How’s that for a review?
I honestly think that this is one of the most important books I’ve read in the last 3-5 years. Several years before that Barna released Spiritual Champions which was essentially hailed the holy grail of Children’s Ministry resources. Children’s Pastors from around the world heralded this book as the stamp of validation for what they do as being really important. It was a great book, but I think this one is even more important. This book speaks to results.
In case you don’t know what it’s about, George Barna researched, polled and questioned kids (now young adults) who possess a biblical world view that they developed as they grew up in Christian homes. Barna questioned everything. What happened? What did your parents do? What did they say? In the same way, Barna asked the parents of these children about what they did intentionally to lead their kids spiritually. This book is the combined results of this research.
We live in a day and time where most kids walk away from their faith. Most parents really don’t know what they’re doing. They hope their kids will turn out okay, but most lack the confidence that what they’re doing will work. Plain and simple, this book is a guide. Here’s what hundreds of parents did… and it worked.
This book is shaping the way we equip and train our parents. Unfortunately, many of our parents aren’t ready for this book. It’s a little intimidating for the barely Christ follower who’s still trying to get past certain things in their own walk, yet at some point this needs to be a part of every parents journey toward Christ.
I know that this book will impact most who read it. It was a great reminder for many things I’ve been doing and many things I want to do. However, it also provided great insight into some areas I’ve maybe neglected. I’ve always been sickened by the fact that most American parents spend less than 15 minutes a day personally interacting with their children. However, after reading this book, I’ve set a benchmark for myself… 90 to 120 minutes as a minimum. It’s in that time where there is space to have the quality time where teachable moments happen and a life-long bond is formed. For me, this has made bath time and dinner time so much more intentional. It’s not a task to get through, but valuable, foundation building time spent with my child. In addition, it’s caused me to be more proactive in planning special outings to the park where we can play and have fun. Titus get’s lots of Mom time every day, but it’s up to me to fight for this father-son time every day.
I think I used this word earlier, but I think a good descriptive word for this book is “benchmark.” If a Christ following parent wants to know what it takes to be successful as a parent, this book provides a great benchmark. Obviously, it’s not about just checking off a list of things to do and expect success to happen, but most parents are left on their own to figure out what to do. Sometimes the best way to learn is to ask questions of those who’ve done it and have been successful. That’s what Revolutionary Parenting is, the testimony of hundreds of parents who’ve gotten it right.
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