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 book are the eight Heartbeats for Parental Lifegiving. Clay begins each chapter with a mixture of family stories and Bible truths. He then breaks down the heartbeat into practical ways to live out in the family. Sally rounds out the chapter with one of her lifegiving "momoirs." And the Lifegiving ParenTips reviews the lessons shared in the chapter with an action step.
This book was full of excellent parenting principles that I hope to live in my home so I can be a life giving parent. They said that they only scratched the surface in sharing the eight "heartbeats" but I feel they encompass a lot of what God wants parents to develop in their hearts and homes. One of my favorite chapters was Strengthening Your Child's Faith. I know that walking my faith journey is helping my children learn about their faith journey. That is the key to strengthening their faith which is broken down by Clay into belief, trust, assurance, allegiance and life. But one of my favorite quotes that I want to share with my children is "You are God's...You are loved...You are good." Being a life giving parent is lot of work, but with God I know He will lead and guide me. I underlined about half of this book, but this quote defines what I think life giving parenting is for me: "It's all about helping them find and follow the life of God."
Be sure to check out the podcast series when Sally interviews several moms and some dads about their life giving ideas. Also, Clay and Sally do unpack all of the eight heartbeats of parenting in special podcasts they do together. Links are shared below.
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*FTC: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.*