• Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
  • Sacred Parenting How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls
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Parenting is a school for spiritual formation―and our children are our teachers. The journey of caring for, rearing, training, and loving our children will profoundly alter us forever. Sacred Parenting is unlike any other parenting book you have ever read. This is not a “how-to” book that teaches you ways to discipline your kids or help them achieve their full potential. Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us. You’ve read all the method books. Now take a step back and receive some much-needed inspiration. You’ll be encouraged by stories that tell how other parents handled the challenges and difficulties of being a parent―and how their children transformed their relationship with God. Sacred Parenting affirms the spiritual value of being a parent, showing you the holy potential of the parent-child relationship.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (April 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310264510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310264514
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Insightful, Inspiring, Spiritually Motivational

 on July 8, 2017
By Caffeinated SAHM
Full of anecdotes, both personal and biographical, this book graciously stirs the parent’s heart to see their child through God’s eyes without guilt or pressure. It is at once reassuring and inspiring, uplifting while motivating. I listened to it on audiobook but found I needed something to highlight and save. Highly recommended!

Spiritual Growth through parenting

 on December 4, 2017
By Tristoria
Great book to encourage your spiritual growth through parenting. This is not a ‘how to’ guide, it’s more about how you can be challenged by parenting when/if you surrender your will to God in regards to raising children.

If you want a book on how to parent, …

One person found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2016
By jvoerste
If you want a book on how to parent, this is not it. If you want to be inspired and renewed as to why you are a parent this is it. Every chapter you will find inspiration for your parenting journey. I have teenagers through newborns and found it helpful for all kids.

Best Parenting Book!

 on February 27, 2018
By Annie
The author challenges us to be more interested in our child’s character than his comfort! If you want to raise children with integrity, this book’s for you!

challenging and thought provoking

 on May 7, 2013
By E. Latshaw
This book challenges the notion that parenting is either a parent-centered OR a child-centered enterprise. Thomas suggests that parenting is intended to be a God centered enterprise. He introduces many the emotional and spiritual challenges that parents face and shows, through Biblical text and heart-challenging anecdotes, how a God-centered approach differs from more ego-driven approaches. Fascinating reading that forces you out of yourself and into the presence of God.

Great pareting book with Christian values

 on July 10, 2013
By Chela2002
I was on the lookout for a parenting book that interwove several important Christian values I look to help raise my children with. And Thomas’ book fits the bill perfectly. His personal family anecdotes were not only humorous but very relevant to what virtually all parents go through when raising children. His chapters were easy to digest and put into practice as they truly were backed with Biblical principles. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am trying my best to raise my children as best I could. This book is definitely a great tool to help any parents out there who may need some extra help. I highly recommend it.

Very relevant for any Christian parent – validates all your time and effort spent in raising children

 on August 9, 2013
By Nylorac
Gary Thomas explains how God uses parenting to make us more like Christ. It’s something I hadn’t really thought about, but it makes sense. We cannot put ourselves first when we raise children; we must “die to self”, becoming more humble and more like Him. Thomas points out that our children are actually God’s children, and He has entrusted them to us for a short time. We are raising God’s daughters and sons. In a world where the choice to raise children is not always valued, Thomas shows there is no higher calling than being a parent.

Great to read with others

 on April 7, 2018
By S. King
Used this book in a book club I lead for mothers of tenth graders. It has served us well.

Wonderful, Christ-centered video curriculum

3 people found this helpful.
 on February 15, 2012
By Mark
We are doing this six-week series with our Sunday school class, and find it to be among the best parenting courses we’ve ever participated in. Rather than being a guide on how to get your kids to do what you want, it helps parents become better disciples and, in the process, better parents. Thomas is persuasive, non-judgmental, and humble, and participants in the class are being moved and touched each week to grow deeper in their love for Christ and for their families. This course is relatively inexpensive, and we are thinking of buying several for baby gifts, since so many people in our class have said, “We wish we’d had this from the beginning.” One more plus – the six sessions are only about 20 minutes long, which is great in our over-busy society.


 on March 26, 2012
By S. Plummer
I purchased this book after it was suggested on a blog I read. I am surprised how much I have gotten from this book! It is refreshing to read a “parenting” book that is actually focused on the parents – our struggles, our emotions – and how we become better as a person through parenting. I am almost done with the book, and already plan to re-read it. Every chapter has been thought provoking and inspirational to me. I appreciate the spiritual/religious aspect of it, though I feel others who are non-religious can also take something from it.