Guest Blogger: My Wife, Brooke, reviews the book we read together.
Returning to the Word of God as our foundation, not only for living, but also for parenting, is the main focus of the book Raising Godly Children In An Ungodly World: Leaving a Lasting Legacy — written by Ken and Steve Ham. The authors continually stress the need to teach our children the Word of God, and that without the Word, people perish (Hosea 4:6). We have a whole generation that is advancing without Biblical knowledge. Deuteronomy 6 commands us to teach our children in order that all may go well with them. There is also discussion about both the role of husband and of wife, and their equal partnership and responsibility when raising our children.
There is great transparency within the words of this book, and each author clearly explains their take on this matter of child-rearing. There is not only emphasis on the need for teaching our children scripture and holding them accountable, but it also emphasizes our need as parents to be in the Word daily; and how our personal relationship with our Creator will greatly impact our ability to impact our children’s life for eternity.
Although the authors rend to be quite wordy, the content was excellent! It really challenged me to look beyond the “stories” in the Bible, and to teach my child that each story, if we must call them that, was really an encounter with a Holy God. If we portray these God-encounters as just fantasy stories, then our children will fail to see the reality of Who we serve and what God requires of each of us.
I really appreciate the emphasis on teaching our children the Word of God and using it as we discipline daily. The authors really encourage us as parents to cultivate an environment in which our children can grow spiritually—even at an early age. The teaching of evolution is rampant amongst our school curriculum; therefore, homeschooling is definitely suggested as the better option for education, if possible. This book is not just for moms to read, but also includes information that is vital for fathers to be aware of. There is a whole chapter called “Diligent Dads”; which is excellent. The book took longer for me to read than I planned, but overall I highly recommend it.