I know what some of you must be thinking by now: Clark Bunch lauds the praises of every book he reviews. Between pastoring, seminary classes, raising a family and so forth I don’t have a lot of “extra time” for reviewing books. The truth of the matter is that I’m very selective. If the title or short description seems New Agey, short on theology or otherwise flaky, I don’t accept that book for review. With very few exceptions, the books I have chosen to review on The Master’s Table are ones that I expected to get something out of and would have enjoyed anyway. I’m not a professional reviewer and don’t waste my time reading books I don’t like.
Parenting Without Regret by Jimmy and Laura Seibert is one of the few parenting books I have ever read. I studied education in college and took educational development and psychology of education as a matter of course. A lot of what I know and practice when it comes to parenting I learned from my parents. Teresa and I are something of a minority group; we came from happy, functional families and our parents stayed together many years. I wasn’t certain that the Seiberts would have anything to offer but they certainly did. Parenting Without Regret did not disappoint and I can recommend it without reservation.
Jimmy and Laura Seibert have raised four children of their own and they share their life experiences for the reader’s benefit. While the book is “co-authored” they actually take turns relating their first hand point of views. The book is sprinkled with good theology and plenty of Bible verses, and not just from Ephesians 6. The intended audience is Christian couples who wish to grow a God-honoring, Christ-centered home. Only by seeking out Christian parenting advice will you learn about how to pray for your kids. Chapter titles include “Teaching Them to Follow Jesus” and “The Church Community.”
The Seiberts don’t make any promises or sell a program guaranteed to produce results. They are at a certain point along their journey and share practical advice and spiritual wisdom for others on the same journey. Their advice to live within your means isn’t theoretical; they saved for college and budgeted for family vacations. They were church planters, not corporate bankers or CEO’s. The advice they offer about teaching work ethic and knowing who your kid’s friends are has been tested and proven in the real world. They convey in a very personal, conversational manner what has worked for them. And they don’t have testimonials from satisfied customers or offer a money back guarantee; they have faith in a God that loves his children and offers grace that surpasses understanding. Yes they have written a book but it goes again and again to the Word of God and they encourage all of us to do the same.
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