Parents in our post-modern world tend to be committed to but anxious about their child-rearing responsibilities. They have tried countless parenting books on the market telling moms and dads what to do and how to do it. Many of these are rigid, fear-based books that leave a large number of parents feeling directionless.
Now, there is a grace-based solution from Dr. Tim Kim...more
• Kimmel used "grace based" rather loosely and left me feeling that it was just a term for his own perspective. As such, it felt like an unfair prejudicing of the debate. Who's going to win arguing for the anti-grace based approach?
• I agree with his basic dictum that we should treat our kids the way God treats us. I do think, however, that his view of God is d ...more
It drove me mad and I wanted to throw it across the room several times. I did wind up hissing at it once or twice. I would also highly recommend it.
Kimmel has produced a solid work of philosophy/right-thought (as opposed to a practical instruction book)on what he believes are the most important aspects of parenting. I agree with him. I think he managed to take a potentially confusing idea of grace and applied it marvelously to how parents should see, and treat the ...more
Over the last 16 years as a parent I have read a lot of books on parenting, I have taught many courses on parenting, and my wife and I have given a lot of advice to parents, plus we have made a lot of mistakes that we hope to learn from. This book is probably one of the best books on Christian parenting that I have read. I would put it in my top 3 with “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” and “Age of Opportunity”.
If you are looking for a reading road-map for your ...more
Kimmel makes superior points about children's need for security, significance, and strength and explains that to meet those needs, the gifts of love, purpose, a ...more
Most of what he says I agree with, and it was a good admonishment to have a different way of thinking about things. I'll take some of what he says to heart. However, there ...more
I cannot recommend this book more highly. I came away feeling refreshed and more confident as a parent. P ...more
excellent job in outlining his beliefs and concepts about parenting into a simple yet profound framework that fits into one's overall belief/religion/philosophy.
I feel that the absence of step-by step guidelines strengthens the claims made in that this system allows individual differences to be celebrated and mistakes/challenges to be forgiven with God given grace.
I enjoyed the anecdotes and felt compelled to examine my own childhood ...more
This book had a few good points, say enough for a lecture or pamphlet, but not for a book. Too much repetition and filler.
I don't think I'm part of the audience the author had in mind. He seemed to have a point to prove to "legalistic" parents or those who were raised by ones. I doubt the former would even bother picking up this book. For the rest of us, we don't need a book to tell us that being strict about ...more
An especially good prescriptive read for parents like me who often feel overwhelmed that we hold firm on the little things in the hope that if we do so then the larger issues will somehow work themselves out--and thus often fail to realize that we lose sight of our long-term parenting goals in the process. I appreciated the added perspective the book gave me.
It's not in my top 5 parenting books I'd recommend but I do still recommend it. I also watched his DVD series Grace Based Foster Parenting while during the same time I read this and felt l ...more
Dr. Tim Kimmel is one of America's top advocates speaking for the family. He is the Executive Director of Family Matters, whose goal is to build great relationships by educating, equipping and encouraging families for every age and stage of life. Tim conducts conferences across the country on the unique pressures that confront today's families. His conferences include: Home Improvement: Building a ...more