Book Review: Fearless Parenting: How to Raise Faithful Kids in a Secular Culture, by George Barna and Jimmy Myers
Parents today often operate out of a mindset of fear. We’re afraid of the culture and what it might do to our kids. We’re afraid we’re not up to the challenge. On top of that, we’re often intimidated by our own children. In addition, we often feel like we are ill-equipped for a hopeless task.
Authors George Barna and Jimmy Myers explain that parents today have a daunting challenge.
…rewire our cultural brains, starting with the minds of our children, to reclaim the Christian principles that made this a great nation. The role of parenting is perhaps more central than anything else in fostering that cultural about-face.
To make a difference, parents must get in the game.
Parenting is not a spectator sport; it is a full-contact, immersive commitment to honoring the God who breathed life and purpose into your child. Today that is a politically incorrect view of parenting. Your challenge is to figure out if you want to be either politically correct or biblically correct. The two options rarely put you on the same path of action.
Here’s another politically incorrect reality. God warns us that our intimate involvement in the development of our children occurs in the context of war—an eternal spiritual battle—and we ought to be prepared to fight for our children’s survival in the midst of that battle. He tells us that as long as we are willing to work with Him, we have no reason to fear the act of parenting. With God on your side, and His principles in your head and heart, not only can you win the battle, but you are likely to enjoy it too.
The authors combine years of experience in counseling, teaching, parenting, and personal experience, along with research and statistics to present a practical, biblical guide to raising faithful kids. They address the topics of taking charge of your children’s spiritual growth, prioritizing family relationships, getting rid of destructive parental behaviors such as anger and guilt, as well as tackling the subjects of social media, pornography, and materialism. Each chapter ends with five practical ideas how to put the concepts into practice in daily life.
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