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Getting Your Kids through Church: without them Ending Up Hating God [Paperback]

Rob Parsons
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22 April 2011
"Could save a generation of young people being lost from the church." Matt Summerfield, National Director, Urban Saints. "My heart is that not one child loses their love for God. And my prayer is simple: that this message will help prevent thousands of young people walking out of church forever." Rob Parsons. "Rob Parsons is an inspiration." Revd Nicky Gumbel, Vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton. "This book is the best investment a Christian parent could make." Gavin Calver, National Director, British Youth for Christ. "All of us want to be the best parents we can possibly be, but every one of us knows that at some point we are failing them and failing God. This book is for people like me." Steve Clifford, General Director, Evangelical Alliance. "When should parents read this book? When the pregnancy test kit turns blue!" Katharine Hill, author and speaker.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (22 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085721053X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857210531
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rob Parsons is an international speaker on family issues and the author of many best-sellers including The Heart of Success and The 60-Minute Father. Over half a million people have attended his live seminars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, full of hard stuff! 16 Jun 2011
By Dr. K. E. Patrick TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have enjoyed all the books I've read by Rob Parsons in the past, and this is no exception.

The only slight quibble I have is that he seems to be mostly speaking about teenagers, since most children younger than that are in the phase of spirituality which he calls "affiliative faith" -- that is, they follow along with you in your faith, though they may not have a faith which they can call their own yet.

While I think this is true, I also think it's never too early to read this book and take its advice on board.

He explains in clear, accessible language about different levels of faith in the first part of the book, which covers four chapters. This is then followed by five chapters about the pitfalls of modern life that can wreck a child's faith. He calls these "the big five", likening them to the "Big Five" game animals in Africa -- they are over-busyness, cynicism, hypocrisy, judgmentalism, and overfamiliarity.

I think this book is worth having just for this section alone!

The final part of the book is about the disappointments a child will face that could de-rail a burgeoning faith: disappointments in others, in themselves, and in God. I've seen this in my own child who sometimes doesn't understand why her prayers aren't answered. While I definitely agree that we need to explain this -- or at least try to -- I thought perhaps Parsons would have a better suggestion for his readers than just saying "sometimes we don't understand everything that God does." True, but doesn't that ring rather hollow? At least he then backs it up with scripture, such as Jesus's asking for the cup to pass from him, and yet accepting the cup when it doesn't.

Often when I read a book like this -- quickly and easily on a single train journey -- it's soon consigned to the pile from which I re-sell on Amazon as a used book. Not this one. I'm not giving it up, so you can't have mine!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rob Parsons' latest is a useful handbook 18 May 2011
By hils
Very helpful book, easy to read and covering some difficult areas to do with practical applications and spiritual growth in teenagers. I would have loved to have read it before my youngest hit the dreaded years, but have already seen some positive changes after only 2 weeks of applying Rob's advice.
All the parenting classes and counselling in the world hold no sway compared to having solid, useful and loving information that is close to hand. A definate necessity for any God-loving parent to be delivered by the midwife alongside the baby...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all parents 2 Jun 2011
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A very helpful book that I would recommend to all Christian parents. He clearly points to the many pitfalls in a child's path to faith and gives good advice on how to avoid these. I can identify with much of what he writes from when I was a teenager and I will be very careful about how I raise my own children based on this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellant for mums and dads 23 Sep 2012
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i was brought up in a secular household and since reconnecting with God i started stressing about how best to pass on my love for God to my daughter, well Parson's reassured me and calmed me down! No we do not bear ulitimate responsibility for their faith.

I guess i was alittle disappointed to read that tatoo's and piercings etc can cause such utter distress to parents, im guessing people who have the opinion that this is undesirable believe tht our bodies are made in Gods image rather than our souls, which is my understanding
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and some good ideas 17 April 2012
By Rebecca
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I've read other books by Rob Parsons and found them easy to read and useful. This book was no different and as a parent of two teenagers found some good ideas that I will certainly try/bear in mind.
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