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Great Resource for Christian Grandpas

Great Resource for Christian Grandpas

Before our daughter was born, the hospital provided classes for new grandparents. It was a great way to update them on some things that had changed since they had their children. Other than that though, there really isn’t a lot of guidance out there for grandparents. It’s supposed to be the fun part of life and therefor intuitive.

It’s a shame really, because grandparents can have a tremendous impact on the lives of their grandchildren. they can shape a child’s faith walk in ways that may be difficult for anyone other than a grandparent to accomplish. So, I was excited to finally find a resource for grandpas (Sorry grandma, I’m still looking for one for you!). Championship Grandfathering:How to Build a Winning Legacy by Carey Casey is actually a sequel to the author’s fathering book.

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Resource for Those Wanting to Learn to Pray

Prayer Resource - Parenting Like HannahAfter you have been a Christian for several years or decades, it is easy to forget things you see as common sense are actually things you had to learn how to do at some point in your life. This is especially important to remember when raising your children. Kids aren’t born knowing how to pray. They learn how from watching you and other Christians pray, from scripture (if they read their Bibles) and from what they are told by the people in their lives.

For various reasons, you may not feel equipped to teach your kids about prayer. You may still have a lot of questions about prayer yourself. The new book Talking With God: What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray by Adam Weber may give you some help on the topic.

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Wonderful New Resource for Expectant Fathers

Wonderful Resource for New Dads- Parenting Like Hannah - Parenting Like HannahWhen I got pregnant for the first time, we were immediately given a copy of What to Expect When You Are Expecting. I practically wore the book out as I went through my pregnancy. Although my husband was an interested and involved dad, it just didn’t seemed to resonate with him as much. I have wondered ever since what sort of book first time dads need to help navigate them through the “dad side” of the pregnancy equation.

I think I have finally found the perfect book! Best of all, the author is Christian and although he doesn’t talk about God and his faith on every page, he makes it clear a strong faith in God is essential. The New Dad’s Playbook is written by NFL tight end Benjamin Watson. That fact alone would have made my husband interested in reading the book. It covers everything from the moment you first find out you are pregnant until after the baby comes home from the hospital.

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Christian Moms and Friendship

Christian Moms and Friends - Parenting Like HannahLet’s be really honest here. When your kids are tiny, it feels as if some tiny precious human is permanently attached to you. As your kids get older, there are often many more kids around than you actually get to claim on your taxes. Yet even with all of these people swarming around you asking for attention and help – motherhood can be extremely lonely. Sometimes, you want to cry for those long ago friendships when you had the time and energy to talk for hours about everything and nothing.

Which is why, I was interested when offered the chance to review Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships by Lisa-Jo Baker. Could her book help moms create and nurture the friendships they so desperately need and crave?

The book is divided into four main sections with several chapters in each. The sections address our fears, what we can’t do, what we can do and how to get started.

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Teaching Daughters About Women’s Roles in the Church

Teaching Daughters About Women's Roles in the Church - Parenting Like HannahIf you are a woman who attends church on a regular basis, you have probably heard discussions about the roles women can and can’t play in God’s Kingdom. Those of us raised in the feminist era have been trained to begin feeling angry whenever we are denied something a man is given – period. We have been told life must be fair – which to the world means equal.

One of the most difficult things for people to truly accept in the core of their beings is that God sees life very differently than humans do, and because He is the all-knowing, all-wise God, He gets to make the rules. These rules are in our best interest because they were created by the one who created us and loves us more than we can understand.

Yet, often mankind has made rules where God never intended them to be. In fact, that was one of God’s problems with the Pharisees. They had created so many extra rules, the people could barely breathe without breaking one of them. Or, we want to discard the rules we don’t like as being outdated or only “for those people in that time” – not for us.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)