I am busy reading: HomeGrown: A HandBook for Christian Parenting. It is a quick and very practical read, so good that I thought our readers would enjoy a copy… So it’s a GiveAway!!!
This book is a practical one, written for families who really want to have a more spiritual home. It is a great read for parents who are looking for ways to introduce things like family devotions or daily prayers into their home, and they just need practical tips on how to do this. So many parenting books, of the practical kind, are all about the physical side of raising kids – getting organised, getting chores done and so on… well this is a practical book for the heart. It is written in a question and answer format, with 111 questions, many of which you will have asked yourself at some stage. Not only that it comes with an index, so when you want to look up a topic and you can’t remember where it was in the book, the information is easily accessible.
Let’s take a closer look at the Se7en Chapters
- Home is Where the Heart Is: This chapter is all about matters of the heart, your child’s heart. With Questions like:
- “Is it fair to impose my faith on my child?”
- “How do I nurture my child’s faith?”
- “How do I make my home a spiritual environment?”
- Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The purpose of this chapter is to immerse our children in love and nurture their faith.
- “How soon should I start talking to my child about God?”
- “When I mess up will it mess up my child’s faith?”
- Setting Boundaries and Showing Grace: I like the opener to this chapter: In Ephesians Paul directs parents not to exasperate your children, and children obey parents… but then Paul never had to encourage an unwilling toddler into their car seat!!! Questions in this chapter include:
- “How do I teach my kid to make wise and age-appropriate choices?”
- “How do I prepare my child for change?”
- “How can I encourage my child not to be materialistic?”
- Daily Details, Special Celebrations: How to create meaningful routines and rhythms in your daily walk with the Lord, for your family…
- “How do we read the Bible together?”
- “How do I do family devotions when I have kids of different ages”
- “What does it mean to celebrate Sabbath together? How do we do that?
- Challenges and Transitions: How often chaos reigns… and it is comforting to know that families in Bible times were not exempt from their fair share of challenges and tragedies…
- “How do I help kids trust God when they’re worried?”
- “How do I tell kids the truth about difficult situations?”
- Time, Talents and Tithes: This chapter is all about stewardship and encouraging our children to be good at it.
- “How do I teach my child to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone?”
- “How do I teach my child to share with people who are less fortunate without giving money indiscriminately or inappropriately to strangers?”
- The Church Family: We need the help of a crowd of believers in our christian walk, not just in raising our children… the questions in this chapter are all about helping your children to feel part of the church and to find meaning in church services. Questions like:
- “How to find a church that will nurture my child’s faith?”
- “What if my child doesn’t want to go to church?”
You can see from the questions that I have quoted from the book that is indeed a practical book, full of answers to questions that parents all have… answers that we can start implementing in our homes today and topics that we can refer back to, quickly, as time goes and children grow and the needs of a family change.
We have a copy of HomeGrown: A HandBook for Christian Parenting… to GiveAway. This GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of this coming Sunday, 16 June 2013, and we will draw and publish the winners after that. I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.
Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and happy commenting!!!
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