Parenting with Words of Grace

Building Relationships with Your Children One Conversation at a Time

William P Smith

A guide to using everyday moments to speak to children in ways that reflect God’s heart.

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Many parents think too little of the words they use with their children. They see words as a means to an end, ignoring the relational dimension.

Exploring how words are a means by which children grow to trust their parents, this book offers practical wisdom in the form of short chapters with real-world examples to guide parents into meaningful conversations with their children—reflecting God's own words to Christians as his children.

Through consistent encouragement, loving correction, and careful confrontation, parents can use everyday moments to speak to their children in ways that represent God’s heart.

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  • Table of Contents:
  • Foreword (Paul David Tripp)
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Vision
  • Part 2: The Hope
  • Part 3: The Skill of Encouragement
  • Part 4: The Skill of Honesty
  • Afterword: You’re a Megaphone

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Author William P Smith
ISBN 9781433560972
Format Paperback
First published February 2019
Dimensions 140mm x 216mm x 15mm
Language English
Pages 224
Publisher Crossway

Ed Welch

Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

This book immediately affected the way I had conversations with my grandchildren about some teachable moments in their lives. Smith brings together Scripture and illustrations in a way that makes you want to do better in those conversations, and helps you know how to do it.

Marty Machowski

Executive Pastor, Covenant Fellowship Church, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania; author, Parenting First Aid and Long Story Short

Parenting with Words of Grace delivers on its title. In short, easy-to-read chapters, Bill Smith introduces parents to God’s amazing grace for their own lives and helps moms and dads understand how to apply that grace in their families. The wisdom found in these pages will help you love your kids in spite of their failures, trust God for the outcome of your parenting, and encourage your children through the trials they face.

Shona Murray

Author, Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands

A powerful and encouraging read! William Smith highlights the power of our words as motivators for our children to seek a real and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ. He offers encouragement for our failed words and help for our future words.

Independent reviews
Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author, Give Them Grace

If you’re like me, you might have read the title of this book, Parenting with Words of Grace, and felt the need to stifle a moan. Oh, no . . . here comes the guilt! Please don’t make that assumption. Like its title, this book is filled with words of grace: grace to you as a parent and grace to you as a child of the only Father who knows what it is to always speak with words of grace. It’s full of deeply satisfying encouragement for your soul and is written in a winsome and honest way. You’ll be glad you read it. You really will.

Ajith Fernando, Youth for Christ

A rich resource loaded with scriptural insight. Bible lovers will relish Smith’s use and application of Scripture. Parents will be comforted that they are not alone in some of their struggles and given helpful instructions on how to be good parents.

Jon Nielson, Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry

I am allergic to formulaic, pedantic, ‘how-to’ Christian books on parenting. Thankfully, that is not what this book is. Bill Smith recognizes that gospel-shaped parenting is more like art than mathematics; we need to depend more on the Holy Spirit than any how-to manual! Most importantly, Smith urges Christian parents to see their God-given role as authoritative, yes, but also formative as they use their words and conversations to establish a Christ-centered relationship with their children that can continue for all eternity. I commend this book to you and have already benefited from it myself.

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