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Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord (Faithful Families) Hardcover – May 7, 2012

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About the Author

Dave Stone is senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he preaches Truth to more than 22,000 people each weekend. He and his wife, Beth, have three children: Savannah, Sadie, and Sam, and a son-in-law, Patrick. Dave believes the most practical way to spread the gospel is through moms and dads who model a genuine faith for their children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Faithful Families
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400318718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400318711
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Readers will absolutely love the quick easy flow of this book and the many bits of helpful parenting tips that fill its pages. I loved this book for all of its practical advice (that actually works!) for raising mindful, obedient and well-mannered children. Many might even agree that the most fitting title of this book would be "How To Raise Obedient Kids". There are many pages of what-to-dos and not-to-dos. Here are a few samples:

- "Make sure you are the same person in church as you are at home. If you lose your integrity, purity and faithfulness in different circumstances, your children will know."

- "Your children need to see you living what you believe."

This book has almost all the right outward steps for raising obedient children... but sadly it is void of the most important advice "for raising kids to love the Lord". What is sadly missing from this book is that we must teach our children the means to "loving the Lord" via the gospel. From cover to cover, the gospel (which is the power to save our children) is completely adsent from this book. The word "gospel" is literally mentioned only once in the entire book and it was used in the context of someone preaching the gospel in China.

This book is an excellent parenting tip book, but Christianity is not only about obeying the rules. This book fails to encourage parents to teach their children the gospel and to raise their children with "love for God". If all children have are rules and strict obedience, they will learn to fear God, dread God, and hate this strict judge of a god. Grace is absent from a life of pure strict obedience. It has been proven that legalistic Christianity drives children away from God, not towards him.
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Format: Hardcover
From pastor and author Dave Stone comes an excellent, pocket-sized parenting guide: Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord, part of the Faithful Families series.

This book is an easy-to-read, easy-to-apply handbook to living in such a way so that your kids will follow Christ -- both by your own example and your directed guidance. Topics included in this full-color, glossy-paged book include:

- How to incorporate Scripture into your home and daily life so that it is truly "written on their hearts"
- Consistent discipline
- How to pray (specifically!) for your children every day
- How to teach respect and care for others
- Special tips for both moms and dads individually
- How to maximize the benefit of Godly grandparents, babysitters, and other role models

This book is basic in many ways, but it did definitely challenge me in several areas. It has made me realize again that our goal as parents isn't necessarily just to get our children out of the house and standing on their own two feet. It is so much more than that. I'm grateful for books like this that remind us of that truth.
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This is our number one goal for raising our children. More than learning to read or write, we want them to love the Lord. We spend time each day in Bible study, prayer and just modeling behaviors we want them to see and repeat. But as any parent, we question if we're doing "enough" to each them. This is the most important lesson we will ever teach them and it's the most important lesson they'll ever learn.

This book incorporates ideas that we have and that we haven't thought about in teaching this lesson. I've read almost every Christian based parenting book out there, I've solicited advice from other parents in our church, I've prayed for my children and I've looked at parenting websites.

The main point of the book is that you need to start from the top down...meaning you start with yourself and get the first things in place, then others will come into place as you work your way down. Get yourself and your life and your Christian walk well in place and then you can teach it to your children.

The book emphasizes prayer and give examples of how to pray for your children. It also gives tips on how to pray with your children. It talks about how to read the Bible with your children, making sure you're reading it yourself too. (This makes me think...I've been teaching my sons Bible stories, but few actual verses...hmmm...)

There is a great chapter about discipline and obedience. This has been our issue with the boys (5 and 2) lately so this one I spent a.l.o.t. of time reading and even passed it to my husband to read. Consistency and clear expectations make a lot of difference to little ones.

There are individual chapters for mothers and fathers and what their roles are in the lives of our children. I love the 6 gifts kids need from fathers.
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This was a great book that offered simple thoughts for how to instill the love for God in our children. It was very easy to read and had a lot of thoughts for the way we should conduct ourselves around our children and how the lives we lead will ultimately lead them to the Lord. Great reading for any Christian parent.
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Dave Stone's book Rasing Your Kids to Love the Lord is great go to resource book for parents of all kinds. There are practical life lessons, stories from the author's own personal walk with his children, and biblical scriptures of truth meant to encourage the reader in whatever area or circumstance that they might going through.

I personally found this title to be a really quick read. I couldn't put it down. A lot of the points in the book, I already knew growing up in a Christian household as a child. But the same truths and morals have been taken away from my reading have served as a reminder to apply what I've been taught to parenting my own kids. Basically you don't try to fix your kids, you lead by example so that they might see Christ within you. Easier said than done, sometimes because not all kids are as compliant and author even mentions that.

A paragraph in Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord that stood out to me was this: "God isn't expecting us to be perfect. He just wants us to look to the one that is. If God is truly more concerned with direction than perfection, then next year you'll be a better parent because you're learning, maturing, and being transformed by His spirit".

Parenting can be quite the challenge. I say this as a mother of a four year old daughter and nearly two year old son. Some days go by really smoothly and other days not so much. But I can say that starting the day with Christ, being encouraged by other parents, and simply just applying and believing God has the best for you and your kids will make the daunting task of parenting more bearable and rewarding.

This book has a been a great resource to me. It's a quick read and it's not a step by step how do I get my kids to just listen to me.
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