Ok, so I’ll be honest here. I didn’t get this book to start off with. It took me a while to understand the authors way of writing, and although it says you can read it in one sitting, I was struggling just to get through a page before I was confused or distracted.
But I persevered. I knew that this was a book that I wanted to dig deeper into, and so I managed to find a few half an hour slots where I could read a bit more, and soon the nuggets of pure gold started coming out.
As a parent, I often struggle with this internal battle of loving my kids but them being so annoying and rude and naughty that I just don’t know what to do with them!! I look to the bible and I see verses about how a child should not be “disobedient or wild” and that you “shouldn’t spare the rod”, but also that the gospel is one of second chances, and I just can’t weigh up the right thing to do. This book has really helped to clarify that. It has helped to clarify my role as a parent, as mouth-piece of God in their lives, a role model and it has reminded me that parenting is a spiritual battle I need to prepare for.
There is lots of wisdom and advice in this book that I haven’t even begun to digest yet. On the back cover it says “Short enough to read in one sitting but packed with biblical wisdom, you’ll want to keep this little book handy to dip into for advice, encouragement and support on your parenting journey”. I agree that this is a book I will be coming back to again and again until I fully grasp how to parent with grace.
This book isn’t quite as easy a read as “Parenting Kids in a Screen-Saturated World” which I absolutely loved. But I guess its not as simple or easily applicable as that. You have to mull over the things taught in this book and really get to grips with the biblical principles behind it. So despite not being a fan to start off with, I am falling in love with this. So far my favourite line is this:
“Parents are God’s moral ambassadors. Our role is to fill the time delay between human disobedience and diving consequences. In parental discipline, we’re making the long term consequences of God’s spiritual rule more immediately felt.”
Available at the bargain price of £2.99 over on the 10ofthose.com website, there really is no cheaper way to invest in your parenting. What is there to lose?! Like me, you might just find a really valuable resource for the rest of your parenting years.