I’ve been meaning to write a blog post to review about this book, Raising Kingdom Kids, for some time now. I keep mulling over what to say, and then I put it on the back burner. Because I received this book through Tyndale’s blogger review program, I really do need to get a review posted. I’ve put it off too long, because it’s one of those books that really have to be processed. And I’m not sure I’m there yet.
Here’s the brief review I posted on Goodreads & Amazon:
This is a well-written, relevant book for Christian parents.
In our world today, it’s not easy raising our kids for Jesus.
Tony Evans offers excellent advice to assist on your journey to reach this.
This is one of those books that need to be read and read again, and meditated on, to really soak it up.
A few quotes that hit me, from the first chapter of the book:
“It is difficult for a parent to pass on a faith that he or she does not possess. The best way for you to inspire your kids to have their own faith is for them to witness your faith—not only in your words, but also in your actions.”
“In order to raise our kids with the skills to not only survive but also to thrive in the world, we need to raise children with the ability to discern what the world puts in front of them to lure them into bondage—whether that be emotional, spiritual, financial, or relational.”
“Kingdom parenting involves intentionally overseeing the generational transfer of the faith in such a way that children learn to consistently live all of their life under God’s divine authority.”
“Through parenting, each of us raises kingdom kids to be kingdom men and women so that God’s purposes are fully manifested on earth, and countless more are ushered into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
“Kingdom parenting is more than a social enterprise; it is at its core a spiritual and theological imperative.”
I’m not sure why it’s been so hard for me to be able to do a review on this book. Maybe it’s because parenting is so close to my heart. And that it’s such a difficult, overwhelming task. The older our kids get, the less I feel like I know what I am doing, or that I am even cut out to be a parent. To put it simply, being a parent, a mom, requires continual dependence on God. I CANNOT do it on my own.
I can, so plainly, see my own failures and inconsistencies. I want my children to be able to rise above that. And yet, I can’t expect them to see more of faith in God, in me, than what is there. It is so incredibly sobering. They know me better than anyone else. They live with me. Are they seeing Jesus in me?!
I have yet to finish this book. It is good, and has lots of powerful truths, things I need to get a good handle on. Let God work through me, through the reading of this book. I look forward to growing in my own life, as a parent, and as a child of God.
Tips? Advice? This is especially an area in which we need others—to rally around us and give us support, both spiritually, through prayer, and literally.