Harriet Connor

Author of Big Picture Parents

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Here’s what people are saying about Big Picture Parents:

“I generally dislike parenting books as a genre – they usually leave me with the feeling that if I don’t implement their particular technique, I will break my kid.  Not so with this book. Big Picture Parents lifted my eyes to the big story of God and how he is at work in the world.  My story and that of my little family are enfolded in something much bigger.  That is the rock on which I can anchor my parenting.  I just ordered another 5 copies to give to friends.”

–Kylie

“I found the book most helpful and timely.  Having a big picture of parenting is essential, especially in this day of social media where conflicting and contrary voices compete so personally and pervasively.  As a parent – and I imagine especially a young parent – one can become so confused about so many things that challenge, degrade and obscure the big picture.
So far I think I have ordered four copies – with more to come!”

–Robyn Buchanan

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How to “Childproof” Your Marriage: Tips from a Relationship Therapist

Andrew G. Marshall has spent almost thirty years helping couples to overcome their marriage difficulties. Most of the misery he encounters can be traced back to one single issue: how to stop your children from ruining your marriage.

He writes:

“Although bringing up the next generation is possibly the most fulfilling and life-affirming thing anyone can do, babies and small children do seem to have a mission to destroy everything they come into contact with, from your clothes and furniture to your nerves, sex life and sometimes even your marriage … in the hurly-burly of bringing up a family … you drop down each other’s list of priorities until one or other of you complains: ‘You always put me last’” (p 5-6).

Marshall has distilled his insights into a book, called I Love You But You Always Put Me Last: How to Childproof Your Marriage (Macmillan, London, 2013). The book is full of diagnostic quizzes, real-life examples, and practical tips to help you build a stronger marriage during the child-raising years. And with one in three Australian marriages currently ending in divorce, we would do well to pay attention.

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Review of ‘Big Picture Parents’ on The Gospel Coalition Australia

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“What the world needs now is another book on parenting. Right?

Another book with a list of what to do, and what not to do. Some new system of time-out or positive reinforcement. Some social media strategies for teenagers and sleeping schedules for babies. And, for good measure, a chapter on all the ways you’re failing, and why your children will grow up to be monsters.

Hmm, maybe not.

But what we could use (what people hardly ever think about, let alone write books about) is an accessible explanation of what the whole parenting caper is for.”

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‘Big Picture Parents’ Shortlisted

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I am excited to announce that my book, Big Picture Parents: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award. Winners will be announced on August 17th.

You can see the full shortlist here.

My book offers modern parents the opportunity to step back from all the parenting “shoulds and shouldn’ts” and reflect on the bigger questions of what being a parent is all about.

Read more about the book here.

Marriage and Parenting outside Eden—The Story of Jacob

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The account of Jacob and his family occupies almost half of the book of Genesis. It’s a captivating story about how God’s holy, eternal promises have coursed through the veins of very weak and finite human beings; it’s about how God can work through the mess and grime of family life to achieve his glorious purposes.

And God knows that I need to hear that story today. My family life seems weak—often it feels like we’re just skating on the thin ice of civility, with chaos lying in wait just under the surface.

How could God possibly be at work in this very human family?

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What does the Bible say about discipline?

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There’s no quicker way to ignite an emotional debate than to raise the issue of discipline. At one end of the spectrum are those who say, “The problem with today’s children is that they aren’t disciplined enough—our generation was smacked and it taught us to be respectful.” At the other end of the spectrum are those who warn about how discipline can be abused and result in negative consequences for children.

So, what does the Bible say? How can Christians chart a course through the murky waters of the discipline debate?

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Review of ‘Big Picture Parents’ on Growing Faith

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“Rather than write another book of ‘rules for parenting’, Harriet Connor has taken a step back to look at the bigger picture. This is far more than just another voice in the multitude with yet another program for bringing up balanced or happy kids. No. This is something better.”

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Review of ‘Big Picture Parents’ on Thinking of God

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“This is a wonderful resource that I wished I had when I was starting out my parenting journey and it is a book I am definitely buying for my younger sister and her husband who are about to begin theirs. Whether you are a seasoned parent, a single wanting to support those in your church family or a soon-to-be parent, I would highly recommend this book for a Biblical, big-picture approach to parenting.”

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Introducing ‘Big Picture Parents: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life’

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by feelings of guilt, fear, and confusion as a parent? I certainly have. That’s why, five years ago, I started out on a personal quest to discover what the wisdom of my ancestors – the Bible – had to say to parents like me. I went looking for little pieces of grandmotherly advice, but what I found was something much greater. As I read the Bible, I realised that what modern parents need most is not more advice, but a “big picture” – a framework for making sense of both life and parenthood.

I invite you to join me in stepping back from all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts” of modern parenting to consider the bigger questions.

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