Three Keys to Raising Spiritually Strong and Emotionally Healthy Children
by Lauren Gaines
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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 12 Nov 2023
Adversity is a normal part of life, and when we keep our children too protected, we rob them of the opportunity to learn and practice essential life skills like discernment, understanding, boldness, and resilience. Using Scripture and principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, Unshakable Kids gives you the tools to equip your children to withstand the negative pressures of society and walk bravely into the world with wisdom. This book will show you how to model the qualities you want to build in your kids, control anxious thoughts, and help your kids rest in their identities as children of God.
With God's Word and these brain-based tools, you can raise emotionally healthy and spiritually strong children who not only remain unshaken by the world, but can actually make a positive impact on it.
“Brimming with unshakable truth, undeniable research, and unfailing tools, this book will give you the practical help you need to build a firm foundation for your kids to stand on! I appreciate Lauren’s simple yet profound Brain Builders and grounding principles in each chapter.”
- Amy Seiffert, author of Starved
“Raising Jesus-loving, emotionally healthy kids just got simpler . . . and it all starts with emotionally and spiritually healthy parents. Utilizing her background in psychology, Lauren Gaines delivers clear strategies for transforming stress-filled households into peace-infused homes. She speaks the truth Christian parents need to hear while offering practical tools that will help them succeed.”
- Stephanie Gilbert, author and cohost of the Pastors’ Wives Tell All podcast
“Unshakable Kids is a book that shook me to my core in the most life-affirming way. Lauren’s authenticity shines, creating a heartwarming welcome as she leads the conversation with honesty, courage, and grace. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I know every mom will be encouraged and inspired by the practical advice Lauren gives for those longest days and shortest years of early mothering. As a professor, I am wildly enthusiastic about the Brain Builders and Faith Formers, practical tools for any stage of parenting. But as a mom of four teens, reading this book made me feel deeply seen and understood as I reflected on my own journey to raise spiritually strong and emotionally healthy children. This book gifts moms with hope and comfort in knowing we are not alone in the God-inspired mission of motherhood.”
- Jessica L. Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN, author of Behind Closed Doors, past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and clinical professor of nursing, Baylor University
“It’s pretty cool that I just changed my children’s lives with less than twenty dollars. That’s not something I get to say very often. Unshakable Kids is the handbook I desperately needed yesterday, today, and tomorrow. With a solid biblical foundation, Lauren marries her personal experiences and professional understanding as a school psychologist to provide knowledge and practical tools, undergirded with truth, to foster spiritually and emotionally healthy children. This is a must-read for any parent at any stage of parenthood.”
- Rachael H. Elmore, MA, LCMHC-S, NCC, author of A Mom Is Born, owner and director of Elmore Christian Counseling, Nationally Certified Counselor
“Our children are living in a world that is far from steady. I get rocked by the challenges of parenting daily. In Unshakable Kids, Lauren powerfully renews your faith toward parenting problems, leaving grace for your mistakes and failures. This book is for anyone who feels hopeless about where our world is headed. Lauren brilliantly walks alongside you as a friend, teaching you how to raise spiritually strong and emotionally healthy children.”
- Christy Boulware, founder and president of Fearless Unite, mental health advocate, speaker, author, and leader
“I love this book! I have the privilege of serving women of all generations, and it excites me when I discover a resource that can help moms raise kind, well-adjusted children. This book is one of those resources. As you take the journey with Lauren in Unshakable Kids, you will laugh and say ‘ouch,’ because we have all had our patience give way to destructive behavior that brings bad results in our children. Take a breath, learn a new way to parent, and apply these biblical principles. Our most significant legacy is our children, and they are worth this investment. By the way, these principles apply to any age—bonus!”
- Liz DeFrain, Women’s Director of the PennDel Ministry Network