Friday, March 25, 2011

"Parenting Moment By Moment" by Carla MacLachlan

Parenting Moment By Moment

Nothing is as scary as the thought of failing as a parent. For those of us who have by redeemed by Christ, and desire the same for our children, we know that the cost of our failure may be paid for eternity. This task is just too important to leave to chance.

So we look for advice everywhere, and unfortunately, everyone is willing to give it. The world suffers from no shortage of opinions on parenting. It seems your children are everyone's concern. I don't subscribe to the notion that it "takes a village to raise a child," but rest assured, the village will try.

Our local bookstores are filled with volumes promising us well behaved children in just three simple steps, or four easy days, which ever comes first. We don't need these. "How to" books might offer a few "tips and tricks" in parenting that may be of use, but what we are lacking isn't the "how to" but the "who to." The "who to" of parenting is you, and most importantly God.

What we need are more books that invest their time pointing us to God and his Word, rather than to us and our kids, and this is precisely why I love Carla MacLachlan's book "Parenting Moment By Moment."

"Parenting Moment By Moment" is a devotional book not just on raising children, but on living life in obedience to Christ, and seeing ourselves, our children, and the world, as he reveals them in his word.

The book is broken up into sections corresponding to different age groups, and everything is written in devotional format. Each devotion begins with a passage of scripture, and then leads into an explanation, challenge, or encouragement, that arises out of the text, and then ends with a prayer and additional scripture references to aid in further research.

Everything goes back to the bible. From page one it is clear, that the author's first priority is to show that parents can not rely on their own strength and wisdom to raise godly children. This can only be accomplished through God's power and promises. And yes, I said godly. So often as tired and frustrated parents, we settle for our children being good when the goal should always be for godly. That is the aim of this book.

I find "Parenting Moment By Moment," to be very effective as a daily devotional. If parents would read together each morning, and night if possible, their minds and affections would be challenged and encouraged to be set on Christ and his will for them, and their children each day.

Honestly, this book isn't filled with anything new or exotic. This is stuff most of us know and have heard before. The problem is that in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget these important truths, while we focus on just surviving. I found these devotionals constantly bringing me back to what matters most; reminding me of God's purposes, plans, and expectations, for my life and that of my children.

I'd like to thank Bound By Faith Publishers for sending me this free copy for review.

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