I must say that the the amount of material per page reminds me of William R. Newell's commentary on Romans. How Dr. Ketchum puts an obvious expansive knowledge of the subject matter into such clear and concise modules is awesome. I feel safe in saying that there are many colleges where the student would not get this much meat on any given subject in two semesters or more.
Indeed, it is a text book but it is nearly a library in one volume. If a person could only afford his Bible and one other book this one would certainly be on the list of those I would suggest.
While we often have many different Adult Sunday School classes, I would strongly suggest that they be combined and go through this course together. There is no age group that cannot benefit from this material. Interaction among the groups during this course of instruction would not only strengthen the family units but could also spark an understanding and bonding between generations that we have long lacked in the Body of Christ.
I can see Youth Pastors using it to raise up a youth group that would actually know doctrine and not just enjoy pizza and pithy sayings in mini-devotionals. The solid foundation given them here would prepare them for life's challenges to their faith, relationships and careers.
Teachers of young children could also use this course. There are principles that need to be sown in the heart as soon as possible. A wise teacher could easily adapt this course to their ministry by discerning what their age group could comprehend. Sadly, many kids in the Pre-Primary age group know about topics we never even considered until high school. How great it would be to use the scriptural principles in this book to relate to the reality of their lives.
Thank you Dr. Ketchum for writing this book and allowing me the privilege of both reading it and giving this review.
Dr Ronald Shultz
Macedonia Baptist Church
Parenting a Soul, by Dr. Lance Ketchum, is a great tool that should be in the tool box of every family. This book would be especially helpful for a young adult parenting class. The lessons taught in this work are not only Biblical, but practical in nature. The questions at the end of each section are very helpful and would foster discussion between the parents as they read it together. I would recommend this book to any pastor to be used in his church, and to any family looking for Biblical help.
Pastor Brad Gilbert
First Baptist Church of Westland
Dr. Lance Ketchum's book Parenting a Soul is a terrific resource for pastors, parents, and parishioners. A journey through this book will lead the reader to the basic principles of the family in nation of Israel and lead the reader to the important role of the family in our world today. Parenting a Soul goes deep in explaining the heart and mental makeup of children, and how parents can train up these children. There are great illustrations and practical principles throughout the book to help a person apply the truths found therein. I would truly recommend this book to those with families and anyone who is seeking to influence children for Christ.
Pastor Jerry W. Beaver
Parenting a Soul Review
Ten areas are targeted on a scale of 1-5 (1-Poor, 2-better than poor, 3-Fair, 4-Good, 5-Excellent).
1. The Content of the Book: (5-Excellent)
The book covers parenting from the true Christian perspective not the worldly Christian perspective, and not the average Christian perspective. This book is founded on the true, rock solid Scripture.
2. The Filler of the Book: (5-Excellent)
This book is loaded down with absolutely no filler. For most books one only needs to read the first chapter and possibly skim through the rest of the book to know what the author is trying to say. Not true with this book. Slow, careful, methodic reading is demanded.
3. The Flow of the Book: (3-Fair)
My thoughts did not always flow in the same direction as the author. Sometimes I would have questions and the author moved in a different direction, rather than answering the questions I had. Therefore I was left to contemplate them before God and search them out. That is not a bad thing though, in fact, it is very healthy.
4. The Creativity of the Book: (4-5 Good to Excellent)
Two thoughts here: First, large portions of Scripture are quoted, thereby one can get the context of the Scripture. It makes it nice not to have look up the Scripture references. Second, passages of scripture are put in the light of the parenting aspect, which brings thought provoking truths for parenting as well living ministry rather than simply doing ministry.
5. Style of Reading (3-4- Fair to Good)
This depends upon your reading preference and ability. Long sentences are used which must be read carefully. This slows down the reading, which then enhances the thought process.
6. Thought Provoking: (5-Excellent)
Regardless of whether you accept the philosophy underlining the book, it will trigger your thinking.
7. Applications (3-Fair)
I had no problems making application, but you have supplied much of it. Once again a little work on your own part is food for us. The illustrations came mostly from the large portions of Scriptures quoted.
8. Salvation Message (5-Excellent)
Even though the book is written to the born-again believer (real Christians), there is no doubt about how one is to obtain eternal life and enjoy eternal living with the Lord God Almighty.
Over all recommendation:
After 23 years of ministry and reading many books on parenting, I place this book in my top three books on parenting. It will make an excellent resource material. It is in depth with no fluff for the serious, studious Christian. If you don’t like a challenge, or meditating in depth for proper understanding and correct application, don’t bother with the book. Few books challenge me as this has. God bless you all and may God bless you as you search out the treasures from the Scriptures.
Rev. Bart W. Goetz
“Parenting a Soul” is both concise and comprehensive. Each chapter is direct and to the point covering each subject with as few words as necessary yet, the book as a whole is comprehensive in its principles and application. Dr. Ketchum’s understanding of the nature of man (both natural and spiritual) and the knowledge of the word of God grants the reader a practical application of biblical principles to the issues of life. The application of these principles seeks to remedy the source rather than the symptoms of the problems faced both within the home and within the heart of an individual.
There is a need in this generation for homes that are Bible based and Christ centered and “Parenting a Soul” equips the reader with wise counsel and direction born out of extensive study and personal experience.
“Parenting a Soul” is a must read for parents who desire to “train up a child in the way he should go” and for the pastor who desires to “feed the flock of God” with applicable Biblical principles for the family. As a pastor of a local, Bible believing church I recommend this book. I will be teaching through this book to our young married couples in the church to help them establish a Godly and Christ honoring home.
Thank you, Dr. Ketchum for your work and presentation of a topic that needs to be addressed in our day and time.
Pastor, God’s Way Baptist Tabernacle Griffin, GA
Parenting a Soul offers both practical wisdom and principles to guide a family in biblical living. The importance of Scripture and a family's attitude toward God's Word are seen in every chapter. The comprehensive nature of the topics addressed leaves little out. The topics addressed apply more than just parenting and is helpful to believer in various stages of life. The scope of the material in the book is also a weakness as some material deserved greater detail and discussion - perhaps another book will be written. Overall, Parenting a Soul is a helpful tool in the toolbox of any parent.
Pastor Carl Miller
Bro Ketchum has written a masterpiece for parents wishing to raise a Godly seed. As a pastor, and also a father, it is a great concern of mine on the raising of children. Many of the chapters dealt specifically with things that I as a parent deal with. Bro Ketchum cautiously and Biblically deals with topics from discipline to schooling and everything in between. I recommend this book to parents, grandparents, those wanting to have children, and anyone that is a counselor to those who have children. It will be a great asset in the years to come as I deal with a teen age daughter and with young people in my church. Great work Bro Ketchum.
Calvary Baptist Church
P.O. Box 182
Pratt Kansas 67124
The church that I pastor has a camp ministry annually where we minister to families of our assembly and other assemblies here in New England. One of my responsibilities is to teach one-hour Bible studies followed by an hour of discussion each day the camp is held. Several years ago I started using Dr. Ketchum’s book, Parenting a Soul in these sessions. The format of the lesson followed by the discussion questions was a very good fit to fill the responsibility I have as a teacher in our camp. The response to the lessons has been very positive. The first year I used Dr. Ketchum’s material I got a call from a pastor of one of the campers who had been attendance at our camp. He wanted to know the name of the material I used and where he could get it. They wanted to explore using the material in one of their Sunday School classes. This pastor told me the woman who had been at our camp spoke so highly of the material and the lessons, he just had to find out more about it. In the ensuing years since this event, many hearts have been blessed and also spoken to through the ministry of God’s Word through Dr. Ketchum’s material. We have seen the size of this class grow each year. This stems from people who have come to the camp inviting others to come and hear the teaching. I heartily recommend Dr. Ketchum’s book, Parenting a Soul.
Pastor Michael Donato
Evangelical Baptist Church
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