Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Parenting With Spiritual Power by Julie K. Nelson

Title: Parenting With Spiritual Power

Author: Julie K. Nelson

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Published: March 2013

ISBN: 1462111688

FTC FYI: Received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Cedar Fort | Amazon | Deseret Book

Book Description:

"I wish children came with an instruction manual!" How many times have we heard this lament? Julie Nelson examines the lives of mothers and fathers in the scriptures (the best instruction manual) and the parenting principles we can learn from them. Discover powerful parenting examples and suggestions for personal application in this essential book.


I don't typically seek out parenting or other self help books. It's not that they don't have beneficial information, but often they don't hold my attention, and I'm easily distracted. Parenting With Spiritual Power is put together in a great way for readers like me-there are brief summaries at the end of each chapter. The summaries don't include which scriptural examples were used to demonstrate the lessons of each chapter, but they're a great place to start to see if the chapter addresses a topic you are seeking more help on for your family.

Although it might seem obvious that we should look to the scriptures for help with our problems, I think they are often overlooked because they might not seem in touch with our modern day struggles. However, I really like how Nelson points out that the parents in the scriptures dealt with many of the same issues we face today. Lehi and Sariah constantly battled with children who didn't get along. Alma and Mosiah had very rebellious sons. Alma the younger had a son who broke the law of chastity. There are many examples, and Nelson reminds us how these parents dealt with these issues, and how their methods can work for us.

In addition to scriptural examples, Nelson includes quotes from modern day prophets on the various issues addressed, and also includes personal examples. A few of the mock conversations weren't worded in a way that felt realistic, but the principles behind them were very good.

About the Author:

Julie K. Nelson is a wife and mother of five children, raising them in Illinois and now Utah. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from Utah State University in marriage, family and human development. Her scholarly research and creative writing have been published in journals and anthologies, and she has won numerous state and national awards for her writing. Julie has enjoyed teaching children in public and private schools and currently teaches at Utah Valley University.