Saturday, September 3, 2011

Give Them Grace

9781433520099Give Them Grace:  Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus
Written by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson
Published at Crossway

About the book

How are parents to raise children so they don’t become Pharisees (legalists) or prodigals (rebels)? It’s all about grace-filled, gospel-driven parenting, says the mother/daughter team of Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. Christian parents, in their desire to raise godly children, can drift toward rule-centered discipline. There is, however, a far more effective method—a grace-motivated approach that begins with the glorious truth of God’s love for sinners.

In Give Them Grace, parents will learn how to connect the benefits of the cross—especially regeneration, adoption, and justification—to their children’s daily lives. Chapters address topics such as our inability to follow the law perfectly, God’s forgiveness and love displayed at the cross, and what true heart obedience looks like. Fitzpatrick and Thompson also discuss discipline, dealing with popular culture, and evangelism as a way of life. Parents will find this book a great resource for raising grace-filled, Jesus-loving kids.

Who are Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessice Thompson?

Elyse M. Fitzpatrick holds a masters in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She is a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, is a retreat and conference speaker, and is the head of Women Helping Women Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored nearly a dozen books, including Because He Loves Me.

Jessica Thompson is a member of an Acts 29 church and has been homeschooling for the past two years. She is married and has three children.

My Thoughts

I need to be honest with you – I had trouble all summer to get into this book.   The title is appealing and the subject of the book seems interesting, however I tried multiple times over the summer to read this book and I just couldn’t get into it.   

The book is divided into two part – Foundations of Grace and Evidences of Grace.    Each chapter ends with a reflections time with a series of questions that will help you follow the lead of the Spirit in reflecting on what you have read.

Somehow this book has not spoken to me whatsoever.    I even brought it on our mini-vacation recently and still couldn’t get into it.    I suspect that in this time in life, this book is not what I need.   

However, even though this book has not been a positive title at this moment for me it doesn’t mean that it will be the case for you.  My suggestion would be that you go spend a couple of hours at your local bookstore and sit down with the book to read.   If you immediately get into the chapter you are reading, then I would purchase it if I were you.    It could be also an interesting book for a book study for moms at your local church.   I like the fact that there are questions to answers at the end of each chapter.  There are even questions at the end of the book for you to reflect on what you have read through your journey in this book. 

Give Them Grace is available at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: I received the product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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