While children are a gift from the Lord and enrich our lives inestimably, parenting is not for the fainthearted. The rigours of raising children often lead to “hands which hang down and…feeble knees”! This is particularly true when the children we have devoted ourselves to do not know the Lord. Wise counsel abounds as to what we should do as parents but where is one to find encouragement when nothing seems to be working. From the Scriptures and from Christian history the author seeks to minister to such parents and to “strengthen their hand in God”.
Born and raised in South Africa, Carl Muller came to faith in Christ in his late teens and prepared for the ministry at Tyndale Bible College and Seminary. He has been in Christian ministry for over thirty years and is presently serving as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Burlington, Ontario. He also lectures on homiletics at Toronto Baptist Seminary. Carl is married and he and his wife Heather have four children and two grandsons.
Scarcely any Christian parent lives without ever experiencing the concern addressed by Carl Muller in this book. Every heavy-hearted parent, burdened for the salvation of a child–regardless of the age of that child–will find encouragement here.
—Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author of Family Worship: in the Bible, in History, and in Your Home
It has become a well-known adage that parenting is not for cowards. Even Christians, with the strength of their great God, find the task daunting. For the central thing in Christian parenting, handing on the Faith, cannot be accomplished by human ingenuity alone–without the Spirit of Christ it cannot be done. This work by Carl Muller, deeply rooted in both Scripture and his own parenting experience, explores the various facets of this important truth, imparting both courage and encouragement to the reader. I hope it has a wide impact.
—Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
This is a golden, warm, happy, useful, encouraging, wise, humbling, shrewd, comforting, God-honouring, child-strengthening, Scripturally-faithful book. The blessed author and his wife practise what they have set out for us readers in these pages. All who take an hour to read it will find it a means of grace. It will do pastoral work for every preacher who uses it, and is destined to become a classic in our circle.
—Geoff Thomas, Pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales
Any parent who does not read this excellent piece of profound wisdom does not know what is being missed. When there is a crying need for a godly offspring to be raised the outstanding advice and encouragement given by Carl Muller is sorely needed. Follow the thoughts and heartbeat of this publication and in years to come there will be no regrets over the results. I intend to distribute it widely.
—Martin Holdt, Pastor Emeritus of Constantia Park Baptist Church, Pretoria, South Africa
The one thing we need to parent well is hope! Here is a little book with a lot of hope for every parent! You will want to parent after reading these pages!
—Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition