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The Godly Grandparent Review by Susan K. Marlow

By Dennis Ellingson with Kit Ellingson
Cladach Publishing
PO Box 336144
Greeley, CO 80633

If you have children, it's very likely that someday (sooner than you think), you will have the privilege of welcoming some extra blessings into your life--grandchildren. When this happens, The Godly Grandparent will be a great reference book to keep on hand. This 223-page manual on "living faithfully and influencing your grandchildren for Christ" is packed with Scriptural guidelines and practical information on how to develop a lasting relationship with your grandchildren. A study guide is available at the publisher's website as a free PDF download.

The Godly Grandparent is divided into chapters based on the attributes of elders found in the book of Titus. Some of these godly qualities include: blameless, moral, compassionate, sober-minded, and humble. As each attribute is presented, we are challenged as grandparents to be examples to our grandchildren, filling the "gap" in their young lives--especially in this post-Christian age--with our wisdom and experience. The author uses anecdotes from his own life to add a personal touch to the ideas presented.

Along with practical lists--such as the "Guidelines for Living Peaceably and Teaching Peace" list in the chapter entitled "Peaceable,"--each chapter concludes with bulleted sections called "In Review," "Additional Scriptures," and "What Others Say."

The only disappointment I have in this book is with the title! The Godly Grandparent is full of excellent ideas and information that should not be limited to grandparents. Perhaps a subtitle like . . . and Others who Influence Children for Righteousness would allow a broader audience for the superb advice found within these pages.

So whether you are a grandparent looking to influence your grandchildren to live "soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age" (Titus 2:12) or a parent or other interested "kinfolk," I recommend keeping a copy of The Godly Grandparent close at hand for ideas on how to do just that.

Product review by Susan K. Marlow, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November 2007