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Friday, May 3, 2013

Parenting with Spiritual Power...Review

About the book:
“I wish children came with an instruction manual!” How many times have we heard this lament by a frustrated or overwhelmed parent? Perhaps we have said these words (or thought them) ourselves. There are “how to” manuals for practically anything: installing a new faucet, building a remote control car, baking an apple pie, refinishing an antique chair, or assembling a bicycle. Is there a formula or a perfect manual for raising children? Yes! The scriptures.

In Parenting with Spiritual Power, Julie Nelson encourages you to crack open the manual and examine the lives and parenting principles of scriptural mothers and fathers. Discover powerful examples from figures like Adam and Eve, Moses, and the Brother of Jared along with suggestions for personal application in this essential book.

I have often heard it said that there is no parenting book better than the Bible.  And while that is probably true, translating scripture into practical parenting has never been easy for me.  With Parenting with Spiritual Power, Julie Nelson has done just that.  Taken scriptures and examples of favorite scriptural characters and put them into applicable and easy to understand lessons.

My favorite chapter?  Chapter 9, Christ and his Disciples: The Power of Believing.  When Jesus Christ called his apostles, he knew that they were imperfect, with shortcomings and faults.  But, he believed in them and he saw them for who they could be.  Julie talks about this example and using examples from her own life, talks about the problems with focusing on the negative rather than the positive potential that our children have.  I'm going to read it again.

Each chapter has scriptural references and examples along with a principle summary at the end.  While written from an LDS perspective, this is a terrific, Christian biblical-based parenting book that I think will reach across the denominations.

Thanks to the author and Cedar Fort for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Julie K. Nelson and spiritual parenting here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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