“Parenting is not only a process of learning how to love well; it is a journey of becoming an emotionally whole child of God.” ~excerpt from author’s note
First of all, I’d like to mention how the author doesn’t come off as a know-it-all instructor revealing how others need to raise their children. She describes us all as broken human beings that can learn from other broken human beings who have gone through the parenting process. I really like that. Any of us who have gone through the process of parenting have gained knowledge through the years that can help others. We each have had unique journeys. And even though in my personal experience, my children are now grown, my parenting process hasn’t stopped. It’s a continuous journey that can even extend to my grandchildren. We all want our children to grow into productive, emotionally fulfilled and God filled adults, and as long as we all look to God as our guide, he will prepare us for the adventure.
Secondly, I love the word cultivating in the title. Some of the synonyms of this word are educating, nurturing, calming, and promoting. If we let that sink in, it might just show us that, as parents, we need to nurture our own souls and calm our own souls so we can better guide our children? A healthy soul is one that can best educate, nurture, calm, and promote others.
Ultimately, I’m confident you will be blessed by reading Cultivating the Souls of Parents. I definitely captured more from this book than I thought I would. Each chapter, prayer, and quiet time portion unearthed countless treasures.
“…if we learn how to parent according to Scripture, then we will realize that parenting is less about the degree in which we orchestrate the details of our children’s lives and more about how well we allow a wise and adoring God to parent our kids through us.” ~excerpt from chapter eleven
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the #CWAReviewCrew.