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  • The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids: A Simple Model for Developing Your Child's Maturity- at Every Stage

The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids: A Simple Model for Developing Your Child's Maturity- at Every Stage

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Is "Joy-Building" the secret to raising mature healthy kids?

Joy-filled kids aren't always happy kids, but they do know how to work for and wait for what is truly satisfying in life. In The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids you will discover a tool box full of skills that you can use with your children to help them grow in maturity and live with greater joy.
These tools help your kids, from infants to teens, build skills like:

  • Regulating upset emotions so they can return to joy
  • Forming a stable identity that doesn't change with each new emotion
  • Developing discernment to distinguish between what is satisfying and what is only temporarily pleasurable
  • Discovering heart values and not just living to please others
  • Building "joy bonds" rather than "fear bonds"

The skills you'll learn in The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids will not only help you parent your children well, but they will also help you grow joy in your family.

About the Authors

Marcus Warner
MARCUS WARNER (MDiv, ThM, and Min Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the president of Deeper Walk International. A former pastor and professor, he has written on topics ranging from how to study the Bible to spiritual warfare, emotional healing, and leadership. Marcus travels the world equipping people on the front lines of ministry with practical tools for dealing with root issues that keep people stuck and unable to go deeper into what God has for them.

Chris Coursey
CHRIS COURSEY is an ordained minister, pastoral counselor, published author, and international speaker. He and his wife, Jen, lead and design the THRIVE Training Program that uses brain-based exercises to train leaders, families, and communities in the 19 relational skills and the Immanuel Lifestyle. They are passionate about helping people acquire the skills to make relationships work. Chris and Jen have two boys, Matthew and Andrew.


"If we were created for joy, and if every relational system in the world is modeled, ultimately, after the family, then who would not want to know how to raise joy-filled children who themselves then go on to be conduits of that joy in every institution they occupy? With The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids, Chris Coursey and Marcus Warner have given us a gem of a book that not only will change how you parent but also bring deep, lasting hope to all of your relational interactions. Read this book prepared to work. Read it prepared to be changed. But mostly, read it for the joy that is waiting for you as you do."
–CURT THOMPSON, MD, Author, The Soul of Shame and Anatomy of the Soul

"The journey from infancy to maturity is one that no child can make alone. Children need parents not merely to provide but to support and guide. But who will support and guide the parents? Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey have a keen understanding of the developmental needs of three-year-olds, thirteen-year-olds, and thirty-year-olds. Not only insightful but eminently practical, The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids is a primer every parent should read."
BILL ST. CYR, PHD, cofounder of Ambleside Schools International

"Chris Coursey and Marcus Warner approach parenting from a different perspective than any parenting book I have read. In The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids, they hold up a worthy goal: raising children who are motivated by relational joy instead of fear. My one critique of this book is that they didn't write this book twenty years ago when our kids were young. If you are a parent or if you know a parent, this book is a gold mine. I'm already counting how many copies I plan to give away."
MICHEL HENDRICKS, Director of Consulting at Life Model Works and coauthor of The Other Half of Church

"In The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids, Coursey and Warner provide needed resources to parents who want to build a relational home of joy and peace. This is what every parent who seeks counsel or coaching desires to learn. Every parent or soon to be parent wants this must-read book on how to raise resilient kids."
LORI A. MATEER, MA, LPC, Red Rocks Church University Classes Counselor/Trainer

"The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids is an excellent parenting resource! It is full of practical and helpful insights into building joy-filled kids while encouraging growth and maturity at every stage of development."
STEFANIE HINMAN, MS-ATR, BCCC, art therapist and counselor, coauthor of Building Bounce, author of Building Bounce with Kids

"Few jobs are more rewarding or difficult than that of parenting. Warner and Coursey, in their book The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids, offer solid help in navigating the challenging waters of parenthood. Their material is insightful, encouraging, and abundantly practical. You'll find that not only does their material equip you for becoming a better parent but a better person as well."
PAUL AND MARILYN HONTZ, Parents of five adult married kids and fourteen "Grand Joys!"; author of Listening for God and Shame Lifter

"Where was this book when my kids were born? This is one of those books I will keep available for my coaching clients. Coursey and Warner have taken complex neuroscience and made it easy to understand and apply at every stage of your kids' development. Become the parent you want your kids to have. Read this book. Do the activities. Enjoy your family!"
DAWN WHITESTONE, author of Strategic Business Prayer and founding partner of WhiteStone Professionals

"Jam-packed full of the best teaching on parenting, The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids is a no-nonsense, practical book that very clearly and concisely explains the ABCDs of parenting. Like none other, this book is profound, yet simple and practical. It is my number-one resource for new and experienced parents alike. Sure wish this had been available twenty years ago. Thank you Chris and Marcus!"
TONI M. DANIELS, Operations Director and Training Champion, LK10; author, Back to Joy; coauthor, Joy Fueled

"The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids by Marcus Warner and Chris Coursey is one of the best books I have read on parenting. They bring fresh ideas for emotional training in joy, maturity, and relating without fear. This book should be on every shelf—and read—where children are present. Practicing what Warner and Coursey propose will transform families, adults, and children of all ages."
BARBARA MOON, author of Joy-Filled Relationships and Joy-Filled Parenting with Teens

"Chris and Marcus are rock stars of clarity and practicality. They make the cutting-edge brain science of attachment understandable and useful. As a psychotherapist and a wounded healer, I have spent my life helping adults recover from early childhood attachment wounds. What a joy it is to read such clear guidance for parents longing to do a better job but not knowing what it looks like."
MARGARET M. WEBB, MA, Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College Graduate School; cofounder of Alive and Well, Inc., and Director of Immanuel Encounter Training

"The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids is refreshingly deep and simple at the same time—the acronyms make the power points simple to remember. ABCD, CAKE, VCR—we are already starting to rehearse them so they will be in our minds when we need them. We celebrate how Chris and Marcus are creating such wonderful and practical applications in our day through their recent books that embody the wise integration of sound theology and the latest neuroscience."
MICHAEL AND TERRI SULLIVANT, authors, speakers; Life Model Works; Radius Ministries; Terri Sullivant Coaching

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Product Details

ISBN: 978-0-8024-2172-2
Publish Date: June 2021
Dimensions: 5 x 7
Format: Paperback