Book Notes: "Discipleship Parenting: Planting the Seeds of Faith"

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In Discipleship Parenting: Planting the Seeds of Faith, Kim Cameron-Smith meets parents where they are and gives us the tools we need to raise the disciples of the future.

Kim shows us, step by step, how to create a home that will foster a love of Christ in our children by looking at seven “building blocks”:

  • Love
  • Balance
  • Play
  • Merciful Discipline
  • Empathy
  • Radiant Faith
  • A Strong Marriage

Filled with practical advice, real life examples, and scientifically backed facts about healthy childhood development from infancy up through young adulthood, Discipleship Parenting is the parenting book for the new decade. Kim explains how a healthy relationship with Christ begins with healthy relationships within our own families, and how we as parents can overcome our own wounds to give our children what we lack.

Discipleship Parenting

Kim writes with great insight and clarity, making it easy to understand why our children behave the way they do at different ages and how we can meet their needs in loving, Christ-like ways. Every time I read a different section of this book, I came away feeling enabled to instantly be a better parent! I learned how to recognize my own emotional struggles and how I can find healing in order to be more present and engaged with my children. And her chapter on a strong marriage reminded me that the most important aspect of my parenting is to nourish my relationship with my husband.

Discipleship Parenting goes beyond the whole child. This book reminds us that to cultivate real disciples, we must look at the whole family — the relationships, the discipline strategies, the culture of faith in the home, the way we play together, work together, and love each other. This is what gives our children the glimpse of heaven they need to persevere in a secularized culture. This, Kim Cameron-Smith reminds us, is what will create disciples who aren’t afraid to always walk closer to Christ — even if it means walking away from their peers and the world.

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Copyright 2020 Charisse Tierney

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Charisse Tierney lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband Rob and seven children. Charisse is a stay-at-home mom, musician, NFP teacher, and a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd catechist in training. She is also a contributing author to The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion and Family Foundations magazine. Charisse blogs at Paving the Path to Purity and can be found on Facebook.

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