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1) The book is not just theory and rhetoric, but practical.
2) The fact that the basis for the book is not man's fallible wisdom but God's perfect word means the guidance in this book will not go out of date like so many things dependent on the fleeting wisdom of man, but will remain eternally true and relevant.
3) The book has an excellent balance between Scriptural exposition, cognitive collation, and practical applicability. That is something most books like this fail at miserably.
1) Honestly, without resorting to making stuff up just to have something to write, the only issue I have is the first chapter or two have a very fast pacing and "lightweight" feel to them. I was concerned that the book was going to be too high level to be practical. By the third chapter, however, the book settles down to a depth and pace worthy of the subject matter. I hate even to mention it because honestly once you are into chapter three, it really doesn't matter and whatever signals the beginning sends disappear in a beautifully in-depth and well-paced work.
Bravo, Dr. Dempsey, you have a grateful parent and a fan for life. Thank you for this work.
I believed more of these deceptions than I thought I would. I’m glad I took the extra time to read this book thoroughly and slowly. It has helped me a lot. I know it will help others. Deception numbers 1, 3, 4, 6 and 9 are the ones I’m guilty of, and I learned some good stuff out of some of the others which confirmed in me that yes, I am doing something right.
Parenting Unchained has some excellent information in it for those who are parenting toddlers to those who are parenting 18-year-olds and all the years in between. Dempsey’s comments and thought are very easily understood.
Throughout the book are ideas we can put into practice to help us break free of the deceptions we can identify with. These ideas can be good starting points to help us parent in a more intentional, productive way.
“Many people read the Bible and think it’s a book of rules…but Satan takes these rules and whispers a little twist in our ears.”
At some point in this book you will say, “I never thought of it like that before.” Dempsey aims light on parenting from a perspective that I have never encountered in a parenting book–and I have read many parenting books. You will find this book to be sometimes revelatory or, at the very least, sometimes positively confirming, and so it will be a refreshing encouragement to you. I know as a result of the light going off in my head in many chapters, I will certainly be looking at some things differently as a parent from now on, and I am very happy about that because it really does feel freeing, just as if one has been ‘unchained’. For example, you know, that one little issue that you just can’t seem to get the response you desire–try looking at it in the light of one of Dempsey’s deceptions–you just might find your answer. I found a number of answers that “I wish I had seen it like this earlier,” but you know, it is never too late.
“How does this basic truth, that relationship comes before rules, affect us as parents? Simply by reminding us that our rules become necessary as the child grows, but the relationship exists from conception. It also tells us that the rules we create are to serve and strengthen the relationship…”
Dempsey correctly points out that we cannot and should not parent alone. He makes it very clear that it’s perfectly okay to rely upon others for support and help when needed, and that it’s okay to not know it all.
There is certainly some very good down-to-earth, common sense advice which is comforting to hear, especially for the self-condemning parent, and some straight talk, which will add strength to your backbone.
There are some very effective examples in it that hit home to me, which was very refreshing–it provoked thought renewal, which in turn ramps up the self confidence. Dempsey gives some very sound Christian advice.
He talks about restoring and developing and maintaining good relationship, gives great advice on when to take a step back and when to assert your position as a parent for the sake of your child’s safety, to name just a few things that are good about this book. He delivers it all with grace, “But there are times when, in spite of our best modeling and teaching, our children will act like, well, children!” “Over the years, the Holy Spirit within each of us supplied both the respect and the wisdom we each were missing.”
The thing I like most about this book is how Dempsey opened the word of God, particularly Jesus’ examples, to bring understanding on how to parent effectively. I really never read the gospels and saw parenting techniques in them, but I sure do now, and I’m not talking about the Beatitudes or Jesus’ teachings on love. Really, you will see a new perspective in this book, “Within the flow of stories that Luke shares is a step-by-step progression of Jesus’ ministry over a three-year period. We will examine and catalog those stories to find His intentional sequence. From that sequence we’ll gather more principles for parenting.” This was very interesting and helpful, you may find it so, too.
I think this book was written for the parents of this tumultuous period of time, and though he addresses Christian parents in his title, really, I think that for the most part everyone can benefit from this book.
Lori Wildenberg, co-author of 3 parenting books including: Raising Little Kids with Big Love and Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love.
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