Review: Standing on the Promises: A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing

Standing on the Promises: A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing
Standing on the Promises: A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing by Douglas Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read count: 2 (Most recent: August 14, 2013)

Full of solid, fatherly common sense and wise pastoral counsel. Wilson grounds the calling of childrearing in faith: the first job of any parent is to take God at His Word, and then seek to parent accordingly. When this is done, Christian parents can expect to see the fruit of faith: faithful children.

While the central message is positive, Wilson doesn’t shy away from the negative: disobedient and rebellious kids are the result of faithless or disobedient parents. But even here, Wilson encourages with the gospel of grace for failed parents.

I do wish there was a section accounting for God’s rebellious children despite His perfect parenting, and the analogous possibility in human parenting. I think this would deepen and strengthen (but not overthrow) the things he says here. The accent is surely in the right place: normally, parenting in faith according the Scriptures results in success, not failure.

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