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Eighty-eight percent of children raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of eighteen never to return. Nothing is more important than where your kids will spend eternity. As a parent, you don't want to suffer the heartache of your children rebelling against their Christian upbringing. In this practical book, noted author/evangelist Ray Comfort counters the unscr Eighty-eight percent of children raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of eighteen never to return. Nothing is more important than where your kids will spend eternity. As a parent, you don't want to suffer the heartache of your children rebelling against their Christian upbringing. In this practical book, noted author/evangelist Ray Comfort counters the unscriptural belief that a child can be saved merely by "asking Jesus into his heart," and shows parents (and children's workers) how to guide their children to experience genuine salvation and avoid the pitfall of rebellion. Filled with creative ideas for family devotions, tips for safeguarding kids from harmful influences, and great suggestions for helping kids learn God s holy standard, the Ten Commandments.


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Eighty-eight percent of children raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of eighteen never to return. Nothing is more important than where your kids will spend eternity. As a parent, you don't want to suffer the heartache of your children rebelling against their Christian upbringing. In this practical book, noted author/evangelist Ray Comfort counters the unscr Eighty-eight percent of children raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of eighteen never to return. Nothing is more important than where your kids will spend eternity. As a parent, you don't want to suffer the heartache of your children rebelling against their Christian upbringing. In this practical book, noted author/evangelist Ray Comfort counters the unscriptural belief that a child can be saved merely by "asking Jesus into his heart," and shows parents (and children's workers) how to guide their children to experience genuine salvation and avoid the pitfall of rebellion. Filled with creative ideas for family devotions, tips for safeguarding kids from harmful influences, and great suggestions for helping kids learn God s holy standard, the Ten Commandments.

30 review for How to Bring Your Children to Christ... & Keep Them There: Avoiding the Tragedy of False Conversion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Connell

    This book had some good points and good quotes. A lot of really good stuff. However, he said a few things that I believe are too extreme.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Long

    Not surprisingly, this book is big on Law and short on Grace. I read it because I liked the idea of using the 10 Commandments to share the Gospel. The author goes way too far, essentially beating you and your children over the head with the Law. There were so many things wrong with this book, perhaps most tragic, that the spotlight is taken off of Jesus and put on the parents, who appear to be charged with doing the saving. Scaring the Hell out of your kids for 18 years will more than likely dri Not surprisingly, this book is big on Law and short on Grace. I read it because I liked the idea of using the 10 Commandments to share the Gospel. The author goes way too far, essentially beating you and your children over the head with the Law. There were so many things wrong with this book, perhaps most tragic, that the spotlight is taken off of Jesus and put on the parents, who appear to be charged with doing the saving. Scaring the Hell out of your kids for 18 years will more than likely drive them to seek freedom outside of the church. However, showing them their spiritual condition and then showering them with God’s Grace and Love is where they will find true freedom, ironically, apart from “Mr. Comfort’s” never-ending Law.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leandro Dutra

    Very good book on basics. One may find it slightly on the side of legalism in a few particulars, but it is very sound on why one cannot preach grace without a solid foundation on the law.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Damilola

    How to Bring Your Children to Christ… & Keep Them There: Avoiding the Tragedy of False Conversion By: Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron Aware of The Way of the Master Ministries, I put this on my “to-read” list because of my emerging interest in spiritual formation of children. At the time I was making sense of how parents provide an environment that would encourage their children to thrive in the Lord. Years later, I finally read the book and it addressed a lot of my concerns (not in the way that oth How to Bring Your Children to Christ… & Keep Them There: Avoiding the Tragedy of False Conversion By: Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron Aware of The Way of the Master Ministries, I put this on my “to-read” list because of my emerging interest in spiritual formation of children. At the time I was making sense of how parents provide an environment that would encourage their children to thrive in the Lord. Years later, I finally read the book and it addressed a lot of my concerns (not in the way that others books on the topic do -- but we will get to that), provided a lot of great anecdotes and analogies (which the Way of the Master if famous for) and gave my big picture things to think about. I am convinced the Lord called me to read this at this time and it made the reading of this book special. This book uses the work guilt and conscience a lot which was poignant to me because I just finished reading a great book on the conscience (By Andy Nasselli: check it out!) and it has been better forming my thoughts on the topic. A wonderful chaser to how I think about the conscience. I have never before reading this book realized how much the conscience of even an unbeliever convicts them to the point of guilt. I was also educated in the understanding that guilt is not a bad emotion. Too many people (secular especially) think guilt and shame are ALWAYS bad emotions. They are actually good. For the Christian with the appropriate worldview, we are all guilty so after sinning we WILL feel guilty. That guilt makes us aware that we have wronged a good God and moral Judge. It makes us (the Christian) repent and trust in Jesus’ perfect life. The guilt we feel provided by our conscience is a gift from God –a common grace sort of gift provided even to unbeliever. Praise God! I am convinced many people in more conservative streams like Comfort and Cameron get pegged as people who love the law to the point of not loving Jesus. While I think this is not true of them, I do think there were points that I felt the display of the gospel (to children) was only even done in a way that made them feel guilty and eager to repent. While true, this book lacked the sense of God being good and his presence being light and enjoyable. Books like Donald Whitney’s on Family Worship and other books on my “Read” list have more holistic views, I would say. I do think they did touch on some problematic ways of thinking in their stream. At one point in the book the authors mentions that while mothers can love ugly looking babies for fathers it is very difficulty. Essentially that mothers see the good physically and spiritually in their children right away while fathers are more skeptical. This book is also dated. The authors mention at one point how a person who has sex before marriage is like something that was used but repackaged as new, making the point that sex outside of marriage is bad. While I absolutely agree in this case that the person is not devalued – “repackaged/new”, he does make the assumption that those people are not as valuable in a sense. I do think he makes a point (poorly) that for the person who has sex outside of marriage things might not be the same as they would if they did not especially as far as bonding (then again I guess we would never know b/c those who have sex never can go back and become virgins again). Again he could have made that point in a way that was more aware of God’s grace. That being said, we all have blind spots and I am sure they both might rethink writing through that if they could. They might have even not expressed truly their thoughts (the frustration of being a writer! That people don’t know what you are thinking in your head). The idea of consistence and genuine faith of parents is not lost on me and the authors go to great length to highlight its importance. Some of the anecdotes were off-putting but many were challenging to me. Definitely not the most straightforward and simple way of explaining biblical principles but challenging none the less.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abbi

    Excellent book full of practical ideas and ways to communicate the gospel to our children! Thought-provoking reminder of the need to use the Law when dealing with our children, especially in balancing character training (“You’re doing a good job!”) with constantly impressing upon them how utterly hopeless they, like their parents, are at keeping the Law and how much they need a Savior.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Candy Shillingburg

    Excellent Book! I really loved this book. Every chapter is great and I really love the ideas he gives to teach the kids. I have read it once straight through, now I'm planning to go chapter by chapter to try the teachings he shares. It's a book to read and reread. Thank you Ray Comfort for writing this book! Excellent Book! I really loved this book. Every chapter is great and I really love the ideas he gives to teach the kids. I have read it once straight through, now I'm planning to go chapter by chapter to try the teachings he shares. It's a book to read and reread. Thank you Ray Comfort for writing this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rocky

    Best biblical book on parenting! This is the most helpful book on child training that I've read. Ray nails the biblical theology and shares how to apply that theology to everyday life. I've recommended this book to every friend of mine that has children. Best biblical book on parenting! This is the most helpful book on child training that I've read. Ray nails the biblical theology and shares how to apply that theology to everyday life. I've recommended this book to every friend of mine that has children.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Carter

    I liked the hands-on ways of sharing the Ten Commandments with my kids, but was disappointed in some of the less than gracious language Comfort used in some sections. Worth reading, but with a grain of salt.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MJ Hancock

    Quite a helpful book on parenting with biblical principles and practical advice.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristopher Schaal

    Basic principles; lots of stories (not real meaty), but generally good advice.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Very convicting to personal faith and to evangelism.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    LOVE this book! So many great helpful illustrations and advice, with sound Biblical teachings, to aid in raising our children up right with a true love and understanding of Christ. He offered so many practical ways to teach children different lessons and ways of life that even the smallest will understanding, like buying a new toothbrush, unwrapping it, cleaning a dog's teeth with it, then the floor, so it is grossly dirty, then wrapping it back up and putting it in the package, handing it to th LOVE this book! So many great helpful illustrations and advice, with sound Biblical teachings, to aid in raising our children up right with a true love and understanding of Christ. He offered so many practical ways to teach children different lessons and ways of life that even the smallest will understanding, like buying a new toothbrush, unwrapping it, cleaning a dog's teeth with it, then the floor, so it is grossly dirty, then wrapping it back up and putting it in the package, handing it to the kids and saying it is a gift. Then telling them that that is exactly what it is like to have sex before marriage and offer your spouse a defiled and impure body, and why purity is so important. I will keep this book with me as a the ultimate Parenting Handbook throughout the years. LOVE IT!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Another good book by Ray Comfort. My biggest fear has always been that my children will not have their own personal relationship with Christ, and this book really guides you on how to show them the way. Only 10% of people who accept Christ as their savior actually remain true to him. I don't want that for my kids. This book gives you the tools to help kids see their sins, and how without God they will stand before him on judgment day and be help accountable for them. I don't want my kids in hell Another good book by Ray Comfort. My biggest fear has always been that my children will not have their own personal relationship with Christ, and this book really guides you on how to show them the way. Only 10% of people who accept Christ as their savior actually remain true to him. I don't want that for my kids. This book gives you the tools to help kids see their sins, and how without God they will stand before him on judgment day and be help accountable for them. I don't want my kids in hell one day, and now I feel like I am on the right track in witnessing to them. This is a fantastic book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ed Burns

    It is indeed very fire and brimstone but that's what I think we need at this point in the U.S.A.. I would have given it four stars but the entire Chapter 11 was devoted to making me feel like I am sinning by sending my kids to public school. I am certainly a vile worthless sinner for many reasons but sending my kids to public school is not one of them. Other than that, and the occasional anti-intellectual and anti-evolution thread, I felt I was a great, convicting tool for saving my soul and the s It is indeed very fire and brimstone but that's what I think we need at this point in the U.S.A.. I would have given it four stars but the entire Chapter 11 was devoted to making me feel like I am sinning by sending my kids to public school. I am certainly a vile worthless sinner for many reasons but sending my kids to public school is not one of them. Other than that, and the occasional anti-intellectual and anti-evolution thread, I felt I was a great, convicting tool for saving my soul and the souls of my children.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Ray Comfort is one of our all time favorite street preachers and authors. I love hearing him and never tire of his written words. This is a book that took me longer to read only because Nathan took it to work with him to read when he could. So it disappeared for lengths of time. It is so good. It does encourage me as a parent as I disciple my children and gave me so many thought provoking stories of families similar to our. A must read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Challenging short read that deals with the need for our children to experience repentance for their sins before they can truly understand and accept Jesus' death on the cross for salvation. Don't necessarily agree that Ray's method is the only way to come to this place, but I do believe that too often we push children into a "false conversion" which ultimately innoculates them from a true understanding of what it means to be a Christ follower. Challenging short read that deals with the need for our children to experience repentance for their sins before they can truly understand and accept Jesus' death on the cross for salvation. Don't necessarily agree that Ray's method is the only way to come to this place, but I do believe that too often we push children into a "false conversion" which ultimately innoculates them from a true understanding of what it means to be a Christ follower.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

    I would recommend this book to parents. It warns against false conversion and the importance of using the Ten Commandments to help kids see their need for repentance. It rightly emphasizes the parent's role in preparing the soil for the gospel seed. However, the author has strong opinions on certain issues. One example is public education. I would recommend this book to parents. It warns against false conversion and the importance of using the Ten Commandments to help kids see their need for repentance. It rightly emphasizes the parent's role in preparing the soil for the gospel seed. However, the author has strong opinions on certain issues. One example is public education.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cora

    This book again is another Christian book I am currently reading. This book is great for parents. If you know of any parent seeking this type of help this book does a great job. It is short and to the point and yet it has valuable information that one could use for the rest of their lives.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Drummond

    I've watched the program "The Way of the Master, " and I'm familiar with how Ray and Kirk use the Ten Commandments to share the gospel. This book waqs a good reminder of how to sctively witness to your children. I've watched the program "The Way of the Master, " and I'm familiar with how Ray and Kirk use the Ten Commandments to share the gospel. This book waqs a good reminder of how to sctively witness to your children.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Read this book! This book will benefit anyone who has kids whether they are small children or grown adults, it's never too late to bring your children to Christ and to set a proper biblical Christian example Read this book! This book will benefit anyone who has kids whether they are small children or grown adults, it's never too late to bring your children to Christ and to set a proper biblical Christian example

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mikecorban

    If you are looking for a book to help you learn how to raise your children, this is it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    Very fire & Brimstone

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rmtjournal

    Ray Comfort, an excellent evangelistic Christian author, writes a parenting book dealing specifically with their salvation.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

    Superb! I recommend this along wtih Shepherding a Child's Heart. Superb! I recommend this along wtih Shepherding a Child's Heart.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gabe

    Fundamental and extreme, just like Jesus Christ! Not a touchy feely, feel good book - warns the readers against false conversions...theirs and their children's... Fundamental and extreme, just like Jesus Christ! Not a touchy feely, feel good book - warns the readers against false conversions...theirs and their children's...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    There is no beating around the bush here, which is why I gave it five stars. Every parent should consider the gravity of Ray's message. There is no beating around the bush here, which is why I gave it five stars. Every parent should consider the gravity of Ray's message.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Simple... humorous... excellent book on parenting and making sure your kids have a solid foundation in Christ. I'll probably read this one every couple of years. Simple... humorous... excellent book on parenting and making sure your kids have a solid foundation in Christ. I'll probably read this one every couple of years.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Phil Sessa

    Amazing book, on the shelf with Tedd Tripp Shepherding a Child's Heart, Family Shepherds and Faith Driven Family by Voddie Baucham. If you have kids get it! Amazing book, on the shelf with Tedd Tripp Shepherding a Child's Heart, Family Shepherds and Faith Driven Family by Voddie Baucham. If you have kids get it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky Ames

    Great book about raising children in a sinful world.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Edwin

    Infreakincredible! Simple, down to earth, one on one, father to son or daughter type suggestions to help with Biblical advice that will live forever!

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