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Trade Paperback
224 pages
Jan 2006
WaterBrook Press

Building the Christian Family You Never Had

by Mary E. DeMuth

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Author and mom Mary DeMuth knows what it’s like to embark on a maiden voyage into unchartered territory. Though she wasn’t raised in a Christian home, she wanted something different for her own children. She dreamed of a loving home with Christ as head. Since she had no role models in her upbringing, she calls the task pioneer parenting.

With passion and skill, Mary weaves for readers a picture of her haunted past. A child of divorce and survivor of sexual assaults from neighborhood boys, she found healing through the grace of God. Instead of being bitter, she’s learned to forgive and forge a new path for her family. The book is divided into three parts: Healing for the Past, God is With You Today, and Hope for the Future.

The author offers her own life as an example and gives modern pioneer parents a vision for success. She concludes with helpful study questions for each chapter which are useful for personal reflection or groups.

“Be encouraged,” she says. “The Parent of all people walks the road before you…God cuts away the sticker bushes that impede our path. He tell us where to step.” I highly recommend this book for any parent unsure about the monumental task of raising children who love God. Like a cup of cold water, DeMuth’s book refreshes the soul of weary parents with deep faith and hope. – Heather Ivester, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

You’re willing to do whatever it takes to ground your children in a faith your parents never embraced. Or maybe you grew up in an outwardly religious home that lacked a foundation of Christian grace and moral values. If you’re the first generation in your family to embrace a relationship with Christ but aren’t sure how to give your children a foundation of faith, find guidance in Building the Christian Family You Never Had.

Author Mary E. DeMuth understands firsthand the fears, frustrations, and anxieties of those who lack role models of faith-based parenting. In Building the Christian Family You Never Had she provides needed encouragement, practical tools, and crucial strategies. You’ll learn how you can…

  • shield your children from the negative influence of family members who undermine your values
  • cope with criticism and objections to your faith-based parenting decisions
  • honor (and forgive) your parents without endorsing their behavior
  • find positive parenting mentors

This inspiring, down-to-earth guide will enable you to provide a spiritual legacy of security and strength for your children as you lead the way through Building the Christian Family You Never Had.