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Recommended Books - Parenting

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age of opportunity

Age of Opportunity: The argument over the last donut. The cry of nothing to wear a half hour before school. The “I'm the only one whose parents make them...” Teenage hassles that disrupt parents’ lives? Or prime opportunities to connect with, listen to, and nurture our kids? Paul Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting parents and their teenagers during the often chaotic adolescent years. With wit, wisdom, humility, and compassion, he shows parents how to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with their teenagers.

 

 

big book 1Big Book of Bible Truths 1: You can never have too many stories! Children love them: We all do! And who better to hear about in a story than the great storyteller himself, Jesus. Through the stories in this book you will find out about him, his life, how he wants to get to know you. Sinclair tells twenty-seven stories that will teach you about what it means to be a Christian. Nick-names, moth burgers – there are many interesting stories that teach you things you didn’t know before – and loads of cool stuff about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Illustrated throughout, this book is going to be another family favourite!

 

 

big book q and aBig Book of Questions and Answers: The Big Book of Questions and Answers is a family guide to the Christian Faith. It has so many uses! You can use it as a daily devotional for the family, as a weekly spot at Sunday School or as a Christian basics course at home school. However you use it your kids (and you!) will have a great grounding in the Christian faith.

 

 

 

building familiesBuilding Strong Families: The stresses of modern society are slowly eroding the foundations of American family life. What can we do to stop the decline? Offering a biblical blueprint for rebuilding our families, trusted teachers and noted authors offer vital insights into marriage, spiritual renewal, mentoring strategies, and more. Contributors include Dennis Rainey, John Piper, and Susan Hunt

 

 

come ye childrenCome Ye Children: 'A thankless task.' 'A waste of time.' Two of the ways worn out people have described the Christian training of children. You don't have to feel that way! In this book you will find encouragement, practical help and biblical principles. You will also go away with a new vision of the importance of the work in which you are involved. C.H Spurgeon shows us that telling young people about Jesus is the most important task given to anyone, be they parent, teacher or youth leader.

 

 

doing things rightDoing Things Right in Matters of the Heart: There is a radical, biblical alternative to much of what is taught and practiced today regarding relationships. Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart presents a bold plan for escaping the swift currents of contemporary patterns of hooking up, shacking up, and breaking up. It draws a compelling vision of complementarity between the sexes. It instructs men on what to do and informs women on what to look for in their mutual pursuit of a healthy, tender, long-term relationship.

 

 

dont make me count to threeDon't Make Me Count to Three: Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you discouraged because it seems you just can’t reach the heart of your child? Through personal experience and the practical application of Scripture, Ginger Hubbard encourages and equips moms to reach past the outward behavior of their children and dive deeply into the issues of the heart. Ginger’s candid approach will help moms move beyond the frustrations of not knowing how to handle issues of disobedience and into a confident, well–balanced approach to raising their children.

 

 

give them graceGive Them Grace: A guide to help Christians parent their children with grace and an emphasis on the cross. How are parents to raise children so they don't become Pharisees (legalists) or prodigals (rebels)? It's all about grace-filled, gospel-driven parenting, says the mother/daughter team of Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. Christian parents, in their desire to raise godly children, can tend toward rule-centered discipline. There is, however, a far more effective method—a grace-motivated approach that begins with the glorious truth of God's love for sinners. In Give Them Grace, parents will learn how to connect the benefits of the cross—especially regeneration, adoption, and justification—to their children's daily lives. Chapters address topics such as our inability to follow the law perfectly, God's forgiveness and love displayed at the cross, and what true heart obedience looks like. Fitzpatrick and Thompson also discuss discipline, dealing with popular culture, and evangelism as a way of life. Parents will find this book a great resource for raising grace-filled, Jesus-loving kids.

gospel powered parentingGospel Powered Parenting: “How can I hope to be an effective parent today when attacks on the family are stronger than ever before?” The answer, says Farley, is the GOSPEL. Parents who claim the gospel as their own have an enormous effect on their marriage, their integrity, and their love for their children. Keeping the gospel at the forefront of every aspect of marriage helps parents fear God, sensitizes them to sin, motivates them to enter their children's world, and causes them to preach the beauty of the gospel to their children through their marriage.

 

how children come to faithHow our Children Come to Faith: This helpful, practical booklet encourages Christian parents to raise their children in a spirt of faith rather than anxiety, emphasizing the importance of bringing children to Jesus for his blessing. The author goes on to explain the meaning of regeneration and conversion as they relate to children raised in Christian families.

 

 

 

instructing childs heartInstructing a Child's Heart: From interaction with their peers to the instruction and correction that they receive at home, children interpret their experience from a worldview that seeks to answer their fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I exist for? Where can I find joy? We need to provide our children with a consistent, persuasive, biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it. Instructing a Child’s Heart is essential to Shepherding a Child's Heart. The instruction that you provide for them not only informs their minds; it is directed to persuading their hearts of the wisdom and truthfulness of God’s ways. Impress truth on the hearts of your children, not to control or manage them, but to point them to the greatest joy and happiness that they can experience—delighting in God and the goodness of his ways.

 

intentional parentingIntentional Parenting: There are literally thousands of books available on how to live various aspects of the Christian life. Of these, at least a couple of dozen pertaining to family life and child training are well worth reading. This is not one of those books. This book is designed to help you take those other books, as well as all the sermons, teachings, and exhortations you have received on child training and leadership in the home, and make sense of it all. Pastor Tad Thompson has assembled a biblical approach to effective family discipleship. Let him share it with you in this clear, encouraging, accessible book. This is not another book of tactics and techniques. It is a book of strategy for parents who want to be intentional about discipleship in the home.

 

leading child to christLeading Your Child to Christ: You want to lead your child to Christ, but you often wonder exactly what you should be saying and sharing with your child. How do you know what parts of the gospel to share? How do you know if your child is really understanding the good news of the gospel or just trying to please you? With decades of experience in children’s ministry and as a father, Marty Machowski outlines the core truths of the gospel and explains them in ways a child can understand. Using reflective questions, he helps you understand how to live the gospel openly with your children, allowing them to see how Christ is changing you, as well as how he desires to love and bring change to their lives.

 

motherhoodMotherhood: Hope for Discouraged Moms: This booklet is intended to bring hope and help to mothers in all stages of parenting. It is designed to minister to the mother who is experiencing “normal” struggles, as well as to the mother who is heartbroken over a rebellious teenager. It is a call to perseverance and maturity in Christ-likeness.

 

 

 

shepherding child heartShepherding a Child's Heart: Shepherding a Child’s Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way: ‘…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.’ Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life. In this revised edition of Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Dr. Tedd Tripp not only draws on his thirty years experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator, and father, but he also shares insights gained in many years of teaching this material in conferences worldwide, providing more valuable help for parents.