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About the Author

Jeannie Cunnion holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Her professional background combines counseling, writing, and extensive speaking about parenting and adoption issues for organizations such as Bethany Christian Services and the National Council for Adoption. Jeannie also enjoys blogging on her website (www.jeanniecunnion.com), serving as the Council Co-Chairman at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, and leading various parenting courses and Bible studies when she and her husband Mike aren’t cheering on their three boys at one of their sporting events.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310340845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310340843
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first heard Jeannie's message in person at one of her talks at our church. My oldest son was 16 at the time and my younger was 14. I went to the talk expecting to hear information for younger kids, but I went with a friend to be supportive. What I found was one of the most life-changing messages our family has heard to date--and one very relevant to teens and their families. I was very moved by the message for my boys, "you are fully known, fully loved and fully forgiven". My boys are now 17 and 15.5 years old and my husband and I find Jeannie's book extremely beneficial in helping us navigate troubled waters. It was like a switch went off as soon as we started correcting and teaching first and for most with the premise stated above. It changed our family dynamic from one of blame, shame, guilt, despair and self loathing to something much more positive. People say "big kids, big problems"--boy is that true. Sometimes with teens their struggles can be a matter of life and death. We must teach and correct them in order for them to thrive in the world--they also need to learn to hear our concerns over their behavior and choices, to forgive themselves and move on. We have found that putting Christ and his loving Grace and forgiveness in the middle of our family--in the good times and bad--has changed the way we interact with each other and receive criticism. To start with the premise that Jesus died for us while we were still sinners is profound. There is no such thing as a perfect parent or a perfect child. If we strive for perfection in ourselves and each other, of course we are constantly failing.Read more ›
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This book is so refreshing, it takes the pressure off us as parents, which is nearly impossible, and lets us give our fears anxieties tears and imperfection to God. What I took from this book and is that its so hard to get it right but if we are open to his grace we can lessen the falls by reading his word and enveloping ourselves and our children in his love. How great is it that we are not expected to be perfect because we can't be?? I need to know this and needed to know this even before having children. This book is for all ages of parenting, before children, having children and once they are grown. Jeannie Cunnion teaches is that we are forgiven already and loved already. I love how this book is written, which is why I gave 5 stars, she intertwines verse with actual life experience that is so relatable. She gives real practical advice on how to teach our children about Gods Grace and never ending love. I will definitely need/read this book many times during this parenting thing that is so hard but so incredibly amazing!!!
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I need to re-read the message of grace in this book EVERY DAY! As a rule follower and a rule enforcer, I focus too much on my kids actions. This book reminds me that what REALLY matters is my relationship and my child's relationship with Christ. Getting to know God and rest in what he has already done for us can be the best fuel for our parenting. PTWC reminds us of this truth in a very down-to-earth way and also provides very useful practical tips for keeping this focus.

She does not give a parenting to-do list, but instead frees you from the worldly to-dos that bog us all down.

A MUST read!
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Jeannie offers a groundbreaking gift in her book, Parenting the Wholehearted Child as she offers readers the truth that we don't have to be perfect to let our kids know that they are perfectly loved. She extends grace after grace on every page as she artfully and humorously tells us the story of how accepting God's grace for herself has allowed her to extend grace to her children in a way that lets them taste the freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus. As a marriage and family therapist, it will be my #1 recommendation. And as a parent, it will be my #1 resource. Enjoy!
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I am overwhelmed with the love I have for my kids and I want to do it all so right! Jeannie's book is freedom for the perfectionist in me. She explains the magnitude of a God's grace so beautifully! She gives such authentic stories that make me believe parenting this way is not only possible - it's critical for their view of Jesus.
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I'm always a little skeptical when I read books concerning God's grace. I feel that most of the world is highly confused about just what the word "grace" really means, feeling the freedom to purposely live in sin. That said, I grew up not knowing what it was, in the opposite direction. I feared every time I sinned(talked back, complained, fought with my siblings, etc), I was going to hell if I didn't act perfect. Honestly, though I've came a long way, I still struggle greatly in the area of grace. I sin! I'm an imperfect, selfish human being. I get frustrated with my children too often, and use my "big voice", and I want to hide from God in shame. I don't give my husband the respect that he deserves, and is commanded of me. I struggle knowing God loves me no matter what, and I struggle expecting perfection from my children and husband, though it isn't a goal that can be reached, from them or me. I needed a nice, balanced book concerning grace, and I need to push that aspect into my parenting more often! I felt this book fit the bill pretty nicely.

Just to note: The author and I have some theological differences, so I didn't agree with everything within this book.

There were many times I connected with the author all too well. She has 3 boys, older than mine now, and I gleaned many lessons from her. There were parenting tips within this book I'm looking forward to trying. I've felt like a failure as a parent, especially lately, and especially when it comes to worship services. (She covers worship services!) It seems lately, I do more scolding and shushing in services than true worship. I've been more worried about my children not disrupting someone else, than allowing them the joy of true worship.
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