Pitchin’ A Fit!: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting
New Leaf Press
March 4, 2016
ANGER DESTROYS FAMILIES. You don’t have to let it destroy yours.
Parenting comes with stresses that can make the most laid-back among us feel irritable, frustrated, and angry. Even parents who sincerely love their children sometimes use the wrong methods of anger and frustration in an attempt to control their children. But angry parenting doesn’t just weaken relationships between parents and their children; it can, over time, destroy them. Few parents set out to become yelling meanies who no longer enjoy their children. Yet many feel stuck, unable to pull themselves out of their ugly habits. This book:
- Provides practical and biblical solutions to get to the other side of the issue
- Gives hope and freedom from the tyranny of stressed-out and angry parenting
- Offers solutions that are ideal for any family.
If anger is in your home even in small ways this book is for you. It is time to replace that anger with something more powerful: patience and peace. Israel and Brook share candidly from their experience as parents.
Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker. He is a homeschool graduate and has authored books on topics such as Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, Discipline, and Biblical Discipleship. Israel and his wife Brook have taken the word of God on the subject of anger and shared in in a succinct, personal fashion, filtering it through their own stories and experiences.
This book opens with Wayne sharing a situation where he teetered on the edge of anger, and shares how he had to immediately adjust himself in the situation, helping the reader understand that this book is written from the heart of one set of parents to another. Then, they share from scripture the Biblical perspective on anger. Next, they examine many causes of anger.
As the book develops, the Waynes make it clear that a parent’s unchecked, uncontrolled anger can lead directly to provoking our children to wrath. Once this transfer of wrath occurs, parents must then battle this at home as well. Breaking the cycle or chain of anger may be the first step to preventing anger issues in your children.
Once you recognize the causes of anger, the Waynes walk the reader through topics such as “Yeling Moms, Hollering Dads.” But this book goes further than simply convicting the reader of sin in the area of anger- it offers hope. First, in the resurrection power of the the saving grace of Jesus. Second, he offers scriptures to inspire and instruct. Finally, they offer practical tips to help a parent begin walking in righteousness.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly for Christian parents dealing with anger issues of their own, or for parents trying to find help for anger in their children. By helping identify root causes of anger, a parent will be in a position to better help her children (or herself) overcome the problems by addressing them properly.
Since he writes this book from a biblical perspective, he presupposes the reader is a believer in Christ. As such, this book uses scripture liberally. For a non-believer, this book, as useful as it is, will be less effective. Only by respecting the authority of the Word can one come to trust the Word and see it’s value. Since much of the wisdom on the book is firmly rooted in scripture, it is most appropriate for one who shares this worldview.
It was my pleasure to read and review this latest offering from the Wayne family.