Christian devotionals come in all shapes, sizes, and topics. From sport devotionals to desperate housewife devotionals, it seems as though every random topic in pop culture has been made into a Christian devotional. Now, consider how many devotionals are available which focus on helping parents parent God’s way. Not many. Actually from my research I didn’t find one devotional book dedicated to that specific topic, until now….
Parenting Moment by Moment is the ultimate parenting devotional resource. The author, Carla MacLachlan, utilizes her 20-plus years of experience in ministering to children, adults, and families. She packs it in this 350 page devotional, with the purpose to assist parents in training up their children by the Word of God. Every devotional opens up with a Scripture reference. The Word of God is the primary focus of this book. The Word of God is the foundation on which our parenting should be built, according to MacLachlan.
Here are some things I really enjoyed about the book:
1. The devotional format. Again, I’ve not come across another devotional book devoted specially to helping parents raise Godly children. This is a wonderful devotion to do with your spouse.
2. The Word of God is central. This cannot be overstated enough. So many Christian parenting books are filled with pop psychology, secular studies, and Dr. Phil quotes. Not this one. The author rightly divides the Word of Truth as she shows us how to apply it to our parenting.
3. The devotionals are separated into the different phases of child development. These include: The Early Years, (infancy, toddler, preschool) The Elementary Years, (early, middle, upper) The Preteen Years, The Teen Years, (early, middle, upper) and even The Adult years. This devotional is beneficial to use when your child is 3 and when they’re 33!
4. Easy read. This devotional book is an easy read and perfect for busy parents. Many times when reading books, we are determined to finish the book as soon as possible or we will forget what we’ve read! Not with this book. It’s an easy read because all you have to focus on is one devotional per day or several per week. Meditate on these devotionals. Read them again and again. And make sure you pray the prayer at the end of each devotional along with looking up each additional scripture reference. Each devotional can easily be completed in under 5 minutes. Allow these nuggets of Biblical Truth to be implanted in your heart.
I would like to thank Dennis Vance from Bound by Faith Publishers for providing our ministry with a copy of this book. Parenting Moment by Moment is an excellent devotional book which should be in the home of every Godly parent who is serious about parenting God’s way. I highly recommend this book. You can order the book here.