Author and Child Specialist Encourages Parents to Become Their Best Using Six Guiding Principles

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Destiny Image Publishers is pleased to announce the release of “Purposeful Parenting: Six Steps to Bring Out the Best in Your Kids” from author Jean S. Barnes. With all the right interventions—and a lifetime of experience—Barnes is helping people to become the best parent they can—and to produce families that operate in love and grace, allowing parents and children alike to thrive.

Photo of Jean Barnes, author of Purposeful Parenting: Six Steps to Bring Out the Best in Your Kids, published by Destiny Image and available May 19, 2015

Jean Barnes, author of "Purposeful Parenting: Six Steps to Bring Out the Best in Your Kids" published by Destiny Image — available May 19, 2015

Parenting is the highest and best of all roles, and we are all so unprepared for it. Jean Barnes has written a thoughtful and yet practical book to resource you.

No one is naturally born a good parent—it takes hard work, determination, and passionate intention to raise children right. In the end, we can either parent on purpose for a purpose—or idly sit back and allow everything else in the world to shape children into the men and women they will become. How a person parents directly impacts who their children are and who they will become.

Based on both Biblical wisdom and best practices in psychology, “Purposeful Parenting” provides six essential practices/guiding principles for successfully raising children: love unconditionally, discipline without guilt or regret, pursue passion and purpose, develop character from the inside out, grow in responsibility and persevere to the end.

Author Jean Barnes writes from experience as a mother and grandmother. She has been divorced, single, a widow–in every role–and a teacher with 10 years experience and a counselor and school psychologist for 35 years. She has seen these six principles work, personally and professionally, and has filled the book with all these perspectives, plus examples, practical tools, inspiration, and encouragement. She implores parents to be steady, practice these things we know from psychological study and from God’s Word—and to work and do these things over and over as the child grows. Barnes does not make empty promises—for example that the child or the parent will be perfect—but that both parent and child will be and feel better as they grow stronger and wiser; and that these principles will carry the family through life.

Jean Barnes is a veteran educator and pioneer in recognizing the importance of teacher-parent collaboration for the benefit of children. She’s taught preschool through high school in ten school systems across the country nationally recognized as “outstanding,” and been hailed for her work as a school psychologist, counselor, and team leader.

Jean served the Capistrano Unified School District’s diagnostic assessment, after retiring in 1999 from twenty years at Fairfield Public Schools. She pioneered the groundbreaking Family Growth seminars that rouses parents and teachers to work together for the benefit of children. Her model program in 1983 earned a grant by the State of Connecticut, was published in Promising Practice in Special Education and Students Services, and lead to professional development seminars for psychologists and counselors. A second model program that she created, Love and Discipline (1990), and a third that she inspired and helped shape, The Teacher-Parent Connection (1997), were presented upon request and are recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists. With ten years in the classroom and forty-five years total as an educator, and as a mom in a variety of roles (married, divorced and raising young children on her own, and then remarried and widowed and parenting adult children), Jean Barnes knows what works for parents and children to grow together. And her knowledge, experience, and effective practices are trusted by parents.

Jean earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a masters from the University of Cincinnati, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in psychology from Fairfield University. Her doctoral studies in marriage and family therapy, as well as human development at the University of Connecticut, shaped many of her principles that help children thrive.


"There are plenty of parenting books that will tell you to love your children even in the tough times, but in “Purposeful Parenting,” Jean Barnes tells us how to love them and how to transform the challenges into life-changing events for our children. She goes beyond the 'what to do' to the 'why to do it' while guiding us to inject purpose and meaning into the life of each child. This is so rich, and you will be such a better parent for integrating the principals into how you are raising your kids." – Stephen Arterburn, Founder of New Life Ministries and Host of “New Life Live”

"I wish I had “Purposeful Parenting” when I first became a parent. The wisdom, insight, and practical lessons found within this book will put you light-years ahead in your parenting. Not only will it empower you as a parent, but it will help create a lasting legacy in your kids. If I could read just one book this year on parenting this would be it!" – Pastor Tommy Hilliker, Pastor of Membership at Saddleback Church

"Parenting is the highest and best of all roles, and we are all so unprepared for it. Jean Barnes has written a thoughtful and yet practical book to resource you. Not to be missed." – John Townsend, Ph.D., “New York Times” bestselling author and Founder of the Townsend Institute of Leadership and Counseling

"You can be the parent you’ve always wanted to be—the parent God wants and your kids need, the parent with a purpose. Your life at home with your kids can be calmer, clearer, healthier, and happier today, starting right now." – Dr. Jill Hubbard, “New Life Live” Radio

Interviews, review copies and giveaway copies are available upon request.

Destiny Image, located in Shippensburg, Pa, was founded in 1983 by Pastor Don Nori, Sr. It seeks to accurately represent authors who have a call to share God’s present word to His people and to make these authors easily accessible to the Christian body around the world in every form of media possible.

Brad Herman
(717) 532-3040 x172


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