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What Does the Bible Say About Parenting? Book Review and Giveaway

On my wedding day, I married my best friend, who also happened to be a widower and father of two young children.

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Just days before the ceremony, my mother posed this question, “Tiffany, what are you going to do with two children?” My response, written in the Hall-of-Fame of Dumbest Things Ever Said was: “Mom, I’ve babysat before….I’ll be fine.

I laugh and shake my head as I reflect on the naivety and pride my response exposed.  I was so confident that I knew what to do even though I had never done it before!

Well it didn’t take long to realize that babysitting and parenting are not the same thing! My husband and I realized that in order to train up our children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6) we would need to forsake self-reliance, behavior modification, and our own wisdom? That’s quite a tall order!

I’ve heard it said that children don’t come with an instruction manual; and I certainly felt that way in my early years as a parent.  Yet, 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that ..His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him.  I began to see what my husband already understood; the Bible is indeed our instruction manual for every area of life including raising our children.

But where and how does one start to implement Biblical principles into parenting?  Introducing Child Training Boot Camp by Pam Forster

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I had the opportunity to be part of the Review Team for this book and I’m so excited to share this resource with you today!  Child Training Boot Camp is a 30-Day Bible study that teaches parents how to deal with common challenges like obedience, whining and quarreling.

What I appreciate most about the book is the author does not tell you how to raise your children.  Instead she instructs parents how to find out what the Bible says about raising children by teaching the reader the vital life skill of how to be a student of the Word.

The lessons are short, and include optional activities to do with your children.  I want to emphasize that short does not mean shallow.  Doorposts has been one of my favorite publishers of parenting and character development resources for this very reason.

Pam Forster writes “it’s easy to focus on what can we do to make our children behave better, or get along with each other better, or whine less or help more around the house.  But our first focus as parents should be our own relationship with God and our own response to His Word and commands.”

That, my friends is a convicting truth.  So, if you’re looking for a quick fix behavior modification guide, this book is not that.  However, if you’re desiring as I am to be transformed by the Word (Rom 12:2) and allow the truth of Deuteronomy 6:7 to be a daily reality; then I encourage you to purchase this book at doorposts.com or enter the giveaway below to win a FREE copy!

**I received a free review copy of this book.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.**

 
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  1. This book sounds awesome! Lots of toddlers in my house and I could definitely use more of the Word and insight! =)

  2. Sounds like what I was thinking about this week! Count me in! 😉 I find that if I am not growing personally in the Lord, I am not as effective as a parent/teacher/wife, etc. We need to grow in God and our kids need to see our character! Thanks for the give-away! I will share it.
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  3. Christi Hugguns says:

    You should write a book yourself, I know your children personally and you and Kendrick have done amazing works guided by the Word.

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