I am reading a newly released book by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus. Although I am only half-way through, I can say with confidence that this is the best book on parenting I have ever read. The best (and yes, I have read the Tripp’s books, which are fantastic, too). In fact, Give Them Grace is one of the best books on the gospel that I have ever read. I’m blown away. Anyway, here is a quote that sets the tone for what many (including myself) will find to be a “world rocking” parenting book.
“Even though our children cannot and will not obey God’s law, we need to teach it to them again and again. and when they tell us that they can’t love God or others in this way, we are not to argue with them. We are to agree with them and tell them of their (and our our) need for a Savior… We are commanded to give them the law so that they will be crushed by it and see their need for a Savior. They law won’t make them good. It will make them despair of ever being good enough, and in that way it will make them open to the love, sacrifice, and welcome of their Savior, Jesus Christ… Yes, give them God’s law. Teach it to them and tell them that God commands obedience. But before you are done, give them grace and explain again the beautiful story of Christ’s perfectly keeping of it for them… This is the message we all need to hear, and is the only message that will transform our hearts.”
Oh, and this only sets the tone. PLEASE get this book (order it here). Read it. Digest it. It WILL change your parenting radically, and maybe even your own life. It is changing mine.