Parenting Resources

very beautiful happy family four members“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord” (Eph. 6.4 NLT).

It’s impossible to obey God in the area of parenting without knowing God’s Word. But the good news is there are so many solid biblical resources to help us grow in our understanding of God’s truth. Here is a list of some that I have either read and used in my counseling ministry or have been recommended by someone whose judgment I trust. Click on the title or icon for more information. Many are available in both Kindle and book form.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child’s Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart provides the foundational principles for parenting children biblically,” D.R.

Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd & Margy Tripp

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 mind; 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.

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson

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 drift 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.

Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Hubbard

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.

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp

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.

“Age of Opportunity is a marvel. It brims with fresh, rich, honest truth. Tripp will get you looking in the mirror before you go looking at your teen. He’ll get you seeking—and finding—your own Father’s help.”
—David Powlison

“Opens the door to hope for parents and teens alike by showing us how God can transform the hearts of whole families. . . . You won’t be able to put this book down.”
—Tremper Longman III

Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children by John A. Younts

God first gave specific instructions for being a parent in Deuteronomy 6. He instructs parents to talk to their children everyday about God and His ways. Everyday Talk offers practical, creative ways to do that. Learn how to use ordinary conversations to show your kids the goodness and wisdom of God. With clear biblical teaching, John Younts illustrates how to lead your children into a greater awareness of the presence and glory of God.

Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George, popular speaker and bestselling author of A Woman After God’s Own Heart and A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart, provides an engaging and inspirational resource for every mom who wants to lead her daughter to a godly life by example, encouragement, study, and prayer.

With her biblical insight and child-raising experience, Elizabeth guides a mother’s development of her daughter’s spiritual life of faithfulness, obedience, and joy lived daily. Alongside these faith-life foundations, Elizabeth provides:

  • Small things that make a big difference—simple ways to implement life lessons
  • Purpose and priorities—what daughters need to know about what matters most
  • Study questions for each chapter—discussion material for moms and daughters

Women will find fresh ways to connect with their daughters as they glean from Bible verses and topical explorations and prepare their girl’s heart and mind to become a woman after God’s own heart.

Being a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur Jr.

As a Christian father, you bear a tremendous responsibility—to raise your children through both biblical instruction and personal example. But how can you succeed in a society that attacks the role of fatherhood and godly family values? Are you sometimes tempted to give in or give up? The rewards of being a dad who leads are well worth making the effort to stand firm. The Bible offers clear guidance for dads on how to parent effectively. Join pastor-teacher John MacArthur as he looks at…the keys to building healthy family unity; essential character qualities to teach every child; how to lovingly discipline children and nurture obedience; traps to avoid in the course of parenting; and the power of a dad’s example to influence future generations. Commit yourself to being a dad who leads, and God will enable you every step of the way. There’s no surer path to experiencing a lifetime of family blessings!

Finding Your Child’s Way on the Autism Spectrum: Discovering Unique Strengths, Mastering Behavior Challenges by Dr. Laura Hendrickson

It seems that nearly everyone knows a family with an autism spectrum child.
Most recent figures suggest that the prevalence of all autism spectrum disorders
in the United States is an astonishing 1% of the population in the United States,
translating to twelve million parents and grandparents that are seeking answers.

There are many books available on how to cure an autistic preschooler, but
none on how to raise one to adulthood. These promised cures raise parents’ hopes,
but most parents will find that they are dealing with a lifelong challenge no matter
what they do. Dr. Laura Hendrickson is a trained psychiatrist, biblical counselor-and
the mother of an autistic child. She understands the struggles parents face as they
try to communicate with their autism spectrum child and manage behavior challenges.

With an approach that is grounded in a deep understanding of the challenges those caring for autism spectrum children face, Finding Your Child’s Way on the Autism
Spectrum
gives the reader sound, practical tools for understanding how to guide
an autism spectrum child to function more fully as the person God created them to
be.

Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Mahaney Whitacre

Mothers and daughters have a lot to talk about. That’s how God designed it. A mother is her daughter’s first role model, teacher, and friend, and she carries the responsibility of passing on to her daughter a legacy of biblical womanhood.

Join mother-daughter team Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre as they give you insights and suggestions on how to talk-really talk-to each other about what it means to become a godly woman. Tips and study questions make it easy for moms and their pre-teen and teenage daughters to read, share, discuss, and grow.

The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising a Family by Martha Peace & Stuart W. Scott

Parents and children need a lot of help from the One who is perfect and who understands our need God himself. Peace and Scott emphasize your family’s most important relationship: your relationship with God.

Proverbs for Parenting : A Topical Guide for Child Raising from the Book of Proverbs by Barbara Decker

An indispensible tool for parenting, this book arranges the proverbs into over 70 realistic, helpful topics. A sampling of topics covered include: trust in God, obedience, honesty, anger, self-control, temper, arguing, boasting, complaining, love, friendship, happiness, discretion, faithfulness, stewardship, work and many more.

The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children by Lou Priolo

Do your children ever speak to you in angry, disrespectful tones? Christian families can have children who experience episodes of frustration and anger. This new book deals with anger’s root causes, offering corrective advice from a biblical perspective. Pastor and radio teacher, John MacArthur, Jr. has said, “This book goes beyond the external manifestations of anger and deals with the internal source – the thoughts and intents of the heart. I know of no other book that addresses this problem with such practical and applicable biblical wisdom.”

Get Outta My Face!: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel by Rick Horne

Get Outta My Face!, written for Christian parents, teachers, and youth workers, is about reaching angry, unmotivated, disinterested teens with biblical counsel. Such teens confused and insecure – are selfish; they want what they want, right now. They are corrupted by sin and this corruption is the cause of their problem. Despite all their sin problems, they are still made in the image of God, and this is the key to helping them. This book will help with addressing the teen’s sin and bringing them to their God-given desires and godly actions. Far from dismissing or sugarcoating sin, this approach opens wide the door to evangelizing the unsaved teen and to helping the Christian teen grow in holiness and wisdom.

Wise Words for Moms by Ginger Hubbard

Wise Words for Moms is a calendar-sized chart, designed to aid you in using the Scriptures to drive out the foolishness that is bound up in the heart of [your] child (Proverbs 22:15). It is a tool for your personal research of the Bible for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training your children in righteousness.

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