Item description for How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family by Dan Allender...
Parents put their confidence in rules and principles and apply themselves to doing everything right. They believe that diligent application of the right methods will protect their kids from threatening influences and will assure that their kids succeed. But rather than building a healthy parent/child relationship, the rules-oriented approach places unreasonable demands and expectations on both parents and children. And the added pressure makes it more difficult for a child to feel loved by his parents - and by God.
To reduce pressure and enjoy greater closeness, parents need to turn their approach upside-down by allowing God to use their children to lead them to spiritual maturity. How Children Raise Parents provides a bold new paradigm by showing that parenting is the process God uses to help parents grow up. This liberating approach helps parents learn to prize what they're being taught by their child's quirks, failures, and normal childhood dilemmas, rather than worrying about what their children will accomplish in life.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Brilliance Audio Lib Ed
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.92" Width: 4.98" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Jun 30, 2003
Publisher Brilliance Audio Lib Ed
ISBN 1593550928 ISBN13 9781593550929
Availability 0 units.
More About Dan Allender
Muriel Cook has been a lay counselor for more than fifty years and has taught Kitchen Table Counseling seminars for thirty-six years. Muriel and her husband, Norman, served as missionaries in Taiwan for sixteen years before moving to Multnomah Bible College. Shelly Cook Volkhardt, Muriel's oldest daughter, is a missionary, author, Bible teacher, and international conference speaker.
Reviews - What do customers think about How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family?
It's incredible how wise Dan is Aug 1, 2008
If only I could speak like this man. You will learn a lot from him. You can trust that he will help guide you in the right direction. For the average Joe the read takes a little effort, but believe me it's worth reading any of his books.
A must for grace centered parents Nov 7, 2007
This is a powerful book in parenting. It was recommended by a good friend of mine, Dale Sadler. He is a school counselor and a youth minister. He knows about parenting and does parenting seminars for congregations. He is great. He did not disappoint in suggesting this book. Most parenting books deal with seven laws of good parenting, but true parenting is never as easy as practicing some laws or skills. It is a messy work of failing and succeeding. The author talks about how Christians can use the work of parenting to bring them closer to God. If we truly listen to our children we can have a positive impact on our kids. He highlights two major questions that all children ask: "Am I loved?" and "Can I get my own way?" The tension of these question is what makes parenting difficult. In this book you will find grace and love, and not some much seven rules for being a parent.
Become a Great Parent God's Way Sep 17, 2003
I have enjoyed Allender's books for years. He has the uncanny ability to take a difficult issue and make it understandable through clear writing, personal stories and scriptural references. This book shows how we can reflect the character of God into the lives of our children. Allender explains that our success as parents relate primarily to how we answer a child's two core questions: (1) Am I loved? and (2) Can I get my own way? As parents, we are to imitate God, the perfect parent, by providing both mercy and unconditional love on the one hand, and strength and discipline on the other. Read this book. It will help you lead a life with your kids that is in the middle of God's strength and mercy. Along the way, your kids may teach you a few things about yourself, as well as God!
This Is a Parenting Book Unlike Any Other Aug 20, 2003
Dr. Dan Allender's book on parenting is truly revolutionary and will change each readers perspective on who teaches the most: the parents or the children. His humorous personal stories weave into his lessons to make this one of the few parenting or "self-help" books that is harder to put down than the most griping novels. The brilliance of this book is that it redefines the parent-child relationship and shows you how to effectively handle the ups and downs of parenting. Dr. Allender's message has helped me be a better parent, and I have no doubt that I will always keep it close at hand to reread in any time of need or joy.