Parenting Children for a Life of Purpose

Empowering children to become who they are called to be

Rachel Turner

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'Too long we have stood apart as a church and looked at children and teens and said, "We love you, we value you, but we don't need you." '

Our churches have the power to establish a community of purpose that all people participate in. We can be the place where children feel most powerful, most seen, most discipled and most released. We can be the church that God designed. Parenting Children for a Life of Purpose is a practical and tested handbook exploring the possibilities for helping children to discover their specific gifts for what God is calling them to be, and how parents might partner with churches to enable children to discover their true identity and purpose in life and walk alongside them on the journey.

Addressing issues of identity, relationship, purpose, power, love, calling and response, each chapter includes true stories and questions to help us to reflect on our own experiences.

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Rachel Turner has been a full-time children's worker in churches around the UK and the National Children's Work Coordinator for New Wine. She continues to consult, speak at conferences and run training days for parents, children and youth workers around the UK and Europe. Her work has brought her into contact with thousands of children and families through mainstream New Wine summer events, parish weekends, schools, and daily encounters in her own church. She is currently the Children's and Youth Pastor at Harrogate New Life Church. Rachel's first book Parenting Children for a Life of Faith was published in 2010.


I am so excited about this book and whole-heartedly recommend it to any parent. This is a very insightful book, in which Rachel Turner seeks to empower and equip parents for the task of helping children of all ages to discover who God is calling them to be. The chapters show parents how they can walk alongside their children to enable them to discover their true identity. The book is clearly grounded in a wealth of experience, as it communicates a loving care and concern for children, combined with an awareness of the realities of life. The advice offered in the book is in no way patronising or blas but instead is fresh and thought-provoking. The book is incredibly down-to-earth, practical and easy to read.

The introduction clearly states that this book is not about giving parents even more tasks or pressures to fulfil in their already busy lives, and I loved that. Instead, it seeks to encourage parents to faithfully walk each day with God, allowing our eyes to see beyond what we hope for our children and to see how God is shaping them. And this is exactly what busy parents need - not more things for the 'to-do' list or to add to the guilt trip, but simply encouragement to see our kids in the way that God sees them - as dearly loved individuals who have been created for a purpose. Priced at GBP7.99, it is a great book to either buy for yourself or as a gift for any parent you know, whether new or experienced. A must-read book!

Sarah Holmes is a mum to three pre-school children, and is currently carrying out PhD research exploring the passing on of the Christian faith within the family environment.

Written for Childrenswork Magazine July 2014

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857461636
  • Published: 24 January 2014
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
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