I’m discovering what I think could be my new all-time favorite parenting book.
(I’m seriously thinking about throwing all the others away.)
And I’m so wishing that I would have read this 11 years ago.
You’ll hear more about it as I digest it all.
For now, here’s something to chew on…
“Everything that isn’t gospel is law. Let us say it again: everything that isn’t gospel is law. Every way we try to make our kids good that isn’t rooted in the good news of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ is damnable, crushing, despair-breeding, Pharisee-producing law. We won’t get the results we want from the law. We’ll get either shallow self-righteousness or blazing rebellion or both (frequently from the same kid in the same day!). We’ll get moralistic kids who are cold and hypocritical and who look down on others (and could easily become Mormons), or you’ll get teens who are rebellious and self-indulgent and who can’t wait to get out of the house. We have to remember that in the life of our unregenerate children, the law is given for one reason only: to crush their self confidence and drive them to Christ.” (pg. 36, Give them Grace, by Fitzpatrick and Thompson)
The title especially drew me in. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus.
Love that word–dAZzLiNg!
More to come…