Gospel-Powered Parenting, by William P. Farley

The subtitle of the book intrigued me even more than the title itself: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting.

I can’t say enough how much I loved this book.  It’s 220 pages of gospel-saturated parenting wisdom.  If you were to squeeze this book, it would drip the cross and the Bible.

Farley’s concern is that Christian parents see the gospel’s impact on how they raise their children.  What an obvious but too-often-neglected concept!

The chapters are as follows:

Chapter 1: Intellectual Submarines
Chapter 2: Gospel-Powered Parenting
Chapter 3: Gospel Fear
Chapter 4: A Holy Father
Chapter 5: A Gracious Father
Chapter 6: The First Principle of Parenting
Chapter 7: Gospel Fathers
Chapter 8: Foundations of Discipline
Chapter 9: Discipline That Preaches
Chapter 10: Food for the Hungry
Chapter 11: Gospel Love
Chapter 12: Amazing Grace

I devoured Gospel-Powered Parenting.  Chapters 8 and 9 on the topic of “discipline” are alone worth the price you will pay to purchase this book.  Farley really focuses on the role of fathers in the family, and his words are incredibly challenging for every man.

Fathers, get this book.  New parents, get this book.  Seasoned parents, buy this book.  Frustrated and angry parents, get this book.  Parents who think they’re doing everything just right, get this book.

And may the Lord use the gospel to transform households into Christ-centered and God-honoring ones.

You will be a different parent after reading Gospel-Powered Parenting.


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