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The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  124 reviews
From the family that brought you The Lifegiving Home and The Lifegiving Table, discover how you can become a parent who gives your child a life worth living for Christ.
In today's world, it's easy to become overwhelmed and even paralyzed by the constant flow of parenting advice. We're flooded with so much practical information that we wonder if we're choosing the right way.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Tyndale Momentum
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Kelly Bridgewater
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have never heard of Clay and Sally Clarkson, but the title of their newest book, The Life Giving Parent captured my attention. As authors who have written a number of books and devotions for raising a Godly family, I was interested in what I could learn to bring God more as the focal point in our lives. I read through the book pretty quickly for this review, but I believe I will be returning to it with a highlighter and a pencil, so I can study more closely. My favorite chapters are renewing o ...more
Danielle DeVane Wells
This is a thorough book about how to raise your children with God as the center of the home, based on the author's own family life. It is heavily cited with Bible references and stories that are totally applicable.

At the end of each chapter, which focuses on one "heartbeat" of lifegiving parenting, there are practical steps to accomplish whatever truth they're addressing. I especially appreciate when practical tips are given to amorphous ideologies like Christianity and parenting.

I appreciate fa
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Engagement with Christian culture does not define a Christian home; engagement with the living Christ does.”

I was given the opportunity to read the first few chapters of this book before it releases and I can’t wait to finish it in a few weeks. There are so many great nuggets of wisdom and encouragement like the one above in just these few chapters and I look forward the rest.

“The first priority for strengthening your child’s faith as a lifegiving parent is to strengthen your own faith.”

Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Based on the few chapters I’ve read so far, I have been so encouraged by Clay and Sally’s instruction to invest in the lives of my children for eternity. I think the idea that has touched me the most is the idea that even parenting is a walk of faith. It is NOT a formula. I’m so thankful for a godly book that doesn’t promise me that if I follow five steps, my kids will turn out perfectly. Instead, they provide principles for loving my children like Jesus and how to extend grace to them when they ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but not as much as "The Lifegiving Home" authored by just Sally. There were many Bible references, ideas and resources to help your children to develop spiritually, mentally and emotionally!
Lindsey Cunningham
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was coauthored by Clay and Sally Clarkson, a husband and wife team. I have read a couple of Sally’s books before and enjoyed them, but this one was a little different. The bulk of each chapter was written by Clay with a lot of biblical teaching about parenting and towards the very end, Sally would give a quick snapshot of what this looked like for their family as it pertained to that particular subject/chapter. Basically Clay would teach and Sally would story tell. Obviously this is a ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I really struggled with this book, I had a hard time focusing, I typically can get through a 200-page book in a few days, this took me over a week. I know that Clay and Sally are both wonderful people, but I Came away feeling overwhelmed and defeated in some points, like I could never measure up to these ideals, although I do agree with them. I also have a hard time with fathers giving parenting advice to mothers, (I know this book is for parents, but I am a mother and he is a father), because c ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
No matter what your family looks like, what you've done or where you've come from, or where you are in life right now, you can become a lifegiving parent."

I loved the principles throughout this book. It was exactly what I needed right now in my parenting journey. I needed to remember and relearn how to parent from grace and not frustration or anger. I needed to remember the gift and reward that parenting is. The Clarkson's do a beautiful job at reminding us parents what our job raise god
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting, 2018, faith
"The Lifegiving Parent" by Clay and Sally Clarkson completes the "Lifegiving" trilogy that also includes "The Lifegiving Home" and "The Lifegiving Table" by Sally Clarkson. This particular addition focuses on parenting and can easily be read together by spouses, as opposed to others that Sally writes that are specifically geared for women.

If you want to get to the beating heart of being a lifegiving parent, you'll find it in opening your home to the love of God, the light of God, and the life of
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute first. I have never given any sort of parenting book 5 stars, because each book has so many little things that I can't agree with so it brings the overall rating down. This book though? Five stars all the way. I just regret that I didn't read it before now.

Broken down into sections that cover each aspect of parenting, this book looks at parenting through a Christian/Classical lens. It not only encouraged me to be a more diligent parent; it encouraged me to be a better reader
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to start this review by saying that I do not like to write in books. I don't underline nor do I highlight on a regular basis, yet some books compel me to mark them up and this is one of those books!

As a homeschooling, Christian parent, I am well-acquainted with Clay and Sally Clarkson and their influence in this sphere. Often parenting books bore me or make me feel unequipped as a parent, but this one was so encouraging and inspiring.

The book is divided into two parts: 1) Heartbeats of Pa
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received 3 chapters from the publisher on this wonderful book by one of my most favorite authors on parenting, motherhood, and Christian living. The principles for life in this book will not only permeate your parenting but also just your daily life as you seek to serve the Lord and glorify Him in all that you do. As always, Sally and Clay share bits of wisdom and nuggets of profound truths that you can camp out on let them help you to see your personal testimony while parenting, strengthening ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clay and Sally have written an amazing book with The Life Giving Parent. Honestly, I think I can give a lot of my other parenting books away because this book gets to the heart of children, which is teaching them to love Jesus in a world that is messy, chaotic and unsettling. There isn't a formula or method, but this is a lifestyle and I love how they approach their parenting, just like they approach their dinner table. Which is you haven't read any other books by Sally, I highly recommend them! ...more
Gabriel Mahalik
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I try to save 5 star reviews for books that were transformational in my life. Where has this book been hiding in the Christian culture?

Clay and Sally Clarkson mix biblical worldview saturated in scripture with developmental and psychological knowledge and provide balanced wisdom on how to “train up a child in the way they should go”

Clay, a seminary grad and pastor, lets scripture drive this entire book and gives theological and practical wisdom. Each chapter ends with a story told by Sally of ho
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an inspiration to parent’s to put in the work it will take to fully engage our children in relationships with Jesus. Deeply grounded Biblical principles are presented with accompanying stories to bring the points to life and you walk away with a clearer vision of how to draw your children into this kind of Lifegiving relationship. I highly recommend this book to parents who are serious about the influence they have on their kids and how to make the most of it.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given the first few chapters by the publisher and based on those chapters, I am smitten! I can’t wait to read everything. Already there are several insights and nuggets I am putting into practice.
Lana Colby hurd
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Encouraging parenting book.
Sara Karr
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read first 3 chapters of this book. This is a very encouraging book and a great reminderer how important it is to make sure we follow God's and make we follow him and have faith in him espically if we want to pass it on to our kids

Jennie Nelson
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The portion that I have read so far marks this as a game-changing book in the genre of parenting books. Grace-based and helping parents learn to treat our children as God treats us- what a gem of a book. Every parent would be blessed and changed by this book.
Rebecca Ray
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good book, but if you’ve read their other books, there’s really nothing new here.
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
How to bring the life of God into your home for your children to see and believe. Give them the life you have found in Him. How God comes alive in your family.
“You cannot put into your children’s hearts what is not first in your own heart, and it will only get there through an active and purposeful relationship with God.”
“There is no place and no time when teaching children about God should not be happening.”
Open doors and windows to let God/light in, Holy Ghost is the vent - removes bad and br
Sarah Poling
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I haven't read other books in the lifegiving series, and didn't even realize it is a series until I was into this book. But the subtitle of giving your child a life worth living for Christ is definitely a goal in our home. And Different is so inspiring and practical, I wanted to see if I loved this book as much.

This book is more of a philosophical book to help parents process the foundation of their home based on who God is and how He is present in your home. Clay seems to be the main author an
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors, Sally Clarkson, along with her husband wrote another book that provides biblical truth and encouragement for us mama's and this one is for the dad's too!! I have read several of Sally's books and they have all been books that I return to again and again. She offers a lot of wisdom for parents to gain from, along with also sharing times of struggle and how they learned from it and handled it.

This is not another parenting book telling you how and what to do, I don't r
A Grace
Jan 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2020, own
Unfortunately this book was hard for me to get through because I disagreed with the authors’ entire approach to biblical parenting. It basically embodies everything I disliked about growing up in a Christian subculture. Where do I begin?

This book was chuck full of “Christianese” — holy sounding phrases common in the Christian subculture but actually mean nothing when you really think about it. The authors had 2 favorite phrases that they used throughout the entire book. 1) The Life of God. Ok,
Joanne Viola
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The day we give birth, our lives are changed forever. It is in this moment, we take on the hardest, most challenging, and most rewarding role - parenthood. My children are now adults and raising their own, yet parenting is a life long task as relationships continue long after they leave the home.

The Life Giving Parent by Clay & Sally Clarkson is a much needed book for every parent, and grandparent, in this ever changing culture we are living. As parents we not only give breathing life to our chi
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a hard book to review. I really have enjoyed many of Sally Clarkson's books, especially "The Ministry of Motherhood" and "Different." This book was primarily written by her husband, Clay. He's very knowledgeable, but his writing style is more didactic and less engaging than Sally's warmer style.

Here is my biggest difficulty with the book: despite the many notes throughout that parenting cannot be formulaic and must be filled with grace (rather than rigid and legalistic), the eight "life
Shonda Knowlton
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Lifegiving Parent by Clay and Sally Clarkson is a much anticipated addition to round out the trio of books by Sally and her daughter Sarah in The Lifegiving Home and The Lifegiving Table. The Lifegiving Parent is the long awaited book that Clay had been working on since before their ministry for parents began. There is one main thread through this book and it is that lifegiving parenting starts with the parents sharing the life of Christ in their home and to their children. The bulk of the b ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the most inspiring books on parenting I’ve ever read (and I’ve read quite a few!) I read Sally’s book she wrote with her daughter Sarah, The Lifegiving Home, two years ago and loved it, so I had high expectations for this one. Plus, the fact that they raised four children who kept their faith and are now thriving, successful adults made me eager to glean from their wisdom. And let me tell you, this book was packed full of it!

The eight “heartbeats” in this book were both insp
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Sally Clarkson is one of my favorite “mentors”. Yes, I consider her a mentor even though I’ve never met her in person! Her writing has impacted my mothering more than anything else. If I could choose one woman for busy Mamas to listen to, it’s Sally! Her latest book, “The Life-Giving Parent” is the last in a trilogy of three “Life-Giving” books. This book is actually mainly written by her husband, Clay Clarkson, with sma
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lifegiving Parent by Clay and Sally Clarkson

Clay and Sally have a way of breathing life into their readers’ lives through their words of encouragement. They have so much wisdom and insight to share with parents that they have learned through their journey raising their own children and releasing them into the world to continue sharing their faith and legacy with the world.

Clay provides 8 principles in lifegiving parenting that he refers to as heartbeats. I love that he focuses on principles and
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Clay Clarkson is director of Whole Heart Ministries, a nonprofit family ministry he and his wife, Sally, started in 1994 to help Christian parents raise wholehearted children for Christ. He is the author of Educating the WholeHearted Child, Our 24 Family Ways, Heartfelt Discipline, Taking Motherhood to Hearts, and The Lifegiving Parent (with Sally Clarkson). He writes online about Christian parent ...more

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