Sacred Parenting (Participant's Guide)
Many books have been written about how to parent a child effectively, how to become a better parent, and how effective parenting produces better kids. But SACRED PARENTING delves into an entirely different reality: how parenting affects the parent. It...
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Many books have been written about how to parent a child effectively, how to become a better parent, and how effective parenting produces better kids. But SACRED PARENTING delves into an entirely different reality: how parenting affects the parent. It explores the spiritual dynamics of parenting, and why caring for children is such an effective discipline in shaping our souls and forming the character of Christ within us. Thomas doesn't tell parents how to handle a chronically sick or rebellious child, but he does help parents find spiritual meaning behind the almost heroic care such children require.
Because SACRED PARENTING is not a "how to" course, it openly admits the difficulties, struggles, and failures that often accompany parenting. And it goes on to show how God uses those trying and discouraging times to build up the parents who experience them. Parents of all children will be encouraged by the examples of how other men and women have successfully handled the challenges and occasional defeats of parenting, and will be inspired by stories that reaffirm the spiritual value of being a parent.
'Parenting a child is an in-depth course on spiritual formation, expressly designed by God to shape your soul in ways you cannot imagine. What if one of God's primary intentions for you as a parent isn't about successfully raising perfect children, but about you becoming more holy? Sacred Parenting helps you look at parenting from a different perspective. In this six-session participant's guide, designed for use with the Sacred Parenting video, Gold Medallion Award-winning author Gary Thomas will offer a road map to new and sacred territory defined by the children God has given you to teach you his lesson in love. Sacred Parenting will help you and your group learn how God can transform dirty diapers, a toddler's tantrums, and a teenager's silence in order to transform you into a person who reflects the image of Christ. Sessions include: 1. The Soul-Transforming Journey of Parenting 2. God-Centered Parenting 3. The Hardest Hurt of All 4. Embracing Our Insignificance 5. Walking on the Wild Side of Parenting 6. The Gold Behind the Guilt '
Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Marriage; Sacred Pathways; Pure Pleasure; Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith
His books and ministry focus on spiritual formation: how we can integrate Scripture, church history, and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics into our modern experience of faith. Most recently he has produced Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul.