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

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  90 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
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
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.”

Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting, 2018
"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
Jennifer Ford
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a mother who has tried all of the formulas and "3-2-1" step approaches with our children, I can humbly admit that those methods fail to reach the heart of a child. Offering a complete paradigm shift to the Christian parenting conversation, this book shares biblical truth and wisdom in a way that inspires parents to seek the heart of Jesus... and then share it with their sons and daughters. Here are a few of my favorite quotations so far:

"Our children's spirits are hard wired by God to look to
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
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.
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

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.
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.
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
Journey FAITH
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 re
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
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive the first three chapters in advance. I love that Clay and Sally wrote this third book for both parents in the Lifegiving series. Now Dads can also glean from their wisdom and experience.
Raising prudent, servant-hearted, Christ honoring children has never been easy, but honestly, it is so much more challenging in the 21st century! I so appreciate this quote from their book:

“In the same way that the nation of Israel changed dramatically over its first four hundred years,
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 smal
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, motherhood
I positively adore the Clarkson family. I loved Sarah’s books and I’ve loved all of the books I’ve read by Sally. I am forever hoping to find out Sally is speaking somewhere near me/somewhere I’m going to be. I was so excited when I was given the chance to review The Lifegiving Parent!

I ultimately loved The Lifegiving Parent and very much recommend it. I will point out two things as fair warning, but otherwise I’d say it’s very much worth your time!

1) The Clarksons are mega-idealistic. Majorly,
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
Jennifer Pickwell
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the heart behind this new book by Clay and Sally Clarkson. The Life Giving Parent is not a step by step instruction book full of the do’s and don’ts of raising children. It is a philosophy of parenting children based on eight key principles derived from scripture. Reading this book was like getting the best parenting counseling session from a Godly couple who successfully raised children who love the Lord.

I enjoyed the chapter on Cultivating Your Child’s Character the most. This chapter i
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
Sheila  Quach
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Life Giving Parent by Clay and Sally Clarkson is considered the third book in the "Life Giving" trilogy. I have read the other two and dearly love them. I have learned so much from all three of these books and like to use the practical applications that's shared in each of them in my home.

Clay is the main writer in this book, so it has a slightly different feel to it than the previous Life Giving books. He writes like a theologian, but Sally provides softness and that Mom connection with her
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love be the Clarkson family and fee like they are an extension of my own family, as I read and listen to all of the works by the parents and children. What role models they are and how transformative their ministry has been to our family. This is an excellent book that helps apply the major points of their teachings over the years. It is not an easy or quick read, however, and it isn’t light! It is filled with all things gospel, teaching, scripture, application. I had my highlighters and noteb ...more
April Hayes
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've only read the first three chapters of the book so far, and can honestly say that I am challenged on a more deeper level in my parenting. My husband and I are in the process of a second adoption, and as part of our adoption process we are required to read SO Many books, and participate in adoption training - which is basically parenting training. I don't need to read more parenting books. If this wasn't written by Clay and Sally Clarkson, I probably wouldn't have bothered with it. Ever since ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
think most Christian parents have heard of Sally Clarkson and her books as they come highly recommend and are filled with wonderful, Christ centered Biblical insight. So when I got the chance to grab their newest book I was eager and it did not disappoint!
Filled with sage advice this book really helps breathe life into ones mission as a parent reminding one how sacred and important being a parent truly is. I love how this book was not just geared towards Mother's like so many books out there bu
Jacqui Wakelam
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having read the first 3 chapters I can say If you're looking for the next 'thing' which will finally crack the formula on parenting then this is NOT the book for you. Clay and Sally Clarkson instead encourage parents to nurture their own discipleship following Christ so that they can draw their families into that life-giving walk. When we as parents grow closer to Jesus the overflow of that relationship will be onto our children as we love them as He would - reaching the heart first. The Life Gi ...more
Gina Johnson
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like it took me FOREVER to finish this book. I’d read it for a while, then put it down for a while and so on. Clay wrote the majority of this book and Sally would add a page or two of stories from their lives that went with the topic of the chapter. I had previously read one of Sally’s book and it was fine but I didn’t love it. Clay’s writing seemed more Bible based and maybe theoretical rather than what I felt seemed very idealistic in Sally’s other book I had read. There were a lot of g ...more
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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
“We need to distinguish between a home that is considered Christian primarily because cultural Christianity happens there and a home that is Christian because Christ is alive and present in perceptible ways. Here’s the reality that needs to be affirmed: A distinctively Christian home can never be defined only by what the children are doing; it must be defined by what the parents are doing.” 0 likes
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