JC Ryle on Parenting

Posted by  | Tuesday, April 12, 2011  at 7:00 AM  
Recently, I was looking for some new cheap (or free!) reads for my Kindle. I came across a sample of JC Ryle's writing entitled "Duties of Parents." JC Ryle was an Anglican bishop who lived in the 1800's. Prior to this writing, I had only read a few quotes attributed to him. I was blown away by the parenting wisdom in this short little read! Though it was written over 100 years ago, the biblical truths and challenges presented in this were so timeless and convicting!

Here is a quote (from the free Kindle sample portion) in reference to the scripture he opens with...

 "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Ryle says,

"It cannot be said that the subject is a new one. The world is old, and we have the experience of nearly six thousand years to help us. We live in days when there is a mighty zeal for education in every quarter. We hear of new schools rising on all sides. We are told of new systems, and new books for the young, of every sort and description. And still for all this, the vast majority of children are manifestly not trained in the way they should go, for when they grow up to man's estate, they do not walk with God." 

This part especially stuck out to me as many of us POH Moms have (almost) five year olds ready to start their schooling this coming year! (Stay tuned for more on schooling later this week!)

Later Ryle says,

"It is a subject, too, on which all concerned are in great danger of coming short of their duty. This is preeminently a point in which men can see the faults of their neighbors more clearly than their own." 

How true is that!?  I hope these quotes have enticed you to check out the rest of practical and biblical wisdom he shares on parenting! (If you have a Kindle, it's only .99!)

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