I read a lot of parenting books. I really enjoy reading about different styles of parenting, and in each one I definitely take things away that I can use in my own parenting journey. So when I was contacted to review Parenting with Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn, I jumped at the chance of reading it! I want to be able to parent in a way that is modelled after Jesus, and that is what this book is about.
As I say, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review. Everything said here is my own opinion. This post also contains affiliate links.
When I start reading any parenting book, I usually start by looking at the author’s bio on/in the back of the book. I look to see what their qualifications are. Dan Seaborn mentions on the back of this book that he has four kids with his wife. That makes me think, ok, so he kind of knows what he’s talking about! I read a longer bio that also said that he has worked as a youth pastor, so he really knows what he’s talking about with regards to teenagers. I think it’s important to mention this, because there have been books I’ve read in the past that the author didn’t mention anything about whether or not they were a parent. I know there are lots of non-parents that are very smart and everything, but as a parent, I take the advice of fellow parents more seriously. So, I really like the fact that he mentions on his bio that he has children.
The way Parenting with Grace and Truth is set up is each chapter is about a truth about parenting. Some examples are, The Truth About Developing Good Character in Your Children or The Truth about Effective Parenting. I found it really interesting that Seaborn talks about these parenting issues as basic truths, and not just any truth, but truth with a foundation in Jesus. I really liked that. Another thing he does in each chapter is, he finishes each chapter with a number of questions to consider. I think that makes this a good book to read with a small group. There are questions that would make wonderful discussion questions with other parents. And finally, he has a little blurb at the very end called “Dan’s Reality Check” where he is real about the truths he just talked about in the chapter.
Reading through this book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement about quite a few things. I found myself hi-lighting sections of the book because I wanted to remember exactly what it said, so I could tell other people about it later. I think that this is such a great resource for parents! Though I am currently in the baby/toddler stage of parenting, and he talks a lot about parenting teenagers, I still got a LOT out of this book, and there was a lot I could take away and use in my life right now.
One of my favourite chapters is when Seaborn starts talking about specific parenting styles. So he describes authoritarian style parenting, helicopter style parenting, and the very best parenting style: Jesus style parenting. The way he describes Jesus style parenting made it seem actually attainable. Jesus style parenting is perfect, but the way we do it doesn’t have to be perfect. If we’re striving for Jesus style parenting, that is enough.
Another thing that I really appreciate about this book is the fact that there is scripture throughout each chapter. Seaborn writes about parenting in a way that is based in biblical truth. I think that is the one of it’s huge assets. You can read exactly which verse he means when he gives his advice.
Parenting with Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn was a really great read, and I think it will be one that I go back to again and again as my children get older. And good news, friends! You have a chance to win a copy of your very own as well!
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