Reviewed by Claire L. Eva, Assistant Director

General Conference Stewardship Ministries

This book\s subtitle is, ?A Comprehensive Guide to Parenting with Grace and Truth.? In regard to grace and truth, the authors say, ?The problem is that the very ingredients we need for growth—grace and truth—are divided against one another. Choosing between the two is not the problem. Getting them together is? (p. 40).

The real goal of parenting? Mature character. Cloud and Townsend define character as: ?the sum of our abilities to deal with life as God designed us to? (p. 29). Three study guides are also available: Guides for the preschooler (0-5), the school-age child (6-12), and the teenager (13-19).

The six character traits, parents, that you can help your child cultivate from the very beginning, are: Connectedness, Responsibility, Reality, Competence, Morality, and Worship/Spiritual Life. I wish there were space to share more about this invaluable gift for parents. Insightfully, the authors stress the importance of not just raising ?good kids? but children who will handle life with maturity and wisdom.