Raising Spirit-Led Kids: Guiding Kids to Walk Naturally In The Supernatural, by Seth Dahl
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
This book is certainly not the most obvious subject one would think about when it comes to the issue of parenting. We live in a society that is perhaps overly child-focused, but one of the areas about raising families that is not often discussed, and is even less practiced, is how it is that children can be raised with an attitude that encourages a knowledgeable walk in a spiritual manner. There are certainly aspects of this book that will strike many readers as unfamiliar–the author talks about his own religious education in ways that struck this reader at least as somewhat surprising, and as is often the case the writer referred to other writings of his that not all readers are likely to be familiar with. That said, though, that book is deeply enjoyable when one thinks about the author’s view of how it is that children can be come familiar with the supernatural, and indeed to see it as part of the created order, and even how to deal with the reality of both positive and negative spiritual influence in the lives of children.
This book is a relatively short one at a bit more than 150 pages. The book begins with acknowledgements, a foreword by Bill Johnson, and an introduction. The main contents of the book are then divided into four parts. The first part of the book looks at the way that we build a family with God (I) by looking at the house that God builds (1), the way that children should go (2), and the importance of staying a novice–staying humble (3). After that comes a discussion of what it means to be a Spirit-guided parent (II), with chapters on raising godly sons and daughters (4), dreaming with God (5), and helping equip children to tackle spiritual warfare (6). There is then a discussion, unsurprisingly, of Spirit-filled children (III), with a discussion of how children learn God’s way (7), see the spiritual side of life (8), how we exercise our senses (9), how the word becomes flesh (10), and how children are with Jesus Christ (11). The fourth and final part of the book is a conclusion (IV) that discusses how people stay hungry for God (12) and learn how to fight and build (13).
Among the most poignant aspects of this book for me as a reader personally is the way that this book deals with the reality of spiritual warfare in such a way that it helps to encourage the readers–presumably Christian parents, to raise children in such a way that they are equipped to deal thoughtfully with spiritual matters. This book manages to combine both a strong interest in the workings of the Holy Spirit with those who have not yet chosen to commit themselves to God and who are being raised by godly parents in the hope that they will answer the call to believe and follow God, as well as a strong interest in the way that Satan attempts to derail and distract this calling. Even more to the point, the author talks about the way that parents need to live their spiritual lives out and not merely profess a belief system that they do not practice. This book provides some serious conviction about how it is that children learn about spiritual matters, especially in the home, and it is a book that is well worth reading and pondering upon.