A simple model for developing your child’s maturity – at every stage

What's 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 Four 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 Four 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.

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About the Authors

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Dr. Marcus Warner

Dr. Marcus Warner (MDiv, ThM, DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the President of Deeper Walk International. He is a former pastor and college professor who has written numerous books on topics ranging from how to study the Bible to spiritual warfare, emotional healing, and leadership. His passion is taking complex topics and making them practical and accessible for everyone.

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Chris M. 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.


CURT THOMPSONMD, Author, The Soul of Shame and Anatomy of the Soul
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"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."
BILL ST. CYRPHD, cofounder of Ambleside Schools International
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"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."
MICHEL HENDRICKSDirector of Consulting at Life Model Works and coauthor of The Other Half of Church
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"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."
LORI A. MATEERMA, LPC, Red Rocks Church University Classes Counselor/Trainer
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"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."
STEFANIE HINMANMS-ATR, BCCC, art therapist and counselor, coauthor of Building Bounce, author of Building Bounce with Kids
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"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."

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