Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mom's Wish List: Raising a family rooted in Scripture

One of the things that Casey and I feel most strongly about is that we do our best as parents to ensure Beatrice Kate grows up in a Christian household; firmly planted in the Lord. As an infant, we baptized her in our church and promised to take responsibility for her Christian education until she was old enough to do it for herself.

We do our best at attending church on Sundays but even if we made it every. single. week., she would still only get access to His teachings once every seven days. Casey and I agree that the responsibility to raise a daughter who seeks first the Lord rests squarely on our shoulders, as her parents.

We are the people she sees every day. We model what a loving relationship with Christ looks like lived out in everyday life. We have to be the ones who teach her about patience, humility, gentleness, charity and (especially in light of Amendment One) acceptance.That's a pretty serious task, huh?

Thankfully, there are some great tools for helping parents like us! This week, as part of our Mom's Wish List Giveaway Series, I want to tell you about two, frankly amazing, pieces of literature for Christian Parenting:
The first, called Together: Growing Appetites for God by Carrie Ward, was written by an every day Mama (my favorite kind):

It's basically her journey of reading through the Bible with her children everyday at breakfast with tips and tricks for you to use with your own family. The story is very humorous, especially when she admits to "skipping" the book of Leviticus, only to have to go back and confess to her kids that she did so (It's totally something I would do too...).

The pages are easy to read, and feature important scripture passages, highlighted in blue boxes :
It's amazing to see the transformation her family makes by taking on this spiritual walk together each day.

The next book, Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments, by Kara Durbin may very well be one of my new favorite Christian books:

It's an easy-to-read, alphabetized (and you know how much I love things alphabetized) book of topics that your children will most likely be confronted with in their lives. Each topic features a definition, scripture guiding your child to the Biblical references, discussion points and action tips. Topics range from contentment, anger, beauty, talent, humility, prayer, stress, hate and (what we think is most important), tolerance:

 I mean, seriously, it's basically a How-To Manual for Christian Parenting! It reminds me a lot of the Moravian version, Loving Hearts United.

I'm really excited to have been given the chance to review these books and I know that they will become staples in our house and our "go-to" books for Christian reference.

I'm even more excited to give two lucky readers the chance to win a copy of these books. Here's how you can get entered...
Mandatory for entry:
  • You must be a fan/follower of Life with Busy Bea
  • Tell me in the comment section below, how you incorporate your religion into your family's every day lif
For Extra Entries (one extra, each):
  • Tweet about this giveaway, tagging @MamaBusyBea
  • Blog about this giveaway on your own blog

Winners will be announced on Monday, May 14. Don't forget, you can still enter to win a month's supply of Skinnygirl Daily's Vitamin Power Packets, too!! The gifts keep on comin'!


  1. Honestly... I'm failing and it hurts.

  2. Our son is only 16 months old, so at this point we mostly try to model Christlike behavior towards him, each other, friends, and strangers. We do say a blessing before each meal and when we say "Time to say a blessing", he clasps his hands together in prayer. It is very cute. I would love to have more structured guidance on how to incorporate Christian teachings into our everyday interactions with him!

  3. Dropping by to say Hi from a fellow NC blogger! :) Following!