Parenting, Christian Living
Date Published: Jan 26, 2021
Publisher: Clay Bridges Press
Raising Children with Your Heavenly Father encourages parents to plant spiritual seeds in the hearts of their children from birth. With time, those spiritual seeds (Scripture, Bible stories, spiritual songs) grow and mature, producing godly children who know right from wrong and live exemplary lives. Pray that those children will give the next generation a strong, spiritual heritage as well.
When parents tell their children that God wants them to treat others as they would like to be treated, they are more prone to hear and obey. The name of God has clout with children, who innately revere God. When they choose to obey their parents or other adults, they are actually obeying God’s fifth commandment to “honor your father and your mother.” All children need to know and attempt to keep the Ten Commandments and live by God’s many teachings found in the Bible.
This book has hundreds of verses with practical applications for parents, teachers, and counselors. With this valuable resource, you can embrace your opportunity to raise godly children who walk with their Heavenly Father.
Proceeds from this book will be used to spread spiritual seeds around the world.
1. Can you tell us a little about the process of getting
this book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start?
In 2006 The First Baptist, Odessa, gave every member, who wanted
to read through the Bible in a year, a copy of Bruce Wilkinson’s The
Daily Walk Bible. I accepted the challenge. Having taught children of all
ages since my early 20s, Scriptures started popping up that would help parents
raise godly children. In 2007, I reread the Bible and started marking parenting
Scriptures. In 2008, I began preparing lessons for those Scriptures (both O.T.
and N.T.). My goal was to finish the book by 2010. I did succeed, but for many
years thereafter I continued to revise and improve the book and then chose to
set the New Testament aside knowing that a parenting guide including the entire
Bible would be too long. The Old Testament was officially published until
2. What surprised you most about getting your book
The peace and rest I experienced knowing that I had finished
what I started.
3. Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t
We see our children and grandchildren, enjoy traveling, eating out and ballgames. I participate in a ladies Bible Study and enjoy playing games and working puzzles.
4. As a published author, what would you say was the
most pivotal point of your writing life?
Learning to take time to rest, reread, and rewrite and then,
rest, reread, and rewrite again until I am 100 % satisfied.
5. Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think
My best ideas evolve when I pause and let God give me His
thoughts and then proceed.
6. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an
I am more critical of myself. I fear that others are just trying
to be nice and make me feel good.
7. What has been your best accomplishment as a writer?
It is better to use fewer words.
8. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you
One: Raising Children the New Testament Way
About the Author
Susan Parker was born in New York City, spent her preschool years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then moved to Odessa, Texas, where she lived through the 12th grade. A year after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Phil Parker. After they graduated from Baylor University, God blessed them with three wonderful children: JoEllen, Pamela, and Philip Jr.
Susan began writing Raising Children with Your Heavenly Father after reading Bruce H. Wilkinson’s The Daily Walk Bible several times. During the second reading, she started highlighting parenting scriptures, and on the third reading, Susan began transforming scripture into parenting lessons.
She has always had a passion for teaching children, and she raised her children using Scripture. She explained to her children that God wants them to be kind, loving, and forgiving. She also planted a multiplicity of spiritual seeds in the lives of many, many children. For years she taught flannel board Bible stories to preschoolers and afterschool YMCA children, and teaching eighth-grade girls on Sunday was pure joy!
Writing Raising Children with Your Heavenly Father has brought her much joy and satisfaction!