Friday, September 16, 2011

Give Them Grace: A Book Review

About The Book:

How are parents to raise children so they don’t become Pharisees (legalists) or prodigals (rebels)? It’s all about grace-filled, gospel-driven parenting, says the mother/daughter team of Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. Christian parents, in their desire to raise godly children, can drift toward rule-centered discipline. There is, however, a far more effective method—a grace-motivated approach that begins with the glorious truth of God’s love for sinners. In Give Them Grace, parents will learn how to connect the benefits of the cross—especially regeneration, adoption, and justification—to their children’s daily lives. Chapters address topics such as our inability to follow the law perfectly, God’s forgiveness and love displayed at the cross, and what true heart obedience looks like. Fitzpatrick and Thompson also discuss discipline, dealing with popular culture, and evangelism as a way of life. Parents will find this book a great resource for raising grace-filled, Jesus-loving kids. 

You can read an excerpt of Give Them Grace here, in PDF format.
About The Authors:
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick holds a masters in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She is a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, is a retreat and conference speaker, and is the head of Women Helping Women Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored nearly a dozen books, including Because He Loves Me.

JESSICA THOMPSON is a member of an Acts 29 church and has been homeschooling for the past two years. She is married and has three children.

My Review:

Give Them Grace is one of the best books on parenting that I have read in a really long time. And as a mom of two preschoolers, believe me when I say I have been reading quite a few lately. 

Instead of the typical parenting book with a three step process to "fix" bad behavior, the authors of Give Them Grace, shows the reader how important it is to get beyond parenting to have "great and perfect kids". It is far more important that our children know the grace of God and the promise of His Resurrection on the Cross. I am not a perfect parent, I don't have perfect children and never will....that is what grace is ultimately about.

 It is not our parenting skills that will get our children to heaven, but their salvation in Christ Jesus. It is my job as a Christian parent to teach them about God's Grace in a real, honest manner. Give Them Grace doesn't show you how to do this per say, but encourages you through your own journey of Grace to help your children on theirs. Very solid doctrinally and theologically, yet also contains much practical application for parents at any stage. Also, includes great discussion questions perfect for group study and parent groups alike. 

An amazing read that every Christian parents NEEDS to read, along side the word of God!

I highly recommend this book and give it a HUGE thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Give Them Grace at your favorite bookseller from Crossway

***I received a complimentary e-copy of this book, courtesy of Crossway and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. I ran out of steam and haven't quite finished this book yet, but you've inspired me to pick it up again. It is a really good parenting book. I'm suspicious of any method based parenting book that promises results if you follow a formula of behavior management system. So many "good parenting" articles and books focus entirely on how our kids make us look, external compliance and conformity. It's so refreshing to read something outside the moralistic parenting trap. It reminded me a bit of Dr. Tim Kimmel's books.