Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone

Christian parents will see the title of this book and think, yes! Great! Raising our kids to love the Lord--this should be a goal of a Christian parent for sure. As parents we have so many things to do/think about that we often tend to live in a reactionary way rather than intentionally setting our agendas. Whether it is normal "growing your kids into responsible adults" or nourishing their spiritual lives, we often find ourselves busy with daily stuff and forget to use this time in their lives in a positive character growing way.

This book reminds parents of many things they can do to enhance their children's growth in the Lord. Primary in these instructions is that the PARENTS are the ones who can do the most here--it shouldn't be left to Sunday School teachers, youth group leaders, etc. but begun and nourished in the home. Parents should be conscious that their example is shining forth to their children, whether they realize it or not. Many topics are touched upon, such as respect, parental roles, reading and memorizing Scripture (having your kids do it as well as letting them see YOU doing it!), consistency, forgiveness, grace, etc.

This book is not some brand new "formula" for success in "making" your children love and follow the Lord, but rather many ideas and reminders of things we as parents need to be intentional with. We need to choose not to just "react" to daily situations but plan, prepare, and USE daily situations to train our children. I think this is a valuable book to read and God can teach you and convict you through its pages.

I would recommend this book to Christian parents to read through or to use in a Bible study group. It's a kind of "gift-y" binding and look to it--it'd probably make a great gift as well!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free for the purposes of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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