Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: Parenting by God's Promises

Parenting by God's PromisesParenting by God's Promises by Joel R. Beeke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderful book on parenting. Pastor Beeke does a great job of keeping the central aspects of parenting before the reader. Prayer, God's Word, forgiveness, love, consistency and worship dominate the various chapters of the book. He balances nicely the objective aspects of the covenant with the subjective work of the Spirit in the heart of the child. He covers a wide range of topics, which adds depth to the book and makes it useful for parents at almost any stage of life. He talks about spanking, training a child to listen, teaching a child godliness, and sibling interaction. He closes with some chapters on teenagers, which were excellent. Throughout the book he is warm and pastoral without being so vague as to be ineffective. This is a book that I would recommend to any parent.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8