“Ready or not, here I come,” is the way Lydia E. Harris introduces her wonderful book, Preparing my Heart for Grandparenting.
It’s actually a Bible study, but what a study! Whether you have difficulty preparing for the new role as a grandparent, or you are at another stage of the journey, this book is spiritual dynamite. There’s enough encouraging scripture in here to propel us beyond our misgivings, worries, our sins such as jealousy of the other grandparents, and take us and our grandchildren to heaven.
For instance, the author uses three Bible translations for James 5:16:
1. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (New International Version)
2. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (New Living Translation)
3. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.((New American Standard Bible).
The subject matter of this book goes way beyond spoiling grandchildren.
The first lesson, complete with space for the reader to take notes, focuses on God’s view of children; How we should relate to our adult children; Our roles with grandchildren; the need to share grandparenting; and the need sometimes for forgiveness in grandparenting
Lydia Harris and her husband wholeheartedly enjoy being grandparents, and this book expands beyond their opinions. The book is full of little tidbits from other grandpas and grandmas. Even grandchildren of varying ages offer their wisdom about their Nannas and Papas.
I view each section of the book as valuable, but among the top subjects are “Relating to Adult Children and praying for and with your grandchildren. The biblical promises that go with every chapter are a good source for having faith for our grandchildren and many other areas of life.
The chapter on the fruits of the Spirit, necessary for success in every area of life but also valuable in this sometimes challenging role, is wonderfully put together.
I heartily recommend this book.
©Ada Brownell 2012