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*Motivate Your Child* {a book review}


I know you may have already seen some buzz around the internet about this great new book, but I'm going to tell you about it anyway ;)

Motivate Your Child, by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, is an exceptional book.  They are the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting and have joined forces to write, as the subtitle says, "A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told".

Wow.  What parent doesn't need to know that secret?!

Believe me, I snatched this book up the minute I had the chance!

Motivate Your Child is divided into two main section: Moral Development in Children and Spiritual Development in Children.

"Internal motivation is a heart issue."
-Motivate Your Child

This book is all about giving parents biblical tools to teach and train their children in how to correctly navigate complex issues that we all deal with like the conscience, guilt, conviction, repentance, and internal motivation.

As I have been reading this book--and highlighting the whoo doo out of it!--I am struck by the thought that if all people could correctly handle the issues discussed in this book what a different world we would live.  Most adults I know, myself included, still struggle with these issues, if not all of the time, definitely occasionally.

"Remember that the most important conversation you have with a child 
in a day may happen during 
a correction time."
-Motivate Your Child

This book concludes with 'The Family Challenge'.  This challenge consists of three ingredients: building relationship, sharing Scripture, and practicing faith, with the final chapter outlining this excellently for parents who want to build a godly legacy with their children.

You can find this book for sale in bookstores almost anywhere.  Online it can be found at for $12.49 in paperback and $9.68 in ebook form.  

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Disclaimer: I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest 
and unbiased opinion.  No other compensation was received.  


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