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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Parenting with Scripture


This book equips parents with scriptural guidance and activities for teachable moments. It's inevitable that children from toddlers to teens will misbehave. It's tempting to discipline them and let the moment pass. Kara Durbin's passion is for parents to capture those teachable moments and use Scripture to shape their children's behavior. She offers Parenting With Scripture, a unique topical guide to prepare parents with scriptural teaching and helpful activities on 100 specific behaviors.

My Review:

This book has become indespensible in my house!  We have tried for several years to connect God's word to behaviours we exhibit, both good and bad.  That means a lot of time looking up verses and a lot of times I say "God tells us in His word......." but I can't remember the exact verse.  This book makes it quick and easy to find verses that relate to everything from sharing, to anger, to compassion, to honesty, to so much more! 

Before you start thinking this is just a compilation of Bible verses, let me fill you in.  Each quality includes a definition to begin with so that you and your children really know what the word means.  This is especially important for little kids.  Then there are several Bible verses that include the quality.  This is followed by a few discussion questions and then a Take Action section that encourages you to do something with what you have learned.  Then there are parenting tips for both young and older children.  This is followed by a listing of any related topics that are also in the book so you can cross reference them.

The design of the book lends itself to topical family Bible studies.  We used the Family Character Assessment from We Choose Virtue to identify our weak spots and started studying from there using this book as a resource.  It has really helped me to lead my children and myself towards more biblical behavior.

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