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Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children: Helping Your Child Develop a Personal Faith (Heritage Builders) [Hardcover]

By John T. Trent (Editor), Rick Osborne (Editor) & Kurt D. Bruner (Editor)
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Item description for Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children: Helping Your Child Develop a Personal Faith (Heritage Builders) by John T. Trent, Rick Osborne & Kurt D. Bruner...

Lists of resources, Bible verses, and surveys provide information for parents on developing spiritual values in their children and leading them to grow in their relationship with God.

Publishers Description
This lead product from Focus on the Family provides parents with a resource to help their children develop a personal faith. The book provides an overview of children's spiritual capacity and understanding at different age levels. It also includes practical advice to help parents be the spiritual "trainers" of their children through engaging activities, exercises, and projects that can be completed individually or as a family. FEATURES
  • Overview of children's spiritual capacity and understanding at different ages
  • Offers rationale for teaching specific spiritual principles and disciplines
  • Equips parents to train children by providing engaging activities, exercises, and projects to complete individually or as a family
  • Great tool for parents and educators of children ages 0-12
  • Shows parents how to make a spiritual training plan

Awards and Recognitions
Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children: Helping Your Child Develop a Personal Faith (Heritage Builders) by John T. Trent, Rick Osborne & Kurt D. Bruner has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2001 Nominee - Family/Parenting category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children: Helping Your Child Develop a Personal Faith (Heritage Builders) by John T. Trent, Rick Osborne & Kurt D. Bruner has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Home & School - 01/01/2001 page 29

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   464
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 7.75" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
Series  Heritage Builders  
ISBN  156179791X  
ISBN13  9781561797912  

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More About John T. Trent, Rick Osborne & Kurt D. Bruner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Trent, Ph.D., is a licensed professional counselor in private practice and the president of Encouraging Words and, ministries committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships. In addition to an extensive speaking ministry, Dr. Trent has authored and coauthored (with Gary Smalley) more than a dozen award-winning and best-selling books, including The Blessing, LifeMapping, The Language of Love, and Be There!

John T. Trent currently resides in the state of Arizona.

John T. Trent has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Promise Keepers: Men of Integrity

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1Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General
2Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > Babies & Toddlers > Child Development
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Reviews - What do customers think about Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children (Heritage Builders)?

Excellent resource for families  Jun 24, 2008
This book had been recommended to us to use to teach a class on the subject. It worked well for that, with some modifications. It really is best as a reference Christian parents will want to have to give them ideas on teaching their children Biblical principles from the cradle to age 12. The explanation of children's developmental stages and how that relates to their spiritual growth is clearly explained. The charts are expanded with examples in the text. The resources section and list of activities will fit most families. It is quite thorough in its approach. We made a copy available to each small group during the class; all the participants wanted their own family copy.
if you only read one book on raising Christian children...  Feb 24, 2006
Whether your family is a beginner or advanced when it comes to spiritual growth, this is the best book for you. It starts by convicting parents of the need for purposeful training, then convinces them that they really can do it themselves, then tells them what their kids actually need to know, and spends the rest of the time showing you HOW to do it. The material is extremely practical and relevant.
Excellent Resource for Parents  Jul 19, 2005
I have read several books on teaching children about God, but this one by far exceeded my expectations! The wealth of information this book contains in supporting children spiritually and teaching them in many different ways, while acknowledging each child's learning style (and your own!) and your family's pace is amazing. It helps you develop a plan for spiritual growth in your family, not just tells you how and when and where to "teach" children. The only flaw, which I called Kurt Bruner about, was that their many references to "forms available online at" was not true because the don't have them on that site any longer. I would have thought that having the forms pdfed on their site would have been an important support of this book... or at least a link to where the forms are.
Excellent Reference!  Jul 14, 2005
I found this book to be an excellent reference and a wonderful tool for Christian parents. First of all, the authors lead you to discover key characteristics of your unique family, including your general interests, family pace, and Christian heritage. Then you are shown how to assess the personalities of each individual in your family, along with strenghts, weaknesses and teaching tips for each type. As a result, you compose a family plan that will be the most effective way to communicate your faith to your children. The next section of the books guides you in topics that are readily understood by each age level, as well as tips and ideas for teaching those concepts to your children. I was extremely impressed with the amount of useful knowlegde contained in this book, and within days of reading it and implementing it my 5 year old daughter cannot get enough of the Bible and her questions about God!
Focus on the Foundation of the Family  Jul 31, 2000
"Parents' Guide" offers parents an excellent resource for developing the spiritual life of our children. As a pastor and father, I'm glad for Trent & Osborne's research. If the foundation of a healthy society is found in the home, then the foundation of a healthy home is found in our spiritual life with God through Jesus Christ. For another book on Christian spiritual parenting, look into the recently published book, THE FAMILY CLOISTER: BENEDICTINE WISDOM FOR THE HOME, by David Robinson (New York, NY: Crossroad, 2000; 192pp., trade paperback). God bless you in your holy calling of raising spiritual children!

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