Trying to understand what God really says about childhood discipline can be like putting together a puzzle, but the pieces just don't all seem to fit. Since the early 1970s, conservative Christians have rejected the permissive "hands off" discipline of the 1950s, and adopted a strict "hands on" discipline taught by many well-known Christian parenting authorities. That view, though, is based primarily on a faulty exegesis of four verses in Proverbs. Scripture, instead, teaches a relational "hands around" discipline that bears no resemblance to what many have taught for forty years. In Heartfelt Discipline, Clay Clarkson examines all the relevant verses for childhood discipline to show how they have too often been either misunderstood or misapplied to young children, and wrongly turned into a formula for parenting success that has no biblical support. If you have young children and are beginning to try to solve the discipline puzzle for your family, start with this book. It is a fresh and fully biblical perspective on childhood discipline that will change the way you think about your children. You'll see how all the biblical pieces fit together and make sense, and put you on the path to your child's heart.
From the back cover: Childhood discipline is your responsibility. If you're a parent, your children need you to discipline them. There's no debate about that in Scripture. They, and God, are expecting you to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. But there is one thing open to debate...how to discipline your children. What does the Bible really say? Is there a divinely-designed method, a promise of parental success? Or is there a better way? There's no formula for childhood discipline. No laws, no rules. God has provided a way that is better. It is the way of life, the biblical picture of the path we walk with God. It's all about faith, relationship, Spirit, and heart. As a parent, you're already on that path of life with your children. You can lead them with three key principles of discipline:
Direction -- Guiding and showing them how to walk the path with God.
Correction -- Getting them back on the path when sin leads them off of it.
Protection -- Guarding them from temptations that could draw them away.
In Heartfelt Discipline Clay Clarkson helps you understand what the Bible really says about childhood discipline. Drawing on twenty-eight years of parenting and his personal study of the Bible, Clay fully fleshes out God's way of path of life parenting. It will change how you think about your responsibility to discipline your children. It will put you on the path to your child's heart.
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Christian parents are sure of one thing?they must discipline their children. Ask them to define discipline, however, and you will find little agreement. Many parenting experts support a strict, ?hands-on? approach?usually in the form of spankings. Other believers think a permissive, ?hands-off? is the best way to demonstrate love. Caught between these extremes, well-meaning parents feel torn and even more confused about what the Bible really says on the subject.
Is there a better way to lovingly train and guide our kids? Yes, says author Clay Clarkson, and in Heartfelt Discipline he offers a long-awaited, biblical discipline solution that is caring and effective?one that leaves parents feeling confident and guiltless, not saddened or conflicted.
At last, here is a faith-directed approach to discipline that spares the rod but doesn?t spoil the children. Through biblical advice, answers to commonly asked questions, and positive encouragement, Clay Clarkson presents a new, biblical model of discipline?one that allows parents to embrace a completely new way of thinking about childhood discipline, renew their relationships with their children, and transform the dynamics of their family life.
Clay Clarkson is the father of four wholehearted children, all grown and following God on their own paths of life. He and Sally started Whole Heart Ministries in 1994 to help Christian parents raise their children for Christ. He is the author Educating the WholeHearted Child and Our 24 Family Ways, an editor, writes online and for publication, and directs the ministry. Clay earned an MDiv from Denver Seminary, but still studies in the graduate school of parenting. The Clarksons live in Monument, Colorado.
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Book Description Whole Heart PRess, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1888692219