“Wish the second half was as good as the first.”
Funny, relatable, and encouraging. While I didn’t agree with everything the author said, and would’ve liked more clarification on a few points, overall it was a good read. The first half was actually quite excellent. Great practical advice for parents from a Biblical standpoint. I wish the second half of the book was as good as the first.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
Pg 37 …our greatest aim and highest ambition for our kids must not be that they be well-behaved, well-liked, or well-educated, but that, by faith in Jesus, they be children of God.
Pg 57 And that means our kids need to have a sense that they are sinners, but they also need to know that grace is always available, always triumphs, and always brings a joy that cannot be found anywhere else.
Pg 68 These moments are not simply irritations that disrupt my life (though they do). These are opportunities when God is calling us to something bigger than our own comfort. These are the moments when God calls us to love our children and not give in to the quick (shouted, angry, impatient) solutions but rather to address the sin as sin and point them towards restoration and forgiveness and a fresh start.
Pg 75 So our parenting needs to focus on the heart, not on the behavior. This may sound obvious, but it is harder, it is more frustrating, and it required deliberate effort. We will always tend towards modifying our kids’ behavior rather than helping them think about their heart.
Pg 157 In God we have a rock—and unshifting solid and secure foundation on which to build our lives. Every storm and turbulence in our children’s lives is an opportunity to invite them to stand on the rock next to us.
Pg 158 Leaving our children to discern their identity from their inner selves is to leave them in a situation that is unsayable, uncertain and even arbitrary. We need instead to show them who God says they are, how God has made them, and who God calls them to become.