Parents, Buy yourself a present!

//This is an article I wrote for our church

Amidst all the selfless cooking, shopping, wrapping, carol singing, cleaning, entertaining – it’s ok Parents this Christmas to invest in yourselves. Actually it is really wise.

God calls us to Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.(Proverbs 22:6). This is no easy task. It requires skill, planning and lots of prayer.

imagesAre you feeling a little under skilled? DO you need some fresh ideas? If so then this Christmas buy yourself one of these books. Read them over the summer. Talk about them. Then use their ideas in 2013 as you discilpe your children to know and love Jesus.

1. Let’s Talk about Parenting ($12.95) Tony + Judy Willis

This is an easy to read Australian book capitalising on 35 years of wisdom from the authors. It offers good foundations for parenting. It also offers lots of helpful insights and tips for parents.

2. Gospel Centred Family ($9.95) Tim Chester + E Mollimages-1

This is a really interesting UK book written by guys who want to see families as the hub of mission. The chapter on Grace centred families was a highlight. The Workbook was fantastic in putting ideas into action.

3. Parenting beyond your capacity ($14.99) R Joiner

This US book has been revolutionary for me this year as I have thought and prayed over family ministry at the Point. This book outlines the potential when Parents and Church work together to disciple their children. It also gives clear tips on intentional parenting.images-2

Hope these are helpful. Ed

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