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This book outlines the principles layed out in the Visionary Parenting DVD series. The concept of Visionary Parenting is simple. It's time for parents to return to their role as spiritual leaders of their children, but we've lost that in modern culture. So, how do we do it? Visionary Parenting lays out what it takes to be a "visionary parent," one who takes an active role in passing on the faith to their children as part of an intentional plan of multigenerational faithfulness. This is not just another "how to" parenting class. This is a reminder to the Christian parent that they have the awesome and wonderful task of bringing up their children to know and love the Lord.
In addition to being an indespensible tool for parents, it is also a great resource for ministry leaders to help families in their congregations catch the vision for God-centered homes. The church has become the epicenter of all things spiritual. It's time the church helped shift parents from "outsourcing" their role to the Sunday School, to becoming partners in raising up families of faith. Churches will multiply their effectiveness by partnering with parents to build the next generation of Christians rather than losing them to the world.
I cannot fully describe how this has impacted my own family. We went from letting the world overtake our calendar and pouring all our energy into working at Sunday School at church and having nothing left over for our own kids, to creating intentional time with our children and changing the leadership roles in the household to let Dad take his proper place as spiritual leader.
We have run the Visionary Parenting DVD series at our church and have been overjoyed to see a real change in the parents who participated.
You've read the statistics. You've probably even heard pastors, leaders, and other parents talk about how we are losing this generation for Christ after they leave for college. The reality is, most kids are lost before they even reach college.
Rob Rienow calls us to some forgotten ways in the Western church today. As a youth pastor that is deep in all of the youth ministry ideas, I can't seem to shake what Rob proposes in Visionary Parenting. Parents are called to be the primary spiritual caregivers and infuencers in the lives of their kids. I've encountered so many parents in ministry that are physically 'there' for their kids, but that simply 'check out' spiritually with their kids. They then basically delegate to the Church to do what God has already called them to be in the lives of their families. Rob Rienow calls parents back to their most fundamental calling as a parent: to pass on the legacy of the faith to their kids and to be intentional about practicing discipleship in the home. As a youth pastor, I am thrilled about this incredible vision that Rob casts for parents.
As a man moving into marriage, I'm even more excited about the vision for practicing discipleship in the home than I am about other parents' practicing it! I don't see the idea of visionary parenting to be a burden, but a wonderful gift and journey that God calls my future wife and I towards. I'm excited to build this vision into my marriage even before we have kids.
Do you have GOD'S PLAN for your marriage and family? Or are you simply delegating what God gave you to do back to the Church? I can't recommend a more comprehensive yet concise resource that will challenge you to catch God's grand vision for YOUR home!
We were given this book by our biblical marriage counselors a week before we found out we were expecting our first baby. Although we don't have children yet to put these things in to practice with, it has been such a great encouragement to us and given us awesome ideas to put into practice in our family. This book is so challenging and he doesn't sugar coat a parent's responsibilities at all, but gives practical advice on how to accomplish change and growth in the family. I want to buy this book for every parent I know!
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2009
The research is crystal clear - most children of church going Christians today don't make it to adulthood as Christians. What is going on?! Rob's Visionary Parenting explains how we lose our children and, thankfully, how to win their hearts for Christ in a personal and engaging way. This book and his DVD of the same name are critical resources to all ministers of the faith. Everyone, from the senior pastor to the high school nursery volunteer needs to be grounded in the basics of how faith is passed down from generation to generation. This is THE tool. There is a growing movement to try to close the back doors of our churches through which members are leaving as fast or faster than we can replace them. What about the back door to our own homes? Plow early and deep at home. Catch the Vision. Get this book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2013
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Prov 29:18) I walked away from reading Visionary Parenting with a passion in my whole being for God's word and calling over our family. Dr. Rienow has a gift in pointing his reader towards God's word and heart first and his own story second. I am grateful for the vulnerability of the Rienows sharing their family transformation story because it has given us hope for the hard work and discipline ahead of us. We needed to better grasp God's grand vision to understand that He wants to extend His blessing over the generations behind us and the generations to come. God is inviting us to start now. We have two young children, and are excited to begin this journey. Thank you, Rienow family!
If you're looking for a book that will challenge you and encourage you in your role as a parent then look no further. Rob Reinow is that rare combination of great author, great speaker, and great example. I can't read Rob's words without wanting to be a better - more visionary - parent with my own three kids. His book is the right combination of theory and practical application. And after you've read Rob's book, have Rob come to your church and speak. I've had the pleasure of hearing him deliver this same message. Powerful. Engaging. And fun. I couldn't recommend Rob's book or ministry more highly.
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2009
I appreciate Visionary Parenting because it was born out of the author's real-life experience. This is not an academic "white paper" written by someone theorizing on the subject matter! This is the account of how Rob came face-to-face with his lack of vision for his own family, even as he was pouring himself into his pastoral ministry. He had to face the reality that I think ever parent has to deal with sooner or later: "Are my children my greatest legacy? And if they are, how am I building that legacy to impact future generations?"
I love how practical this book is -- it hit me between the eyes numerous times. As a dad, of course I needed what was in the "for dads" chapter. But the one I think that sticks out the most in my mind is the one about our homes being places of emotional safety for our kids. Really challenged me and made me think.
I highly recommend Visionary Parenting for anyone wanting to build or strengthen their vision for being the primary spiritual influencers of their children.