Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Little Hearts Handbooks)

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With L.R.Knost’s compassionate tone, relational style, and intelligent, well-researched writing, Jesus, the Gentle Parent is like a walk through the scriptures with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide as L.R. takes on Dr. James Dobson, Tedd Tripp, Gary Ezzo, and Michael Pearl, among others, breaking down their doctrine and reexamining such issues as spanking, instant obedience, and more in light of the original Hebrew and Greek texts of the scriptures. L.R. also offers practical, gentle alternatives in this one-of-a-kind, will have to-read gentle Christian parenting guide. The Parenting Review

Jesus, the Gentle Parent is a book to read, reread, and internalize. In these pages, you’re going to find keen insights and powerful Scriptural truths…Before agreeing to write the foreword for Jesus, The Gentle Parent, I carefully read and examined how L.R. had engaged the subject, and I will be able to say without hesitation that I am a better person, a better father, a better human being, and a better Christian for doing so. -Samuel S. Martin, Biblical scholar based in Jerusalem, Israel and writer of Thy Rod and Thy Workforce, They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy

About the Author

Best-selling parenting and children’s book writer, L.R.Knost, is an independent child development researcher and founder and director of the advocacy and consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, in addition to a monthly contributor to The Natural Parent Magazine. She could also be a babywearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, homeschooling mother of six. Her children are a twenty-six-year-old married father of two; a twenty-four-year-old married Circle of relatives Therapist working with at-risk children and families; a nineteen-year-old university pre-med student on scholarship; fifteen- and eight-year-old sweet, funny, socially active, homeschooled girls; and an adorable and active toddler. Other works by award-winning writer, L.R.Knost, include ‘Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages,’ ‘Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood,’ and ‘The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline,’ the first three books in the Little Hearts Handbook parenting guide series, in addition to her children’s picture books, A Walk in the Clouds, the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series, and Petey’s Listening Ears, the first in the Wisdom for Little Hearts series, which are humorous and engaging tools for parents, teachers, and caregivers to use in implementing gentle parenting techniques in their homes and schools.

In this examination of mainstream Christian parenting practices and the doctrinal beliefs in the back of them, best-selling writer, L.R.Knost, debunks common cultural and theological beliefs about spanking, original sin, sin nature, submission, authority, obedience, breaking a child’s will, and more, together with providing grace-filled, gentle solutions to behavior issues.

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