The Life Giving Parent by Clay & Sally Clarkson

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From the family that brought you The Lifegiving Home and The Lifegiving Table, discover how you can become a parent who gives your child a life worth living for Christ. In today's world, it's easy to become overwhelmed and even paralyzed by the constant flow of parenting advice. We're flooded with so much practical information that we wonder if we're choosing the right way. And we may be missing the one thing God really wants us to give to our children: His life. God doesn't include a divine methodology for parenting in the Bible, but He does provide principles that can enable any faithful parent to bring His life into the life of their home. In The Lifegiving Parent, respected authors and parents Clay and Sally Clarkson explore eight key principles-heartbeats of lifegiving parenting-to shed light on what it means to create a home where your children will experience the living God in your family. Now parents of four grown children-each with their own unique personality and gifts-Sally and Clay have learned (sometimes the hard way!) that the key to shaping a heart begins at home as you foster a deep and thoughtful God-infused relationship with each child. Filled with biblical insight and classic Clarkson stories, The Lifegiving Parent will equip you with the tools and wisdom you need to give your children much more than just a good Christian life. You'll give them the life of Christ. (Don't miss the companion piece, The Lifegiving Parent Experience!)


American parents often say they feel powerless to raise their kids in the best way. Either they feel inadequate to do the job or they worry they don't have the kind of influence on their kids they once dreamed of having. The solution isn't "education" as we typically think of it, nor is it slightly better sermons or youth groups. Children need formation--something that's far more broad, intentional, and rooted in the people and traditions that ground a home.

At a time when the plethora of parenting books are mainly focused on technique, Clay and Sally Clarkson provide a vision of parenting as an art. The Lifegiving Parent is an intensely practical window into how to be the person your children need so that they can grow up surrounded by the truth, goodness, and beauty that will set them up for a life worth living.--Brian Brown, director of the Anselm Society

Clay's and Sally's amazing relational styles inspire parents to new heights. They not only tell us "what" but also show us "how." Any parents who read this book will find tools to breathe new life into their homes.--Dr. Scott Turansky, cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting

Wisdom is crammed into these pages--the wisdom of the Scriptures exposited and the wisdom of God embodied in over three decades of parenting. You won't find formulas, guarantees, or glossy depictions of family life in this book. Instead, there are well-worn and well-loved pathways into the life-giving work of the Holy Spirit . . . for parents and for children.--Glenn Packiam, associate senior past of New Life Church in Colorado Springs

It's no secret that Clay's and Sally's hearts beat for the family, and now they've offered those heartbeats for us to consider, emulate, and find encouragement from. The Clarksons specialize in inspiring a biblical big-picture mind-set with next-step practicality in a world that often finds parenting burdensome. The Lifegiving Parent offers delight and wonder to parents in the trenches.--Ruth Chou Simons, mom of six, founder of, artist

There's nothing I want more than to be a life-giving parent to my children. This book is at the top of my go-to stack of books to help me through the beautiful and challenging phases and stages of parenting. You must add it to yours.--Kristen Welch, bestselling author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

Clay and Sally Clarkson are the beloved parenting guides we all seek--gentle yet firm, wise yet adventurous, curious yet convicted. In The Lifegiving Parent, the Clarksons faithfully lead us all into a deeper, more meaningful exploration of Christian parenting through personal lessons, biblical insights, and practical teachings. To read this book is to sit down to a treasured mentorship, Yorkshire Tea in hand.--Erin Loechner, blogger at and author of Chasing Slow

With a beautiful balance of biblical teaching, practicality, and an understanding of the challenges parenting brings, Clay and Sally Clarkson's latest endeavor offers thought-provoking insights and reflections on their parenting journey. Moms and dads can mutually benefit from the reminder that passing along the gospel to their children isn't about following a formula but about a parent's authentic relationship with God overflowing into every aspect of family life. Part handbook, part manifesto, this book offers ideas for actionable steps to nurture our children's hearts, warming them to the life-giving love of Christ.--Laura Wifler and Emily Jensen, cohosts of Risen Motherhood podcast

Clay and Sally have once again delivered a book that every parent would be wise to read. Inviting and encouraging, this book is a tool kit for passing on an inheritance of following Christ. It's a guide for guides, teeming with wisdom earned from years of navigating the wilderness in search of the Water of Life. For the millions of younger parents longing for wise and practical mentors, The Lifegiving Parent is an answer to prayer.--S. D. Smith, author of The Green Ember series

My husband and I passed this book back and forth with enthusiasm. The Lifegiving Parent is for every hopeful, weary mother or father. Our home is different because of the ministry of Sally and Clay Clarkson. Their vision has lifted our eyes, and this book is a gem we'll return to again and again.--Sara Hagerty, mother of six and author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet


Tyndale Momentum

Pub Date: May 01, 2018

0.75" H x 9.0" L x 6.0" W

256 pages