Thursday, September 9, 2010

Real World Parents: Christian Parenting for Families Living in the Real World

by Mark Matlock
Zondervan, 2010

I took my time reading this practical guide for Christian parents who want to "get it right." And I really feel that I need to read it again straight through, taking notes, and spending time answering the questions at the end of each chapter.

What I gleaned from this book tells me that Mark Matlock, its author, is a very wise parent indeed. He challenges the reader to ask herself what story she subscribes to (God's or the world's), how she defines success, and what her true goals are for her children. As I personally responded, I have to admit that, at times, I didn't like my answers. A lightbulb went on as I recognized my shortcomings and need for personal change.

After sharing what he calls "broken strategies" for competing with the world's story, Matlock tells us how do demonstrate wisdom, teach decision-making, deal with failure, and evaluate entertainment. Very helpful skills indeed.

I recommend this book to Christian parents, no matter where you are on your parenting journey. It's not a long book (only 143 pages), so try to read a chapter each day, rather than drag it out as I did for my first reading.

Oh, and don't forget your highlighter and notebook. You'll need them.

[Note: this book was provided for review by The B & B Media Group. The review is always my honest response.]

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