God the Parent
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God the Parent
God the Parent is an easy-to-read, orderly account of God’s example of parenting. The book is thorough, referring to about 900 Old and New Testament passages related to parenting! The book also makes the advice of the Bible practical for parents today.
God the Parent is not a "system" for child training but a discovery of biblical principles on which parents can build. The book considers these questions:
• From God’s perspective, why is parenting important?
• According to the Bible, what goals should parents have for their children?
• What is the best way for parents to relate to their children?
• How can parents encourage their family to trust God?
• How does a child’s heart affect his behavior? Can parents rely on a heart made new?
• How and why did God make rules? How can parents imitate him in rule making?
• What are parents to do about bad behavior? Should parents practice discipline? If so, what does it look like?
• How do parents prepare their children for future obedience?
• How do they reason with their children?
From the Author:
The best way to be a truly successful parent is to adore, admire, obey and imitate God. This is the key. Today, each parent can say, “I am going to act like you, Father. I am going to try to imitate the way you are with your children.” This mindset is absolutely necessary because it is the only attitude that leads to God-centered parenting. In the end, we should want to parent well, not for results, but because it honors God to imitate him. “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1, NIV).
The goal is not to have independent, self-reliant or successful children. The aim is not to have children who follow a set of rules, who have learned about Christianity and who appear to comply. The goal is for children to know, trust, love and submit to the Spirit of the Living God. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, NIV). God’s aim is for children is to fellowship with the Spirit of Jesus in such a way that they do what he wants. The uniqueness of this goal requires that parents employ principles recorded in the pages of the Bible. In your pursuit of this endeavor, I hope God the Parent will be a valuable resource.
Finally, I believe it is worth mentioning that some who are not parents might benefit from this book. It has a lot to say to any believer about the way God cares for those who call him Father. The book can also help newlyweds or those working toward marriage become both sober-minded and hopeful about family. Additionally, God the Parent can help children understand their parent’s goals and actions. I read the book aloud to my children and they found it helpful.