Parents in our post-modern world tend to be committed to but anxious about their child-rearing responsibilities. They've tried the countless parenting books on the market, but many of these are strident, fear-based books that loving parents instinctively reject, while still searching for direction.
Now Dr. Tim Kimmel, founder of Family Matters ministries, offers a refreshing new look at parenting. Rejecting rigid rules and checklists that don't work, Dr. Kimmel recommends a parenting style that mirrors God's love, reflects His forgiveness, and displaces fear as a motivator for behavior. As we embrace the grace God offers, we begin to give it-creating a solid foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually motivated children.
Releasing in an affordable trade paper edition, this revolutionary book presents a whole new way to nurture a healthy family.
Kimmel, author and founder of Family Matters ministries, likens many Christian parents' attempts at rearing children to putting together a puzzle without first studying the completed picture located on the box's cover. Kimmel states that families of faith tend toward extremes, either being overly permissive or overly legalistic. This is not a particularly new concept, but Kimmel pulls it off with interesting storytelling and sound biblical parallels. He says Christians frequently believe that the battle for a child's heart and soul is fought on the outside with rigid rules and boundaries when in fact just the opposite is true. He underscores the importance of communicating the unconditional love that Christ offers and affirming this timeless message of grace to one's family. Despite the numerous examples the author cites where parents fail, this text is overwhelmingly upbeat with hope and possibility: Parents who strive to live a life of faith characterized by daily trust in God will pass on this message of possibility and potential to their offspring. Kimmel asserts that this "radical" mode of parenting will meet the three essential needs in kids' lives: for security, significance and strength. He assures parents that these needs can be met with grace-laced love, purpose and hope. Kimmel's gentle heart is evident in every chapter, and his obvious passion will spur frustrated parents to keep at the task with new resolve and optimism.
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I’ve read this book once, and listened to it via audio about five times now. I must admit - I weep throughout much of this book. The information presented about living in a manner of grace with those around you, especially the family you live with, is so beautiful and genuine... It is the way God Interacts with us, and knowing that we have the power to set our families free by choosing to live this way...words cannot describe the hope that this offers, regardless of where/who you’ve been in the past, and where/who you are today.
It has been years since I’ve written a review for anything, but I feel that the message of grace this book relays is so genuinely and humbly presented, that it was more than worth taking a few moments out of my day to share with others whose lives may very well change as a result of seeing this.
There is no “how-to” parenting book out there that will solve all of your familial woes, but this book provides for the knowledge of a framework of grace through which God can work through your life...and truly change your family forever.