The Christian Parenting Handbook ~ Review and Giveaway!

For this review, I received an advanced digital copy of this book which I've been reading on my iPad. Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller have co-authored an amazing resource that I will continue to refer to. There are so many nuggets of wisdom shared for parents.
"We’re not saying behavior modification is wrong. We’re just suggesting that it’s incomplete and, in the end, lacks the depth for long-term and lasting change."

The authors share how focusing on heart issues is so much deeper than simply focusing on behavior. 
"Parents who simply use behavior modification often end up with kids who look good on the outside while having significant problems on the inside. Consistency can teach kids to appear good, clean, and nice, but to help them change their hearts, other parenting skills must be added to the picture. Because you believe that God has created your child with a heart, you have access to an additional barrel of parenting strategies."
I found myself finding so much to highlight; there are so many lessons that I needed to learn in his resource.
"Embrace a heart-based approach to parenting and you’ll see lasting change in your children."
The chapter about building internal motivation as opposed to the "what's in it for me?" mentality challenged me.
"It’s interesting to see that many of the misbehaviors that a child presents can be boiled down to a few character weaknesses. The job of parenting becomes more focused as parents are able to target specific heart qualities and require changes that adjust the patterns their children have developed."

Guidance for how to change our parenting is shared:
"I can see you’re angry because I said no. I’d like you to take a break for a bit and settle your heart down and when you’re ready, come back and we’ll talk about it.”
"After a correction time, whenever possible, go back to the offense and prac- tice doing it the right way. You might say, “I was standing about here, and you were right there, and you go ahead and ask me for a snack again. I’ll say no, and you show me how to respond the right way based on what we’ve talked about.”" 

The subtitle is 50 Heart-Based Strategies For All The Stages Of Your Child's Life. Some of these nuggets of wisdom include "The Difference Between Punishment And Discipline" and "How To Pray For Your Kids." This is such a valuable resource. Advice is backed up by Scripture pointing out truths to help us become better parents. 

"Your Primary Responsibility" reminds us that a parent's most important job is training our children to be disciples of Jesus Christ. The authors share about positively using God's Word while parenting, not just as a way of correcting them which can give them a wrong idea about God. 
"The message you are teaching your children is that the Bible is exciting and relevant for their lives. The message, in their own language, will last forever."
That sums it up, but there is so much more. Read it for yourself, then come back and tell me your favorite quote from the book. 

Help Us With Our Grand Launch
The New York Times, and others who rank the success of a book based on sales, only use numbers reported to them from major retailers, and only after the launch date, one week at a time. We want to make a big splash in week #1. We want your help and we have a HUGE incentive waiting for you.
Please don’t pre-order the book on Amazon.com or anywhere else before Launch Week.
Those sales don’t count. Instead, wait until the Launch Week in May to purchase the book.
To express our gratitude to you for your help with a strong launch we have put together an amazing package of parenting resources worth over $400 that we want to give to you for free just for helping us.

Here’s what you need to do:
1. Purchase the book during Launch Week in May, 2013 at one of the major retailers Click here for Amazon
2. Email, fax, or mail us your receipt. Be sure to include your email address so that we can tell you how to obtain your free gift.
That’s it. It’s simple. We will give you hundreds of dollars worth of parenting tools just for helping us in the launch that first week. The offer is only good during the Launch Week.
3. Just one more thing. Would you please help us now by telling all your friends about this offer. Please post it, tweet it, email it, link it, and talk about it.
Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Here’s what the package includes:
• The Christian Parenting Handbook electronic versions for iPad, Kindle, Nook or any mobile device ($29.97)
 Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, in You and Your Kids Lesson #1Complete Package including Lesson 1 on Video, MP3, Study Guide, and Children's Lesson. ($59.95)
• Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, in You and Your Kids Lesson #2Complete Package including Lesson 2 on Video, MP3, Study Guide, and Children's Lesson. ($59.95)
• Teach Kids to Listen and Follow Instructions on Video, Workbook, MP3, Study Guide, and Children's Lesson. ($59.95)
 Correction Ideas that Touch the Heart on Video, Workbook, MP3, Study Guide, and Children's Lesson. ($59.95)
• Addressing Bad Attitudes in Kids on Video, Workbook, MP3, Study Guide, and Children’s Lesson. ($59.95)
• Everyday Parents CAN Raise Extraordinary Kids Session #1 on Video, MP3, Study Guide, and Children's Lesson. ($59.95)
• How to Use The Christian Parenting Handbook 30-minute Video ($24.95)
That’s $414.62 of biblical parenting resources for FREE. A tremendous gift as our thank you for helping us with the launch.
So, buy the book during Launch Week in May 2013 and tell all of your friends to do the same.

There are two giveaways. I've been offered the chance to share 5 resources with one of my readers. Click here for that giveaway. And, the authors are having a huge giveaway which you can also enter. One of the prizes is an iPad! So be sure to enter both giveaways! 

Disclaimer: An advanced digital copy of this book was provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received, however I am also eligible for the package listed above. Affiliate links are included.


  1. Behavior modification is often a disaster at our house so I would love to learn a new approach.

  2. Great review, Jenny. I love the way you used quotes from the book. Let me share personally for a moment. This heart-based approach has been revolutionary in my life. It’s helped me as a father, husband, leader, supervisor, coach, and in other areas. Behavior modification is effective if your only desire is to get your children to act a certain way. If you want to shape their character, you need to work on the level of the heart. My sons are both adults now and they are fine young men of good character. We consistently focused on the character quality of honoring others in our family! We returned home from vacation in December to find our whole house cleaned and a Christmas tree in place in the corner of the living room. Now that’s honor! This is just one example of the great insights from this special book.


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