Parenting the Wholehearted Child

We have a new friend.  Her name is Jeannie Cunnion.  I actually inadvertently invited myself to her home outside of New York.  Long story short, but my grandmother would be humiliated.  A mutual friend mentioned a trip where we could all get together in person, after just introducing us and jokingly said New York.  I jumped on board talking about how much I’ve been wanting to see the musical, Motown—with no idea that Jeannie lived in the area.  When she graciously offered her home, I was humiliated.  But, a new friendship was born. 

Like us, Jeannie has a counseling background.  She has a Master’s in Social Work and is passionate about parenting and adoption issues.  We like her.  And she’s written a phenomenal book called Parenting the Wholehearted Child.

Grace weaves its way throughout Jeannie’s book…grace for your child and grace for you, as a parent—an idea which is, unfortunately, lacking in many parenting resources.  She speaks from a very honest and real perspective, offering much hope and wisdom in terms of helping your child grow and experience a very genuine faith, all of the while helping you do the same.

One of her first sentences is, “The more focused we become on perfect parenting, the worse it gets.” 

One of her last is, “God’s extravagant grace forever eliminates the burden of perfection and performance, and it compels us and our children to live out of the freedom and fullness of his wholehearted and unconditional love in Christ Jesus.”

Amen to that.  And how different we love and live when we believe those kinds of truths.  David, Melissa and I are profoundly grateful for Jeannie’s words and guidance in parenting wholehearted children…and helping you live as wholehearted, grace-directed parents.

We still have to plan that trip to New York.  But, in the meantime, we are delighted to share with you Jeannie’s wonderful work.  It will greatly enrich your home and the life of your family.