Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fantastic Parenting Book: My Review of RAISING WISE CHILDREN by Mark Matlock

Who the book is for: Parents wanting to develop biblical wisdom in their children
Rating: 5 out of 5

As parents my wife and I really want to help our children to become wise people, to see the world as God sees it and make decisions based on the wisdom that is found in trusting completely in Jesus day by day. Mark Matlock has been a voice for the Bible’s call to wisdom for several years. I first experienced his teaching when I was a student going to student conferences, then as a student pastor taking students to Planet Wisdom conferences or attending youth ministry seminars. All that time I’ve been hearing him champion biblical wisdom. Now that I’m a parent, I have a lot invested in helping my children, who are very young now, learn to walk with Jesus and walk wisely with him.

Mark Matlock has compiled what he has learned about wisdom in a new parenting book called RAISING WISE CHILDREN: HANDING DOWN THE STORY OF WISDOM. Drawing upon Scripture, especially the Proverbs, Matlock describes wisdom as the way that God sees the world. Wisdom is drawing upon this knowledge of how the world works from God’s perspective and making decisions about life in light of it. Our calling as parents is to mediate wisdom to our children, and Matlock walks readers through a carefully thought-out process of how to do just that.

I loved the discussion about the contents of the mind, and the categories he derived from the Proverbs was really insightful. The book is ideal for families to work through as it includes many helpful ideas for activities to do with your children. It outlines many great opportunities that families have to mediate wisdom. I devoured this book in matter of a couple of days. Now I’m excited to go back through it with pen and highlighter and discuss it with my wife.

RAISING WISE CHILDREN is such a great book and an incredible service to parents and to their children if they’ll put what Mark Matlock proposes into practice. This book was the best book on biblical wisdom I’ve come across.

I received this book for free for review from Zondervan, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own

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