Item description for Parent's Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children (Heritage Builders) by John Trent, Rick Osborne & Kurt Bruner...
Overview For parents who want to pass on a spiritual heritage to their children, this guide includes information on what to teach and when to teach it, and everything parents need to develop a highly customized plan targeting the unique mix of ages, personalities, and challenges found in your home.
Publishers Description What greater gift can you give your children than one that lasts for eternity? Passing on a heritage of faith to children is an incredible privilege God gives to parents. And now there's a tool to help make it easy Inside the "Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children," you'll find dozens of simple, practical ways to not only "tell" you children what you believe, but to "show" them how to make faith in God part of everyday life. This comprehensive guide includes helpful reference sections, such as The Greatest Gift You Can Give: how to get started, building your confidence, understanding your unique role in the spiritual development of your family Your Children's Ages and Stages: developing your children's Christian values from birth to adolescence; leading your children to personal, loving relationships with God; using fun, faith-filled activities for each stage of your children's development Designing a Plan for Your Family: creating a customized spiritual growth plan for your family based on shared interests and personality types, carving out special teaching times the whole family will enjoy, bringing the Bible into everyday life Practical Questions and Resources: answers to questions parents ask most, additional resources, memory verses, and more Encouraging, empowering, and enlightening, "Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Growth of Children" takes every Christian parent's desire to pass their faith along to their children--and helps put that desire into action.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 7.38" Height: 1.13" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2003
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Heritage Builders
ISBN 1589971434 ISBN13 9781589971431
Availability 0 units.
More About John Trent, Rick Osborne & Kurt Bruner
DR. JOHN TRENT, PH.D., is a licensed professional counselor in private practice and the president of Encouraging Words and Strongfamilies.com, a ministry committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships. In addition to an extensive speaking ministry (including regular engagements with Promise Keepers and frequent appearances on Focus on the Family ), Dr. Trent has authored and co-authored (with Gary Smalley) more than a dozen award-winning and best-selling books, including The Blessing, LifeMapping, and The Language of Love, and children s book The Black and White Rainbow. Dr. Trent s newest book, My Mother s Hands, will be released Spring 2000. Altogether, there are over 2,100,000 copies of his books in print in nine languages."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Parents Guide To The Spiritual Growth Of Children?
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 www.heritagebuilders.com" 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!