Giveaway & Review of "Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord" by Dave Stone (open to Americans & Canadians) @DaveStone920
Drawing upon his personal experiences of family life as a husband and a father to three children, Senior Pastor and author Dave Stone provides a wonderfully practical and encouraging book in Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord, the first installment in the "Faithful Families" series. Through sharing stories from his own home life and the homes of the families he's counselled in his role as pastor, the author gives readers ideas of how parents can shape their children by living authentic lives, praying for their children, and incorporating the Bible into family life. Dave Stone also tackles such issues as discipline and the importance of consistency, and speaks specifically to moms and to dads in separate chapters as well.
I greatly enjoyed this first installment in the Faithful Family series, finding it easy to read, and filled with hope, encouragement, and very practical steps parents can make to spiritually invest in their children. In an age where families can become overwhelmed with keeping up the perfect appearance, having the nicest house or car, or striving to help their child become the best at every possible activity, this book provides a breath of fresh air and reminds us about what really matters in life. I love the point the author makes that at the end of our lives, no one will care about all the material possessions we may provide for our kids, but rather what sort of relationships we had with our family members, the time we spent with them, the ways that we instilled faith, a love for God, a heart for serving him. The book is a pleasure to read, not only in how it's written, but the way the book has been put together with it's hard-cover format, frequent use of pictures, and relatively short chapters that make it easy to read the book on the go and fit in some reading here and there in the midst of busy schedules.
I highly recommend this book and encourage parents to add this one to their collection. You'll finish the book feeling more confident as a parent and equipped with some new ideas of how to lead your kids to love Jesus. What could be better than that? 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
I am giving away 1 copy of Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord to readers from the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of the publisher!
You can get 1 entry into the giveaway for each task you perform:
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3. Post about the giveaway on your own blog or on twitter or facebook and leave me a comment. You get 1 entry for each method of spreading the word!
4. Leave a comment answering the following question: "Where do you go to the most to get parenting advice?"
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That's all there is to it. Contest Ends June 12, 2012.