Reaching Your Child's Heart: A Practical Guide to Faithful Parenting (eBook)

Juan and Jeanine Sanchez
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In Reaching Your Child's Heart, Juan and Jeanine Sanchez encourage parents from their gospel-shaped perspective that children don't need perfect parents?they need a perfect Savior.

Raising children can feel overwhelming as you try to navigate the many voices telling you what to do and not to do, but God has already given you everything you need to be faithful parents! Even though you may be exhausted and discouraged, take heart from the simple, biblical principles shared by Juan and Jeanine Sanchez that will point you to Jesus as your guide and helper as you seek to shepherd your children through every age and stage of growth.

As they share their own journey of parenting five children, the authors highlight the importance of a team-based approach of parenting together. They emphasize focusing on children's hearts, rather than behavior modification, and illustrate how daily faithfulness in the routine cares of life is never a waste of time.

  • A down-to-earth, practical guide for parents that will help them move from survival mode to joyful, Christ-dependent parenting.
  • Parents will learn biblical principles for positive instruction and corrective discipline, including practical examples of parenting through different ages and stages.
  • Includes questions for reflection for individual use or group discussion.


Juan Sanchez, MDiv, ThM, PhD, serves as senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, TX and is a council member of The Gospel Coalition, cofounder and president of Coalici?n, and an associate professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored numerous books, including 1 Peter for You and The Leadership Formula and is the coauthor of Reaching Your Child's Heart. Juan is married to Jeanine, and they have five adult daughters.

Jeanine Sanchez teaches English and writing to children and teaches the Bible to women. When not in the classroom, Jeanine enjoys reading, hospitality, watching Florida football, and spending time with her adult children and her grandchildren. She is the coauthor of Reaching Your Child's Heart.

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"The book you have in your hands is a combination of biblical wisdom and genuine humility cultivated by years of trial and error learning to parent under God's hand. I love that the book begins by reminding you to pray and ends by emphasizing the need to trust in the Lord with all your heart rather than relying on your own understanding of your child's heart. Read this book and put it to work!"
Miguel Nœ–ez, Professor of Pastoral Leadership, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; senior pastor, International Baptist Church of Santo Domingo; president, Wisdom and Integrity Ministries

"Juan and Jeanine Sanchez outline a biblical and theological framework of practical, gospel-oriented principles for parenting. Each chapter is followed by helpful discussion questions, giving an interactive opportunity for parents to assess and apply these biblical principles in their own families. We highly recommend Reaching Your Child's Heart as a very accessible, practical, biblically sound framework for parenting."
David and Sally Michael, Executive Director, Truth78; author; director of publishing and training; Truth78

"I first heard Juan and Jeanine talk about these parenting principles when I was a member at High Pointe Baptist, where Juan serves as senior pastor. Both my wife and I were tremendously blessed by the simple way in which they demystified parenting for us, and we still apply their advice with our kids to this day."
Giancarlo Montemayor, Vice President of Global Publishing, Lifeway Christian Resources

"Nothing in the Christian life is as challenging or as rewarding as raising children from infancy to new life and maturity in the Lord. I have had the privilege of watching Juan and Jeanine Sanchez apply godly principles of parenting to their own children, and their gentleness, wisdom, and patience had a profound effect on our family at a key stage in our parenting. Now they have blessed a new generation of parents with that wise and gentle tone in this excellent book! Every chapter is saturated with biblical truth and practical wisdom, mingled with a conversational tone that makes it appealing. I wholeheartedly endorse this book as a rich treasure that I will pass on as my standard recommendation for parents for years to come!"
Andrew M. Davis, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Durham, NC; author

"I'm so glad Juan and Jeanine wrote this book! Reaching Your Child's Heart establishes a firm, biblical foundation for godly parenting and provides a wealth of advice on how to live it out. Not formulaic but eminently practical, the book doesn't stir up guilt but gives the hope of the gospel. Full of helpful illustrations, these seasoned parents walk alongside you with good counsel for the various challenges of parenting in the different stages of your children's lives. Read this book and use the insightful questions to discuss with your spouse and other parents in your church. Whether you're a new parent or have teenagers, it will equip you to shepherd your children, pointing them to Christ."
Keri Folmar, Author of The Good Portion: Scripture for Every Woman and Delighting in the Word Bible studies; cohost of Priscilla Talk podcast

"In reading this book, you will sit with a kind, warm husband and wife who have walked some miles before you and aren't afraid to show you their scars, so you can gain confidence that parenting is not about your gifting, family tree, or children´s attributes but is about the grace provided in the gospel."
Aixa de L—pez, Author; speaker

"After establishing a solidly biblical and gospel-centric foundation, Juan and Jeanine masterfully bring principles to practice through personal examples and humble transparency. They consider themselves travelers with youÑsinners parenting sinners, all in need of heart transformation. Anyone in the parenting years will find this book to be a helpful resource that leaves the reader full of hope."
Jack and Mary Delk, Parents and grandparents; Jack is the former pastor of counseling at Bethlehem Baptist Church

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