Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review: Give Them Grace

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Children with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson asks a very important question: What makes my parenting distinctively Christian? We all hope that our children will turn out well and get along in society, but if we are Christians, we know that isn’t what it’s all about.

Fitzpatrick and Thompson don’t just ask the question, though; they bring the answer in all its dazzling wonder: the gospel. Unfortunately, many of us default to teaching Law and morality instead of the gospel. But with a firm palate of Scripture, the authors paint a vibrant picture of how the gospel should impact our parenting, using specific examples, from what we teach our children about God to how we correct and discipline them. The narrator’s voice really gives life to the words of the book.

Give Them Grace is written primarily to moms, but I benefitted from it too. I was reminded that I need grace too, and this has helped me even in my interactions with my wife. If they turn appendix one (a fairytale-esque presentation of the gospel) into a children’s book, I will probably get it for my daughter.

At the risk of oversimplification, I’d say the book teaches us to love, discipline, and tell our kids about Jesus. And that is just what they need.

For the audio book, click here.
For a print copy, click here.

I received this book free from Christian Audio as part of their audio book review program. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are mine.

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