Grandparenting with Grace: Living the Gospel with the Next Generation (eBook)

Larry E. McCall
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Foreword by Josh Mulvihill, PHD

In this practical and biblical resource for grandparents, Larry McCall helps readers confidently carry out their mission of gospel-focused grandparenting. Grandparenting with Grace explores how to build a legacy of a life worth following and how to faithfully pray for grandchildren.

What does God say about grandparents and grandchildren? Rather than relying on personal stories and ideas alone, Grandparenting with Grace seeks to explain from Scripture the "what," "why," "who," and "how" of grandparenting.

Readers hungry to know more about God's calling for this role will find inspiration, encouragement, and gospel hope. As a parent to three and grandparent to six, the author shares his personal experiences coming alongside his children in supportive ways as they seek to raise their kids—his grandkids—in the ways of Christ.

Many people in our culture look at grandparenting primarily as an opportunity to make occasional fun memories with their grandkids. There's often little thought given to the idea of intentionally and spiritually pouring into grandchildren.

McCall urges readers to look at grandparenting from an eternal perspective, considering how to be involved in their families in God-honoring ways. By applying biblical wisdom, grandparents can also strengthen the local church as they continue to see and pursue God's calling to present the gospel to the coming generations.


Larry E. McCall has served as a pastor at Christ's Covenant Church of Winona Lake, Indiana, since 1981. He has written a number of articles and is the author of Walking Like Jesus Did, Loving Your Wife as Christ Loves the Church, and Grandparenting with Grace. He is a graduate of Grace College, Grace Theological Seminary and has a doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Larry has been married to Gladine since 1975. They have three married children and seven grandchildren.

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"As of this writing, I've been on this journey as a grandparent for only a couple of years, but what a wonderful pilgrimage it is! Truly 'Grandchildren are the crown of the aged' (Prov. 17:6). I am grateful to have read Grandparenting with Grace so early in this journey. But by the time most Christians become grandparents, they have also started to give thought to finishing well as followers of Jesus. Larry McCall's book has given me greater biblical clarity to the role godly grandparenting plays in that pursuit, and has provided many practical tools for the process."
Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY; author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Praying the Bible, and Family Worship

"Grandparents who care about both their grandkids and the gospel will find Larry McCall's book full of biblical principles and practical advice. Larry gets it: the important role that grandparents can play in the spiritual development of their grandchildren, and the scriptural mandate to do so is a message every Christian grandpar;ent needs to hear and act upon. I strongly recommend that grand;parents not only read—but study—Grandparenting with Grace!"
Larry Fowler, Founder of The Legacy Coalition

"If you think being a 'good' grandparent is all there is to grandparenting, Larry McCall will challenge that thinking in a convincing way. Well-written and engaging, Grandparenting with Grace will forever change how you view your role as a biblical grandparent. Larry's no-nonsense, biblical approach to grand;parenting—centered in the gospel, not culture or traditions—will transform you and your impact as a parent and grandparent. Filled with practical action steps, Grandparenting with Grace ought to be in every grandparent's toolbox for building a legacy worth outliving you generation to generation."
Cavin T. Harper, Founder and President, The Christian Grandparenting Network

"I found out my daughter was pregnant with our first grandchild a week before reading Grandparenting with Grace. I thought I was excited before, but after reading Larry McCall's book, my vision for grandparenting and excitement for my new role went off the charts. Larry has hit the sweet spot; he both inspires you in your role as a grandparent and gives you the practical steps you need to succeed. If you are a grandparent or soon will be, you should read this book."
Marty Machowski, Pastor; author of The Gospel Story Bible, The Ology (a theology book for children), Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, Parenting First Aid, and other gospel-rich resources for families and churches

"Being a grandparent is a wonderful privilege. It includes most of the joys of parenthood without some of the difficult challenges. Though multiple resources are available for parents seeking wisdom for godly parenting, advice for grandparents is practically nonexistent. This is a book every grandparent should read. It is refreshingly grounded in the gospel, essential for guidance in our relationships with our grandchildren, and is also filled with practical tips. If you are a grandparent, do not wait to profit from this invaluable resource."
Tom Julien, Former Executive Director of Encompass World Partners

"Our grandchildren are gifts from God. With that gift, there is an enormous responsibility for grandparents to help nurture their grandchildren's love for the Lord and their spiritual growth. Larry shows us how a gospel-centered lifestyle combined with intentional prayer play a key role for grandparents. In this practical, Scripture-based book, you will gain tools to remember the great purpose God has given you in this role and bless the generations that come after you."
Lillian Penner, Author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for Your Grandchildren; co-director for the prayer ministry of Christian Grandparenting Network

"Our actions affect not only our personal lives but the lives of our children and grandchildren. It's a joy to live in light of the gospel, but it's an even greater joy to see the light of the gospel change those closest to you. Time and time again, Larry McCall writes and teaches with powerful and practical application. As a grandparent of thirteen, this is a book I have been waiting for!"
Byron Paulus, President, Life Action Ministries

"As an author and grandparent, Larry McCall has so many practical ideas and challenges for the parents of the parents. For all who get to love and provide fun and wisdom for their grandkids, Grandparenting with Grace offers insight ranging from the use of technology, ways to make memories together, and how to bless them in little but life-changing ways. Every mama and papa thinks about how their kids grow up so quickly. This manual of suggestions should be provided right away, every time a grandchild is born."
Knute Larson, Grandparent; pastoral coach

"Don't be mistaken. This book is not about how to give grace to your grandchildren. It's about how to be full of grace as a grandparent, which is much better and far more powerful. It's what makes this book so good."
Jack Klumpenhower, Author of Show Them Jesus

"I thank God for Larry McCall and for this book that inspires, challenges, and equips us with biblical vision and practical guidance for making known to our children's children 'the glorious deeds of the Lord and his might and the wonders he has done.'"
David Michael, Cofounder of Truth78 (formerly Children Desiring God); pastor for the Next Generations, College Park Church, Indianapolis

"Who would've imagined that a sound, systematic, and practical theology of Grandparenting with Grace would ever be available in print? Well, thankfully, Larry McCall has now written such an important manual for us! And, in doing so, has literally left no stone unturned in addressing this vital, yet neglected, area of Christian living. His over four decades of solid marriage and parenting experience (he has many children and grandchildren), along with almost four decades of faithful pastoral ministry, make this book a veritable source of grandparenting wisdom. This is an important tool for discipling your family until you see Jesus!"
Jerry Marcellino, Preaching Pastor of Audubon Drive Bible Church in Laurel, Mississippi; cofounder of FIRE (The Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals)

"Biblically-grounded, gospel-centered, thoughtful, practical, reflective, and intentional are just a few descriptions that come to mind when thinking about this outstanding new resource designed for grandparents who desire to serve their families and make a difference in the lives of their grandchildren. This well-designed book, which includes helpful questions and action steps at the conclusion of each chapter, will be beneficial for many, whether read individually or studied in a small group setting. It provides a wonderful reminder of the special calling and responsibilities that come with grandparenting, including the relationships with grandchildren and their parents, in both good times and in moments of challenge. Larry McCall is to be commended for putting together this most applicable volume."
David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"This book is a must-read for grandparents. Every season of life could use gospel-centered counsel. With the grace of a pastor, the insight of a theologian, and the love of a gospel-filled grandparent, Larry has given us just that. Make sure you get an extra copy for your friends; they will love you for it and so will their grandchildren."
Louis C. Love, Jr., Pastor, New Life Fellowship Church, Waukegan, IL

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