Real World Parents: Christian Parenting For Families Living In The Real World

Paperback | February 24, 2010

byMark Matlock

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"Christian families today often find themselves stuck between two stories—their own family’s story and God’s story. It’s like they’re living two lives: their Christian life and their “real world” life. The trick is figuring out how to get your family’s story to line up with God’s story in the world around us, helping you raise children who have the character, values, and mission that allows them to go out into the real world and live out a real faith. Real World Parents is a parenting book that helps you to be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to raising Christian kids in a world that is filled with contradictions to a life of faith. Rather than trying to raise kids who are “good Christians,” you’ll find the tools to help you live out a faith that allows your children to see what it means to live as a Christian. As a result, your kids will learn about real faith by living it out with you. Culture expert and veteran youth pastor, Mark Matlock, will help you explore issues such as: • Helping your child make decisions • The importance of failure • Knowing God’s story for your family • Changing the story your family is in • The pursuit of wisdom, and much more God has placed us here to interact with and represent him to the world by engaging with the culture—not retreating from it. Rather than trying to isolate your children from the world or draw lines that keep them from truly engaging in the world God calls us to help and heal, you can learn how to lead your family towards an integrated life where your story and God’s story come together to make a difference in the world around you."

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"Christian families today often find themselves stuck between two stories—their own family’s story and God’s story. It’s like they’re living two lives: their Christian life and their “real world” life. The trick is figuring out how to get your family’s story to line up with God’s story in the world around us, helping you raise children...

Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors, students, and parents for more than two decades. He's the Executive director of Youth Specialties and founder of WisdomWorks Ministries and PlanetWisdom. He's the author of several books including The Wisdom On series, Living a Life That Matters, Don't Buy the Lie, and Raising Wise Chil...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:February 24, 2010Publisher:Zondervan/Youth SpecialtiesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310669367

ISBN - 13:9780310669364

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Take this out of your toolbox and use it! I took my time reading this practical guide for Christian parents who want to "get it right." And I really feel that I need to read it again straight through, taking notes, and spending time answering the questions at the end of each chapter. What I gleaned from this book tells me that Mark Matlock, its author, is a very wise parent indeed. He challenges the reader to ask herself what story she subscribes to (God's or the world's), how she defines success, and what her true goals are for her children. As I personally responded, I have to admit that, at times, I didn't like my answers. A lightbulb went on as I recognized my shortcomings and need for personal change. After sharing what he calls "broken strategies" for competing with the world's story, Matlock tells us how do demonstrate wisdom, teach decision-making, deal with failure, and evaluate entertainment. Very helpful skills indeed. I recommend this book to Christian parents, no matter where you are on your parenting journey. It's not a long book (only 143 pages), so try to read a chapter each day, rather than drag it out as I did for my first reading. Oh, and don't forget your highlighter and notebook. You'll need them. [Note: this book was provided for review by The B & B Media Group. The review is always my honest response.]
Date published: 2010-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Transform your parenting Feeling like you are not getting through with your kids about faith? Do you want your kids to pursue God while they are grown up? Are you really a true example of how to live the Christian life to your own kids? If you doubt on how you are passing the faith to your kids, I would suggest that you read Real World Parents. While I was reading this book, I discovered some things that hubby and I had talked about in the past. It is important that our kids realize that a relationship with God needs to be nurture. Modeling this to our children is our number one priority. Many passages touched me but the one that was more special to me was the following: In a sense we become gardeners tending the spiritual development of our kids. God places the spark of life in the seed. We can’t control that or how the plant eventually matures. But we can make sure the soil is rich, the ground is generously watered, the weeds are kept at bay, and the opportunity for sunlight is freely available. We can raise our children in environments where having a heat for God is the norm and not the exception. It is important not to overprotect your kids from the world. They need to be taught and shown how decisions are made and what could be the consequences. When you make an error, show them how to correct it. Many kids arrive in college to discover many negative influences and they do not have the backbones to stand up for what is right. Consequence? Many will fall from their upbringing and leave the church. Sad but so true. The epidemic is spreading everywhere. This book will help you as parent to build a solid foundation in your children. And honestly I don’t think it is ever too later to start. The importance is to repent, turn around and follow God’s lead. Each chapter finishes with a series of questions to help you think on how you can apply the chapter’s information in your own family life. It makes you stop and ponder how your family is living and how you can modify certain aspects of it.
Date published: 2010-05-03