Parenting First Aid: Hope for the Discouraged

by Marty Machowski

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In this uplifting and faith-strengthening devotional book for parents, best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski encourages parents in the midst of trials. Full of Scripture, testimonies of faithful parents, and insightful meditations, Parenting First Aid equips moms and dads to run to God and trust his ability to do what they can’t. 

Parenting isn’t getting any easier, especially with the introduction of insta-porn on electronic devices, the ease of access to drugs, and the ever-increasing blurring of sexuality. This useful resource is for the weary and overwhelmed parents struggling with their children’s choices, and the culture that wars against their souls.

For families with small struggles or weighty parenting trials—such as children involved with drugs, sexual sin, and teenage rebellion—Parenting First Aid is full of personal, real testimonies of God’s faithfulness to those experiencing hardship.

The easy-to-use format provides encouragement to turn to  God in the midst of family difficulty. While God does not promise happiness and ease in parenting, all can find comfort in God and peace beyond understanding through the Scriptures and meditations found in Parenting First Aid.

Author

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for more than twenty years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the gospel-centered children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

He is the author of The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, The Gospel Story Curriculum, Prepare Him Room Advent Curriculum and Devotional, Wise Up Family Devotional and Curriculum, Listen Up Family Devotional and Curriculum, Dragon Seed, and The Ology.

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In this uplifting and faith-strengthening devotional book for parents, best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski encourages parents in the midst of trials. Full of Scripture, testimonies of faithful parents, and insightful meditations, Parenting First Aid equips moms and dads to run to God and trust his ability to do what they can’t. 

Parenting isn’t getting any easier, especially with the introduction of insta-porn on electronic devices, the ease of access to drugs, and the ever-increasing blurring of sexuality. This useful resource is for the weary and overwhelmed parents struggling with their children’s choices, and the culture that wars against their souls.

For families with small struggles or weighty parenting trials—such as children involved with drugs, sexual sin, and teenage rebellion—Parenting First Aid is full of personal, real testimonies of God’s faithfulness to those experiencing hardship.

The easy-to-use format provides encouragement to turn to  God in the midst of family difficulty. While God does not promise happiness and ease in parenting, all can find comfort in God and peace beyond understanding through the Scriptures and meditations found in Parenting First Aid.

Author

Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for more than twenty years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the gospel-centered children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

He is the author of The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, Old Story New, The Gospel Story Curriculum, Prepare Him Room Advent Curriculum and Devotional, Wise Up Family Devotional and Curriculum, Listen Up Family Devotional and Curriculum, Dragon Seed, and The Ology.

Endorsements

"Marty Machowski's Bible-saturated, gospel-shaped writing has been a blessing to my family. As a pastor, his devotionals are my go-to resource for family worship. Marty has the heart of a shepherd, the wisdom of a sage, and provides hope-filled refreshment to any parent who is weary or discouraged. Parenting First Aid is a wonderful book that has my highest endorsement, and I encourage you to pick up a copy today."
Josh Mulvihill, Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry at Renewanation; founder of GospelShapedFamily.com

"Parents can wisely face elephant-sized challenges with youth—but best with only one forkful of wisdom at a time. Machowski's book serves God's wise counsel in bite-size devotionals. This is not so much about what to do as a parent as it is about who to be. The lessons are brief, interesting, and with practical instruction that you can apply immediately. If challenging parenting drains you, exasperates you, confuses you, frustrates you, these weekly meals will nurture you."
Rick Horne, Author of Get Outta My Face!: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel and Get Offa My Case!: Godly Parenting of an Angry Teen

"Many Christian parents have a rich knowledge of God's Word, but they don't always understand how to apply that knowledge to the parenting trials God sends their way and can find themselves in a desert of parenting worries. In Parenting First Aid, Machowski brings the refreshment of Scripture to that desert. I found myself in tears as the rivers of the Word flowed into some parched corners of my life."
Chap Bettis, Executive Director of The Apollos Project; author of The Disciple-Making Parent

"Parenting is challenging work. It's also a gift from a God and a unique opportunity to display God's glory as we lovingly shepherd our children and teach them the gospel of Christ. Marty Machowski's new book, Parenting First Aid, is a timely and encouraging reminder for parents to persevere. Every weary parent needs this book."
Albert Mohler, Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"If you've got parenting figured out, this book is not for you. For the rest of us, here is good medicine from God's Word—not for our child's heart, but for ours. As I read, I was repeatedly refreshed by Marty's unblinking candor about the challenges of children and the faithfulness of God. In these pages, you'll find wisdom for the weary and hope for the hurting."
Champ Thornton, Pastor; author of The Radical Book for Kids and Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation

"God has given my wife and me the privilege of parenting four children, each one adopted as an older child from backgrounds of neglect, trauma, and abuse. What a delightful gift Marty Machowski has provided for parents like us—parents for whom there are days when 'success' is simply surviving and loving one another to the end of the day. Parenting First Aid is gentle, honest, raw, and wholly centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Timothy Paul Jones, Author of Family Ministry Field Guide; C. Edwin Gheens Chair of Christian Family Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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a hopeful message!

I loved this book! It was so insightful and encouraging. I love how solidly it is ground in scripture and the personal stories that Marty shares. I especially appreciated how open and honest he was about his own experiences as a parent, and loved reading about the unexpected twists in his daughter's love story and how God used them in the young man's life. I enjoyed this book tremendously!
I received this book from New Growth. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
Posted by Amanda Holmes on 29th Nov 2018

A must for parents!

Parenting is definitely the hardest responsibility I’ve ever been given…to realize that God has entrusted two precious lives into my hands to raise and “train in the way they should go” is very scary sometimes, but also amazing. My children are now 12 and 15 and the decisions that I make as a parent are much more difficult now than they were years ago…it used to be so cut and dry but now we are entering a stage of many gray areas. I knew I needed this book when I read the title. There are so many moments when I feel like I’m hanging on by a thread as a mom, screaming for a lifeline and feeling like every decision I make is wrong.

This book is broken down into 20 chapters that are meant to be read each for 1 week. This provides a time of reflection and meditation on what is read. The book provides “reinforcements” for those of us parents who are deep in the trenches of this difficult battle. It provides hope and help with a lot of scripture and testimonies from other parents.

I am beyond thankful that this book came into my life. It is an excellent resource and gave me hope. I highly recommend this book to all parents…those who are in a difficult situation and those who aren’t (yet).

I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Posted by Amanda on 18th Nov 2018

Parenting First Aid Hope for the Discouraged

Marty Machowski wrote one of my favorite children’s Bible- The Gospel Story Bible. I remember cuddling with them each night while reading the word together. My kids are no longer little but teenagers. I feel blessed that I can still read our Bible together daily in our homeschool. Parenting teenagers is interesting and the struggles they face today are incredibly different then when I was a teenager. I was eagerly waiting to read Marty Machowski’s book Parenting First Aid Hope for the Discouraged.
There are 20 Chapters and each chapter starts out with a scripture that you look up in your Bible. Each chapter is broken up in three days. You basically will read a chapter a week.
The week starts out with an “Introduction of the Week.” In which a thought is given in the form of a story to set the stage. For example one chapter starts out in the “Introduction” talks about Thomas Cole’s famous paintings “The Voyage of Life” series. (Look up the pictures when you get to the chapter as the paintings are powerful)From there it goes into each day. Day one has a scripture verse that is written out in the book. Next is “Pondering Anew in which he expounds on the scripture. The following days follow the same pattern. Some days have “Bring it Home” which is a series of questions to ask yourself and search yourself with the words you just read. The author recommends you keep a journal. At the end of the week it ends with “Real Life” which is real parents and real situations that need “First Aid”.

Parenting First Aid is a heartfelt book that will speak volumes to you as a parent. Most importantly the entire book is realistic down to earth. I’ve read some books that just aren’t very practical. This has been a very easy to read book, even for the busiest parents. The words are a huge reminder that we have got to trust in God through it all.

I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review
Posted by ReneeK on 8th Nov 2018

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SKU: 1093
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Weight: 0.75 LBS
Width: 5.50
Height: 8.50
Depth: 0.75
Author: Marty Machowski
ISBN-13: 978-1-945270-99-4
ISBN-13 (eBook): 978-1-948130-00-4
Publication Date: 09/24/2018
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 240
Read a Sample: https://newgrowthpress.com/content/Samples/Parenting-First-Aid-Sample.pdf