Parenting by The Book is the second book that I've read by John Rosemond. I picked up a lot of practical things from the first one and thought that this one might contain other great tidbits. The book is mainly a diatribe about the state of parenting and child rearing in the United States at this time. Rosemond makes many (maybe too many) well thought out and stated arguments against the current frame of reference for child rearing, mainly listening to professionals of psychology over listening to years of tradition.
His book is a call to the return of the days when our main source of parenting help was our ancestors. I think that Rosemond could be right about a number of the ideas within the book, including that we should be more concerned about our child's character development over their self-esteem. What I found lacking in the book was the definitive how to. In a culture, where "grandma" is part of the generation that believes in the pop culture Rosemond is refuting, it can be difficult to know where to turn within scripture for the help we need.
I do not feel like this is a parenting how to book, it is however an invitation to think about where you get your parenting advice from. From the title, we can see that Rosemond would encourage us to seek The Book for help. I would have enjoyed this book more if that had been less proving his point and more where do we go from here in tangible terms. But I do see that the idea is that where we go from here is to our Bibles and to seek out our path with God. I think it's a great, enlightening read and it will change the way you parent, regardless of what you're currently doing. Either you will become further entrenched in your current beliefs or be open to something new.
This book was given to me by the publisher for purposes of review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.