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Monday, May 27, 2013

Intentional Parenting

This book, obviously, is about being intentional in our parenting. I liked it for the most part because it reminded to to step out of reacting to the chaos that is having three small children and just enjoy them.  ..to delight in them. Parenting is not one of those, "we'll it's fine for them" or "we turned out okay doing it" kinds of jobs. We live on mission. The great thing about books like these is that it is a simple reminder to that calling and what a joy it can be to serve the Lord in it when we are preparing ourselves for it. 

I enjoyed all the chapters except the angry Facebook rant. It seems to be the cool thing to do to bash social media right now. I think that things are what you make them. We had the same problems in my day and I learned to type on a typewriter, not the touch pad on my iPhone. I think we must set appropriate boundaries and teach our kids how to navigate things instead of blaming them for our issues. 

I have read dozens of parenting books and gleaned something specific from each one. I have not picked anything up and thought I would use it as a guide book for the rest of my parenting days. I have a guide book for that. There are sentences, however, notions that we take away with us. They shape the landscape of our parenting. They minister to our weary heart. In someone else's story, we find that we are not alone in this. This path has been traversed before. God is not calling us to be a perfect parent. We have one of those. God is calling us to administer grace to our children and for ourselves. 

Great and encouraging read.

This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing.



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