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Withhold Not Correction

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Direction for parents who struggle with doubt or indecision in their roles as God-ordained disciplinarians.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by P & R Publishing (first published January 1st 1978)
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Disclaimer- this book is for Christians families and relies on the Biblical mode of discipline and correction.

I don't think I would recommend this book to parents without the huge caveat to take everything the authors writes with a grain of salt. While Ray does provide some valuable insight into godly forms of discipline he does, in my opinion, fall short of the rational mark. Ray also tends to be excessively wordy and redundant in his mandate that parents need to be saved before attempting to
Lots of clear, straight-forward Bible teaching on spanking out of Proverbs and elsewhere. I'd like to recommend this book more, but a few flies in the ointment prevent it, like when Ray recommends teaching your kids to respond to the snap of your fingers. No doubt this could be done graciously, but he comes across as tone deaf which makes me wonder how it went for him and his kids. Discipline should be tender, and tenderness should disciplined. Still, for those stuck in the sentimental and lamel ...more
I didn't actually find this very useful. Far too much of it merely repeated the previous thought without any additional insight or in any significantly different way. It was also bloated with the standard evangelical jargon that so many modern authors feel the need to include (I simply don't want a book on discipline that has a whole third of it telling me basic Christian truths in a bland way).

The sections advocating the evangelising of our children are more than unhelpful and show just how low
Jeff McCormack
Back around the time I was starting to have children, I was given this book to read. It became a foundational work on the area of discipline with my children. I still hold this book in high esteem, and recommend it often. Upon this firm foundation, the building blocks were further laid with such excellent books as "Shepherding a Child's Heart" (Tripp) and "Standing on the Promises" (Wilson), all of which I suggest to people even today. Great book!!
While dated (published in '78), the author seeks to winsomely and biblically work out the foundation of discipline in the Christian home. The best place for this book is in a complementary position with Ted Tripp's Shepherding a Child's Heart and Elyse Fitzpatrick's Give Them Grace rather than a stand-alone guide. 3 stars.
Very sound principles, but a few things in here REALLY annoyed me. Spanking "infants" and sick children? No thanks; mercy also pictures God to our children, you know. Still, those parts were literally only a matter of a few lines in the book. I may just have to get out a Sharpie...
Someone gave me this book as a gift when I had my first baby. Whew babies! It was very tough for me to read.. So hard I couldn't finish it. Seemed a bit harsh with the advice on discipline.
Ray's book is fine, but published in 1978 there are many other choices with a similar theological bent I would offer up as much more readable and practical offerings.
A good little primer on Christian childrearing and discipline. I read my parents' version from the 1970s, so I'm not sure if it's been revised since then!
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