The world teaches our kids that they are awesome and that they can achieve anything they want. As parents, this can seem an attractive message; we want our children to succeed, to be happy, and to have confidence. But as Christians we also want our children to grow up knowing and loving Jesus. It can be difficult to know how we can encourage and build up our children while also teaching them that they are sinners in need of grace.
Paul Tautges, an experienced pastor and father, helps us navigate this "You can do it world" through 8 helpful signposts. With gentleness, plenty of practical advice and biblical wisdom, Paul explains how we can train our children in humility, helping them to see how awesome God is and how true self-confidence comes from finding their identity in Christ. Suggestions for prayer and questions to aid discussion with your children will help you to put the advice contained in this book into practice.
In our self-esteem culture this book is a reminder to point our children to Christ, who gives ultimate value. There is good advice on how to give praise, and a warning against trying to manipulate our children into "believing". At 78 pages it is a quick read.
I have loved this series of books as they are short, snappy and to the point, whilst dealing in a biblical way with some of the biggest issues we face as parents in our current world. This one particularly deals with our over positive world, where you are told you can achieve anything and everything, and yet we have to balance that with what the bible teaches us about sin and needing a saviour. I love the way that each chapter only takes 5 minutes to read – it is bitesize and perfect for parents to be able to digest in the time they have spare. There are 8 different “signposts” on how to approach and deal with this world in a biblical way, and all are very practical such as “Thrill them with the gospel”, “team up with a faithful church” and “teach them God is awesome”. I was left feeling equipped and as if actually this wasn’t a big problem anymore, as I am already doing lots of the things suggested in the book to give my children the tools to deal with the world we are in. For the sake of a couple a quid (yup, the book is really that cheap!) it is worth investing in and preparing yourself, even if you only have young children, so that they have the best foundation to take on this current world from.
Total Price: £1.99