Why Children Matter

Why Children Matter


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Raising a child has never been more challenging. If you ever doubt yourself or wonder if it is worth the heartache, read this little book. If you worry that your family will not weather life’s storms or if you fear losing your children to the prevailing culture, read it again. Why Children Matter offers biblical wisdom and commonsense advice on how to hold a family together and raise children with character.

Johann Christoph Arnold, a father, grandfather and pastor, has written eleven books, including three on parenting and children’s education. As the fabric of family and society is torn apart, this book offers up concrete steps to encourage parents faced with difficult child-rearing decisions.

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ISBN-13: 9780874868845
Publisher: Plough Publishing House, The
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Pages: 167
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages.

A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter.

Arnold's message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, César Chavez, and John Paul II. Together with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, working with students at hundreds of public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. This work has also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he serves as chaplain for the local sheriff's department.

Born in Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, 42 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.

To learn more visit www.richinyears.com

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xi

Introduction xv

1 The Childlike Spirit 1

2 Founding a Family 7

3 The Unborn Child 13

4 Birth 21

5 Motherhood 27

6 Fatherhood 33

7 Creating a Home 41

8 The Role of Grandparents 49

9 The First Years 55

10 Teaching Respect 61

11 Spoiling Your Child 67

12 Discipline 73

13 Explaining Life, Death, and Suffering 81

14 Religious Education 87

15 When Children Suffer 93

16 The Special Child 99

17 Adoption 107

18 Children and Sin 113

19 Building Character 123

20 Consideration for Others 131

21 Teenagers 137

22 Conclusion 145

About the Author 152

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