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Maybe I’m unique with challenges of parenting my boys in our world. However, I think that’s not the case. Otherwise, there’d be little market for books on parenting lining the shelves of the bookstores and libraries. Knowing I can always use some gems of wisdom to help be become a better parent with an eye towards God, I was thrilled to join the launch team for reviewing The Christian Parenting Handbook.
About The Christian Parenting Handbook
In The Christian Parenting Handbook, (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) authors Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, take decades of practical experience and turn it into wisdom that every parent can use. This book is for parents, grandparents, and leaders of children 0-18 years of age, with 50 parenting principles presented in an easy-to-apply format to guide the reader along the parenting journey. Turansky and Miller have teamed up to offer guidance in a book that emphasizes a heart-based approach, freeing and empowering parents rather than leaving them feeling guilt-ridden. Moms and dads will learn how to use practical strategies other than mere consequences to train children toward maturity and godly character. “Parents need all the ideas they can find. Each child is unique, and the same tools don’t work with every one, or every time as children continue to develop and change. But more importantly is the need to know how best to implement the ideas you have,” notes Turansky and Miller. “We’re going to help you do that.” Equipped with a host of effective strategies, parents will be able to move from behavior modification to a heart-based approach to parenting. Instead of relying on rewards, incentives, threats, and punishment, readers will learn how to focus on positive character development. Using this comprehensive and practical resource, parents will learn the difference between tasks, problems, and conflict, teach kids to be solvers instead of whiners, transfer responsibility for change to the child, and use creativity to teach kids spiritual truths. Ultimately, The Christian Parenting Handbook is designed to help parents develop a biblical framework that will enable them to sift through the barrage of parenting advice available today. This guide allows moms and dads to create customized strategies that meet their individualized goals and needs. By weaving together God’s Word with practical applications, Turansky and Miller equip readers to focus on life-changing patterns that will make an everlasting difference in their own lives and the lives of their children.
My Thoughts on The Christian Parenting Handbook
What struck me from the get go is how Dr. Turansky and Ms. Miller do a wonderful job continuing to direct the reader to consider the heart of their child rather than just the outward behavior. I find it way too easy to get caught up on the misdeeds of my boys than to consider what might be going on inside their heart and how I can help them grow closer to Christ through discipline. I truly believe this approach is what sets this book apart from so many parenting books I’ve read in the past to help me become a better parent.
As they point out in the text, parenting is an investment (there’s a chapter on it!) which means we need to consider our approach and what it will reap in the long term. Some behavior modification techniques that are pushed in the mainstream will ‘fix’ the behavior, yet never address what lies beneath the surface rather than seeking outward compliance to rules. I’m beginning to suspect that my past use of behavior modification for some things only lead to them acting out behind my back.
Throughout the pages of The Christian Parenting Handbook, you will find a total of 50 chapters to guide you on the path of heart-based Biblical parenting. I’m definitely finding some great practical ideas for what are main struggling points in the journey of parenting. I just hope the boys respond favorably to any changes I make in my approach thanks to this title. And, I am grateful to have more focus on incorporating our faith into my parenting rather than keeping the two separate.
The Christian Parenting Handbook Launch Week
Starting today and going through May 2nd, anyone purchasing The Christian Parenting Handbook in print format will receive $400+ of extras as a thank you. Learn more on their website about the 8 items contained in the Bonus Parenting Package (which includes electronic format options of the book!) In addition, you can get The Christian Parenting Handbook Companion Guide (This is a workbook with audio clips that will help you apply the material in The Christian Parenting Handbook.) for free if you purchase 5 copies or more of the book. Make your purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM (Books A Million), CBD or Parable. To claim your premium, simply forward your purchase confirmation to Gift@biblicalparenting.org and they will email you your special product code for the $400.00 package. If you purchased 5 or more copies of the book, they’ll send you the PDF version of the Companion Guide as well as the audio package.