Monday, January 17, 2011

Book Review: Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony


Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today's Families

Book Description:

In Spiritual Parenting parents learn to create a home environment that God can use to work in their children’s lives. It’s a biblical, innovative fresh approach to parenting—and one that’s long overdue.
It’s hard enough to train kids to behave, but good behavior isn’t what Jesus calls for in the Bible. He wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward God and others. How can parents cultivate this in their children? In this book Dr. Michelle Anthony shares practical examples and biblical insight on the spiritual role of parenting.

Spiritual Parenting introduces the simple, but revolutionary concept that parents are, by the power of God’s Spirit, to obey and depend on God in order to create an environment God can use to beckon their children to Him.

My thoughts:
I have to admit I am a glutton for reading parenting books, but if I find a nugget of truth to help me in my parenting journey, I feel that it time well spent. Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today's Families by Michelle Anthony was such a book. In fact, Michelle Anthony calls these nuggets of truth a Parenting "Aha!" and shares 10 distinct environments that parents can create their homes. These include: Storytelling, Identity, Faith Community, Service, Out of the Comfort Zone, Responsibility, Course Correction, Love and Respect, Knowing, and Modeling. I appreciated the author's use of scripture to support these environments and received many "Aha" moments. If you are interested in becoming a better parent, a spiritual parent, I highly recommend Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today's Families.

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