If you have ever read a book by Tim Kimmel or heard him speak, then you already know that his views on parenting and family can be strikingly different than what you might encounter from other Christian experts. It seems obvious that the heart of the Christian parenting message should be grace, but unfortunately it often is not. I am always intrigued by the perspective Kimmel brings to real life issues, so when I was offered a copy of his newest book, Connecting Church and Home, I agreed to review it. I was curious to see exactly how this author of Grace Based Parenting would address the issue of grace in family ministries.
According to Kimmel, young people are leaving their churches in record numbers. This is despite youth ministry programs of ever-increasing size and flash. Surely, something is missing. Kimmel suggests that grace is the missing element. In addition, he argues that churches and parents should foster a grace-based partnership. Working together, churches and parents can truly reach children for God.
The role of a parent is to connect to the heart of his or her child in such a way he or she prepares that child to more easily connect to the heart of God. (p. 21)
However, Kimmel states, too many parents have subcontracted out their children’s spiritual training to churches and parochial schools. The result is disconnected parents, overwhelmed churches, and children who are growing up without a strong example of God’s grace in their homes. In Connecting Church and Home, Kimmel lays out a clear plan for grace-based partnership between churches and parents.
This book is not just a list of platitudes and wishes. Instead, Kimmel lists specific things church families can do to connect church and home. This connection is vital if we want our children to see faith and grace lived out and not just preached.
I highly recommend this book to parents, ministers, and church members who care about the children in their churches. It is very practical and very important. Connecting Church and Home can be purchased on Amazon (affiliate link) or on the Family Matters site. Even if you don’t plan to buy the book, at least head over to Family Matters because it is a wonderful site full of tools for parents.
Have you read any of Kimmel’s books? Which ones? Do you subcontract out your children’s spiritual training, or do you take it on yourself? Feel free to leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions belong to little ol’ me.