I was browsing through David C. Cook’s catalog the other day and spotted the book, “How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph: A Practical Guide for Growing Great Kids”. Bing! An Idea! This would be a great follow up tool after Egypt VBS. Perhaps unchurched parents would like to take a parenting class/seminar (even Sunday School!) using this book.
The book is divided into two sections. Part One: especially for parents and Part Two: especially for churches. Each part is divided into age groups from birth all the way through high school. In the introduction, author Linda Massey Weddle, gives suggested goals for dad, mom, and how to fit these things into a busy schedule. She introduces “Life Threads” (character traits) and where each one fits into a child’s life. The sample itinerary for a family may be a bit overwhelming for families new to the church, but you could pick and choose parts in order to make a customized plan for your family.
Breakdown of the Chapters
Each chapter covers what kids are like at that particular age, what they are asking (spiritually), what you (as a parents) can do to develop them spiritually, and suggested Bible verses and stories. Most chapters end with a checklist with knowledge indicators, love indicators, and service activities.
These chapters would be an amazing resource for churched families who are looking to organize and structure their spiritual life a bit more. They want their children to know and love God, but they are not quite sure how to get there. They are familiar with the Bible, but are not certain how to pass that knowledge on to the next generation.
Who This Book is Best For
I’m not sure this is the right resource for families new to the church. There would be quite a learning curve catching up with the terminology, the Scripture passages, and all the “spiritual to-do’s”. I could see parents quickly becoming overwhelmed, discouraged, and throwing in the towel.
The final chapters give suggestions for ways the church can support the parents in passing on a legacy to their children. Again, it is divided into ages, with each age concentrating on a different “Life Thread”. From what I’ve read (I haven’t read it all), this section looks very promising. The ideas look great: not overly complicated and truly helpful.
All in all, I’m very impressed with this book, especially for parents already familiar with the Christian faith. However, I think any parent wishing to raise a child who loves God will benefit from this book. Most of the ideas are simple to implement, as long as you take it one step at a time. Great book!
Pick it up at David C Cook’s website.
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