Training up the Next Generation
THE POWER OF TRUTH IN PARENTING
Training up the next generation is the job of parents. It cannot be abdicated to teachers, coaches and youth pastors. These are important people to supplement the leadership of parents, but they cannot replace them. With children who have no natural parents, or who lose them, others can step in and make the commitment to train those children as if they were their own. But, of course, that is not ideal.
No one knows your children like you do. No one is equipped to train your children the way you are. We often abdicate our responsibility as parents because we feel inadequate or ill equipped for the job. Or we do so unknowingly by passivity or omission. We do not recognize the reality and danger of the relentless onslaught of lies and deceptions aimed at our kids’ minds and hearts. We may not appreciate how critical our constant input of Truth and Love is to our kids’ well-being and survival. We sometimes buy into the lie that others are better trained to raise our children than we are. After all, we may reason, They spend all day with kids.
There are two critical and foundational components to training children that parents are better equipped to provide than any other person–Truth and Love. Much of modern life has sought to steal these important truths from us. Most people are more familiar with counterfeits than with real Truth and real Love. So there is a place for training in order to be fully armed with God’s design for truth and love and its application in training up the next generation.Danny and Amy have told us what’s worked for them, what hasn’t, what matters and what lasts. You won’t want to take notes while you’re reading this book; you’ll want to take action and live the life Jesus had in mind for your family., Speaker, Author of “Love Does”, Founder of Restore InternationalDanny and Amy DeWalt have given us a game plan for our families from God’s heart. This is a great book if you want to imitate our Heavenly Father as you invest His love and truth into your children., Vice President and HomeBuilder Catalyst, FamilyLifeThe evidence demonstrated in Danny’s and Amy’s family is compelling. You’ll be refreshed by the hope and insight in their teaching. I could not more highly recommend them to you as parents and mentors., Pastor, Author of “Living Free”, Founder of The Sycamore Commission
Danny and Amy talk to God a lot. I know this because they’re my friends and because I’ve seen how they’ve raised their family. This book is about what they’ve learned along the way. Buckle up, because you’re going to enjoy every page., Speaker and Author of Love Does, Founder and President, Restore InternationalDanny and Amy’s commitment to God and His truth, coupled with a passion to make God’s truths relevant in life-giving ways, is unwavering. Parenting is no exception., Author of Living Free, Lead Pastor of Harborview Fellowship, and Founder and President, The Sycamore CommissionDanny and Amy’s truth-training principles are what every parent needs for the “Olympic-sized” task of molding and equipping their children according to God’s original design. Their book—like Danny and Amy themselves—is full of life- giving biblical wisdom and creative, practical ideas, delivered in a spirit of generosity and joy., Author, Prayer-Saturated Kids: Equipping and Empowering Children in PrayerIn Training up the Next Generation, Danny and Amy DeWalt challenge us to be intentional in our parenting, consistent with the responsibility it demands. Through wisdom and grace, they offer practical suggestions supported by biblical truths to set our children, and our relationships with them, up for a lifetime. I especially appreciated their insights regarding each child’s uniqueness and design, speaking Truth in love, and achieving “joyful obedience,” powerful principles for every parent. Con- gratulations on advancing the “state of the art” of parenting through this essential resource!, President and CEO, LifeSmart Publishing, Author, What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road AheadDanny and Amy DeWalt have given us an awesome game plan for our families from God’s heart. Winning your child’s heart, speaking truth in love, and focusing on repentance and forgive- ness can transform your home. This is a great book if you want to imitate our Heavenly Father as you invest His love and truth into your children., Vice President and HomeBuilder Catalyst, FamilyLifeForgiveness and repentance is by far the most powerful tool God has extended to our family as we raise the next generation. We are certain the absence of sibling rivalry in our family is due to the ability to forgive and repent from the heart., Parent and EducatorThe parenting truths and practices Danny and Amy DeWalt taught us have been powerful in our lives. I don’t think a day goes by when we don’t put them into practice with our four children. Our home has more joy, peace, love, and unity thanks to the wisdom the DeWalts have passed on to us., ParentThe principles from this book extend into our classrooms (my wife and I are both teachers) as we speak students’ origi- nal design to them, reminding them how they were created to think and act and live. It is an incredible privilege to see the transformation in their lives as the learning environment becomes one based on respect, love, and joy. The results are life-giving for us all., EducatorWhat greater joy can there be for parents than to minister together WITH your children? Danny and Amy and their two daughters taught us how to do this, and for this we are so grateful., Pastors, United Kingdom