HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship
Author: Israel Wayne
Publisher: Wisdom’s Gate Ministries, 2012
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Parents
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Wayne, Israel. Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship (published in 2012 by Wisdom’s Gate Ministries). Did you know that typical working parents spend just nineteen minutes a day with their children? I have been acquainted with Israel Wayne for a number of years. I first met him in 2002 and since then have heard him speak, have read his articles, have corresponded with him, and reviewed his earlier book Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview. He is a homeschooled graduate whose mother overcame great obstacles to bring up her children, and he himself is now married and as of this book’s publication the father of seven children. Israel lays out the purpose of Full-Time Parenting by saying, “As partners with [God[ in the raising of His children, He doesn’t expect us to be perfect parents. He does, however, expect us to give 100% of our heart to this process….Parenting is not about producing some kind of predictable Pavlovian or Skinnerian behavior from our children. We are not training them like laboratory rats to respond to positive or negative stimuli. Our desire is that we have our children’s hearts.”
In twenty chapters, Israel provides much useful information drawn from experience, admits that he doesn’t have all the answers to every possible problem, and encourages parents to trust in God for help in raising their children. The chapter on “Teaching Your Children About Purity” is especially noteworthy. “Sex is not a dirty act, nor is it something that we should be ashamed to discuss with our children (in age-appropriate ways, of course). We need to impart to our children the truth that sex is holy, created by God, and a beautiful gift within the confines of life-long marriage between a man and his wife.” The chapter on “A Christian Education Manifesto” is also thought-provoking. “We are blessed if we avoid the un-Godly counsel of children would receive in government schools, and the socialization of sinful classmates, and the mocking, scoffing attitudes children pick up in school. How can a child meditate day and night on God’s law in government school when God is denied as the Creator and Lord in every subject area?” Good question!
Some in the homeschool community almost seem to teach that it is a sin for a father not to have his own business. Many years before reading this book, I was at a point where I was trying to decide if I should start my own business, and several considerations led me to believe that this route was not for me. Israel has a chapter which examines these same kinds of “Considerations Before You Start Your Own Business.” As he concludes, Israel uses the figure of “Passing the Baton,” saying, “While I am currently my child’s coach, I look forward to the day when I will be his biggest fan. I want to make the most of my opportunities, and I truly hope my children will run well when it is their turn. If they falter or stumble, I don’t want to give up on them. I believe that God will be merciful to them, to teach them in spite of their imperfections and mistakes, just as He has been to me.” Amen! I have read other fairly good parenting books by godly individuals which give some excellent advice yet leave me feeling bad because I didn’t do this, that, or the other. Not so with Full-Time Parenting —it simply offers solid, practical suggestions for parenting by grace.