About The Book:
While there are many helpful tips that can help you sustain the role of mom and dad, it is in Jesus’ teaching about love that we find the foundation, encouragement, and lasting power that we all need as parents. Love-Powered Parenting focuses on how six of Jesus’ greatest teachings can guide and encourage you on your journey through life with your children.
Love-Powered Parenting is written out of a love for parenting and a deep desire to encourage parents. Yes, there are experiences in parenting that can cause deep hurt. Yes, there are realities in parenting that certainly will cause you to feel inept. Yet at the core of it all there is a deep gratefulness for the gift that God gives in the opportunity to love a child. This book is a biblical guide to parenting. And by “biblical guide” we mean these pages are intended to take you on a journey through what the truth of God’s Word has to say about parenting. The main goal is not to uncover psychological truths about your child—there are many good resources on psychological theory; nor does it include practical tips for everyday circumstances such as how to get your kids to eat their green beans. Here, we will explore the simple and profound principles of God’s Word to distinguish psychological truth from error, educational reality from untested theory, and we’ll be looking at these tips within the broader context of God’s principles for parenting.
You can read an excerpt of this book, here in PDF format.
About The Authors:
Tom and Chaundel Holladay have three children and two grandchildren and have served together at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, for over twenty years.
Tom, in addition to his pastoral leadership and weekend teaching ministries, is a part of Saddleback’s ministry of training church leaders around the world and produces a weekly podcast through the Bible at drivetimedevotions.com He is author of The Relationship Principles of Jesusand, with Kay Warren, Foundations: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On.
As a mom of two young children, ages five and three years, I am always on the hunt for books and resources that will allow me to be the best mom and parent that I can be. As a Christian mom, of course my number one parenting tool is God's Word, but I also love it when I find an author or product that gives me great advice. I have had the opportunity to review a number of parenting books this year, by some fantastic authors, with one being Love-Powered Parenting by Tom and Chaundel Holladay.
The book takes the six principles that Holladay introduces in his book, The Relationship Principles of Jesus, and adapts them to the world of parenting. He then takes each principle and applies a daily reading for it, setting you up for an in-depth 30 day study. These are the six principles of which the 30 days are based on:
1. Believe Nothing Is More Important - The Power of Your Priorities (5 days)
2. Love With New Power - The Power of Your Love (5 days)
3. Communicate From The Heart - The Power of Your Words (5 days)
4. Show and Teach Mercy - The Power of Your Discipline and Compassion (5 days)
5. Serve Your Children Well - The Power of Your Serving (5 days)
6. Live The Golden Rule - The Power of Your Unselfishness (5 days)
Each day has a three or four page teaching and includes a great feature, called "Response from the Heart of a Mom" (a short writing from Chaundel). I loved that both male and female observations are made throughout the book. Also, I love that each chapter has a scripture verse to memorize, an action to take, and a look at the next week.
One thing that was said in the very beginning of the book is fantastic: "...that this is book is intended to be a biblical guide to parenting...by Biblical guide we mean these pages are intended to take all of us on a journey through what God's word has to say about parenting."(p. 12-13)
The main goal of the book is not a how-to but rather encouragement and inspiration from Him along our journey as parents. Yes, there are tips, but they are attached with the "broader context of God's principles for parenting". Overall, an excellent read, very easy to read and one that I highly encourage all parents and family ministry workers to read and apply to their life.
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