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Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents by [Dempsey, James]
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Dr. James D. Dempsey hails from a small farming community in west Texas and credits his success to great parents and the values learned among those hard-working, friendly, but fiercely independent folk. He graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a BA in Psychology, and holds both a Masters and PhD in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas at Austin. He served two years as the director of the childcare center at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austin, and has also taught classes at both UT Austin and the University of North Texas in Denton. He has taught in early childhood programs in Lubbock, Austin, and Keller, Texas. As an expert in children and learning environments, he has led more than 150 training seminars at various universities, churches, and childcare conferences through the years. He continues to train church and childcare staffs around the state of Texas. Beginning in 2008, Jim joined First Baptist Church of Keller (TX) as Children’s Minister. Jim was ordained in ministry in 2012, and recently joined the staff of Anderson Mill Baptist Church (Austin) as Associate Pastor to Families. He enjoys writing curricula for churches and maintains a blog for both parents and church staff on his website, www.D6Culture.com. He provides parenting advice and a monthly newsletter to the parents of Young Leaders Campus Network in the Houston area. He is a frequent speaker for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention on children's and family ministry. He is a certified trainer for the National Center for Biblical Parenting, and one of only 5 certified consultants for this organization. After publishing articles in educational journals and contributing to education textbooks, he wrote his first book on parenting titled Parenting Unchained-Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents. He admits that his degree and his experience teaching young children led him to be a bit cocky about his parenting, and that arrogance led to more than a few mistakes as a parent. Jim uses these lessons plus intensive Bible study to reveal the ways Satan deceives Christian parents, and the Biblical truths that set parents free from those deceptions. In spite of Jim's parenting foibles, he and wife Gail have three lovely and well-adjusted daughters and three grandchildren.

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  • File Size: 1940 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Biblical Parenting (July 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2014
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MAHBUQO
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By R. Carroll on December 11, 2014
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I know that all parents can use some insight on raising their kids from someone who's been there. This is not written in a condescending manner at all. It's more like a loving parent showing you an easier way to do something, with Scripture to back it up. It's a book that will challenge you and really make you think. Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

"God says your character is the foundation for your parenting." page 11

"Don't ignore God's work in your own heart as He directs your work on the hearts of your children." page 23

PLEASE get yourself a copy!
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I honestly need to stop reading such excellent books as my reputation as a review curmudgeon is in jeopardy. Honestly, though, while many books waver between four and five stars, this was the easiest 5 star review I've ever given. Before I was 25% through the book, it had already led me to clarity on a situation I had badly mishandled with my daughter. Putting the principles into practice, I was able to speak into that situation and right a great wrong.
PROS:
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.

CONS:
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.
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I must say, after reading through this book, I admit I've fallen prey to every single one of the deceptions listed. Each deception is laid out clearly with biblical examples of how the deception is created and how God doesn't think that way. It's definitely eye-opening to realize that things you've thought, even unconsciously, are incorrect and that the Bible gives us clear examples of how God has "raised" his children, both Old Testament and New. I will definitely be reading this again!
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Author James D. Dempsey reveals 10 lies that well intentioned, good parents believe. Wherever you are in your parenting journey you more than likely believe at least 1 of these lies. I confidently say this because not one of us parents is perfect, we all have said or done or not said or done some things that we wish we would have done differently. Some of us have young children and are wondering how we should go about parenting when they are older. You will find some excellent ways to build a great relationship with your children as they grow.

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.
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Dr. Dempsey has written an incredible book for parents and grandparents as they navigate the uncertain world of parenting from babies to adulthood. I wish I had had a book like this 40+ years ago when we were raising our daughters. Children are a blessing from God. But as I used to tell our girls, " you did not have instructions tied to your toes when you were born". Little did I really realize that God does give us instructions, as Jim relates well in his book. We all make mistakes, but having a book that teaches and inspires parents to be the best parents they can be to raise the next generation with Godly principals is refreshing. The Ten Deceptions that shackle parents are well explained and relatable. The Ten Truths are the tools all parents need to raise healthy and well adjusted children who will grow up to adults with a deep rooted faith and a contributing member of society. I found I could not put the book down and read it in one sitting. I highly recommend this book to all parents and grandparents looking for wisdom, guidance and practical Biblical advice to help them raise those precious babies.
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