Thoughts from Ed Miller
This was the title of the very first book self-published by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. Back in the 90’s, Scott and his wife Carrie were ministering alongside our family in a small church in Mercer County, New Jersey. We decided to move into the neighborhood in Lawrenceville, NJ where the Turansky family was already living. Our goal was to develop intentional Christian community with the Turansky family in everything from sharing household appliances to homeschooling and parenting.
Scott had a heart to strengthen families and equip parents and he offered local seminars for parents. Joanne began by assisting him with these seminars but then Scott invited her input on the content and presentation of the seminars. As a mother and pediatric nurse, Joanne had some ideas that Scott appreciated so he invited her to join him in presenting the material. They began to develop their well-received co-presentation style and have never looked back.
As you can imagine, our families spent a lot of time together. We began to throw around ideas for a parenting book, then Scott and Joanne started writing. The result was 8 Secrets to Highly Effective Parenting. We couldn’t find a publisher to take on the book, so we went the self-publishing route. It was not an easy road to travel. I remember driving out to Lancaster, PA with a trailer in tow, to pick up the first 5,000 copies of the book. We went out to lunch to celebrate and then stopped at every Christian Bookstore we could find all the way home! The Provident Bookstore in Lancaster, PA actually bought a few copies of our book. We were thrilled.
We’ve been on quite a journey for the past 20 years. Scott and Joanne founded the National Center for Biblical Parenting and have now created numerous resources to equip parents. They have met one-on-one with countless parents to offer them guidance and hope, taught live seminars all over the country, launched several new initiatives including Biblical Parenting University and much more. Many of the early seminars were at Homeschool and other Conventions. We went together as families and worked together to use the various tools we were developing. It was such a privilege to work on our parenting together.
Do you have a place where you can share your joys and struggles in parenting? We’d like to hear what you do to find that support and encouragement. Please share your thoughts as comments on this blog.