Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic
Every parent is a leader, whether they put on the label themselves or not. We have all seen ourselves reflected in the mannerisms, tone of voice, or word choices that our little ones mimic from what they have seen and heard time and time again. How important it is, then, to lead our children in the right direction instead of living the typical “fly by the seat of my pants” or “daily grind” style of life.
Lead Your Family Like Jesus is a family focused follow up to Ken Blanchard’s Lead Like Jesus, bringing in the perspectives of two additional colleagues. The book challenges parents to take a closer look at the values and goals of their family and to examine whether their lives are being lived in keeping with those values. Lead Your Family Like Jesus is divided into four parts: The Heart, speaking of Jesus’ examples, the most important aspects of life, and keeping God in the center by trusting and following His ways; the Head, which brings to light the need to set down a solid family vision with a purpose, values, and goals; the Hands, which launches into how a family lives out the vision they have set and encourages parents to examine their style and tactics of parenting, as well as, to have good role models and mentors themselves; and the Habits, which hits on the needs we all have for solitude, prayer, relying on God’s Word, forgiveness and grace. These can be some daunting subjects, but Blanchard, Hodges and Goyer work together to break them down and provide their readers with the tools to apply the information to their own families piece by piece.
Many parenting books are written with a female audience in mind. Let’s face it, Moms, we are often the worriers and, therefore, the researchers of our family! However, Lead Your Family Like Jesus is the kind of parenting book that dads will appreciate as well; Tricia Goyer brings in the Momma’s perspective that keeps it balanced and relatable to both Mom and Dad. It is also a book that doesn’t just tell you to, “do this and your kids will turn out great!” You can’t just look up a behavioral issue that you are facing with your child and find the answers to fix the isolated problem. However, the book does encourage you to keep up a self and family evaluation in order not to stray too far from your main desires and priorities for your family and its individuals.
Lead Your Family Like Jesus challenges its readers to take a proactive approach to parenting and family life by calling parents to work together with their children in living lives of purpose and vision. Are you ready for the challenge?
Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 children under 10 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tyndale House Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.