Monday, March 11, 2013

Parenting With Scripture {Review & Giveaway}

As a Christian parent, do you ever find yourself caught in a moment with your child where you just know there is lesson to be taught?  Or perhaps you are wondering how to respond when you notice your child engaging in a behavior - good or bad.  If you are a parent, you might be noticing that these moments are occurring frequently as your child grows up.  You may have heard the term "teachable moments".  That is exactly what these are.

Author Kara Durbin defines teachable moments as "any time that you use situations to dialogue with your child about what's going on - what he or she has seen, heard or done."  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says:
"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
Durbin, who is herself a mother of two, has written a wonderful book to help other Christian parents guide their children through these teachable moments.  

Parenting with Scripture

Right at the beginning, Durbin reminds us as parents that we have a responsibility to our children as their "personal trainer".  
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  {Proverbs 22:6}
 You see, teachable moments are everywhere.  Whether we realize it or not, our children are being bombarded with situations which provide us as parents with ample opportunity to instill and model good Christian principles.  Our children go through their days surrounded by people, situations, events, and media which can have a lasting impression on them.  They can be affected positively or negatively by these things.  How we as Christian parents teach our children to respond is crucial.  If we want to raise children who exhibit Christian responses and reactions to these teachable moments, we need to demonstrate that in our walk as Christian parents.

The bulk of Parenting With Scripture is a topical index of behaviors and situations found in teachable moments with our children.  Is your child displaying anger or jealousy?  Are they acting out in a spirit of conceitedness or greed?  Or perhaps you found that your child showed signs of incredible love, friendship or self-control when confronted with a certain situation.

Durbin covers a vast array of topics where we can teach our child strong Christian principles to carry them on their journey.  The topics are listed at the top of each page {for example, Prayer}.  Underneath the heading, she defines what that principle is {pray v. - To talk to God to give thanks or ask for help.}.  On one page, you will find listed several scripture references relevant to the topic at hand - not just the reference, but she quotes the actual verse so you can read it immediately.  At the bottom of the page, there is a list of "See also" verses which you can look up on your own.

On the opposite page, Durbin offers parents ways to dialogue with their children regarding the topic.  First she outlines how you might begin a discussion.  In the example above, Prayer, here is what she says:
When can you pray? 
Does God always hear your prayers?  Read 1 John 5:14.
Does God always answer your prayers?
According to Philippians 4:6-7, what does prayer bring?
Who helps you when you do not know how to pray for something?  Read Romans 8:26-27 
Imagine the discussion that might arise from these questions!  But this teachable moment doesn't end with reading a few scripture verses and having a discussion on the topic.  Next, it is time to take action!  Durbin outlines a variety of ways in which we can provide opportunities for our child to learn and grow from this moment. Again using the example of Prayer, here is juts one of the action steps which can be taken:
Keep a prayer list.  Make a list of all of the things you would like to remember for which to pray.  When you tell someone you will pray for her, do not forget to put it on the list.
To close out the topic, Durbin will sometimes offer a parenting tip.  For example, Pray Colossians 1:9-12 for your child.  When I look that verse up, I find it reads:
9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 
Whether you are at a loss on how to parent your child through life's situations or you simply need a "go to" guide for teaching Biblical principles to your child, this book is a must have.  I would highly recommend this book to any parent.  As a matter of fact, I believe this book is a useful tool for anyone young or old!  I know there are situations I've come across where I wish I knew of a verse to help me through.  This book will certainly help with many situations.  Whether I am using this book to help teach my child or to help myself grow as a Christian, I am truly grateful for the opportunity I have been given to review it for you.

Moody Publishers has given me a copy of Parenting with Scripture to give away to one lucky reader!  Simply complete any or all of the activities in the Rafflecopter below.  I will randomly select one winner on Sunday, March 17th.  Entries will be verified, so please be honest as you complete the form below!  If you didn't do it, that entry will be thrown out.  Good luck to all!

{Note: I was contacted by Moody Publishers to review the book "Parenting With Scripture" by Kara Dubin.  I received one copy of this book as compensation in exchange for my review and the opportunity to give away a second copy of this book.  The opinions expressed are strictly my own.}

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