Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Book Review: Loving Our Kids On Purpose
I read this fantastic book on parenting entitled “Loving Our Kids On Purose”. No, I don’t have any children yet, but I wanted to read it just the same. I would say this book is good for anyone who wants to know the heart of the Father. The author, Danny Silk, communicates the love of the Father and how parents can model that love. He shows how we send messages to kids about what God is like by the way we parent. If we parent with strict rules and punishments the child thinks God is a strict disciplinarian bent on punishment. But if we parent in freedom based on love and we lead by love we will show them the Father’s heart. Silk explains how many still parent in an old covenant way and that it is more relevant and beneficial to parent in a new covenant way. He gives practical examples of how this is done and how perfect love cast out fear. As a social worker, pastor, father, and grandfather, Danny Silk, is well equipped and qualified to offer parental advice. I found his book amazing and it really changed how I think. I knew these principles he sets forth in reference to how God responds to us, but I hadn’t made the connecting in parenting yet. It’s a parenting model built on freedom, self-control, and love. Danny says no one is to control another person, not even your own children. If we control our children, they don’t learn self-control.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the heart of God and how to represent that heart in relationships with children or adults. For more information about this book and the Loving Your Kids On Purpose Ministry please click here.