Raising Disciples: How to Make Faith Matter for Our Kids
By Natalie Frisk | Published in 2019 by Herald Press
Many of the things we provide for our kids, we do so by outsourcing. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
If your little Boo Bear wants to learn to play a musical instrument and you don’t possess that particular skill, you find a good teacher.
Do they need a haircut or a cavity filled? Defer to an expert.
If my teenager needs help with Pre-Calculus, I find a good tutor. (Because my “natural logarithm” includes crying and raging when it comes to the higher maths. That scene would not be helpful to our relationship AT ALL.)
In Raising Disciples, Natalie Frisk reminds us that the one thing we just can’t risk outsources when it comes to our kids is their spiritual formation. She nails the nail on the head when she says, “We need to be aware: we as parents are the primary disciplers of our children.” It’s not the church. Ideally, the church comes alongside the parents in the spiritual formation of their kids, not the other way around. Raising Disciples reminds us of what is most important in the raising of our kids: Showing them the way to Jesus. Amen to that.
Her book includes chapters on the stages of spiritual development, as well as information on what to expect during different stages of a child’s life. So good!
It’s an easy read, full of good take-away information. I highly recommend it!
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Info about the author from Amazon.com: Natalie Frisk is the curriculum pastor at The Meeting House Church in Toronto, Canada, where she and a team create kids’ and youth curricula for ages 0–18 used by churches worldwide. Frisk is a sought-after speaker on topics of youth and children’s ministry, spiritual formation, and discipleship, and her work has been published in Canadian Youth Workers Magazine and at the ReKnew and Pangea blogs. Frisk has a master’s degree in theological studies from McMaster Divinity College and serves on the board of Be in Christ Church of Canada. She is married to Sam, mom to Erin, and child of God. She loves Jesus, coffee, and samosas.