Christian Parenting Handbook – BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!


I’m a father of four children, two boys, and two girls, and I only wish that this book would have been available to me when I was first starting out.  What Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller have done is put together 50 practical and useful strategies that any parent can and should be using.

No child comes with a “how-to” manual but instead most parents take what they have learned or observed either from friends who are parents, or from their own parent. This often leads one to a sense of major ups and downs and successes and failures.

The Christian Parenting Handbook is a great resource to assist parents in building a strategy for each individual child and of course its not focused on the outward, but instead, it brings into play the child’s heart.

For many parents the struggle is to change the child’s outward behavior and often they grab onto quick fixes, rather than getting to the root of the issue, the heart!

Each of the 50 strategies that are shared in this book are not only practical but are solidly based on Biblical principles. Most parenting books fail to start with the Word and just give advice, but that is not what the Turansky and Miller desire to do. They start with the word and build around it biblical ideas for parent’s to not only minister to their child but to help them see their hearts the way God does and how to make the needed changes to help the child live the way God desires.

I want to highly recommend that where ever you are in the parenting journey, this book is for you! It is never to late for you to employ these strategies for your family. Each one is so practical and useful that anyone can implement them.

UPDATE: 5-2-13 The book is SOLD OUT at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE and many other retailers: You can still purchase the e-book or Kindle edition at Amazon following the link below.

You can also go directly to this link and purchase a hard copy of the book:

To purchase this book follow this link: The Christian Parenting Handbook: 50 Heart-Based Strategies for All the Stages of Your Child’s Life

I will give some other observations in another post this week as we celebrate launch week and make this book go all the way to #1 on AMAZON! Plus you can receive $400 of FREE STUFF! Yes, I said FREE STUFF!!  (See info below on how to receive your FREE stuff! ) You MUST purchase the book or e-book during Launch week to get the $400 worth of free resources.

Also post a comment on this review and you will be entered into my contest. I will use random generator to pick 5 people to win a prize!  The #1 person will get #1 prize and so on… You get the picture!

MY GIVEAWAY CONTEST!!- 5 Prizes for 5 People!! 

  • 1) The Honor Multi-Media Package ($59.95 value)
  • 2) A set of 5 Parenting Shifts e-books ($49.95 value)
  • 3) One free Biblical Parenting University Online Parenting Course ($99.95 value)
  • 4) 1 electronic copy of Disciplemaking at Home. ($16.99 value)
  • 5) 1 print copy of The Christian Parenting Handbook and 1 PDF copy of The Christian Parenting Handbook Companion Guide. ($49.95)

Contest Ends May 5th! So enter quick!!



**Buy a print copy of The Christian Parenting Handbook between April 29 and May 5 and get a package of free resources valued at more than $400.00.  There are 8 video, audio and electronic items contained in the Bonus Parenting Package. In addition, you can get The Christian Parenting Handbook Companion Guide (This is a workbook with audio clips that will help you apply the material in The Christian Parenting Handbook.) for free if you purchase 5 copies or more of the book. You can make your purchase from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM (Books A Million), CBD or Parable.

To  claim your premium, simply forward your purchase confirmation to and we will send you your special product code for the $400.00 package. If you purchased 5 or more copies of the book, we’ll send you the PDF version of the Companion Guide along with the audio segments.

 DISCLOSURE! I did receive a free copy of the book to review but was only asked to provide an honest opinion and evaluation of this book.  This is my review only and I was not given any script to follow.

I welcome your comments and feedback!

12 thoughts on “Christian Parenting Handbook – BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Great review Tom. You got right to the “heart” of the matter. (Pun intended!) I especially like the way you noted that many parents settle for the quick fix and don’t have the long-term view. The heart-based approach has been revolutionary in my life. It’s helped me as a father, husband, leader, supervisor, coach, and in other areas. Behavior modification is effective if your only desire is to get your children to act a certain way. If you want to shape their character, you need to work on the level of the heart. My sons are both adults now and they are fine young men of good character. We consistently focused on the character quality of honoring others in our family! We returned home from vacation in December to find our whole house cleaned and a Christmas tree in place in the corner of the living room. Now that’s honor! This is just one example of the great insights from this special book. Every parent should have this book on their bookshelf or on their Kindle! No need to enter me in the contest.

    1. Thanks Ed! What a great story of your sons! We just left our 3 kids ages 16,18,20 home while my wife and I went to Denver for 5 days, and we too, came home with to a clean house and hearing stories of fun things happening. What a joy to know when your kids love God and have his character growing in their hearts!!

  2. Tom, Thanks for the review. I went ahead and tweeted (Twitter) and shared (Facebook) the post.

    However, a technical issue. When I clicked on the FB share or Twitter tweet button, instead of opening the link in a new window, it went to the link within the same window/tab. So after I finished the tweet and share the window/tab would close on me. I had to go back to the original link to get to this page. You might want to troubleshoot this.

    Greatest challenge for parents face today is equipping for today’s children. The challenges today’s children face are different from those we went through as kids. We need to get to know their culture as well.

  3. Great review Tom!! I am getting ready to order my book now, and maybe 5 to give away to some parents and for the library at church. The biggest challenge….. wow, for me right now I think I would say is to believe that we have done our best with our 17 1./2 yr old and she will remember what we have taught her and will make the right decisions and if she doesn’t, she will learn and look to God. Letting go as our kids grow up is very difficult!!

  4. Hello Tom, Thanks for the heads up on the book I just ordered a copy. As for the biggest challenge facing parents today, I think its our digital age, weather the computers,TV or video games. They compete for time at Church and home. As a Children’s Pastor I see more meltdowns over using “Mom’s” cell phone to play games than anything else the last six months. My son has been no exception he melted down last night because he couldnt watch someone else play a video game. I don’t have all the answers yet but I’m praying for them.



    1. Phil,
      Thanks, I know you will enjoy the book!! It is a great resource to have an use in your Children’s ministry as well as your ministry to your kids.


  5. Hey Tom, Thanks for the review! I have a group going to a Biblical Parenting seminar tonight. I really wanted to attend but had this problem…be a parent or learn how to be a parent. I need to be a parent so I am going to go to my eldest son’s induction into the National Thespian Society tonight. I sent money for one of my team members to buy the a copy and get both a autograph from Dr. Scott and a receipt to send to them for the $400 bonus!
    Right now the hardest thing in parenting is knowing that our time with our kids is growing shorter and soon they will be venturing out into the world. Knowing that I have not done enough, prayed enough or guided enough along the way…what can I do to increase our influence between now and then to assure them of their faith, purpose, and God will be strong and with stand all that life will throw at them?
    We will continue to seek God and ask for protection but we will not relent on being the spiritual leaders of our house either!

    1. Doug,
      What a great testimony! You did the right thing and your right, time moves swiftly with our children and its something we cannot get back.
      You will really gain a lot from this book, trust me!


  6. The greatest challenge facing parents today?

    Technology. Information, good and bad is gained so quickly today and it is not easy to filter some things like I, or my parents could. Teaching children/youth respect for social media, and filtering what is shared and received is important. It grows quickly and so it is hard for parents to keep up with all of the technology and how it affects their family.

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