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The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising a Family

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  21 reviews
This book is a compelling read - it gives practical advice and biblical hope to parents of children of all ages. Most parenting books outright, or indirectly, promise a good outcome if you only follow their suggestions. The Faithful Parent gives many practical, biblically-based suggestions but promises that the most important relationship in any family is vertical - betwee ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by P & R Publishing (first published May 19th 2010)
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Andy Jaspers
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a mixed bag of solid, biblical teaching; obvious parenting advice; and some points of disagreement. As an example of disagreement, it teaches when a toddler is told to come but she runs the other way wanting to be chased, she needs to be disciplined (57). This is a hard one because you want them to learn obedience to this command when the time requires it (e.g. busy parking lot), but there are times when the setting and command is casual and a chasing game is appropriate. My experi ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I like both authors and have respect for their other work but was disappointed with this book. I felt that if I read it when my children were first born it would have been more beneficial. They also seemed dogmatic in areas I didn't think they needed to be. In other areas I was hoping for more information only to be disappointed. There is good stuff in this book but not enough for me. ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good. Clear and sound biblical counsel for parents. Happy to recommend.
Well rounded with practical and biblical vision.
Annie Hogue
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really helpful book. Probably the most helpful thing for me was the first simple statement of the authors that we parent by God’s grace and what God is asking of us is faithfulness, not results.

The parent’s responsibilities to discipline and instruct are introduced and then the next part of the book is devoted to carrying these things out through the stages of a child’s life. It’s very practical and lots of it can seem like a no-brainer, yet even though (maybe because) I have several
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A humbling reminder that we need to constantly seek Christ in parenting (even in monotonous day to day tasks). Our children need grace and mercy as much as we do, and the book gives practical examples on how to handle biblical responsibilities as a parent. I do wish it had more information in the toddler portion, but overall I found it to be helpful. Would highly recommend to other parents.
Mar 27, 2016 rated it did not like it

Each child is different. I have heard so many parents say that what worked for one simply never worked for another. Something to the effect of: "I just tell Sarah no or give her a look, and she settles right down. But Rachel! Goodness! That girl won't listen until I..."

And even as an adult, I FELT that when reading this book, but not in a positive way. As Joe so aptly put in his review, the book often reads as pedantic. Further, as Joe
Paul Sheldon
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
Very helpful book. Not a be-all end-all parenting book, and that's probably a good thing. This work is thoroughly grounded in Scripture, and at the same time wonderfully practical. Peace and Scott give specific "how to's" for different age ranges and a variety of family circumstances without resorting to simple behavior modification. Throughout the book the clear message is that the faithful parent is one completely dependent on God to do a work on the heart of the child. ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it
A good book with lots of true, Biblical guidance for parents - remembering that the Lord has given us the task of "disciplining and instructing" our children. I appreciated the section on what it means for fathers to not "provoke their child to anger". There were a few points I disagreed with (spanking for all disobedience), but overall, anything that leads me to the Bible for guidance as a mom has my stamp of approval. ...more
Joe Wall
May 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
While I feel like it is extraordinarily helpful, I thought that at times was pedantic and disjointed. As a single dad, who is trying to do the best that I can, the chapter on Special Cases was an encouragement after having my guts ripped out in the prior 8 chapters. I should have read the last 3 chapters first.
Cody Gardner
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
While I do not have children yet, I found this to be a very biblical, thorough, and practical book on parenting. I'm sure I will refer back to it in the future. Great read. ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counseling, family
Even though I don't have kids, this book has defined my "parenting philosophy." Its the best I've read on the topic (which is more than you'd think for a single guy...) ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow - thanks for a wonderful book on parenting that is based upon biblical principles. Must read for all parents.
Seth Channell
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The strength of this book is the specific information they give on how to parent at different stages of childhood.
Kevin Lara
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
Helpful little book.

I had previously read The Exemplary Husband by Scott, and my wife The Excellent Wife by Peace, and we were very edified by those two. So when I saw this book I got very excited. As a new parent I thought this book would very beneficial.

The book consists on mainly two parts, the first one being the biblical basis and goal of parenting, and the second one the more practical aspects of parenting. On the practical section, each chapter focus on a developmental stage of the child,
Bob Deangelo
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid, biblical, practical book. A good amount of concrete perspectives, working through various stages of parenting, which I found really helpful. Nothing brand new here (not that there should be), but a very good overview of what the Bible teaches about parenting, and then some valuable perspectives from an experienced man and woman on how to do it. Recommend!
Amy Cohee
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great reference book that offers a biblical worldview on parenting.
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Martha Peace is a biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. She is the author of many books and speaks and teaches nationally and internationally.

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“So, given what we learn about the word "faithful" in the Scriptures, if we are to be faithful parents we will be steadfast, trustworthy, and true concerning our commitment to God and his Word.
We will also be like God, reliable in our parental care and in our commitment to our children's good.”
“Faithfulness, not perfection, is rewarded by the Lord. That's because we can no more live a sinless life than we can make our children do the same thing. Only our Lord Jesus is he "who knew no sin" (2 Cor. 5:21). He never sinned, but we do, and he knew we would need his help and encouragement to raise our children faithfully as he desires.” 0 likes
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