Monday, April 29, 2013

The Christian Parenting Handbook {Review}

The Christian Parenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller is divided into 50 concise chapters addressing such topics as transferring responsibility to your child, raising problem solvers, and envisioning a positive future for your child.  Written from a christian perspective, this handbook attempts to focus on the heart issues that manifest themselves in a child's behavior.  The chapters are short and you can actually read several in one setting.

But wait...

That's that I did at first.  I looked at how short the chapters where and just drove right in.  And at first, I was really unimpressed with the book.  I just felt like it was surfacy and lacked real life examples.  In fact, if I had written this review a week ago, I would have had a completely unflattering review to give you.

But something made me step back, take a deep breath, and give the book a second look.  And I realized how this book is meant to be read... slowly... intentionally... and with lots of thought.  The chapters really should be taken slowly if they are to have any impact.  The authors' purpose for you to develop a Biblical philosophy of parenting, not to give quick bulletin points and ideas.  It's all about reconstructing the way you think and the way you approach parenting.  Not as a chore of disciplining, but as a task in your day of growing a healthy relationship with your child.

All in all, I thought it was a great book to add to your parenting library.  There are lots of ideas here to begin building a healthy Biblical philosophy that will change the way you look at child-rearing.  Enjoy!

*Disclaimer: I received this book free from Booksneeze.  All opinions are my own.

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