As parents, my husband and I have struggled with raising our children spiritually in a fallen world. We do the “right” things by going to church, family devotions, VBS in the summer and church related functions. However, what’s most important is how we live our day to day lives and what kind of parents and family we are.
When I saw Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family had the subtitle of “Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles” I knew this was one I had to read. My first thought was “there are ONLY six dysfunctional parenting styles?” If you look around there seem to be a lot more! But as a I read it, I realized most could actually fall into these categories.
In fact, while I saw myself mainly as the “I Can’t Say no Parent” I also saw myself a bit in other categories. I think it’s like a personality test where you mostly fit into one but there are elements of you that fit into others. While no one can really be put into a box with their parenting style, this does a great job of breaking it down.
I have a strong-willed child who fills my life with daily battles. No is like a swear word to her and instantly sends her into a fit. Because of this I have stopped saying no as much as I should. I’m exhausted from the battle and sometimes it’s easier to just say yes. I know I’m not doing her any favors in the long run and this book was just what I needed to slap me back into reality.
What I really liked is that after it defined each parenting style, it dedicated an entire chapter to each one and how to fight it as well as what will happen if you don’t. It’s almost like a how-to for correcting dysfunctional parenting styles.
I have really struggled with parenting lately. Sometimes I’m strong but I’ve had a sick baby for the past month and that led me to saying yes to my strong wild child more often than not because I was too weary to fight. Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family was exactly the read I needed to give me the strength, and the tools, to get back on track!
About the Book
We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In Becoming a Spiritually Formed Family, Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don’t know how to do it, you’ll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge.
Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples.
About the Author
Michelle Anthony is the vice president of Learning Resources and Family Ministry Architect at David C Cook and the author of Spiritual Parenting, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation, A Theology of Family Ministry, and The Big God Story. Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, theology, and leadership and over twenty-five years of church ministry experience as a children’s and family pastor. She lives in Colorado Springs and loves a good book and a cup of coffee.
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