Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Book Review: Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman

Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship

Book Description:
"Daddy, I'd like you to meet my children."
That's Robbie Castleman's attitude about taking her children to church. Sunday morning isn't a success if we have only managed to keep the kids quiet. There's more to church for kids than trying out their new coloring books. Children are at church for the same reason as Mom and Dad: for the privilege of worshiping God.

Because we are created to praise God both now and forever, we must take our children's worship seriously. Worship, Robbie writes, is "the most important thing you can ever train your child to do." With infectious passion, nitty-gritty advice and a touch of humor, she shows us how we can help our children (from toddlers to teenagers) enter into worship.

This expanded edition includes two new appendixes on the important issues of hyperactive children in worship and children's church for seekers. It also provides a study guide for personal reflection or group discussion. More than ever, Parenting in the Pew is essential reading for parents and worship leaders who want to help children make joyful noises to the Lord.

My thoughts:
Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship by Robbie Castleman is an unique little book about teaching your children to worship in church. With helpful tips the author show how to you can guide your children to learn how to be involved in the service. I felt that many of her suggestions were for a more traditional church service and but still gave me food for thought on how to apply it in our Pentecostal services. If you are desiring to teach your kids how to participate in church, rather than play, Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship is a wonderful encouraging read.


  1. Wow, that sounds like a good book for me and for one of my friends. Thanks for the perfect timing.

  2. Still haven't read this book, but just knowing it's out there has been a huge encouragement to me. We've made an effort to keep our kids with us through the service, figuring it is the best way to teach them by example. Thanks for sharing!



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