"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and
find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16
I've had the honor of reading each of L.R. Knost's parenting books. She is an experienced, natural, homeschooling mother of six children, several of them now adults. So, she has been there, done that and she knows that peaceful, gentle parenting is something we can all have in our lives. Her advice in her previous 3 gentle parenting books is practical, simple, and sincere.
So, I was extremely excited when she announced her newest book, Jesus, the Gentle Parent. As many child advocates know, religion is one of the biggest excuses used to promote punitive parenting, especially spanking and striking children in other ways. Cultural references to misinterpreted scriptural passages and long-standing perceptions about God and religion have led to a deep-seated belief that God wants us to harshly and strongly subdue our children.
Yet, nothing could be farther from the truth, and The Truth, the God of unconditional love, mercy, tenderness and forgiveness. In this book, L.R. Knost provides a clear and easy to understand analysis of the biblical concepts pointing us towards a non-punitive family. She gently breaks down passages, discussing Greek and Hebrew translations that were tangled up in our current language and culture.
This book isn't only valuable for the scriptural and historical information. She also includes a collection of techniques on firm, effective, loving parenting. As an experienced mother, she provides what many parents ask for as they begin their gentle parenting journey: Exactly WHAT do we do? And not only does she include tangible steps for early childhood, she also reaches all the way to young adulthood, providing plenty of ideas and exercises to address a myriad of parenting concerns.
If you have ever read God's word and felt conflicted, this book for you. If you're familiar with the biblical passages commanding you to punish your child, but have heard the Spirit whispering in your hear, this book is for you. If you're sure that non-violent parenting is the answer, but are worried your faith is at odds, this book is for you. It is a great aid to begin undoing any hardness of the heart and darkness of the mind, to equip you with God's tools of mercy, forgiveness, and above all: love.
"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32
Other works by award-winning author, L.R.Knost, include 'Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages,' 'Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood,' and 'The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline,' the first three books in the Little Hearts Handbook parenting guide series, as well as her children’s picture books, A Walk in the Clouds, the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series, and Petey’s Listening Ears, the first in the Wisdom for Little Hearts series, which are humorous and engaging tools for parents, teachers, and caregivers to use in implementing gentle parenting techniques in their homes and schools
L.R.Knost/Parenting and Children's Book Author Website: http://www.littleheartsbooks.com/
BUY Jesus, the Gentle Parent here: http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Gentle-Parent-Christian-Parenting/dp/0988995840
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