In an age when common sense too often gives way to the opinions of "experts", Arnold offers an approach to childrearing that is grounded in faith. This short book offers concrete steps to encourage parents who want to pass on to their children the values their parents gave them.
Raising a child has never been more challenging. In his latest book, pastor Johann Christoph Arnold offers time-tested wisdom and common-sense advice on what children need most, what holds a family together, and how to rediscover the joy of parenting.
With chapters on founding a family, the unborn child, birth, motherhood, fatherhood, teaching respect, building character, discipline, the role of grandparents, the special child, consideration for others, teenagers and more, Why Children Matter is a timely handbook for every parent and anyone who cares about children.
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I am a single parent and have raised my daughter on my own since she was two years old. She has just turned 16 in June. I also took over my nephew to raise him as my own when my brother passed away at the age of 30. My nephew is turning 15 in October. This book came to me as a gift from God. It has inspired me to be a better mum to my children. I am keeping a copy of it, and also the other book on Sex, God and Marriage which I am still reading it every night. I will pass on these books to my children and let them read too. God gave me these two books to help me in my parenting, to make up for what I am lacking, and to reinforce the Catholic Faith and Christian Values I would like to impart in my children. Thank you Johann, for giving us, Parents these great tools for parenting.
What a wonderful book to share. As a school principal for over 35 years, I have seen to erosion of family and the strong Christian values that have been washed away by society. It was important to read each and every chapter and recall the ideas and values that need to be restored so desperately in our society. I hope that each and every family member, especially the dads, lift their vision for the possible in God's magnificant creation and see their role as God asks of us. Well done, Thank you for a wonderful and uplifting read.
Children are our future and we are custodians as parents. God has leant them to us so we have to try by the grace of God to bring them to love God above all and teach them godly ways. This is what we as parents should have as a priority and the rest will come through only Him that makes all things possible, JESUS!
Hello Johann....I finished your book Why Children Matter and have been encouraging any parents to read it also....I believe everyone should. I have a 16 year old son I have raised alone. He is a good kid but I know he is feeling the emptiness of not having a father. I have always had in in sports, scouts, ect to try to compensate, it has helped but I dont think men relize the importance of mentoring children who have absent parents. Many dont know God and try to do things there own way without His help. Take care and God bless.
This book certainly ministered to my soul. So simple yet explicit. The entire book ministered to me and gives me courage and faith to truly become a true parent. In the area of discipline, here in Africa parents believe a lot and spanking and punishment and are thoroughly convinced that it works at times. So what methods can one use other than that especially when toddlers and younger children are involved. I am mother of one and i just started this journey of parenting.Thank you for this wonderful book and i will keep sharing it. God bless you and yours.
I really liked the chapter, "Creating a Home" from Why Children Matter. When I got married there weren't many articles and books about the family. Congratulations for choosing this theme and above all for the enormous effort of helping couples with children. As we know, children are the foundation and seed, and we parents are the builders. But in a family, the presence and guidance of God must always be there. If you can imagine, God is at the peak of a triangle and at the bottom two points is each partner, and the closer each one gets to God, the closer the couple will be to each other. In a marriage, God gives us the wisdom and understanding to lead our children, but as parents we need to be a good example and practice what we preach. We are the ones who teach our children to be good parents in the future. Greetings and thanks.
I found your books in my own search for peace and wisdom...and this book in particular has prepared me for parenting. Not having had good role models...good, godly books are such a guiding light. I have in turn written a small book to help parents in my country...how far we are from God's heart about so many matters of life! Thank you for sharing so freely!
As a mother of two young children, this is a book that I have kept on my shelf and returned to. Full of little gems of wisdom and truth. Each time I have read it I can tell new things spoke to me by the different colors of highlights from former readings. Each section is only a few pages, and the entire book is a quick read, but still of substantial length. I'd recommend that any parent, grandparent, educator, or anyone that values children reads the book. I wish it was somehow required reading for all people. Maybe it would help more people see the value of children. This book is from a Christian perspective, but still has much to offer for those who are opposed to reading books from religious viewpoints. I'd also recommend "Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World."
I read the whole book in about 2 hours. I couldn't put it down. There were so many things that really hit home with me, regarding my own upbringing and how I am raising my 4 children. Things will be much different in my household from this day forth. I am going to try to get my husband to read it as well. He was raised Jewish but is not faithful to any religion as an adult. I hope it will inspire him to help my instill faith in our children. Thank you for putting these simple yet powerful ideas into one place. May God bless you and your wonderful family always.
This is something I have been trying to say, teach, and live all of my professional career. I am hurting so badly because I lived all my life preparing for a larger family, only to be shut down and limited to 2 against my will. I feel so empty, lonely, and unfulfilled. Please help!
I enjoyed reading this book and found the insights on raising a child in this day and age applicable, practical, and easy to understand. What was most helpful were the chapters on discipline, spoiling a child, and teaching respect. These chapters 'hit home' having a 3 year old who tests boundaries as she is learning what is acceptable and appropriate behavior in everyday life situations parents and toddlers go through. I appreciated reading the book, and thank you for a Christ-centered perspective on raising children in today's contemporary society.
This book is a must read for all. Chapters talk about everything from spoiling to displine, speaks of religion and how to explain death to a child. My children are adults I have no grandchildren this is a book I will definitely pass on to others, they are raising children in challenging times ..
I especially appreciated that each chapter was prefaced with a specific scripture and supported as well as contained Biblical thought. I believe that each aspect of parenting (and grandparenting) was addressed in an interesting and brief manner. In so doing the point of thought was not lost in a multitude of excessive language. This book indeed encourages one to love ALL children more. I believe the families with whom I work will be blessed by this timely and well written,easily read book.
some inspirational point, but other than that this book disgust me. its very bias and not an open minded read at all! Your basically putting down those of us who do not conform to what that author think is "right"....about the definition of a family....your telling single parents, me, that we destroy the meaning of family! for real? and saying "abortion is murder, without exception" is the author OPINION! it is not fact! this book is extremely BIAS! I would not suggest this book.
I had the privelege of hearing an interview with this author on my local Catholic radio station, 89.7 FM. I immediately secured a download of his book. The author has affirmed again it is the heart of our children we need to reach. I appreciate the authors straight forward style and will be using his book in union with other parenting study materials in facilitating a parenting ministry in my local church.
During back to school night, my daughter's teacher handed us this book. I brought it home, not intending to read it, but I opened it up. Needless to say, I can't put it down. I've been married for 11 yrs, thanks be to God. We have five children and two in heaven, that's a total of seven. We recently in Aug buried our son, I was 5 months pregnant. My husband and I are open to life, we made the choice early on to allow our Lord to decide for us and we are open to his will. There is no greater gift that I can give my children, other than transmitting faith, than siblings. They learn more from eachother than in any classroom. I will tell you that being open to life many times open us to persecution, many times by those in our own church. Everyone around us have two maybe three children the most. But this love that I share with my husband that is unlimited without anything coming between us has saved our marrige. He respects me and I am able to feel loved by him. I don't feel used. We recently pulled our children out of public schools and put them in a Catholic School because of sex education in grammer school. It's sick. Who are they to decide when my daughter is ready to learn about sex. That is so delicate, only I her mother should be talking to her about it. This is not a one size fits all. I just wanted to add something about miscarrige, I recently loss a baby and i had to fight to get his body and bury him with dignity. The hospital would not release the body, they wanted to send his body for testing, all kinds of issues. Ultimitly we were able to figure it all out and our son was laid to rest with dignity in a Catholic Cemetary. A priest was there in the hospital and at the burial. For this I feel that God heard my prayers and eased my pain. Thank you for this book, for having the courage to say the truth about children and marrige. We can not be afraid of God's perfect plan for us.