[Audiobook] “Give Them Grace” by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson

This audiobook is narrated by Tavia Gilbert.

Children need to “get” the Gospel. In parenting, we are often about obedience and rules, avoiding the dangers that grace carries. As a result, we instruct our children in a strict set of rules called moralism, in which the child behaves because they are taught to behave, then abandons because they never knew why. At least this is what the authors want you to believe and understand.

Based off this precept, Fitzpatrick and Thompson encourage you to get rid of the moralism, the rules, and the obedience, and replace it with a reason: the person of Christ and what He did. Introduce your children to grace, and let them learn what it means to be good.

“The Law guides but it does not give.”

The authors use biblical concepts and Scripture to point that rules have a place and purpose, but only when guided by the reason to do good. Without the death of Christ, we would have no hope to adhere to the Law. In this same concept, raising children is supposed to take similarity.

I’m not convinced just yet, but I’m willing to give it a final listen. Perhaps they are correct. Since the audiobook is fairly brief, I won’t be risking much to give it time.

“While the Law directs us, only the Gospel can drive us.”

Ah, but that’s the content. Why choose the audiobook? Often I find that I’m not fond of narration, but this book is quite different. While the book takes the untamed nature of the Gospel seriously, and teaches through grace alone, through faith alone, and through Christ alone, it’s colorful writing, geared toward moms, is unmatched – except by Gilbert’s solid narration. Her inflection matches the author’s style excellently. Sitting back and listening, it seems as if it were a women’s small group meeting being led at a medium to fast pace. The intimate, yet performed, reading takes this narration beyond simple vocal reproduction and into storytelling at its finest.

Overall, through both writing and narration, this book points out that our parenting is not Christian in nature. We are Christian parents, but not teaching in a Christian manner, and we should be.

One of the most riveting and connecting parenting books ever, the narration only enhances the experience. I recommend this for the dads too – after all, I just want to keep on listening.Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.