Foreword by Danielle Bean
Raising terrific, happy Christian kids doesn't happen by accident. All too often Christian parents end up raising their kids by default. It just happens while we're busy trying to survive. We want our kids to be happy and to be good, responsible Christians, "in the world but not of it." But we don't know how to help them get there.
In Parenting on Purpose, Jason Free provides you with all you need to develop a personal plan for leading your kids to a clear awareness of their Christian identity, so that Christian values, beliefs and attitudes will become as natural to them as breathing.
This is no dry, philosophical treatise about parenting. It's a "how-to" book, a straightforward, conversational, "in-your-face" sharing of specific ways to bring joy to your family and raise your children as real Christians. Often funny, sometimes sad, and always engaging, Parenting on Purpose will give you a whole new sense of direction as a parent and help you guide your children to a lasting and fulfilling relationship with God.
"A fantastic book! -a highly readable and practical guidebook on how to raise great Christian kids-on purpose! I highly recommend it!"
– Fr. Larry Richards, author, Be a Man!
"A truly delightful read, this book offers prayerful insights and practical steps to becoming great Christian parents with terrific Christian children. As a priest, I highly recommend this book both to those who are preparing for marriage and those who are already married. "
-Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, author of No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy"
This is a fabulous book. If you have children – read it! If you don't have children yet – read it in preparation."
– Matthew Kelly, New York Times best-selling author of The Rhythm of Life and Building Better Families
"Parenting on Purpose belongs on every Christian parent's bookshelf. Culling from his own fathering experiences, Jason Free combines practical tips, theological truths, and good ole' common sense to give readers a sense of direction and a sense of confidence about their parenting skills. His candor, wit, and wisdom make this an engaging read even as he challenges parents to ‘roll up their sleeves,' take stock, and take action. The bottom line – buy it!"
– Johnnette Benkovic, EWTN Host, Women of Grace
"This is no dry, philosophical treatise about parenting. It's a ‘how-to' book, a straightforward, conversational, ‘in-your-face' sharing of specific ways to bring joy to your family and raise your children as real Christians. Often funny, sometimes sad, and always engaging, Parenting on Purpose will give you a whole new sense of direction as a parent and help you guide your children to a lasting and fulfilling relationship with God."
– Vinny Flynn, Author, 7 Secrets of the Eucharist
"Jason Free has offered parents some of that elusive ‘magic formula' we're all seeking when we become parents, or when life becomes even more complicated as our families grow. Jason's insights and perspectives will help any parent to do his or her job more intentionally, with greater care and with an increased reliance upon prayer and scripture for guidance. Written from the trenches of family life, this book will uplift you, inspire you, and help you to see the blessings inherent in raising faith-filled kids. Kudos!"
– Lisa M. Hendey, Founder and editor of www.CatholicMom.com, Author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms
"Both refreshing and essential for today's Christian parent – Parenting on Purpose will make your heart soar! Through vivid anecdotes, honest insights, and wisdom gained in the trenches of raising eight children, Jason Free guides us to move closer to the family hearth, pare down on technology, and get serious about family prayer and all that is crucial to raise our kids Christian – on purpose!"
– Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Catholic author and EWTN host of "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms"
"Dad and Mom, you will not be able to put down this beautifully written book. It will startle you with its fresh and unanticipated wisdom based on the author's professional training and experience in raising his eight children. You will benefit especially by implementing the practical advice in the ‘Let's roll up our sleeves…' section at the end of every chapter."
– Bert Ghezzi, Granddad of fourteen and author of Adventures in Daily Prayer