Gospel-Powered Parenting is the first parenting book I've read so I have little to compare it to. I turned to it in a state of desperation that I think every parent feels from time to time... the 'I have no idea what I'm actually supposed to be doing here' moment. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Anyway, I digress...
Tim Challies wrote an excellent review (see it here
) and I promptly ordered it and read it with gusto - highlighters out and at the ready.
Farley brings parents back to the heart of the gospel not only in regards to their parenting but in their lives and marriages as well, reminding us that they are all connected. He tackles the hard truths in the bible with humility and honesty - not worrying at all about being politically correct, reminding us that we should fear God and his opinion of our parenting rather than the mothers in our play group who watch us with judging eyes.
I am convinced that the contents of this book is biblical, practical and essential - if at times a little difficult to swallow. I have begun to feel a weight lift off my shoulders as I place my failures as a parent on the grace of God and seek to follow his will through his word - knowing that I will fail and be able to model God's grace for my daughter my seeking forgiveness and trying again.
In reading this book I feel like I have not only understood my role as a mother better but also as a wife and a christian as well. I feel like I understand the cross more and have a deeper sense of the reality of it all that I hope lasts.
This is a book anyone could read, parent or not, and gain a wonderful understanding of the gospel and how we are to practically apply it to our lives.