Building the Christian Family You Never Had: A Practical Guide for Pioneer Parents (Paperback)

A Practical Guide for Pioneer Parents

By Mary E. Demuth

Waterbrook Press, 9781400070312, 207pp.

Publication Date: January 24, 2006



You're willing to do whatever it takes to ground your children in a faith your parents never embraced. Or maybe you grew up in an outwardly religious home that lacked a foundation of Christian grace and moral values. If you're the first generation in your family to embrace a relationship with Christ but aren't sure how to give your children a foundation of faith, find guidance in Building the Christian Family You Never Had.

Author Mary E. DeMuth understands firsthand the fears, frustrations, and anxieties of those who lack role models of faith-based parenting. In Building the Christian Family You Never Had she provides needed encouragement, practical tools, and crucial strategies. You'll learn how you can...
-shield your children from the negative influence of family members who undermine your values
-cope with criticism and objections to your faith-based parenting decisions
-honor (and forgive) your parents without endorsing their behavior
-find positive parenting mentors
This inspiring, down-to-earth guide will enable you to provide a spiritual legacy of security and strength for your children as you lead the way through Building the Christian Family You Never Had.

About the Author

Mary E. DeMuth is the author of Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God. Her writing also has appeared in numerous publications, including Marriage Partnership, Discipleship Journal, Dallas Theological Seminary's Kindred Spirit, and the Dallas-area Star Community Newspapers. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Mary is a workshop speaker for Hearts at Home. She lives with her church-planter husband and their three children in Le Rouret, France.

Praise For Building the Christian Family You Never Had: A Practical Guide for Pioneer Parents

Praise for
Building the Christian Family You Never Had

“Mary DeMuth offers positive encouragement and practical help for parents who want to do things a little differently than what they experienced growing up. Building the Christian Family You Never Had offers a fresh start and bright hope as you seek to raise godly children.”   
–Karol Ladd, author of The Power of a Positive Mom

“You are not alone as a pioneer parent who is blazing a new trail on the parenting journey. If you have longed for someone to show you how to build a family that is different from the family you grew up in, this book is for you!”
–Jill Savage, executive director of Hearts at Home and author of Professionalizing Motherhood

“As Mary shares her haunting story of a broken childhood, she provides a roadmap for breaking the cycle of family dysfunction. Her roadmap provides hope, courage, and grace, allowing any reader to walk with her on the continuing journey to wholeness.”
–Tim Riter, professor at Azusa Pacific University and author of Twelve Lies Husbands Tell Their Wives

“If your parents raised you in the ‘old country,’ you may wonder how to ground your kids in new soil. Mary DeMuth’s insights about parenting–as well as life in general–will help you raise firmly planted, emotionally secure, Christ-following kids.”
–Sandra L. Glahn, adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, coauthor of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage and When Empty Arms Become a Heavy Burden
“Mary DeMuth creates a compelling picture of what a Christian family should look like for those of us who never had one, or may have never even seen one up close. Reading this book will change the way you think about love, parenting, and healing–and God’s hope and plan for your life and the lives of your children.”
– Michael Warren, executive story consultant on “Happy Days,” co-creator and executive producer of “Step by Step” and “Family Matters”

“This is an honest, thought-provoking, and life-changing book. If you want to parent differently than you were parented, this is a must-read!”
–Mary Byers, author of The Mother Load and How to Say No…And Live to Tell About It

“Mary adeptly encourages pioneer parents to seek healing for the pain and dysfunction they experienced during their formative years, while honoring their parents for the good they provided. Learning parents should study this volume with an open mind and an open heart.”
–Paul Pettit, president of Dynamic Dads and author of Congratulations, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!

Building the Christian Family You Never Had is for parents who have experienced some dysfunction (and which of us hasn’t), but who also want to get past that dysfunction and raise emotionally and spiritually healthy children. Mary points us to principles deeply rooted in God’s Word that apply the salve of truth mixed with grace, mercy, and hope.”
–Linus Morris, president of Christian Associates International

“Mary gives families a biblical blueprint for success without presenting her family as perfect role models. I have many friends who did not grow up in a Christian home, and I would give them Mary’s book in a second!”
–Dena Dyer, author of Grace for the Race: Meditations for Busy Moms

“In a refreshing voice and with wisdom and sensitivity, Mary DeMuth delivers a powerful message of liberty for all who want to break free from generational pain in order to parent in newness of life in Christ.”
–Jan Winebrenner, author of The Grace of Catastrophe and Intimate Faith