Monday, August 06, 2007

Blog Tour - Authentic Parenting for a Postmodern Culture

Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture
by Mary E. DeMuth
Harvest House, July 1, 2007

This blog has specialized in fiction, and it will remain that way overall. However, when I heard that Mary was having a blog tour to support her new parenting book, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, I had no hesitation in signing up. I've frequented places on the web where I've had the privilege of witnessing the real faith of Mary DeMuth. For someone to move their family to France in order to help pioneer a church, it takes a lot of faith and guts.

There are plenty of parenting books out there. You may wonder if another one is needed, but this book definitely has a fresh perspective that helps us apply God's grace with our children. I've already had the book in mind while dealing with my boys in different circumstances this last week.

The title may throw a few people. It seems that the word "postmodern" has taken on some baggage, which is unfortunate. Let me state up front that Mary stresses that her book is not about making your child a postmodern. It is parenting in a postmodern culture, which like it or not, we are living this culture currently. Please don't overlook a good book over a word.

Mary's book is very readable, with lots of stories from personal struggle in working these principles out in her own family. She is not afraid to share negative examples where they haven't done things perfectly.

No parenting book can be exhaustive, and Authentic doesn't pretend to be THE book. You won't find tips or strategies in dealing with disobedience, discipline, etc. The focus on the book is advice in walking out the parenting life as examples. There are other books to deal with discipline issues, but if that's what you're looking for, this may not be the book for you. If you are seeking some inspiration on how to be a better parent, then this should be a book you explore.

I could get into a long post here, but I think I'll wrap up this as a "highlight" and give some specifics next post. In the meantime, meet Mary and read her crazy blog here. Or visit Mary's helpful and fun website here. Finally, you could read an excerpt from the book, click here.

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