Following on from reading The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family, I was keen to fit in another ‘parenting’ book before giving myself some time off for some fiction reading over the summer. I settled on Parenting Children for a Life of Faith by Rachel Turner and it couldn’t have been a better choice! Like the Sticky Faith book, it proved easy to dip into and full of inspiring and practical advice for helping your children in their faith journey.
In her book, Turner focuses on how we can help our children to develop a relationship of their own with God. She writes:
We instinctively know that there is a difference between a child who knows about God and a child whose heart and life are connected to him…Somehow, though, we only get as far as building God-smart children, hoping that eventually, somehow, God-smart will turn into God-connected.
Towards the start of the book she focuses on how we can allow our children to have glimpses into our own personal relationship with God by allowing them to see us spending time with God and by us talking with them about what God is doing in our life. She then goes on to look at how we can enable our children to develop their own personal relationship with God.
Much of Parenting Children for a Life of Faith focuses on prayer and on how we can help children have a two-way conversation with God. She writes about how we can encourage them to pray in a way that they’re comfortable with by removing some of the ‘rules’ that we sometimes associate with prayer such as how we should sit or the kinds of words we should use. She also shares how we can help our child to hear or ‘catch’ messages from God.
Towards the end of the book Turner shares some real-life stories of under fives ‘catching’ from God and they were incredibly heartwarming and encouraging. I shared them with Daniel and Joshua to show them that God really does speak to young children and to encourage them to listen out for God in their own lives.
There is so much I have taken away from reading this book and will look forward to putting into practise over the summer. It’s not too long or too heavy a read and I would urge anyone who has a desire for their children to own their own faith to read it.