Christian Home Book Report

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IBCM BOOK EVALUATION REPORT
ANN MASIBO
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CHRISTIAN HOME
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PST. ALEXANDER KARANJA
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THE LIFE OF CHRIST
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ROBERT DUNCAN CULVER
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Chapters 1 - 6
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127
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127
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Discuss three significant truths that you learned from this book: (Include the
statement from the book that presents the truth and the page number where it is found,
then add verse(s), reason(s), and example(s) why this truth is significant.)
“Character and personality are developed first in the home and then strengthened and reinforced in
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school, church, at work…” (pg.6 par 6). This truth is based on Prov. 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he
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should go; and when he is old, he will not depart form it.” The importance of a family to a child cannot
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be replaced by any school, church or government program. Efforts by society in the recent past to reform
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children through any means apart form their family have all failed, showing how significant this truth
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is.
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Changes in our society can be attributed to changes in the way we train children (pg.15 par.7). The
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Bible states in Prov. 29:15: “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his
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mother to shame.” This truth is significant because as society has developed, children have regressed
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in character and capability. Examples are evidenced by increased ‘learning disabilities’, crime rates
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and corruption. Generational shifts in how parents train their children, relying less on Biblical Principles
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and godly examples, and relying more on ‘TV’ & ‘expert opinions’, have contributed to this state.
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“It takes time to train children in the way they should go.” (pg.20, par. 7). This is true according to
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Isaiah 28:10: “For precept must be upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there
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a little.” This truth is significant because as parents spend less and less time with their children, their
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worldviews are shaped by others e.g. peers, TV & schools that may have different values. Over time,
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this is disastrous. There is no replacement for a parent’s INTENTIONAL influence. While many find this
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daunting,
it could be simply showing them what God is teaching one in Scripture and in life. The increase
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in dysfunctional children are largely a result of less intentional parenting.
Discuss two significant statements that either you did not understand or you did not
agree with the book: (Include the statement from the book and the page number where it
is found, then the cause(s) for your confusion or reason(s) for your disagreement.)
I did not agree with the emphasis by the author to work hard so as to prevent children from becoming
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“learning-disabled”
statistics (pg.25 par 7). The statement, used severally throughout the book, emphasized
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that the goal of raising godly children is to ‘fit’ into the world’s statistics of success, whereas I thought it
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should
be for the high service to God. This is because world standards are ever shifting and for the worse.
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While godliness will naturally produce admirable behaviour even to the world, the world should never
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be the measuring mark for our efforts and endeavours.
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Evaluate the book by summarizing the author's overall purpose or main point in
writing the book: (Include some information or knowledge gained from the book and the
personal or practical significance that it holds for you.)
The main aim of this book was to show that children are chiefly shaped by their families and in their
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earliest years. The author provided compelling evidence to show that we must invest in building
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strong families. As an educator, I have seen the focus in most schools is to spend more time developing
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‘excellence’ in children, without clear strategies on how to engage families in their success. I am
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challenged to encourage more meaningful engagement for children with their families because
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that is the primary source of influence for a godlier society.
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