Title: Discipling Your Grandchildren
Author: Dr. Josh Mulvihill
“Grandparents are fellow laborers created to point grandchildren to Christ and help raise them to spiritual maturity,” Josh Mulvihill with Jen Mulvihill and Linda Weddle writes in his book, Discipling Your Grandchildren: Great Ideas to Help Them Know, Love, and Serve God.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page paperback is targeted toward both male and female grandparents who have a burden to help their grandchildren get closer to God. After a foreword by Wess Stafford and an introduction, there are eleven chapters about the topic, followed by notes, the authors’ biographies, and resources.
Promoting meaningful connections with grandchildren, this book is written by a father with the help of two women who are parents and a grandmother. The first chapter discusses what the Bible says while the second contains gifts, encouragement, and prayer tips. While the third section is about intentional meals, the fourth is teaching and telling others about Christ. Reading, memorizing, sharing, and serving are in the fifth to seventh chapters, and relationship building, the home, the church, and during holidays complete the book.
~ Why ~
Having four grandkids under the age of six, I know how vital it is to be proactively telling them about Jesus and all He has done. I like the many lists for gift-giving, graduation gifts, suggestions of books by age, topical Scriptures to pray, teaching skills, formats of the plan of eternal salvation, overnight visits with games, and holiday ideas with teaching, crafts, and activities.
~ Why Not ~
Those who are not grandparents or do not have children may have no interest in this book. Others who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand the value its contents. Seasoned parents looking for new ideas for their grandkids may feel the concepts are common and have been already done by them decades before.
~ Wish ~
Since we live out of state from our grandchildren and have to rely on Facetime during COVID-19, I found the book contained only a few long-distance suggestions. It is mainly geared for Christians and their church-going families with few tips for those who have to deal with non-believing children and their offspring.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for grandparent-tested and parent-approved read about how to disciple your grandkids from toddler to teen, this may give you some good ideas, but it may not help if your grands do not know Christ or do not live nearby.
Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/3cCxKg7