Give Them Grace is parenting book written by mother/daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. But this is not your typical parenting book. There are no formulas, checklists or quid pro quo assurances that good parenting will produce good children. In fact, trying to produce "good" children is exactly what we shouldn't be doing. If our children have (the appearance of) goodness without the gospel, they have nothing.
"It's the premise of this book that the primary reason the majority of kids from Christian homes stray from the faith is that they never really heard it or had it to begin with. They were taught that God wants them to be good, that poor Jesus is sad when they disobey, and that asking Jesus into their heart is the breadth and depth of the gospel message." page 18
And that is where grace comes in. The authors will challenge you to infuse the gospel of Christ into your parenting and to use the law to show your children their desperate need for a Savior.
Though this book doesn't offer formulas and checklists that will guarantee your success as a parent it does offer practical suggestions. Through personal stories and sample conversations the authors will help you incorporate the gospel into everyday life. However, these sample conversations are not to be memorized or read verbatim. Some reviewers complained that they are too long. I agree. But they are not meant to be read to your children. If you own the principles you won't need a script.
I wore my pencil out underlining in this book. And now that I've finished it I'm going to start it over again. It was both overwhelmingly convicting and refreshingly encouraging.
I loved this book. I needed to hear this message. Frankly, I think we all need to hear this message. Whether you are a parent or not, this book should be at the top of your reading list.
I received this book free from Crossway in exchange for an honest review.