Is This Book on Your Shelf?



One of the books that we HIGHLY recommend at Children Desiring God is the very practical (and short—only 160 pages) Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training by Lou Priolo

Here is Pastor John MacArthur’s endorsement on the back cover of the book:

There is far more to teaching your children the Bible than merely telling them Bible stories. Unfortunately, many parents feel ill-equipped for the task, so they neglect this vital aspect of Christian parenting. In doing so, they forfeit many of the greatest blessings of parenthood. Here’s a valuable aid for parents seeking help…[This book] holds a wealth of practical and biblical advice for parents seeking to fulfill the mandate of Deuteronomy 6:6-7.

And here is the main premise in the book on which Priolo bases this advice,

The Scriptures provide all you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). They also provide all you need to bring up your children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” For thousands of years Christian parents have depended on the Bible as their source for child training. Down through the centuries men and women have believed that God would not ask them to do anything without giving them the resources to accomplish the task—especially a task as difficult as raising godly children. They believed it when Paul told them that the Scriptures were given “in order to make the man of God adequate, and to equip him fully for every good task” (2 Tim. 3:17, CCNT).

I would also add that this book is a must read for anyone who teaches children in a classroom setting, especially small groups leaders!


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Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

20 Responses to “Is This Book on Your Shelf?”

  1. Na-Shuang Freeburg May 24, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Thank you for the recommendation.

  2. Jes Heintzelman May 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    I would like that book to be on my shelf.

  3. Kimberly May 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    From the godly instruction I was blessed to receive, I learned shortly after becoming a parent how easy it is to follow our flesh, focus on the external behavior, and, as a result, teach our children to be Pharisees.
    The Word of God–praise God!–is the tool He will use to help us instruct them where it matters most–their hearts!
    I’ve been grateful for resources similar to Mr. Priolo’s (and have had my eyes on his for a while) that assist me in my role of parenting, to point my kids’ eyes to Jesus….

  4. Valita Randolph May 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I wish more people would use the Bible in teaching their children. It is not just stories!

    I’m putting this on my wish list for our church library!

  5. Monica May 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    I have not seen this book but know how desperately I need to trust in the truths of God’s Word as I raise my children…

  6. Sara May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    This book sounds like a must have and encouragement for parents who really want to train their children in God’s ways.

  7. Kristin May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    This is not on my bookshelf. Thank you for sharing it. After reading this I put it in my amazon cart to purchase later. If I win it I can give that one away. 🙂 I try to keep a biblical marriage and parenting book on hand (next to the Bible)to keep my perspective right.

    • Julie Norris May 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

      Well, I sure thought I did, but I’ve looked everywhere and don’t see it! It must be on my “to get” list, eh? Sounds as though it’s a great book for grandparents who are too old to have benefitted from it as parents! Thank you for your always excellent recommendations!

  8. Terri May 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    I would be interested to read this book!!

  9. Michael G. May 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    I always love new books to read to grow in necessary skills for life, especially parenting! I have an 11-month old little boy, we definitely need all the extra training resources we can get.

  10. Laurel May 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I have read and loaned Lou Priolo’s “Heart of Anger” many times. I would like to add this to my reading list.

  11. Julie May 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

    I have not heard of this resource but have certainly benefited from other books/discussions involving how to apply scripture in parenting and how to teach it to our children. I must say, though, I feel that for many of us, what is lacking is not how to apply the scriptures to our lives, but rather a foundational knowledge of the scriptures themselves–one that is only gained through disciplined and consistent time spent, over several years, reading God’s word, living it out, and committing it to memory. When you spend time in His word, and when it’s in your heart, and when it becomes life itself, Deuteronomy 6 is going to happen. I’m not against books like the recommended one, and I’d love to read it–I’m all for anything that improves my parenting and has the potential to draw myself and my children closer to God and deeper into His word–I just couldn’t comment without raising this point. Thoughts??

  12. Lauren May 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Thanks for the recommendation. My husband and I are always looking for good resources to raise Godly children that love Jesus!!

  13. Lauren May 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks for the recommendation! My husband and I are always looking for good resources to raise children that love Jesus! We will definitely add this to our reading list.

  14. Stacy May 25, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Looks like a great book!

  15. Jean Bartlett May 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    My children are grown and do not yet have children of their own, but I teach pre-K/K classes at our church and this sounds like a good resource for me. Also for our students’ parents.

  16. Beatriz May 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    would love to have this book.
    And thank you for the rec. Seems like a good book to own (as a parent) and to share with the rest of our education staff.
    Thank you.

  17. Ellen Stream May 29, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Every year our children’s ministry hosts a special welcome luncheon for new and expecting mothers. We always give them a gift to encourage them in their parenting. I will definitely look into this one! Once again, thank you for your guidance!

  18. Jamin May 31, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    sounds like a pivotal tool for parents and teachers alike!! I am glad the title is “teach them DILIGENTLY”. Such an important aspect of that teaching (and biblical value) is perseverance… diligence!

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