RAISING GODLY CHILDREN IN AN UNGODLY PB Paperback – 30 Jun 2005
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About the Author
Ken Ham is the president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis - U.S. and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. Ken's emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America's most effective Christian communicators.
Steve Ham serves as senior director of outreach for Answers in Genesis, overseeing the 250 conferences and other events that AiG typically holds each year. This oversight also includes AiG's international division, Answers Worldwide, which includes speaking tours overseas and a translations ministry (more than 75 languages). The younger brother of AiG President Ken Ham, Steve joined AiG in 2009.
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Because if our kids act properly in every circumstance but don't love Jesus, is that what we want? No. Then why is that how I parent much of the time based more on my kids' behavior than their hearts?
Because *I* need a heart check too.
This book didn't provide me with much of a heart check, though, so while it was beneficial (and most interesting to me during the biographical parts), it's not the first parenting book I would recommend. Some that have blessed us are Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls by Gary Thomas and Great Parents, Lousy Lovers: Discover How to Enjoy Life with Your Spouse While Raising Your Kids by Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham.
And, of course, the number one book and the only one that truly offers lasting heart change is the Bible. I think it's easy to run to other sources for parenting wisdom and forget to let the Perfect Parent give us guidance.
(Thanks to New Leaf Publishing for providing this book for my review. My opinions are my own.)
There is great transparency within the words of this book, and each author clearly explains their take on this matter of child-rearing. There is not only emphasis on the need for teaching our children scripture and holding them accountable, but it also emphasizes our need as parents to be in the Word daily; and how our personal relationship with our Creator will greatly impact our ability to impact our children's life for eternity.
Although the authors rend to be quite wordy, the content was excellent! It really challenged me to look beyond the "stories" in the Bible, and to teach my child that each story, if we must call them that, was really an encounter with a Holy God. If we portray these God-encounters as just fantasy stories, then our children will fail to see the reality of Who we serve and what God requires of each of us.
I really appreciate the emphasis on teaching our children the Word of God and using it as we discipline daily. The authors really encourage us as parents to cultivate an environment in which our children can grow spiritually--even at an early age. The teaching of evolution is rampant amongst our school curriculum; therefore, homeschooling is definitely suggested as the better option for education, if possible. This book is not just for moms to read, but also includes information that is vital for fathers to be aware of. There is a whole chapter called "Diligent Dads"; which is excellent. The book took longer for me to read than I planned, but overall I highly recommend it.
This book shows the legacy of the Ham family, their traditions, their discipline, and their undying faith and hope in the God.
Looking back at how God originally designed the family to operate, allows a Christian family to see how they can raise their children today.
Previously published as Genesis of a Legacy in 2006, Master Books has re-released this primer on the fundamentals of Christian parenting based on the inerrant word of God, with a new title and design. Part apologetic, memoir, biography, and parenting guide, the Hams' book addresses a variety of topics essential to Christian parents while drawing from scripture, the example of their own godly father, the formation of Answers in Genesis, and their own experiences as fathers. The Hams alternate chapters, and each is clearly labeled to identify the author. The brothers establish an intergenerational vision for leaving a godly legacy through the family, the vital necessity of basing this legacy on the word of God, and wrap up with practical advice and applications drawn from the Bible.
Those familiar with Christian parenting books that use the Bible as their main inspiration will be familiar with many of the points and suggestions made by the Hams. The tried and true method they present for raising children with Jesus and the scriptures at the heart of the family will be a source of encouragement in the task laid before more experienced parents -- and helps chart the course for those just learning to parent in accordance with God's word. The additional personal piece which shares life in the Ham household for the brothers as children, the establishment of Ken's well-known creation ministry, and the ways in which they've encouraged their own children in godliness, add an additional element that all who appreciate the Hams' work will be eager to read.
Raising Children isn't a fast read, but rather encourages a slower, more thoughtful pace. Though I've read many of the parenting suggestions included, some of the simplest -- such as praying aloud for each child in turn at night -- have deeply impacted our family. While we have already been praying together nightly, the additional personal care our children feel, and the knowledge that we are interceding for them has made a real difference in our family's prayer life. There may be further gems such as these that are just waiting for you to discover and apply to your family life.
The aspect I most appreciated however, was the brothers' focus upon the sovereignty of God in parenting. Too often, believers fall into pride or despair based upon our parenting efforts, while the truth is that God is ultimately responsible for the lives of our children. Of course, the Hams rightly illuminate the roles and responsibilities that God calls parents to work towards fulfilling. But where too many parenting books adopt an "it's all your responsibility" attitude, the Hams have this understanding firmly in place, encouraging parents to lean only upon the Lord -- and not upon their own efforts.
Children of this generation are experiencing temptations that parents must be equipped with God's Word in order to handle the situations that will arise. This book covers the importance of a godly legacy, the purpose and meaning of the family, what is the primary importance of marriage, and why a relationship with Christ is the most important element.
The family is under attack and parents must be equipped to handle pre-marital sex, abortion, gay relationships, drugs, and peer pressure. Parents must be on the alert, be involved, monitor, condemn compromise and not assume that something "Christian" is safe.
The book points out that "Parents are people who should: rely on God for building and protection, they are warned about distraction, are grateful in their calling, and are committed to the commission. If you are a parent, or soon to become one, rush out and purchase this book as soon as possible!