Parenting Is Heart Work #heartparenting {Book Review}

Did you ever notice how each stage of parenting kids makes you feel like a newbie parent all over again?   And just when you think you have things figured out, either a new phase comes along or the next kid changes things up?

My oldest just turned 10 last month, and it blows my mind that we’ve been parenting for a decade now!  And yet, with each of their phases {and their different personalities}, it seems like we’re back to fumbling our way through trying to figure out what in the world we’re doing.

I have been praying for some time over some of the heart issues that our family is struggling with, so when I saw the call to review “Parenting Is Heart Work” by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, I knew that this was a book that I needed to read.  {If those names sound familiar to you, I recently reviewed their book “Motivate Your Child”}

From the National Center for Biblical Parenting Web Site:

This foundational parenting book starts with a study of the 750 times the word “heart” is used in the Bible. That changes everything. God’s Word reveals new insight into strategies for change in a person’s life.

Concordia University’s Family Ministry Program requires that every student read Parenting is Heart Work. Dr. Ben Freudenburg says, “This is our go-to book for parenting. It’s biblical practical approach is powerful.”

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This book is broken down into four sections:

  1. Understanding the Heart
  2. Connecting with Your Child’s Heart
  3. Working Out Heart Change
  4. Touching Your Child’s Heart

Each section starts with a Heart Story from the Bible and each of the chapters ends with a prayer that covers the heart issue addressed in that chapter.

Chapter 7, “Avoiding Congestive Heart Failure” is probably one of the most valuable chapters for me in the place where we are right now.  It shows how to lovingly deal with the over-excited child who is pestering others with his extra energy, the angry child that is focusing all of their energy on staying angry rather than trying to find a solution to the problem, and what to do when you have parental anger that is unproductive.

If you’re looking for a different approach to parenting, this is a great book to help you come from a heart-based approach.

A Church Training program is also available, as well as a children’s curriculum for ages 3-12 at the NCBP website.  Copies of the book can be purchased off of the NCBP website, through Amazon or wherever books are sold.

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