Most people who follow the ministry of the late evangelist and gospel minister, Dr Myles Munroe from the Bahamas would know him as someone who preached and taught about the Kingdom of God a lot. He was also a prolific bestselling author who wrote many books on the subjects of Purpose, Potential, the Kingdom of God, Marriage, and Leadership. Munroe was one of the two authors of the book being reviewed today.
Kingdom Parenting is co-authored by Dr David Burrows, founder of Youth Alive Ministries and formerly the youth pastor under the ministry of Myles Munroe. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries Church. He has also authored many other books.
Written from years of personal experiences of the two authors as parents, and from garnered professional understanding as counsellors and pastors to children and their parents, Kingdom Parenting offers valuable insight into parenting for Christians especially during the teenage years. Interestingly, it is the first book I have read which includes chapters for teens to read.
Divided into four sections comprising of the first three sections as the main book and the last one as a study guide, Kingdom Parenting is an easy read. There are numerous examples that make the book relatable and practical. The three sections are in 15 short chapters.
The first section is by Munroe and it focuses on Foundations – the foundational goals of parenting. He writes that these goals are to reproduce the nature, character, and behaviour of the parent in the child. Early in the section he encourages parents to raise their children without fear and to be sincere imitators of God in order to give children the right model to pattern their lives after.
Intentionality in parenting was stressed.
“No one parents effectively by accident. Effective parenting must be intentional; it must be planned, focused and have an expected end in mind. Good parents don’t leave the job to chance; they do everything they can to prepare themselves and to know what they are doing.” (Pg. 15)
The importance of training a child with conscientiousness right from the formative years is mentioned in section one, as well as the benefits of consistent and age appropriate discipline. The section closed with the example of Jesus who grew in wisdom, stature, favour with God and men, the author cited these as four areas that parents should focus on in raising their children.