Saturday, July 18, 2015

Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years

"Spiritual Parenting in the First Give Years: God’s Plan for Early Childhood Christian Discipleship," by Graham Blanchard, is their first book for adults.

There is no doubt that the first five years of a child's life is a very demanding time with taking care of physical needs, but this is also the best time to begin the spiritual foundation a child needs to lead them to a personal relationship with God. Most resources available are for older children, so this book is unique in laying out steps from the very beginning of a child's life. What better place to start?

"Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years"  lays out five Bible-based principles for the care and feeding of a new child’s inner life. Drawing from Scripture and the inspiration of great Christian teachers, the book shows how new and expecting parents can maximize this vital development window—an opportune time to teach children about who God is and who they are in Him. (publisher description)

My review: I have read and loved several of Callie Grant's board books for younger children and have them for my great grandchildren to look at when they come to visit. So, I was definitely interested in her first book written for adults. This is a short read, but a powerful one. I have always been an advocate of training a child and being honest, albeit at their level, in dealing with the important things in life. And, their spiritual development is of utmost importance in building a strong foundation. The points made and suggestions are simple, but designed to make an impact. From the first suggestion of praying together over your child on the the various points of how to help children develop a relationship with God themselves, rather than just believing because their parents do, is an early Biblical concept.

The 5 Principles are:
First Impressions -Your child was born to believe. You were made to teach.

Little Think Tanks -Your child has great capacity for faith. You will help shape it.

Unique Journeys -Your child has a one-of-a-kind path. You are a shepherd.

Personal Ties -Your child has a special relationship with God. You can honor it.

Golden Moments -Your child will ask you about God. Your life helps you answer.

As always, there is Scripture to go along with what the book is saying, as well as interactive suggestions to help your little one on his or her own unique journey of faith. I highly recommend this to all expectant or new parents! I have never been disappointed with any product from Callie Grant/Graham Blanchard and once again, I love the book.

I received a free copy of this eBook from Shelton Interactive. I was not required to give a review and was not compensated.

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Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years is the 12th title released by Graham Blanchard. It is available at and at All the titles have been very well received by outlets like Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, CBA Retailers and Resources and more than 100 websites and blogs written by Christian parents.
Graham Blanchard Inc. is based in Austin, Texas, with a team of writers, editors, illustrators, parents and pastors. The company is passionate about providing the highest quality books and resources to promote a love of learning about God, in addition to supporting families with prayer and the shared experiences of other parents. For more information please visit

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