Book Review of Keeping Our Children’s Hearts

Book Review of Steve and Teri Maxwell's parenting book 'Keeping Our Children's Hearts' ~ An Island Family By Grace


Having been listening last month to audio teachings by Steve and Teri Maxwell, from the Encouragement for the Homeschooling Family set that I got with some birthday money, I decided to re-read their book Keeping Our Children’s Hearts. This is available from the Maxwells’ website or from Rainbow Books in the UK.

I had originally read Keeping Our Children’s Hearts in 2007 when we started homeschooling, but it has been interesting to read it again now that our children are 8 years older.

The Maxwells set out why keeping our children’s hearts should be a priority for Christian parents, giving both a basis from Scripture, and examples from their own family and others with whom they have had contact. There is a big emphasis in the book on avoiding anger and being harsh towards our children, which I found very helpful, and also on spending as much time together as a family as possible.

The Maxwells address controversial subjects such as sheltering our children whilst not being isolationist, giving examples from the Bible and their own daily lives again.

Something I have found particularly helpful in re-reading the book has been the point that Mr and Mrs Maxwell make regarding ensuring that we replace negative influences that we have removed from our childrens’ lives with something positive and attractive to them, rather than leaving a vacuum.

This is a concept that I recently saw reiterated in a quote from JR Miller on JES’ Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth blog, and in an article by Dr SM Davis in Homeschool Enrichment Magazine, called ‘Replacing Evil with Good’.

“I’ve seen parents who just try to protect their children. That’s great. We need to protect our children. But that can’t be all we do … Only when we take active steps to replace bad with good and wrong with right can we and our children live in true spiritual victory.”                                                  Dr SM Davis.

At the moment, this idea of consciously choosing to include fun and wholesome activities is something that my husband and I are trying to incorporate into family life, and I feel it has been a huge blessing to have been reminded of this concept at this time.

Although the Maxwells do some things in quite a different way from our family, I feel it is a very valuable encouragement and resources for Christian parents, and I would recommend it.

Are you reading any Christian parenting books just now which you would recommend? Please share them in a comment below.

I am not affiliated with the Maxwell family or Rainbow Books in any way, and I was not compensated for this honest book review of Keeping Our Children’s Hearts- I just want to share a resource with you that I have benefitted from!

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4 Comments on “Book Review of Keeping Our Children’s Hearts

  1. We went to see them speak several years ago, they were excellent and I am constantly checking to see if they are going to be in our area again. I have this book but didn’t finish it, I think I need to. Thanks for the review!
    Kyle Suzanne recently posted…Frugal Low Carb Meal PlanMy Profile

    • You’re welcome Kyle 🙂 It would be great to hear them speak live, although I think that’s unlikely for me! Thank for your comment.

  2. I’m new to your blog and saw your post on a link-up. I liked your review of the book and it was a reminder to me to add it to my parenting re-reads for 2016 list. I found this book very helpful when I reading many years ago. I purchased it at a seminar the Maxwell’s did. Now i have 3 more children and need a refresher. I find the DVDs by S.M. Davis to be very informative and motivating.

    • Hi Beth 🙂 That’s interesting to hear about SM Davis’ DVDs- I have not seen them, but have heard an audio teaching of his before. Thanks so much for you comment!

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