“The Christian Parenting Handbook” Preview

This week is the official launch of the newest parenting resource from Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, The Christian Parenting Handbook. Stay tuned all week as I share my thoughts on this exciting new book. One exciting bit I will share right now….

Buy the book this week and receive $400 worth of FREE parenting resources. Who doesn’t like free stuff. I think that even if the book was junk (which it is not) the FREE gift would make the purchase worth while. Use the link to the right to check out the book on Amazon. Plus as a bonus the paperback version of this book is on sale for $11.35. I don’t know how long that sale will last. This makes it less that $2 more than the Kindle version.

Confession Time: I must confess that I have not read the entire book. However, I have read a portion of it and will be finishing it up this week. What I have read so far has me excited about reading the rest and about sharing my thoughts with you. I know that as parents and church leaders we are always looking for great new resources to help us and the parents in our church. This new book is just the type of resource you have been looking form. Don’t believe me, buy the book and read it.

Be sure to let me know what you think of this exciting new book. Also, be sure to buy it THIS WEEK to get $400 worth of parenting resources for FREEEEEEEE. (Sorry, I really enjoy the movie Bedtime stories so I had to throw that in.)

Check back tomorrow some of my thoughts from the book.

Matt N.


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#OC13 General Session #7

Speaker: Brian White, Jon Langford

These guys are both executives with Disney. Brian is on the software side of things, leading the development of apps such as Where’s My Water?, one of my personal favorites. Jon is on the them park side of things. The spoke on some of the things that have helped to make AND KEEP Disney successful.

Speaker: Perry Noble

Ok, confession time: While I have certainly heard of Perry Noble, this is the first time I have ever head his speak. I LOVED IT. Sharing a great combination of inspiration and humor, of Biblical knowledge and just being himself Perry delivered a message that was a fitting cap to an amazing conference experience.

If you don’t check out any more of my notes, I HIGHLY suggest that you read these notes. This session was that good.

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#OC13 General Session #6

Speaker: Brad Lomenick

Known by many as the organizer of the Catalyst conferences, Brad shared some of his thoughts on leadership and collaboration.

Speaker: Jared Herd

Jared came on stage with a pair old boots. He told us how the boots belonged to his grandfather. he then told us about how his grandfather use to regularly tell them stories. He would not explain the meaning of the stories, but Jared assured us that there were many of life’s lessons that he learned through his grandfather’s stories. He used this to point us to the importance of stories.

I would add that there are two kinds of stories; the ones we tell kids like Jared’s grandfather did and the ones we live out with kids. Tell kids stories and work to become a part of their story.

Speaker: Charles Jenkins

I have often told people that I deep down inside I am a black man. This may sound strange, but it is because of the connection I feel with speakers like Charles Jenkins, (Ok and my enjoyment of Black Gospel music.) Charles delivered a message on Game Changers, that I believe will be a game changer for many of the people in attendance. In fact of all the speakers, Charles is the one whose audio I really want to get my hands on. Charles has apparently written a book on this subject and he shared some of the points from his book. Great session and I look forward to reading the book.


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#OC13 General Session 5

Speaker: Adam Duckworth
Speaker: Heather Zempel
Speaker: Ben Crawshaw

I clump these together because they all spoke on the same topic…and because I am tired.

These guys spoke on the importance of tribes. They referred to the tribes of church and family. Each of them had such good stuff to share. I will just say this. Take the time to review my notes. They are worth it.

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#OC13 General Session #4

Speaker: Bob Goff

First let me say that Bob Goff is one of the funniest people I have ever encountered. I mean anyone that refers to himself as a recovering lawyer is good in my book. Bob Goff has such an energy and spirit about him. He is absolutely INFECTIOUS. Bob is really good at making you laugh and really making you think all in the same talk. This session was no different.

Speaker: Jeff Shinabarger

You’ll notice in my notes for this session that I have nothing written under the heading for Jeff. This is certainly not because he had nothing good to say. I think it just comes down to mental over load. I will tell you this. Jeff talked about journey towards a life of “Excessive Generosity”. It was truly inspiring. I managed to get a copy of his new book More or Less. This book is all about his journey and I can’t wait to read it. As soon as I do I will post a review.

Speaker: Kara Powell

Kara continued to share some great words for parents and for those that work with parents. Having recently gone through the Bible study from her book, Sticky Faith I am impressed with her ability to teach to parents when in that environment and teach to church leaders when in a different environment. The last thing I wanted was for her just to spew the contents of her book. If that was ll I wanted I could just read it (which I do plan to do). She did much more than that.

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