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Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child's Heart with God's Extravagant Grace Paperback – April 8, 2014
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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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As a modern day parent I have read a lot of parenting books and articles, looking for both guidance and validation of my choices as a parent. I can honestly say that no single book or article has influenced me as much as this one has. While I am and will always be a work in progress, I think this book did mark a sea change in the way I act as a parent and how I view my children.
This book is written for Christian parents and it was the Christian perspective that I found most helpful, but that does not mean that central message of the book would not be helpful to those who do not share the faith. That message is that it’s okay to let go of your quest for perfection as a parent. Cunnion writes “I thought my gift to God was trying to be, act, think and parent perfectly” – but as C.S. Lewis put it, “God doesn’t want something from us. He simply wants us.” When Cunnion finally surrendered to God’s Grace her heart found rest in the glorious truth of 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Reading that verse I felt something in my heart give way and open to Cunnion’s approach and to God’s message. God loves me in my weakness and I need to trust in that for my own sake and as a parent for the sake of my children.
When we let go of that quest for perfection and trust in the boundless love and grace of God everything falls into place. The best way to parent says Cunnion is to open your heart to that grace and to show it to your children. She writes, “knowing that they are fully known and fully loved allows our children to live in the freedom and fullness of God’s unconditional love for them without the burden of perfection, performance or pretending… this is extravagant grace and in experiencing this grace our hearts are captured and transformed.” The book has a lot of concrete ways to demonstrate that grace to our children and to teach them through prayer, scripture and service to the community. Cunnion also has specific chapters on the things that all parents need help with like respect, self-control, kindness, honesty and discipline.
It is because of this book that we have instituted daily devotionals with our kids, we have scripture memorization and it gave me the much needed push to find a regular service opportunity for my older kids. We still have work to do to live fully in this message. But it is a relief to know that I do not need to be all things, and that I cannot in fact be all things. This reminder of God’s love for me and for my children is a balm for a weary parent’s heart and it tells me that I am not the only one looking out for their well-being and their future. There is tremendous comfort in his grace for us all.
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!