How to Raise Children for Christ
If our hearts are right towards God and our children, the world’s influence will not impact our children.
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I will put my trust in Him … Behold I and the children which God has given me – Hebrews 2:13
This book is different from most books on raising children. It is a plea for the parents to truly know and walk with God – for them to love God and His Word. In the correct order, focusing first on the parents, Andrew Murray then urges parents to sincerely and consistently love their children and in all tenderness and gentleness teach them as God also teaches us.
Children are a most precious gift that we receive from God, and they deserve our very best. Our faithful training will not be lost on our children; this is a promise found over and over again in the Scriptures. If our hearts are right towards God and our children, the world’s influence will not impact our children. We can and must exercise faith, so our children and our children’s children will be able to impact the world for Christ and inherit eternal blessings.
A few of the parenting topics covered in this book:
- What sin did to the family and how to redeem that which was lost.
- The distinct and also shared roles of fathers and mothers.
- How and why to teach children manners.
- How to show children the Scriptures in a way that takes root in the heart.
- How to teach with a quiet, gentle spirit, as God teaches us.
- How to intercede effectively in prayer for our children.
About the Author
Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a well-known South African writer, teacher, and pastor. More than 2 million copies of his books have been sold, and his name is mentioned among the other great leaders of the past such as Charles Spurgeon, T. Austin-Sparks, George Muller, D.L. Moody, and more.
Every Christian parent will appreciate this book. Andrew Murray is a classic Christian author. I love the updated version of this How to Raise Children for Christ book as it is easier to read and follow. Most of your parenting books spend a lot of time discussing and focusing on the behavior of the children. This book is a bit different, as the focus is placed on the relationship of the Parents walk with God. The premise is based in biblical truth to encourage parents that – if we are walking daily and closely with the Lord, we will be able to follow His guidance as we teach our children. Children then learn first hand that leaning on God for day to day things, as well as big things – spending time with Him and nurturing that relationship is the foundation for the parent/ child relationship too. If everyone has their eyes on Jesus, things have a tendency to go a lot better. This is one of those parenting books that everyone should read (preferably before having kids) 🙂 It’s a great book for biblical parenting.
Although it addresses some deep spiritual issues, this updated version is easy enough for anyone to follow. Parents can read daily inspiration about their own faith, learn how to apply it to parenting their children, and access daily prayers to help implement the ideas and live out their faith. I have the eBook version and have read most of the way through it. I look forward to backing up and digging in a little deeper. The book is full of biblical truth, things you may already know, but are easily forgotten during our day to day busy lives. It’s a terrific reminder to APPLY what we know from God’s Word. Keeping our hearts where they should be, putting our faith into action via parenting . . . . it’s good stuff! You can’t go wrong with Andrew Murray, as he continually follows and refers to the Word of God.
*I read the eBook version free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
Oh how I wish I’d had How to Raise Children for Christ when I began raising my family! The practical information contained in this book would have helped me and kept me from making many mistakes as I raised my four children. Although I was not privy to the information contained in this book in the early 70’s, I am thankful it is available to parents today.
Andrew Murray has always been one of my favorite authors. I love the way he writes with such passion and wisdom. In his book, How to Raise Children for Christ, Mr. Murray’s passion for encouraging parents to rear their children in the admonition of the Lord is powerful. The book is not only instructional with practical advice, but contains Biblical insight, too. Each chapter contains fundamental spiritual truth.
How to Raise Children for Christ is a beautiful devotional book containing 52 topical studies, one for each week of the year. There are a wide range of topics covered in the book such as grace, faith, redemption, and covenant. Mr. Murray points parents toward Christ and encourages them to take the responsibility of parenting very seriously.
At the beginning of each chapter, a scripture reference is given. Mr. Murray expounds on the reference by providing detailed examples from history by using familiar stories from the Bible. Some examples of chapter titles are:
The Family As Grace Restores It
The Father As Priest and Prophet
The Consecrated Home
A Mother’s Surrender
The Sabbath and the Children
Jesus, the Children’s Surety
A Mother’s Persevering Prayer
A Father’s Tears
The Holy Spirit in the Family
The chapter entitled The Sabbath and the Children was extremely inspiring. I’d always been raised to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy but as I read Mr. Murray’s explanation I was convicted. I should have and could have done more to teach my children how to enter into Sabbath rest. Mr. Murray says “God means the Sabbath to be to your child what it is to you, not in value of your training and habits, but what it is to your own experience, as a day you really love and rejoice in. Look upon it as the day of rest, of entering into God’s own wonderful rest. The rest of God is in a finished work; by faith in that work we enter into that rest and the great calm, the peace that passes understanding and keeps the heart and mind. Look upon it as a holy day, the day God has given as a token and pledge that He who is holy makes us holy too. It is in fellowship with God that we are made holy; let His presence, His love, and His joy be the mark as well as the fruit of keeping it holy. Look upon it as a day of blessing. Sin robbed us of the blessing God laid on the day. In the resurrection of Christ, the finished work of creation was restored, finished, and perfected in a higher sense…And now all the blessings of the living Christ, His finished work and resurrection power and eternal rest, are to be ours.” His powerful teaching blessed me.
Throughout his book, Andrew Murray provides encouragement, advice, practical help, and godly instruction on how to be the best parent one can be. By holding ourselves to a higher standard, we can set the example for our children to follow.
I will be providing this book to each of my grown children for use in teaching their little ones to follow Christ. What a wonderful resource for parents facing the challenge of parenting in today’s world!
Thank you, Aneko Press, for providing me with this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. It is my pleasure to give this book 5 stars!