St. John Taylor File:
Reviewed by April Gardner
Culture-Proof Kids by Jeannie
St. John Taylor
"...a parent will be guided on exactly how to approach a great deal of sticky situations and survive to tell about it!"
I’m a mom who takes disciplining and training my kids very seriously. That’s why I found Jeannie Taylor’s Culture-proof Kids enlightening. On one hand she gives practical advice on how to balance discipline with Christ-like love. On the other hand, a Christian parent who slacks miserably in the same department will also see Culture-proof Kids as a gift from God. In it, a parent will be guided on exactly how to approach a great deal of sticky situations and survive to tell about it!
The whole idea behind the book is to build character in your kids. To mold them to be like Christ, not like the world. To instill in them a desire to do right. Of course, to achieve these goals in our kids, we, as parents, must arrive there first.
The first twenty-five pages exhort the parent to: depend on God, intensify prayer life, be a godly example. Fail to do these things and our children will reap the consequences. Yikes! This section is no walk in the park, but it alone is worth the price of the book.
The remainder is a series of 2-3 page segments dedicated to everything from discerning wisdom and foolishness to peer pressure. You name it, she’s covered it and saturated it with Scripture. In fact, in the last portion you’ll find a list of fifty Proverbs to memorize and refer to when needed. When faced with difficult parenting decisions, Solomon’s the man to turn to for wisdom.
One tip in particular that stands out was Ms. Taylor’s color-coded Proverbs. Take the time to underline in different colors the eight or so main themes of Proverbs (wisdom/foolishness, laziness, money, etc..). When needed, have a wayward child look up verses pertaining to their particular error. Have them memorize, write out, or simply read them. God’s Word is so much better at convicting and changing a rebellious heart than any parent!
The book is full of such practical advice and every one of them refers to God, to doing things His way and with His Spirit. From chapter one, I was inspired to be more holy. Not for my own benefit, and not because it’s a command straight from Christ, but for my kids. They’re worth the effort!
I can’t recommend Culture-Proof Kids more highly.
April W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.