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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary L. Thomas Narrator: Gary L. Thomas Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780310305064
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An exploration of the spiritual dynamics of parenting.

Many books have been written about how to parent a child effectively, how to become a better parent, and how effective parenting produces better kids. But Sacred Parenting—the new book by Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage—delves into an entirely different reality: how parenting affects the parent. It explores the spiritual dynamics of parenting, and why caring for children is such an effective discipline in shaping our souls and forming the character of Christ within us. Thomas doesn't tell parents how to handle a chronically sick or rebellious child, but he does help parents find spiritual meaning behind the almost heroic care such children require.

Because Sacred Parenting is not a "how to" book, it openly admits the difficulties, struggles, and failures that often accompany parenting. And it goes on to show how God uses those trying and discouraging times to build up the parents who experience them. Parents of all children will be encouraged by the examples of how other men and women have successfully handled the challenges and occasional defeats of parenting, and will be inspired by stories that reaffirm the spiritual value of being a parent.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 2/19/2014

    " Received this book as a gift after my son was born, and I really enjoyed it. I learned how God uses our children to teach us, rather than us teaching our children. I never considered that before reading this book, but it is so true. It is not a typical "how to" parenting book, but it is just what I need on the days when I have no patience. I am reminded that God has given my this little boy because he trusts me to raise His child. There is no greater responsibility in life. The message was an important one. I recommend this book to all new parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vnoelp | 2/14/2014

    " A powerful conviction of why we are parents. It's often easy to lose sight of the why when the journey gets in the way. He does a wonderful job of reminding us of our great responsibility and the blessing and honor God has bestowed on parents "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/28/2014

    " loved it. not a "how-to" parenting book but more of a book about how God uses parenting to shape the parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hayley | 1/27/2014

    " I appreciated the way that this book didn't sugar coat parenting and the experiences related to being a parent. It was very validating for me and turned out to be one of the best parenting books that I've read. I liked the no nonsense approach. However it is important to note that it is VERY bible based and makes a lot of Christian references. If that kind of thing makes you uncomfortable, stay away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 1/19/2014

    " A must-read for any parent who wants to grow to be more like Christ through the practice of parenting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/16/2014

    " Laying down your life for your kids ... a great theme in this book. And he doesn't go overboard into the "do everything for your kids so they'll have a perfect life" deception either. He also has good insights on Biblical passages as to how the Father would feel about us as kids. Looking forward to reading his other - Sacred Marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/15/2014

    " This was an amazing book. All about the different ways in which God uses parenting to form us spiritually - very profound, helpful, sparked great conversations with my wife. It's not a how-to book, but it is helping me be a better daddy all the same (so it's how-to in a round about way). Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith Sturlin | 1/8/2014

    " Loved this book. It made me then want to read his book on marriage . . . . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Oliver | 12/29/2013

    " Nice idea of reversing the thoughts about having kids: they are great teachers and impetus for spiritual growth, and are a legacy to leave behind. Still, this didn't seem enough to sustain the length. The rest was little more than a standard take on Christian ideology, which I didn't enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri Daskam | 12/18/2013

    " Maybe the best book I've read on parenting (a seriously small group). Gary Thomas was easy to read and had a beautiful perspective on raising children and being a parent. This book came at just the right time for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/2/2013

    " Great book dealing with the way that God uses parenting to stretch and shape us. I'm not all the way through it yet but I have really been challenged and encouraged by this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moyra | 11/26/2013

    " A parenting book that helps communicate how parenting changes our souls as parents. Like a long letter from an older, wiser, in perspective brother reassuring me as a mother, challenging me to dig deeper and be willing to be shaped by my children and their needs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 11/14/2013

    " It really helped me understand that our children and their futures are not totally in our hands so we have to rely on God and let him lead. He willl teach us alot if we are open to him. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/17/2013

    " Excellent perpective on why we have kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 8/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. One I wish I had read right before, or after, having our first child. Still worth while reading while parenting at any stage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 6/6/2013

    " If you read one book on parenting, make it this one. No, it won't tell you "how" to parent, but it will give you a bigger vision of how God can use it in your life to shape you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Mcc | 4/3/2013

    " Really encouraging for me as a parent to see the role I have as a key way for God to shape me more into the image of Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie | 12/17/2012

    " I'm still working through this book. So far- it has been awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Hicks | 10/1/2012

    " One of the best parenting books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 4/4/2012

    " An Excellent book on parenting and how it affects you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 7/17/2011

    " loved it! again, similar to sacred marriage it is a good reminder that God uses parenting to grow the parents too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/16/2011

    " I would say this book is good but not as great as I expected. Not revolutionary (as it claims) and yet worth reading to be reminded of the priority of parenting to God and for His kingdom. The Epilogue was my favorite chapter - so start there if you read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 4/5/2011

    " Interesting perspecting on how parenting shapes our souls "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 3/10/2011

    " Really encouraging for me as a parent to see the role I have as a key way for God to shape me more into the image of Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gunner | 7/23/2010

    " I have not read many parenting books yet, but this one is going to be hard to top. If I didn't have others waiting on the shelf I'd start this one over again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanna | 7/11/2010

    " I'm re-reading this book for a book discussion at the end of July. It's amazing how much I'm getting out of it since I haven't read it for a few years! I really enjoy this book and it is great for shaping my perspective in parenting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 7/7/2010

    " Maybe the best book I've read on parenting (a seriously small group). Gary Thomas was easy to read and had a beautiful perspective on raising children and being a parent. This book came at just the right time for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 6/12/2009

    " An Excellent book on parenting and how it affects you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherra | 5/6/2009

    " good, i thought it had a lot to chew on but great challenges and new insight on parenting. "

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About the Author
Author Gary L. Thomas

Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Pure Pleasure, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith.