This is the second of an eleven part book summary series of a book I am currently reading. So we will finish it together! =) I urge you to get a copy of your own*, since these summaries do not and cannot do justice to the book.
The book is tandanannnn…Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel.
The book is divided into 11 Chapters, and I will do one blog entry per chapter:
- Why Well Meaning Parenting Falls Short
- The Truth Behind Grace
- A Secure Love
- A Significant Purpose
- A Strong Hope
- A Delivery System for Grace
- The Freedom to Be Different
- The Freedom to Be Vulnerable
- The Freedom to Be Candid
- The Freedom to Make Mistakes
- Evening Grace
So let’s get to it shall we?
What is Grace?
As a very, very, very, new Christian, the concept of Grace is well, new to me. I had always thought that to get saved you needed to believe in God and do good works, and then maybe, if the good work you did was enough, you can be deemed worthy to go be with God.
Grace is the complete opposite of this. God loves you and accepts you, for you, and the good work that you do is a result of that love.
What’s the bottom line in grace-based parenting?
We need to treat children in a way that draws them to us, and the safety and security of our love. Grace is not a get-out-of-responsibility-free card but Grace allows us to make a distinction about what matters and what doesn’t. It helps us give kids the freedom to be simply be “kids” and keeps us from being in a reactive mode as they go through certain stages, like being a pre-teen!
Have you found the truth behind grace?
* It’s available on Amazon, as an e-book and a physical book and at the Victory Fort Bookstore as a physical book.