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Using Books for Family Devotionals

Using Books for Family Devotionals - Parenting Like HannahI am a huge fan of family devotionals. To me, it’s not the formality of it that’s important, but rather the subtle and not so subtle messages having regular family devotionals give to your kids. If you didn’t grow up having devotionals in your home, you may be a bit intimated by the idea. Perhaps you feel you don’t know enough yourself to be teaching your kids about the Bible. I am confident you can do it, but I totally understand wanting the reassurance a family devotional book can give.

Since I am always on the lookout for resources to help you on your Christian parenting journey, I was excited when given the opportunity to review a new book of family devotionals. Kingdom Family Devotional by Tony and Jonathan Evans has a format that I really appreciate. Not only does it contain enough devotionals to last an entire year, but each week has a theme and within each week there is a devotional for five different days.

I love the idea that each week your family can focus on one topic. So for example, one week your family can focus on self-control and another week spend the week reflecting on what it looks like to be a godly woman or a godly man. It encourages the readers to spend time outside of the actual family devotional time talking about and thinking about the topic for the week. I would think it could be a great motivator for parents to take advantage of the teachable moments that week a little more intentionally.

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The Happy Christian Family

The Happy Christian Family - Parenting Like HannahWhen I was little, one of my favorite songs in Sunday School was the “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart” song. I loved life, loved church and was a pretty optimistic kid. Talk to some Christians though and it’s like God is trying to make them swallow some bitter medicine in order to get to Heaven. They look miserable and they make everyone around them unhappy. Why would anyone want to be a part of that?

Needless to say, I was interested when offered the chance to review 60 Days of Happiness: Discover God’s Promise of Relentless Joy by Randy Alcorn. Evidently this is a companion book to the original Happiness book (which I have not read). The book contains a series of sixty short essays on the subject of happiness – specifically as it relates to Christians.

Each day begins with a quote from scripture and a quote from a person who may or may not be familiar to the reader. The essays are three or four smaller pages long. They cover a huge number of topics, not just various angles of three or four as one might expect. Some deal with personal happiness, while others deal with the happiness of God. Many have a practical slant like to feasts make God happy or is it selfish to want to be happy.

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Join Our New Parenting Like Hannah Community

Join Our New Parenting Like Hannah Community - Parenting Like HannahWe are so excited about our latest free resource for Christian parents! Many of you have been asking for a private community Facebook group. We heard you and it’s live now! The Parenting Like Hannah Community is a safe place for Christian parents to be encouraged and challenged on their Christian parenting journey.

 

Community members will have access to special content including:
– live chats
– in depth discussions of blog content
– first look at new resources
– priority registration for learning intensives
– opportunities to have your parenting questions answered by more experienced moms

New Christian Parenting Resource

New Christian Parenting Resource - Parenting Like HannahAs you can imagine, I try to read as many parenting and especially Christian parenting books as I can. I want to help you find resources I feel will help and not hamper your parenting journey. Just because someone can get published (and sometimes self-published), has a degree and or considers themselves an expert, does not mean their advice is helpful, wise or godly.

Thankfully, the most recent new parenting book I was sent is full of great, solid Christian parenting advice. Parenting With Grace and Truth by Dan Seaborn is a great Christian parenting primer. The author chooses to organize his book into eight truths about Christian parenting. He covers everything from developing character in your kids to parenting through a crisis to parenting in blended families and more.

I would call this a primer because while his advice is generally excellent, it covers the basics in somewhat broad strokes. He discusses attitudes and behaviors, but tends to steer away from lots of tips and creative ideas. Personally, I think it is important to have books like this one available to Christian parents. Whether they are new to parenting or new to Christian parenting, this book spells out a lot of important parenting basics without overwhelming the reader with lots of minutia.

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Updated Free Baptism Study Now Available

Newly Updated Baptism Study - Parenting Like HannahYou may not know this, but Parenting Like Hannah and its parent ministry Teach One Reach One actually began with the writing of a study for parents and Bible class teachers to do with young people who were expressing an interest in being baptized and becoming a Christian. I wrote it, because at the time my own daughter was interested in becoming a Christian and I couldn’t find anything I liked. As we studied together, I crafted the study from what we discussed and the questions she and some of her friends had on the topic.

Over the years, it has become one of our most popular free resources. As our ministry has evolved, we have been blessed with a volunteer who has far more talent than I in the area of graphic design. Bobby McVey, has taken our original resource and made it look professional. You and your friends and family can read our free baptism study in iBooks, from the website or print it.

We would love for you to share it with your ministers, fellow parents, relatives, friends and anyone else who may want to study baptism with a young person. Several have told us, it would also work as a guideline for studying baptism with an adult.

As always, our resources are free and you are welcome to share them. We only ask that you do not claim the material as your own or charge anyone for it. We have free resources, because we believe the information is too vital to restrict access anymore than absolutely necessary. Blessings as you share this study with those you love!

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)