Book Giveaway: Spiritual Parenting

January 23, 2013


I’m giving away one paperback copy of Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s FamiliesThe deadline to enter is this Friday, at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

I read this book last year, and posted my brief review here. I found it a helpful book on viewing parenting through the lens of discipleship, and in walking through ways that Christian parents should integrate this in their everyday interaction with their families.

To Enter (2 Ways): 

1. Leave a comment sharing what surprised you most about becoming a parent. (And if you’re not a parent, leave a comment telling an important lesson you learned from your parents.)

2. Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or any other social media of your choice. If you do this, come back and leave an additional comment indicating where you shared.

The winner will be drawn at random from comments, so no matter how lousy of a comment you leave, or if you leave something that profoundly shapes all of us for the rest of our lives, it still won’t affect your odds of winning. 🙂 I’ll e-mail the winner, and then snail-mail them the book.

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I’ve had this blog on the Internet coming up on six years; yet to my knowledge, I don’t think I’ve had a giveaway. So, happy first giveaway!



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  • Kim G January 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

    What surprised me most about being a parent has to be the exhaustion of dealing with a high-needs child. (Totally worth it, but very difficult!) I need all the encouragement I can find from people and books that remind me of the big picture of parenting!

  • Erika January 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve thought often over the last 6+ years of realizing that a big part of the saying “You learn a lot about yourself from your kids” was the fact that at times having kids has brought out the worst (and thankfully, some days, the best!) of me that I typically could ignore and keep hidden in the past. Parenting my kids is a wonderful tool in the process of sanctification, for sure!!

  • Misty January 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I was surprised at how impatient I am, and impatience at things I didn’t expect to be–like reading books and kids taking a long time to learn stuff, or just finish their lunch!

  • Laura January 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I think I have been most surprised by the constant responsibility of parenting. It’s something parents try to communicate to you ahead of time, but you can’t really understand until you are a parent!

  • Crystal C. January 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    A lot of books I read led me to believe I would be at war with my baby from day one. I am thankful my first son was laid back and an easy child–I’d hate to see how I would have viewed physical and emotional needs, and reacted even more harshly than I initially did with my son. ;'( God has used him to show me that much of the “war” was my need to die to self and love my son, not the other way around. So thankful for a God who is patient with us and redeems these situations, but I still have a lit of regrets. I just wish I could warn other parents about such scare tactics in Christian parenting books, but I usually come across as then being a permissive parent. 🙁 I’m not!

    I should stop now, but I would love to win this book. I’ve seen a couple of other people had read it recently, too. It sounds good. I think it’s easy to see ourselves as not being “on the same team” and instead of coming along side and encouraging our kids gently, we provoke them to wrath instead.

  • Rebecca January 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    The thing that surprised me most about becoming a parent: how hard it really is! And seven years and four kids later, it hasn’t gotten any easier but I feel like I’ve gotten a little wiser and a lot more patient!

  • slcb January 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    That saying “it’s okay… I love you,” when girlie girl is upset isn’t a non sequitur.

    I didn’t understand why I kept telling my baby that when she was crying, until I realized that that’s what God tells me…

  • Chelo January 25, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Wow. There are so many things that surprised me about becoming a parent. I believe even these days I’m surprised to see how God uses my daughter to teach me humility. In thinking that I knew a certain way and realizing that I knew nothing. How much I need to depend on God to change me way more than how much my daughter need me to mold her.

  • Amy Slocum January 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I had never heard of sensory issues with babies! It was the biggest surprise for both of us!

  • Bethany January 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I was most surprised that my background as a teacher didn’t automatically set me up to be an awesome parent. In fact, parenting is so much more intense because character training is more complex than the black and white of most academics.

  • Julie January 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Ooo, I have this book on my amazon wishlist!

    I thought I would have more control over my kids. I’ve learned there is little I can *make* them do if they are truly dead-set against it. I learned that early on during sleeping and feeding battles. More profoundly, now, as my children are older, I realize they sail their own ships.

  • Susan January 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Most surprising thing? My kids aren’t like me! Profound, I know, but I am constantly having to find creative ways to motivate and teach them, because they don’t respond the same way I would.

  • Jo January 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Oh, the words and tone of voice….perfect imitation of mommy! Scary and convicting at the same time.

  • Elisabeth January 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Learning about God’s compassion and mercy towards me through parenting. I have so much to learn!