Read the Book: Parenting is Heart Work


Parenting is a journey filled with countless challenges and joys. It’s an adventure that tests the limits of our patience, resilience, and love. While there’s no one-size-fits-all manual for raising children, there are guiding principles rooted in the wisdom of the ages. One such principle is the idea that “parenting is heart work.”

We wrote the book, “Parenting is Heart Work,” that lays the foundation for understanding and implementing a heart-based approach to parenting. This book, authored by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller RN, BSN, is a valuable resource for parents seeking to connect with their children on a deeper level, nurture their character, and foster lasting change. It’s now used in three seminaries as a foundational for best practice in parenting.

The Heart of Parenting

Parenting goes beyond the day-to-day tasks of feeding, clothing, and educating our children. It delves into the very core of their being—their hearts. The heart is the wellspring of a person’s thoughts, emotions, and choices. Understanding the heart is pivotal to effective parenting.

To comprehend the significance of the heart in parenting, the authors embarked on a comprehensive study of the word “heart” in the Scriptures. This study revealed a wealth of insights about the heart’s central role in human behavior, relationships, and spiritual growth. The first 38 pages of “Parenting is Heart Work” are dedicated to summarizing these profound findings. The rest of the book gives you practical techniques for implementation in your parenting.

Going Beyond Behavior

Traditional parenting often focuses on behavior modification through rewards and punishments. While these strategies have their place, a heart-based approach delves much deeper. It acknowledges that true and lasting change comes from the heart’s transformation.

“Parenting is Heart Work” equips parents and grandparents, teachers and ministry leaders, with practical tools and strategies to make this transformation possible. These principles apply to parenting children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, and even extend to guiding adult children. The book recognizes that parents themselves can also benefit from its insights, as the principles are just as relevant to their own hearts and lives.

Transforming Correction, Instruction, and Responsibility

The heart-based approach fundamentally alters the way parents instruct, correct, and guide their children. Instead of merely addressing outward behavior, this approach seeks to reach the heart of the matter. It involves connecting with a child’s heart, identifying core beliefs, and helping children understand the significance of their actions.

Through the pages of this book, parents will discover specific strategies for connecting with their child’s heart, and they will learn how to shape their child’s beliefs about life, responsibility, and relationships. Whether it’s dealing with tantrums, sibling rivalry, or teenage rebellion, “Parenting is Heart Work” offers guidance on navigating parenting challenges with grace and wisdom.

Building a Strong Foundation

Whether you’re a new parent seeking to build a solid foundation for your parenting journey or a seasoned caregiver looking for fresh insights, “Parenting is Heart Work” is a valuable resource. It not only imparts wisdom on nurturing a child’s heart but also guides parents in their own personal growth.

In a world filled with distractions and superficial solutions, this book provides a refreshing perspective rooted in timeless biblical principles. It reminds us that parenting is not just about shaping behavior but about molding the hearts and characters of our children.


“Parenting is Heart Work” is more than just a book; it’s a guide to transforming the way we approach raising children. It offers a profound understanding of the heart’s role in parenting and equips parents with practical tools to connect with their children on a deeper level. By embracing a heart-based approach, parents can cultivate lasting change, nurture strong character, and foster healthy relationships within their families.

If you’re ready to embark on a journey of heart-based parenting, we encourage you to read the first 38 pages of “Parenting is Heart Work.” These pages provide a glimpse into the rich insights and practical wisdom that await you within the book’s pages. Your parenting adventure begins here, where you’ll discover that indeed, parenting is heart work.

Note: To access the first 38 pages of “Parenting is Heart Work,” please click here.

Purchase the book here.

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