Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Give Them Grace: A Book Review

About The Book:

All of us want to raise good kids. And we want to be good parents. But what exactly do we mean by “good?” And is “being good” really the point?
Mother-daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson contend that every way we try to make our kids “good” is simply an extension of Old Testament Law—a set of standards that is not only unable to save our children, but also powerless to change them.
No, rules are not the answer. What they need is GRACE.
We must tell our kids of the grace-giving God who freely adopts rebels and transforms them into loving sons and daughters. If this is not the message your children hear, if you are just telling them to “be good,” then the gospel needs to transform your parenting too.
Give Them Grace is a revolutionary perspective on parenting that shows us how to receive the gospel afresh and give grace in abundance, helping our children know the dazzling love of Jesus and respond with heartfelt obedience.
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format.
About The Authors:
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick(MA, Trinity Theological Seminary) is a counselor, a retreat and conference speaker, and the head of Counsel from the Cross Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored 18 books, including Because He Loves MeGive Them GraceComforts from Romans, and Found in Him.
Jessica Thompson is coauthor of the popular parenting book Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus (with Elyse Fitzpatrick). She is a wife, a mother of three, and a member of an Acts 29 church.
My Review:
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus is not your typical parenting book. In fact, it is so different than a how-to parent book that it is refreshing. Instead of telling you how to discipline, or consequence, or how not to yell, the authors teach that you have to meet your kids at a heart level and love Jesus so that He can ultimately change their hearts and in the process they will obey in action. It was a refreshing read, and yet challenged me in so many wonderful ways. It has allowed me to let go of the guilt I have dealt with at times, thinking that I am not a good enough parent. It is a gospel-filled, doctrinally sound, book that will challenge you, inspired you and work in your heart with each page you read. I don't like to give spoilers but here is one quote  that stood out to me:
It's not up to me; it's a work of God. "When we're quietly resting in grace, we'll have grace to give our children, too. When we're freed from the ultimate responsibility of being their savior, we'll find our parenting burden becoming easy and light" (pg. 55).
I will continue to reference this book as I journey through parenthood and all its ups and downs, as I stir my children to hope in Jesus Christ and become a better parent and person in the process.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Give Them Grace online through Amazon.com
***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of Beyond The Page Blogger Program and Crossway, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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