Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Book review: Parenting with Scripture- A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments

I recently received a new book to review, and as soon as I opened it and started looking through it, I knew that it was just the book that I have been looking for for a long time.  This book is called Parenting with Scripture- A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments (by Kara Durbin), and it's fantastic! Here's a bit about it, from the Moody Publisher's website:

Parenting with Scripture is an easy to use topical resource that parents of toddlers through teens can use when teachable moments arise. This effective guide helps teach children how to think and apply God's Word in their daily lives.
The 101 alphabetically arranged two-page topics address behavior, attitude, emotions, and actions. Examples include Forgiveness, Humility, Anger, and Procrastination. Each topic is comprised of Scripture passages, discussion questions, action items, and parenting tips. This revised edition of Parenting with Scripture adds detailed help for parents to quickly identify teachable moments and know what to do when they appear.
This book starts with a nice introduction and discussion of "teachable moments" and how to recognize them when they come up in our lives.  Then there's a guide to finding and using scriptures in teachable moments and identifying a key word for the behavior or situation.  Once  you've identified a key word, then you can easily look up that word in the book. Each key word in the book has two pages devoted to it. On these two pages there are relevant scriptures, discussion topics, action items and a parenting tip.

The book wraps up with a nice scripture appendix with the complete text of the 10 Commandments,  The Beatitudes, The Love Chapter (1 Corith. 13), The Fruit of the Spirit, The Armor of God, Colossians 3:12-14, and 2 Peter 1:5-9.  There are also 15 verses that the author suggests as good ones to memorize because they apply to multiple situations. I was happy to see that I actually still have some of them memorized from childhood, but I need to work on the others! Finally there's a few pages devoted to the topic of praying for your child and ideas for putting that into action.

All in all, this is a very useful, relevant and valuable tool for any Christian parent. It's designed for use with any age kid, from age 2 through teens. I will be keeping this book on my nightstand and not putting it on my bookshelf- I think I will be using it often!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


Kathleen said...

Sounds like a wonderful book for me. I just downloaded a sample to my Kindle and added it to my wish list... now is it bad to hope for a quiet night at work so I can read through the sample? :-)