com, artist)
Clay and Sally Clarkson are the beloved parenting guides we all seek―gentle yet firm, wise yet adventurous, curious yet convicted. In The Lifegiving Parent, the Clarksons faithfully lead us all into a deeper, more meaningful exploration of Christian parenting through personal lessons, biblical insights, and practical teachings. To read this book is to sit down to a treasured mentorship, Yorkshire Tea in hand. (Erin Loechner, blogger at DesignForMankind.com and author of Chasing Slow)
With biblical wisdom and decades of personal experience, Clay and Sally Clarkson offer families a treasure in The Lifegiving Parent. It’s a humble yet urgent message to each of us pursuing this messy mission of raising kids to love Jesus and love the world. We are the lifegivers. It’s not a formula, program, or set of methods. It’s a way of life. With God’s help, we will pass on what we possess, giving the life of God to our children. No matter what stage of parenting you are in, you will find The Lifegiving Parent challenging, helpful, and encouraging. (Patrick and Ruth Schwenk, founders of TheBetterMom.com and ForTheFamily.org and authors of For Better or for Kids)
Clay’s and Sally’s amazing relational styles inspire parents to new heights. They not only tell us “what” but also show us “how.” Any parents who read this book will find tools to breathe new life into their homes. (Dr. Scott Turansky, cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting)
Clay and Sally have once again delivered a book that every parent would be wise to read. Inviting and encouraging, this book is a tool kit for passing on an inheritance of following Christ. It’s a guide for guides, teeming with wisdom earned from years of navigating the wilderness in search of the Water of Life. For the millions of younger parents longing for wise and practical mentors, The Lifegiving Parent is an answer to prayer. (S. D. Smith, author of The Green Ember series)
My husband and I passed this book back and forth with enthusiasm. The Lifegiving Parent is for every hopeful, weary mother or father. Our home is different because of the ministry of Sally and Clay Clarkson. Their vision has lifted our eyes, and this book is a gem we’ll return to again and again. (Sara Hagerty, mother of six and author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet)
With a beautiful balance of biblical teaching, practicality, and an understanding of the challenges parenting brings, Clay and Sally Clarkson’s latest endeavor offers thought-provoking insights and reflections on their parenting journey. Moms and dads can mutually benefit from the reminder that passing along the gospel to their children isn’t about following a formula but about a parent’s authentic relationship with God overflowing into every aspect of family life. Part handbook, part manifesto, this book offers ideas for actionable steps to nurture our children’s hearts, warming them to the life-giving love of Christ. (Laura Wifler and Emily Jensen, cohosts of Risen Motherhood podcast)
Parenthood is an incredible gift and an extraordinary journey of discovery. The Lifegiving Parent is an inspirational and insightful book for all parents, no matter where they are on the journey. Each chapter is thought provoking and will challenge you as a parent to acknowledge and pursue the God-given role and influence you have in the lives of your children. (Jennifer Smith, author of The Unveiled Wife and Thirty-One Prayers for My Husband)
American parents often say they feel powerless to raise their kids in the best way. Either they feel inadequate to do the job or they worry they don’t have the kind of influence on their kids they once dreamed of having. The solution isn’t “education” as we typically think of it, nor is it slightly better sermons or youth groups. Children need formation―something that’s far more broad, intentional, and rooted in the people and traditions that ground a home.
At a time when the plethora of parenting books are mainly focused on technique, Clay and Sally Clarkson provide a vision of parenting as an art. The Lifegiving Parent is an intensely practical window into how to be the person your children need so that they can grow up surrounded by the truth, goodness, and beauty that will set them up for a life worth living. (Brian Brown, director of the Anselm Society)
Wisdom is crammed into these pages―the wisdom of the Scriptures exposited and the wisdom of God embodied in over three decades of parenting. You won’t find formulas, guarantees, or glossy depictions of family life in this book. Instead, there are well-worn and well-loved pathways into the life-giving work of the Holy Spirit . . . for parents and for children. (Glenn Packiam, associate senior past of New Life Church in Colorado Springs)
There’s nothing I want more than to be a life-giving parent to my children. This book is at the top of my go-to stack of books to help me through the beautiful and challenging phases and stages of parenting. You must add it to yours. (Kristen Welch, bestselling author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World)
From the Back Cover
At the heart of this book is a fundamental truth many Christian parenting books overlook―the life of God.
The Lifegiving Parent is about what we did to bring God’s life into our home for our children to see and believe. That’s what it means to be lifegiving parents―to introduce our children to the living God of Scripture and to give them the life that we have found in Him.
We offer no special or secret formula that will make you a successful Christian parent, and we would counsel you to avoid any parenting book that does. We offer only our personal experience and insights, and the promise that God’s grace will be in abundant supply for anything you decide to do, by faith, to become a lifegiving parent for your children.
That will be the real story of this book―how God comes alive in your family.
―Clay and Sally Clarkson
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"Our children's spirits are hard wired by God to look to us first for the spiritual influence they long for because of God's image within them. If they don't get it from us, they'll seek it elsewhere."
"Numbering your children's days is less about accomplishing yet one more task of parenting and more about creating a rhythm of life in your family."
"It’s not about being a political or social “culture warrior” for the family but about definitively, and maybe even defiantly, building a home where the living God of Creation is undeniably living through the family within it."
"At its core, lifegiving parenting is less about what you do and more about who you are— a child of the living God who is connected with Him and is ready to share that life with your children so that they may know Him too."
That I can do. So thankful for this book!
“We cannot really become lifegiving parents without taking seriiously the call to model the life of Christ to our children. It is easy to tell ourselves that if we’re training and instructing our children, we’re doing what is required of us as parents—we’re “bringing them up.” But the truly lifegiving part of nurture is in those last three words: “of the Lord.” That is where our children will be “fed” by us—from the life of Christ that is already in our spirits.”
"You can learn to bring the life of God into your home, to give His life to your children, and to find even more of His life for yourself in the process. It's not a foolproof formula to follow; it's a life of faith to live and to give."
Highly recommending to all my parent friends, regardless what stage they are in!