Author of Beyond Colorblind
"What a beautiful book, full of hope, practical wisdom, and real stories that help navigate spiritual parenthood. I'm so grateful for a resource that coaches parents on how to approach spiritual parenting with lots of challenge, grace, and invitations to freedom. It's not anxiety, fear, or shame that motivates, but the real hope of Jesus being present to our children, no matter their age, and in all the ways they are uniquely made. May we all be better equipped to love our children so that they may know the God who loves them, their friends, and their communities."
Dean of the Boston Campus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"Teach Your Children Well is written for anyone who knows a child. While aimed at parents, any adult who shares a passion for leading children into an adult relationship with Jesus can benefit from this content. Sarah understands the influence parents have on the direction of their children at every age and stage of their development. The reflection questions at the end of each chapter for parents, pastors, and church leaders provide a process moment for immediate practical application. My prayer along with Sarah's is that we indeed teach our children well."
"Sarah Cowan Johnson's instincts are absolutely right: parents can be the most important pastoral presence in their child's life. Our children need something real to grab on to—from our own life with God, from their own encounters with God, and from the everyday moments when God is close. God is always very close to us. This book is a very practical guide helping parents facilitate the practice of encountering God in the tiny moments of everyday life. This book will absolutely help parents in the work of the spiritual accompaniment of their children."
"If we're honest, we've long outsourced much of what it means to raise our children to familiar institutions: schools, media, and churches. We don't mean to do this; it's simply the norm we've come to accept. As a result, even well-intentioned parents miss opportunities daily to form the hearts, minds, and faith of our children. In Teach Your Children Well, my friend Sarah Cowan Johnson offers a better path. Drawing on experiences from Johnson's pastoral and parenting life, this book provides strategies that are theologically robust and incredibly practical. This is a timely resource that will give parents the clarity and confidence to be the primary disciple makers of their children."
Co-Authors of Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram
"We would have loved to have Teach Your Children Well when we were rearing our own children. This is a practical book, a boots-on-the-ground book, from a mother who has practiced what she is writing about. Sarah is funny, wise, thoughtful, and great with diagrams that provide a path forward in parenting the child you have. This is not about making the 'ideal Christian child.' It is about how you receive the child you were given, so you can partner with God in growing, training, and celebrating this child. If you are looking for a theologically sound and developmentally savvy resource in your parenting, Teach Your Children Well is for you."
Lead Pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel and Coauthor with James Choung of Longing for Revival: From Holy Discontent to Breakthrough Faith
"Equipping parents to disciple their children may just be the most important thing we do to prepare the church for the next great move of God. This book is my first choice for that task. It thrills me to imagine how this book could equip a generation of families facing one of the most spiritually challenging periods in our country's history."
"If you are looking for a book that equips and empowers parents to train children for a life with God, this is it. Sarah Cowan Johnson brings together head and heart in this insightfully instructive manual for the discipleship of children and families. Teach Your Children Well is filled with creative ideas and authentic stories for every developmental stage."
Tim Ciccone, Director of Youth Ministry for the Evangelical Covenant Church
"For such a time as this, for such a world as this: Teach Your Children Well by Sarah Cowan Johnson is a timely book that will revolutionize how you parent your children and think about discipleship toward young people. Beautifully and honestly written, Sarah shares her parenting journey and offers a biblical, relevant, and clear 'discipleship GPS' that points to a healthy parenting ecosystem. Sarah provides a real pathway focused on a foundational spiritual parenting practice while at the same time addressing the real-world issues that are faced by parents every day. Dig in deep—this book will change how you parent your children."