It’s finally here…..
……the book I have been writing for over 40 years and actually accomplished recently, as a co-author with my precious daughter Erin MacPherson. Free to Parent isn’t based on clever strategies or lifeless rule-driven control. (It very likely would have been had it been written years earlier.) Instead it’s about how parents can break free from parenting tactics that do little to nurture a child’s heart, and instead raise up their children in the freedom and joy of the Lord.
Writing a book as a mother-daughter team has been a delightful journey, uniting not only our hearts around this project but also weaving together stories from both of our generations. You can order a copy today on Amazon!
The best preparation for me to teach from this book, (as well as gain insight for the accompanying workbook coming soon ) have been the trials of this past year. This is especially true of my most recent challenge while traveling in Finland, when I suffered a retinal tear that left one eye temporarily blind. In hindsight, it is no surprise that Free to Parent was completed under the strain of challenges, where I would first need to authenticate the message in my own heart. I am still recovering from the resulting Vitrectomy, an eye surgery that involves the placement of a vision-impacting gas bubble within the eye, that slowly dissipates over time. Thus, for the past few weeks, I have viewed the world around me through very distorted lens.
But God is using my distorted vision on the outside to bring clarity and focus for me on the inside.
This ordeal has brought to my awareness areas in my own heart that need addressing; like how quickly I desire control and take matters into my own hands; how trying to please others can disorder my priorities; and how I have a propensity to listen to the advice and arguments of others before tuning my ears and eyes to the Lord.
It’s no coincidence that these values are some of the same ones we address in Free to Parent.
In writing this book, God has led me to examine my own heart in deeper ways. At 61, I am still growing and learning and discovering joy in the process. I pray that our book will be an inspiring, hope-filled experience for both parents and grandparents. I would love to hear your thoughts so please send in your comment below!
Be free in Christ and thereby find lasting joy within your heart!
The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.
Matthew 6: 22