- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Little Hearts Books, LLC (May 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988995840
- ISBN-13: 978-0988995840
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting Paperback – May 1 2014
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About the Author
Best-selling parenting and children’s book author, L.R.Knost, is an independent child development researcher and founder and director of the advocacy and consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, as well as a monthly contributor to The Natural Parent Magazine. She is also a babywearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, homeschooling mother of six. Her children are a twenty-six-year-old married father of two; a twenty-four-year-old married Family Therapist working with at-risk children and families; a nineteen-year-old university pre-med student on scholarship; fifteen- and eight-year-old sweet, funny, socially active, homeschooled girls; and an adorable and active toddler. Other works by award-winning author, L.R.Knost, include 'Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages,' 'Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood,' and 'The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline,' the first three books in the Little Hearts Handbook parenting guide series, as well as her children’s picture books, A Walk in the Clouds, the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series, and Petey’s Listening Ears, the first in the Wisdom for Little Hearts series, which are humorous and engaging tools for parents, teachers, and caregivers to use in implementing gentle parenting techniques in their homes and schools.
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My only complaint is that when it comes to some of the interpretations of scripture, she seems to reach a little bit. For example, she construes Jesus' outburst in the temple as a "temper tantrum" in order to show that temper tantrums, or more generally emotions themselves, are not unnatural or evil. Now I buy the general argument she is making, but I don't buy that Jesus had a "tantrum." A tantrum implies loss of control of one's critical faculties, wherein the emotions overrule the reason. Just because Jesus had a violent, emotional outburst does not mean that his reason ceased to function or that he was not acting this way because he judged it to be just and appropriate. It is possible to be angry, and to act passionately and with force, without having to also "lose control" as is implied in a "temper tantrum."
Jesus' act was, in the opinion of most respected theologians and Christian teachers, impassioned but deliberate. He did not, according to the normal interpretation, "lose it." The fact that she basically says otherwise seems to me to be an unnecessary risk, because it is really not necessary to her argument, and by saying this she is going to alienate a lot of people from her argument unnecessarily. People who otherwise would have been on her side might now be put on the defensive by her introducing a novel interpretation of scripture into the picture.
That said, I emphasize that this was a great read and does a really effective job and pointing out the hypocrisy and truly anti-Christian nature of what has become the "conventional parenting wisdom" for a generation or two now, under the flag of "tough love" and "discipline" via Dobson and friends.