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My initial thought upon reading the formal description of Grandparenting With Grace: living the gospel with the next generation by Larry E. McCall was that it looked really interesting and might have some good ideas to implement now, either myself or with my girls’ grandparents. Part of the description talks about building “a legacy worth following and how to faithfully pray for grandchildren.” Both of those ideas should be appealing to anyone of Christian faith. So, I asked to review it.
What It Is
Grandparenting With Grace runs 111 pages and is a softback book. It includes a foreword, an introduction, seven chapters, a conclusion, an appendix, an annotated list of additional resources, and endnotes.
The main thrust of the book is about how to live out a life of spiritual growth, influencing and assisting the same in children and grandchildren for the sake of salvation. This ministry is an important one and the book was born from the research behind teaching a class on grandparenting intentionally. Searching the scriptures for instruction and training (isn’t that the purpose of scripture?), the guide here is intended to be an encouragement tool and instructional tool for grandparents with their grandchildren.
The chapters are titled
- Learning About Grandchildren From God
- My Grandchild Needs A Savior
- Developing God-Honoring Relationships With My Grandchildren’s Parents
- Intentional Grandparenting
- The Power Of A Praying Grandparent
- Gospel Grandparenting In Today’s Culture
- How Do I Leave a Godly Legacy?
Each chapter delves into the scriptures that the author used to teach that idea, as well as the author’s thoughts and take on the topic. Each chapter ends with discussion questions to get the reader considering the topic more specifically and deeply. It also includes some action steps, allowing the reader to put ideas into practice.
Something I always pay attention to when sharing a book about God’s word and living a Christian life of faith is the presentation of salvation. Many sources stop short of God’s word in the Bible on salvation. They do not state that baptism is a requirement of that. (I would be happy to discuss this part with you through email but I am not going into depth here since this is a book review.) I did find that this book talks about knowing God, studying God’s word, praying, believing in Jesus and his mission and purpose on earth, but it stops just short of stating that baptism is one of the requirements by God.
There might be a misleading statement in one of the chapters that I didn’t get read thoroughly, but I did not see anything that caught my attention.
About The Author
From the Grandparenting With Grace page on the New Growth Press website:
“Larry E. McCall has served as a pastor at Christ’s Covenant Church of Winona Lake, Indiana, since 1981. He has written a number of articles and is the author of Walking Like Jesus Did, Loving Your Wife as Christ Loves the Church, and Grandparenting with Grace. He is a graduate of Grace College, Grace Theological Seminary and has a doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Larry has been married to Gladine since 1975. They have three married children and seven grandchildren.”
I do believe there are some good thoughts in the book. It has definitely come at the wrong time in my busy schedule to capture my attention like it did when I first read about it. (It is one of the books that was massively delayed in shipping and arrived here for review approaching one of the busiest times of year, thus my interest in it is not as strong.) I will be holding onto it to take a look at it when things are a bit less harried because I do believe there are some solid ideas in it.
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Lori, At Home.