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Author of Grace-Based Parenting and the best-selling Little House on the Freeway, Dr. Tim Kimmel helps Christian parents avoid the potential problems their well-meaning parenting styles could create.  This book offers a new way to look at the "ideal" Christian home and shows why "cocoon-style" Christian homes don't always work. Many parents have "done it all" when it comes Author of Grace-Based Parenting and the best-selling Little House on the Freeway, Dr. Tim Kimmel helps Christian parents avoid the potential problems their well-meaning parenting styles could create.  This book offers a new way to look at the "ideal" Christian home and shows why "cocoon-style" Christian homes don't always work. Many parents have "done it all" when it comes to the checklist of good Christian parenting, only to see their son or daughter step away from their belief system and embrace other lifestyle choices. Dr. Kimmel helps to increase the chances that your children will develop a vibrant faith early in life and stick with it on into adulthood. It will also provide help and hope for those already dealing with a rebellious teen and teach them how to lead the child back into a walk of faith.


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Author of Grace-Based Parenting and the best-selling Little House on the Freeway, Dr. Tim Kimmel helps Christian parents avoid the potential problems their well-meaning parenting styles could create.  This book offers a new way to look at the "ideal" Christian home and shows why "cocoon-style" Christian homes don't always work. Many parents have "done it all" when it comes Author of Grace-Based Parenting and the best-selling Little House on the Freeway, Dr. Tim Kimmel helps Christian parents avoid the potential problems their well-meaning parenting styles could create.  This book offers a new way to look at the "ideal" Christian home and shows why "cocoon-style" Christian homes don't always work. Many parents have "done it all" when it comes to the checklist of good Christian parenting, only to see their son or daughter step away from their belief system and embrace other lifestyle choices. Dr. Kimmel helps to increase the chances that your children will develop a vibrant faith early in life and stick with it on into adulthood. It will also provide help and hope for those already dealing with a rebellious teen and teach them how to lead the child back into a walk of faith.

30 review for Why Christian Kids Rebel: Trading Heartache for Hope

  1. 4 out of 5

    James Harmeling

    Kimmel's seasoned advice and perspective bring value to this book. He has written a lot on families over the years. Fortunately, he does not push man-centered modern psychology, but he also does not quote a lot of Scripture. Still, he is based in biblical principles and offers helpful insight to the difficult issue of Christian youth rebelling. He wisely moves away from offering canned responses and organizes the book primarily by the imbalanced approaches. The "compulsory", "cliche", "comfortab Kimmel's seasoned advice and perspective bring value to this book. He has written a lot on families over the years. Fortunately, he does not push man-centered modern psychology, but he also does not quote a lot of Scripture. Still, he is based in biblical principles and offers helpful insight to the difficult issue of Christian youth rebelling. He wisely moves away from offering canned responses and organizes the book primarily by the imbalanced approaches. The "compulsory", "cliche", "comfortable", "cocoon", and "compromised" versions of Christianity have the potential to turn young adults off to the gospel. This is a good way to approach the topic. He finishes with sound advice if one's offspring have already rebelled or left home. Thus, he concludes with hope in God rather than despair. I can recommend the book as a good discussion starter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna Brotherson

    There was a lot I didn't *love* about this book, but the main point was so very refreshing - that bold, risk-taking Christian parents are the ones whose kids are most likely to not rebel against their spiritual upbringing. About how "safe" environments aren't always really "safe". Really thought-provoking and useful. Full of grace and, I think, a good grip on the gospel. I think his other one ("Grace Based Parenting") is probably better all in all and gives more practical tips, but this was a pr There was a lot I didn't *love* about this book, but the main point was so very refreshing - that bold, risk-taking Christian parents are the ones whose kids are most likely to not rebel against their spiritual upbringing. About how "safe" environments aren't always really "safe". Really thought-provoking and useful. Full of grace and, I think, a good grip on the gospel. I think his other one ("Grace Based Parenting") is probably better all in all and gives more practical tips, but this was a pretty good read anyway.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Beigle

    Wow! This is a good one! This book has been on my "To Read" list for close to 10 years, but I finally decided to pick it up and read it. Just like Tim Kimmel's other book I read (Grace-Based Parenting), this book will rock you. This book spoke to me in so many ways. As a kid that could possibly have been at risk for rebellion, it makes me look at things differently now that I'm a parent. This book is not only for those that have kids that are already rebelling, but I think (more importantly) it' Wow! This is a good one! This book has been on my "To Read" list for close to 10 years, but I finally decided to pick it up and read it. Just like Tim Kimmel's other book I read (Grace-Based Parenting), this book will rock you. This book spoke to me in so many ways. As a kid that could possibly have been at risk for rebellion, it makes me look at things differently now that I'm a parent. This book is not only for those that have kids that are already rebelling, but I think (more importantly) it's for those that want to prevent their kids from rebelling at all. I'm likely approaching the time where my kids are more vulnerable to rebellion, and I need to be constantly reminded of these principles that Kimmel teaches. Each chapter ends with thought-provoking questions, and I think this book would be excellent in a small group of parents. As others have said, there are so many good chapters in this book, but the one that hit me the hardest was Cocoon Christianity (talking through Christian school/homeschool/public school). That one will shake up the way you think about things! Favorite quotes: p. 10 - "There's a bit of prodigal in all of us. You were born with it, and your ability to admit it is one of the best tools you have for minimizing your child's likelihood of making wrong spiritual choices." p. 48 - "Some kids don't seem to realize how much they need Jesus until Jesus is all they've got." p. 57 - "The most effective form of correction is consequences. And the more natural the consequences, the better." p. 88 - "Although most Christians still have contact with the unbelieving world, it's more accidental or professional than deliberate." p. 128 - "Regardless of the teaching, ask yourself this question: 'So what?' If you can't figure out what difference that lesson or Scripture or testimony makes in your life, then it amounts to nothing more than information - biblical or spiritual knowledge that stacks up in the back of your head collecting dust." p. 145 - "God isn't supposed to be a stratum in our priorities - even if we put Him at the top. God is our priority." p. 205 - "The more we trust our children to God, the more at risk they will appear to become. But it is an illusion. They couldn't be safer than they are with Him." p. 249 - "When we give kids something to die for, we free them to live. When we give kids something to hope for, we free them to face whatever may come. When we give kids something to love for, we free them to make a difference."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Don't let the title fool you. I believe this would be an excellent resource for a Christian parent of children of all ages, starting at birth. It lays out quite a few different reasons why children rebel, which is a great preventive tool. And if a parent is nearing the end of raising a child there is guidance in handling the rebellious child. It is an easy read with family examples and analogies, which makes for better understanding and helps one relate. It is very biblically based, sometimes wi Don't let the title fool you. I believe this would be an excellent resource for a Christian parent of children of all ages, starting at birth. It lays out quite a few different reasons why children rebel, which is a great preventive tool. And if a parent is nearing the end of raising a child there is guidance in handling the rebellious child. It is an easy read with family examples and analogies, which makes for better understanding and helps one relate. It is very biblically based, sometimes with hard to hear truths but that is what we need to hear if we really desire change and to face our part in sin.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Not an easy book to read simply because it outlines all the ways parents can (although unintentionally) derail their children from their walk with God, but an absolute must read for all Christian parents, even those whose children are not rebelling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angie Pace

    Recommended for all Christian parents & youth workers, but don’t wait! Read this long before the teenage years arrive. It will be worth it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I read Tim Kimmel's other book Grace Based Parenting a few years ago and loved it. I did start this book some time ago and stopped for some reason, but this time I read the whole thing. I enjoyed it mostly and agree with many of his conclusions, but it didn't speak to me as deeply as Grace Based Parenting. Maybe this is because I haven't experienced rebellion from my children...yet! (Let's hope the 'yet' never comes!) As I said, though, I do agree with his outlook on parenting children as a Christ I read Tim Kimmel's other book Grace Based Parenting a few years ago and loved it. I did start this book some time ago and stopped for some reason, but this time I read the whole thing. I enjoyed it mostly and agree with many of his conclusions, but it didn't speak to me as deeply as Grace Based Parenting. Maybe this is because I haven't experienced rebellion from my children...yet! (Let's hope the 'yet' never comes!) As I said, though, I do agree with his outlook on parenting children as a Christian in the main. He categorises Christian parenting which may create rebellious children into five groups: Compulsory Christianity Cliché Christianity Comfortable Christianity Cocoon Christianity Compromised Christianity The dangers in modern Christianity for our children is that we have created cocoons for our children – evangelical ghettos. We listen to Christian music, watch Christian TV, mix with Christian friends, go to Christian events…I could go on. We treat our faith as a hobby, enjoying our church events and church meetings, but a hobby that doesn’t change us or anyone else. We drill our children with Bible study and catechism but we don’t demonstrate an authentic relationship with Christ lived out under stress in a world antagonistic towards the true gospel. We create children who can say “Hallelujah” when things go well, but don’t realise they are living a cliché where they don’t know the Yahweh Whom they are praising. We keep our children safe from the world, but they never know what a changed life is, what a sacrificial life is, what sin really means to a lost world. We keep our children ‘safe’, but when they meet real life their faith will not weather the storms.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Excellent book for any parent to read - whether or not your child is rebelling. Dr. Kimmel explains that the rebellion of children have more to do with the parents than the child. The child is responsible for their actions and must be held accountable but the parents have a tremendous responsibility in the way they are raised. Parents need to examine their own lives to see if what they are "saying" matches their "doing" because their children are watching!!!!!!! Excellent book for any parent to read - whether or not your child is rebelling. Dr. Kimmel explains that the rebellion of children have more to do with the parents than the child. The child is responsible for their actions and must be held accountable but the parents have a tremendous responsibility in the way they are raised. Parents need to examine their own lives to see if what they are "saying" matches their "doing" because their children are watching!!!!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ken Williams

    Excellent book! I love Tim Kimmel's books. I find them very helpful.... Excellent book! I love Tim Kimmel's books. I find them very helpful....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Bailey

    Just finished this book. It is such a great book with so much good information! I can't say enough good things about it. Another must read for parents. Just finished this book. It is such a great book with so much good information! I can't say enough good things about it. Another must read for parents.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura Milner

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    Caren

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    Troy Anderson

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    Brian Pannell

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  16. 5 out of 5

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    Sheila Gregoire

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

  21. 5 out of 5

    Charles Thornton

  22. 4 out of 5

    Misty

  23. 5 out of 5

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    Frezanda

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pastor Matt

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Lanette

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allison Hawkes

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brad Cregger

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