The Disciple-Making Parent

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The Disciple-Making Parent
Your children are human souls that will live forever. Their lives today are the prequel of an eternal life that will either bring them great joy or eternal sorrow. Our job as parents is to take seriously the call of Jesus to make disciples, and that begins with our children. The Disciple-Making Parent, through real-life situations and fresh, motivating content will show you how biblical principles take shape by targeting discipleship as the heart of parenting.

Author Chap Bettis begins by challenging parents to evaluate their priorities. Are you spending more time pursuing academic, athletic, or skill-based successes in your children than you are modeling a life that seeks hard after God? As Christian homeschoolers, we should be less concerned with educating our children for careers, and more passionate to see them transformed into Christ-lovers. As Chap points out, “The first battleground of family discipleship is not my child’s heart; it is my heart.” So until we can genuinely say that nothing would bring us greater joy than to hear that our children are walking in the truth, disciple-making in the home will be marginalized.

As a busy homeschooling parent it is easy to lose focus of this being our primary goal, but The Disciple-Making Parent, with topics that include connecting to your child’s heart, how to explain the Gospel to little children, different ways to have family devotions (and when to stop), how to deal with your children’s doubts, social media, and so much more, keeps that target in focus, while also addressing the practical issues that a parent will face.

One of the best tools God uses to sanctify us is our children. Their sin exposes our sin. But when we realize that our family’s key purpose is to become a disciple-making unit, it will transform our parenting, redeem this messy, exhausting episode of our lives, and will urge us to finish well. As J. C. Ryle wrote: “Precious, no doubt are these little ones in your eyes; but if you love them, think often of their souls. . . In every step you take, in every plan, and scheme, and arrangement that concerns them, do not leave out the mighty question, ‘How will this affect their souls?’”
Author: Chap Bettis
Publisher: Diamond Hill Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9780692671054
Faith-Based: Yes

The author has graciously extended an offer of a free audiobook version of The Disciple-Making Parent with each purchase of a written copy. This frees you to give the book to a friend while keeping the audiobook for yourself. Or, one parent can use the book, while the other parent listens to the audiobook in the car. You can receive the audiobook download by emailing your Timberdoodle order number to

Awards and Endorsements:
      “The Disciple-Making Parent is chock full of biblical wisdom – you’ll find yourself underlining line after line, page after page. As an experienced father, Chap Bettis knows well the challenges parents face and answers them with practical help and suggestions. Chap is not afraid to call parents to action, but he also points us to grace. Most importantly, he’s got the gospel right, and he knows how to help parents apply it in their family.”

      Marty Machowski, pastor and author of The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New, Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, and The Gospel Story Bible.

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