Monday, March 2, 2015

Becoming A Spiritually Healthy Family: A Book Review

About The Book:

We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don’t know how to do it, you’ll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge.
Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples.

About The Author:
Michelle Anthony is the vice president of Learning Resources and Family Ministry Architect at David C Cook and the author of "Spiritual Parenting," "Dreaming of More for the Next Generation," "A Theology of Family Ministry," and "The Big God Story." Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, theology, and leadership and over twenty-five years of church ministry experience as a children’s and family pastor. She lives in Colorado Springs and loves a good book and a cup of coffee.
My Review:
A couple of years ago, I had read Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony, and it really challenged me about parenting with grace versus punishment. Now, Anthony has released a new book that has impacted me even more. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to review Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family recently as it's allowed me to admire Anthony's work even more.
The book is wonderfully organized with each chapter discussing the various types of parenting. She explains that there are six types of parents:
1. The Double-Minded Parent
2. The I-Can't-Say-No Parent
3. The Driver Parent
4. The Micro-Managing Parent
5. The Criticizing Parent
6. The Absentee Parent
Along with giving descriptions of each style, Anthony gives a great amount of encouragement for parents in each category. While she does not write a how-to-change-your-style book, she challenges the reader (presumeably parents) to give their parenting issues to God and allow Him to guide our children through us. It may not be an easy journey but it is one that God will carry us through. The book is full of tips, encouragement and great resources that will help you build your family spiritually, including creating a mission statement, and learning about family environments. There is also many scripture references and reflection questions with each chapter that will allow you to grow your family the God wants it to. I found myself resonating a lot and seeing myself in several of the categories, but mostly in the "I-Can't-Say-No" category but hopefully with using the tips from this book and His grace, I can become a more spiritually healthy parent in the near future.
A great resource that all parents should, and need to, read.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Becoming A Spiritually Healthy Family online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer from David C. Cook.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group and David C. Cook, 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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