The challeng to parents throughout the piece is to be intentional (thus, the title!). The book challenges parents to take their parenting through the next level by parenting proactively, rather than reactively.
The book is full of practical examples that underscore the point being made. Each chapter could stand alone but compliments the others well.
One of the major points throughout the book is that God wants parents to partner with Him. In so doing, He will guide parents. I found the book to be encouraging from this standpoint. It talked often of extending grace to yourself as a parent, to not feel the need to always be perfect. "There is no "right" in parenting. there's no "highly successful" or "perfect" for parents or children........Parenting is not meant to cripple me with insufficiency but to lead me to Gods sufficiency. Parenting is so much less about me and so much more about God." Talk about taking the pressure off of us parents!
I have a family ministry and this book was packed full of practical bits of wisdom that I was able to share with those who follow my ministry. This will definitely be listed as a must read when parents ask my opinion.
I would recommend this book highly to anyone with children of any age. The useful information and tools given are ready to be implemented in any family situation. I will reference this book many times in days to come.