Parenting With Scripture {Review and Giveaway}

by CarrieB

Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments, by Kara Durbin is a fantastic resource for Christian parents. It is designed and created to serve parents as they seek to use and memorize God’s Word before, during and after “teachable moments” with their children. This book provides scriptures for all of the issues that you can imagine facing as a parent: from lying, to dealing with anger and self-control, to learning appreciation and gratefulness. Durbin has cataloged a list of scriptures for you to have at the ready when walking your children through life.

Kara Durbin is a mother herself and she knows the challenges faced by by parents when it comes to teaching their children well. So, she has compiled and indexed scriptures by topic (and lists them in alphabetical order) for easy reference on the part of the parents. Do you find yourself dealing with issues of pride or kindness with your kid? Or perhaps your child is in need of words of hope. While we as Christian parents are required to spend time daily in the Word of God, as humans we’re very prone to forgetting where the reference is located for “that passage we read a few months ago.” Durbin makes it easy for you to locate verses which are applicable in whatever stage or trial of life that you and your child are facing so that you can make use of your best tool and resource in teaching your children about God, how He relates to us and how we are to respond to Him: the Bible.

In Parenting with Scripture Durbin offers advice for how to approach scriptures and use them in conversations with your children. She notes the importance of scriptures in the life of Christians and encourages you to saturate yourself in them. Along with each topic and set of scriptures there is a devotional which you may choose to use by yourself or with your child to better understand the Word of God and how it can be applied to one’s life.

This is a fabulous and great resource for parents who long to teach and instruct their children according to the Word of God and understand that they could use some help in drawing out scripture and making it known and relevant.

I highly recommend this book and am glad to announce that one of you can win a copy. Follow the instructions in the rafflecopter below to enter to win your own copy.

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To see more of my thoughts on it (and to have a second opportunity to win a copy) head on over to Reading to Know.

Thanks to Moody Publishers for sending a copy of this title my way and for offering another to readers at 5 Minutes for Mom and Reading to Know.

Carrie blogs at 5 Minutes for Books. You can also visit Carrie at for more suggestions on great reading materials for families.

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amber February 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

For my little boy, it would have to be self-control!!!


2 Angel S. February 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Watching our college age son figure out who he is and why.


3 Brenda Smith February 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I would love to win.


4 MaryBeth February 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm

My biggest parenting issue is consistency. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of what sounds like a great book!


5 Shonya February 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Selfishness and pride.
Oh wait–in myself or my children?? lol


6 Joan February 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I am just starting out, so far selflessness!


7 Kat February 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Self control and pride seem to cover it all.


8 Mozi Esmes Mom February 25, 2013 at 12:41 am

Obedience without questioning… :)


9 Sara February 25, 2013 at 12:55 am

Worrying about too strict or lenient with my child


10 chelsea February 25, 2013 at 1:30 am

My biggest concern is that my kids will grow apart from me and I really work hard on nurturing my relationship with my girls so when they’re older I don’t have to worry about bad choices they may face


11 Terra Heck February 25, 2013 at 4:59 am

My biggest concern is that my children don’t cave in to peer pressure. Thanks.


12 apple blossom February 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

that my child will grow up to walk in the ways of God


13 Kristen February 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

Responding to my children’s disobedience in a way that will help them grow and mature in Christ. I often to not exhibit the characteristics I want to see in my children, and I need to be sure I keep myself in check.


14 Tabitha Walker February 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

It would have to be is them listening to me.


15 Tina February 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

What a great idea! My greatest concern is now my kids are holding up at school with their friends.


16 Kimberlie February 25, 2013 at 11:47 am

Obeying their parents would be my biggest concern. Feels like I’m talking to a wall some days!


17 Jennifer February 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

We are working on respect for each other, obedience, pride, & self-control.


18 Beth Stabley February 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

My biggest day-to-day struggle is consistency…choosing what I will & will not allow my daughter to do, then staying consistent with that.


19 Brooke F February 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Consistency and following through with what I say. Discipline when its appropriate.


20 Kathy Stevenson February 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

It would have to be listening and following directions.


21 Jessica To February 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I am concerned about peer pressure at school.


22 shterna February 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm

feeding my kids healthy foods/


23 Brittany February 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Losing my temper to quickly.


24 lisa lo February 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hoping my niece gets parented with a strong belief in God.


25 Shannon February 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Keeping my own fears and problems from my children.


26 Kristie February 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

Having patience and modeling the type of person that I hope they will one day be themselves :-)


27 Sadie February 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Patience – repeating myself and sticking to my battles. Kids will try so hard to bend the rules.


28 Suzie Williams February 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Right now it’s being consistent with my husband. He feels one way, I feel the other, and the kids aren’t getting consistency when it comes to snacks, discipline, etc…


29 angie February 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

trying to ensure that they strive for their best


30 Annette {This Simple Mom} February 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm

My concern is that I am not being a godly parent in too many areas….self control (anger/patience…) is just a bit of it.


31 Cassandra Eastman February 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Raising my children to love God.


32 Jessica T February 28, 2013 at 12:08 am

I think my daughter’s bossyness and quick anger


33 riTa February 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

Sounds like a wonderful resource for my son and daughter in law who have their hands full with four boys, ranging from 14 yrs. to 4 months. They are sensitive to the Spirit and totally dedicated to raising godly sons.


34 Angela E. February 28, 2013 at 9:49 am

Just keeping them safe.


35 coley r February 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

just discipline without breaking thier spirit


36 Mikaila March 1, 2013 at 2:50 am

Finding the right “balance” in being a step-parent.


37 Michele March 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I am always looking for parenting tips and ways to incorporate God’s word into our life. It is very important to me for my children to grow into the person God created them to be.


38 Charlene S March 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

Being a good listener.


39 charmaine t March 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

My 2 kids fighting!


40 Kimbelry Amici March 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

What a wonderful resource. I find myself telling my kids what to do and what not to do and sometimes lack the biblical basis for it. Learning appreciation and gratefulness is the big one we are focusing on now for my 6, 7, and 9year olds…


41 Erin March 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

That they will grow to know the Lord and love Him with all their hearts.


42 Ashley S March 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Definitely obedience without questioning us.


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