We know as parents it is difficult to sort through the sheer number of resources that are available to you, so we’d love to share with you some of our favorites that we feel are worth your time to check out.
This week, we’d like to highlight the book Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel. Tim explains parenting through a model of building a house from the ground up, building upon a foundation in Christ and focusing on our children’s core needs, teaching them their four freedoms, building their character, and pointing them toward true greatness. The video below is a great overview of the content you will find in the book.
But you don’t have to just take our word for it. Here are some thoughts from a few other readers.
Wendy, at Theology for Women – “In the first chapters of the book, I had to put the book down and repent, because Kimmel nailed me with his assessment of how many Christians parent—primarily out of fear. I realized that I was more afraid of Satan and the world getting their hands on my boys than I was confident in God’s faithfulness to finish the good work He has begun in them (Phil. 1:6). I had to repent. Then I had to decide if I was going to align my parenting philosophy with my theology. Did I believe God had a good plan for my children? Did I believe that I can trust God with their little hearts and lives?”
From Bible.org – “Rather than prescribing a formula for raising perfect kids, Dr. Kimmel focuses on the bottom line of parenting—grace (unmerited favor; undeserved kindness). And in doing so, he discusses not just our children’s need for grace, but our need for grace as parents, too. In this way, the focus shifts from trying to be perfect parents raising perfect kids to being grace-based parents who put a priority on meeting the inner needs of their children.”