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I will put my trust in Him ... Behold I and the children which God has given me – Hebrews 2:13 This book is different from most books on raising children. It is a plea for the parents to truly know and walk with God – for them to love God and His Word. In the correct order, focusing first on the parents, Andrew Murray then urges parents to sincerely and consistently l I will put my trust in Him ... Behold I and the children which God has given me – Hebrews 2:13 This book is different from most books on raising children. It is a plea for the parents to truly know and walk with God – for them to love God and His Word. In the correct order, focusing first on the parents, Andrew Murray then urges parents to sincerely and consistently love their children and in all tenderness and gentleness teach them as God also teaches us. Children are a most precious gift that we receive from God, and they deserve our very best. Our faithful training will not be lost on our children; this is a promise found over and over again in the Scriptures. If our hearts are right towards God and our children, the world's influence will not impact our children. We can and must exercise faith, so our children and our children's children will be able to impact the world for Christ and inherit eternal blessings. A few of the parenting topics covered in this book: • What sin did to the family and how to redeem that which was lost. • The distinct and also shared roles of fathers and mothers. • How and why to teach children manners. • How to show children the Scriptures in a way that takes root in the heart. • How to teach with a quiet, gentle spirit, as God teaches us. • How to intercede effectively in prayer for our children. About the Author Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a well-known South African writer, teacher, and pastor. More than 2 million copies of his books have been sold, and his name is mentioned among the other great leaders of the past such as Charles Spurgeon, T. Austin-Sparks, George Muller, D.L. Moody, and more.


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I will put my trust in Him ... Behold I and the children which God has given me – Hebrews 2:13 This book is different from most books on raising children. It is a plea for the parents to truly know and walk with God – for them to love God and His Word. In the correct order, focusing first on the parents, Andrew Murray then urges parents to sincerely and consistently l I will put my trust in Him ... Behold I and the children which God has given me – Hebrews 2:13 This book is different from most books on raising children. It is a plea for the parents to truly know and walk with God – for them to love God and His Word. In the correct order, focusing first on the parents, Andrew Murray then urges parents to sincerely and consistently love their children and in all tenderness and gentleness teach them as God also teaches us. Children are a most precious gift that we receive from God, and they deserve our very best. Our faithful training will not be lost on our children; this is a promise found over and over again in the Scriptures. If our hearts are right towards God and our children, the world's influence will not impact our children. We can and must exercise faith, so our children and our children's children will be able to impact the world for Christ and inherit eternal blessings. A few of the parenting topics covered in this book: • What sin did to the family and how to redeem that which was lost. • The distinct and also shared roles of fathers and mothers. • How and why to teach children manners. • How to show children the Scriptures in a way that takes root in the heart. • How to teach with a quiet, gentle spirit, as God teaches us. • How to intercede effectively in prayer for our children. About the Author Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a well-known South African writer, teacher, and pastor. More than 2 million copies of his books have been sold, and his name is mentioned among the other great leaders of the past such as Charles Spurgeon, T. Austin-Sparks, George Muller, D.L. Moody, and more.

30 review for How to Raise Children for Christ: A Guide for Excellent Christian Parenting

  1. 5 out of 5

    BDC

    There are some books that never leave you the same. In college 'The Ragamuffin Gospel' did that for me. A few years ago 'The Search for Significance' met me where I was at and left me changed. Now this book has met me and changed me. As a father I have been incredibly challenged by my role as a parent and the plan God has for families. It is not an easy book to read. It's definitely not Spurgeon, but I had to get to a quiet place to be able to really concentrate. Also early on there were some co There are some books that never leave you the same. In college 'The Ragamuffin Gospel' did that for me. A few years ago 'The Search for Significance' met me where I was at and left me changed. Now this book has met me and changed me. As a father I have been incredibly challenged by my role as a parent and the plan God has for families. It is not an easy book to read. It's definitely not Spurgeon, but I had to get to a quiet place to be able to really concentrate. Also early on there were some concepts that I wasn't sure I agreed with that got fleshed out further on in the book. The 52 readings are a nice size though and you need these small chunks to really be able to chew on what he is putting forth. It is a book you must really work hard at, but is totally worth the effort for the rich Biblical teaching and the challenge and inspiration.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bambi Moore

    July 2017: Highly recommend. Will be returning to this one very often. Started it on kindle but was so profited by it that I bought a hard copy as well. July 2019: Still a favorite. A covenantal perspective on raising children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason Kolar

    It was hit or miss. Some of these devotionals on Christian parenting were gold. Others were questionable in its exegesis and theology (in my opinion which could absolutely be wrong). Overall I liked this book, and it was helpful for my parenting and refreshing to read someone who lived primarily in the 1800’s.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rob Markley

    The format is 50 short chapters each picking up a mention of children in scripture, ordered by biblical sequence and each ending with a prayer. It is a good enough idea and works well at the start, but then breaks down particularly when hitting the New Testament. There are some great insights, but the structure leads to repetitiveness and verbiage when nothing really suits, yet a verse must thereby be included. In a sense the book might have been designed as weekly readings for parents? There se The format is 50 short chapters each picking up a mention of children in scripture, ordered by biblical sequence and each ending with a prayer. It is a good enough idea and works well at the start, but then breaks down particularly when hitting the New Testament. There are some great insights, but the structure leads to repetitiveness and verbiage when nothing really suits, yet a verse must thereby be included. In a sense the book might have been designed as weekly readings for parents? There seems to be two main ideas that are well proved albeit repetitively - firstly that God's plan for his own includes their children (an interesting adjustment to the competitive argument between salvation for individuals v community) and secondly that the key to your children's faith is your own full commitment. Therefore the book hardly justifies its title, doesn't address properly the issues for today and the format doesn't work for the theme. However of course this book dates from circa 1900 and the issues and cultural divide - even inside Christianity are very great. There are also other issues - for some reason - perhaps too short a sentences, the prose does not flow and the use of Authorised Version makes tough reading. Nevertheless there is the kernel of significant truth within and the whole thing is crying out for an abridged reconstitution with modern commentary - perhaps, "God's plan for family, with Andrew Murray's teaching" by ' some modern author.'

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I only read 32 of the 50 chapters but wanted to abandon it in the first few. It’s filled with sentence after sentence of trite common sense. (“The earthly father must see the Father in heaven as his model and guide.”) Over and over, the author also states a belief in children’s salvations that as a whole goes against Scripture. It seems Murray believes it is completely up to the parents whether their child becomes saved or not. One example is from chapter 46, “There are other parents who do rule I only read 32 of the 50 chapters but wanted to abandon it in the first few. It’s filled with sentence after sentence of trite common sense. (“The earthly father must see the Father in heaven as his model and guide.”) Over and over, the author also states a belief in children’s salvations that as a whole goes against Scripture. It seems Murray believes it is completely up to the parents whether their child becomes saved or not. One example is from chapter 46, “There are other parents who do rule themselves and do seek to rule their children and still have failed. The cause for their failure is deeper: they lack true faith and consecration.” Perhaps if I had read the rest of the book, he would have clarified to align with Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    August Maclauchlan

    I have read Many books! This is top 3 in books I have read! This is a must read. Easy! Encouraging. Blunt. Bold. Promising. Rewarding. I would recommend this to everyone and anyone! This is hands down the best parenting book I have ever read. I would recommend this to all my friends who are parents. I will keep this book and reread through often. It's a type of book you can learn from in just one chapter. Chew on one chapter a day! It's not a devotional, but it could be! Get this book! I have read Many books! This is top 3 in books I have read! This is a must read. Easy! Encouraging. Blunt. Bold. Promising. Rewarding. I would recommend this to everyone and anyone! This is hands down the best parenting book I have ever read. I would recommend this to all my friends who are parents. I will keep this book and reread through often. It's a type of book you can learn from in just one chapter. Chew on one chapter a day! It's not a devotional, but it could be! Get this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    In a world where many times Biblical parenting is sadly neglected and rarely handed down this is a great tool for reestablishing standards to that end. But remember- parenting is never just better information. But parenting as hands on ministry!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lee Anne

    THE VERY BEST book on child-rearing for Christian parents!!! (Outside Scripture of course; but Murray's book brings It all together based on COVENANT!) THE VERY BEST book on child-rearing for Christian parents!!! (Outside Scripture of course; but Murray's book brings It all together based on COVENANT!)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I must freely consent that I am not a parent, and so to some extent I come to this book as a preparation for a difficult task rather than someone who has children and is looking for godly advice on rearing them.  This has not stopped me from reading and reviewing books on parenting in the past [1], but I feel it needs to be said because the subject will likely have an urgency for many readers tha [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] I must freely consent that I am not a parent, and so to some extent I come to this book as a preparation for a difficult task rather than someone who has children and is looking for godly advice on rearing them.  This has not stopped me from reading and reviewing books on parenting in the past [1], but I feel it needs to be said because the subject will likely have an urgency for many readers that it does not possess for me and I feel it necessary to state that at the outset.  What this book does, and does very well, is present an extremely rigorous view of what God expects out of parents in order to raise godly children for His Kingdom, and it is expressed in such a way that induces the conscientious and sensitive parent to reflect on their own walk with God and the effects of their own lives and their own behaviors on the ability of their children to grow up as godly sons and daughters and commit to their own relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  Few readers, whether they have their own children or not, will be able to read this book without feeling both a heavy challenge and duty of responsibility, but also a sense of reflection on their own upbringing. This book adopts as its structure a very common form, specifically that of a devotional with 52 chapters.  Each chapter is labeled under a day (although this is likely to be a weekly devotional given its format) with a title and a verse or short passage, along with a discussion of the given topic with a thoughtful exegesis of a biblical story and a closing prayer for parents (both fathers and mothers) as they reflect on the God-given duty of parenting.  Devotionals are an extremely common format for contemporary writings, and there are many devotionals that have a similar format to that of Murray's [2].  What elevates Murray's devotional above the norm is a set of qualities that any writer would do well to remember when writing on biblical topics.  For one, he takes his subject very seriously--there is no doubt that Murray has done some soul searching on the failure of nominally Christian households to raise godly offspring obedient to God, and he takes the biblical stories and injunctions related to parenting very seriously.  He also does not feel it necessary to cram his advice into extremely short discussions as is common, instead expanding out those reflections to the point where they are often the length of a serious blog entry.  This book may be imagined as a late 19th or early 20th century example of a serious blogger with a weekly series on parenting over the course of a year--I would read that blog, and if you would read that blog as well, you will likely enjoy this book as well. There is a lot to appreciate about this book.  Murray shows himself aware of many of the delicate balances related to Christian parenting.  There is the sense of great responsibility and duty for obedience to God, but also the recognition that love is to be shown and extended, and that parents are to be understanding and gentle towards the thoughtlessness of children so that they are not provoked to wrath even as they seek to guide children along the right way through their words and through their examples.  Murray talks about some matters at length, including the need for parents to have their own relationships right with God, the way in which God's blessings and promises were given to believer and to their households, and the way that fathers and mothers struggle with their own faith and their own behavior in the context of being loving parents and recognizing the ways that their own faults and weaknesses are often exhibited in their children's behavior.  Murray also includes, thoughtfully, a chapter on the widow's children which ought to be a comfort to those women who are single women not by choice and worried that they cannot fulfill the biblical mandate as parents.  This is a book that both comforts and challenges the reader, and on those grounds it ought to be of great value for contemporary Christian parents, and those who for one reason or another find it profitable and worthwhile to reflect upon biblical parenting. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2014... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2014... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2014... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... [2] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    Provoking to good works in parenting Murray does an excellent job of exhorting Christian parents to view their earthly duties of raising children in light of its eternal value. I found the writings tremendously encouraging and challenging, as may be evidenced by the copious number of highlighted passages I've shared. Although I am still reading and praying through some bits that I'm not sure I agree are biblical, I'd overall recommend the book for the prayers that end each chapter if nothing else Provoking to good works in parenting Murray does an excellent job of exhorting Christian parents to view their earthly duties of raising children in light of its eternal value. I found the writings tremendously encouraging and challenging, as may be evidenced by the copious number of highlighted passages I've shared. Although I am still reading and praying through some bits that I'm not sure I agree are biblical, I'd overall recommend the book for the prayers that end each chapter if nothing else - and there's a good deal else from which to learn!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emmanuel Danso

    Great book on Christian parenting This book is full of insights and teachings on blessed duty of rraising children in the wat of the Lord. The author brilliantly labors the point from the Bible on how God views each family as a unit, and that what He says to the parents, He says to their children. Furthermore , the author highlights some of the faith inspired and practical ways parents can employ to win over their kids for the Lord.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This book was like boot camp for Christian parents. Andrew Murray was firm and straightforward about how scriptures encourage parents to teach and raise their kids in the ways of the Lord. Honestly, I want to read it again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andy Bintoro

    You could read this book for free on Google Play Books provided by Aneko Press. 52 daily devotional with pray materials about how to raise children as Christian parents.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tribhuwan Kalladeen

    Very good book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Forster

    I enjoyed the book but wished it could have been a bit more concise. I read from an older edition entitled "The Children for Christ", so maybe the newer one is different. This book has 52 readings and I've been chipping away at it for about a year. The readings are adapted from sermons the author gave on baptism Sundays at his church, and they serve up solid food for thought regarding covenantal Christian parenting. It helped me see more of the value in training my children, trusting the Holy Spi I enjoyed the book but wished it could have been a bit more concise. I read from an older edition entitled "The Children for Christ", so maybe the newer one is different. This book has 52 readings and I've been chipping away at it for about a year. The readings are adapted from sermons the author gave on baptism Sundays at his church, and they serve up solid food for thought regarding covenantal Christian parenting. It helped me see more of the value in training my children, trusting the Holy Spirit to work in them, and being more devoted, both to trusting God with my children and to working faithfully to raise them in the faith. I marked many good quotes, but this one sums up much of the book well: "My duty is never measured by what I feel it within my power to do, but by what God's grace makes possible for me." Also "It is one of the highest honors God has for the believing parent, that He has made him the minister of His holy Word to his children" and "The child wants to trust; the Word wants to be trusted; let your unfeigned faith bring them into contact."

  16. 4 out of 5

    SharonTrowell

    This timeless parenting book is divided into short gospel saturated chapters that can easily be used as a daily devotion to provoke and inspire our faith for parenting. Murray doesn't just give us his wisdom, but he gives us the biblical knowledge we need to grow our own. By going into scriptural depth he takes us on a Journey into Gods covenant plan for families, like a good bible study, where you want to chew then savor every word, while thanking God for having the answers we need. If I had t This timeless parenting book is divided into short gospel saturated chapters that can easily be used as a daily devotion to provoke and inspire our faith for parenting. Murray doesn't just give us his wisdom, but he gives us the biblical knowledge we need to grow our own. By going into scriptural depth he takes us on a Journey into Gods covenant plan for families, like a good bible study, where you want to chew then savor every word, while thanking God for having the answers we need. If I had to choose one parenting book It would be between this one and J.C. Ryle's The Duties of Parents, Both are priceless to me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This book has some great gems and some other things that are more easily discarded. Some things will stand out to different people but I think it's worth reading for yourself. Just separate the wheat from the tares. This book has some great gems and some other things that are more easily discarded. Some things will stand out to different people but I think it's worth reading for yourself. Just separate the wheat from the tares.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I really liked this book although as usual there were a few points with which I disagreed mainly in the chapter focusing on Job who was a fearful parent, which is decidedly not good.

  19. 4 out of 5

    C. McMaster

    the best book on parenting I have ever come across.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paula Avanto

    I love this book and its one I will be reading over and over again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    If I could, I would give this book 10 stars. This book gives valuable insight to the spiritual teaching and nurturing of our children.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Vaughn

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lee

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Mikhail

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tressa Lancaster

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