Winter is coming, and soon we’ll all be wanting to snuggle up with our favorite blanket, possibly even by the fire. In fact, winter is pretty much the only time I get to read any books (aside from my bible and some Word studies).
No doubt, if you’re an avid reader, then you already have a list of books waiting to entertain you. But just in case you don’t, here are 10 biblical parenting books sure to inspire you, work on your heart, and encourage you to love your children a little bit more. Most are popular enough to be available at most any library.
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1. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Fitzpatrick & Thompson
Wow. Just wow. If you’ve ever desired to understand more deeply what grace-based parenting is, this gives a great and thorough explanation. And it tells us how grace based parenting witnesses to our children and deeply demonstrates His love.
Teaching a child to learn to obey just “because I said so” is teaching them the importance of the Old Testament. Teaching a child that Jesus will forgive them even when they don’t obey is teaching them importance in the New Testament. Grace based parenting marries the two and brings alive exactly why we need both Testaments together to fully understand God’s love.
This is the book I am hoping my ladies vote for to go through for our winter study. I just loved it, and I believe it will be excellent to go through over and over to remind me to humble my mommy heart and teach my children the love of Christ through parenting.
2. Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
Shepherding A Child’s Heart has been popular since it very first came out. Mr. Tripp talks about obedience and critical thinking in our children as a heart matter, not just a trained response. After all, even a monkey can be trained to do things properly.
God wants our hearts, not just our obedient actions. Mr. Tripp helps us to shepherd our children into obedience and understand the importance of a walk with Christ rather than living a well-behaved life just because “they should.”
If you’re new to parenting, let me say, this is the book you are most likely to find on most parents’ book shelves. Is there any parent who hasn’t read (and loved) it yet?
Also has a leader’s guide available to make this into a small-group study.
3. Grace-Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel
I’m looking forward to reading this one this winter. I have it in my possession and can’t wait to dig in.
From the back of the book:
In Grace-Based Parenting, Dr. Kimmel offers a revolutionary concept that focuses on the model and guidance provided by God the Father the ultimate child and family expert…[This book] is not another manual full of impossible standards, rather it is a new map for learning to see ourselves and our children through God’s limitless tenderness to raise our kids the way God raises us.
Isn’t that just so inspiring? I want to raise my children with limitless tenderness.
4. Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman
Sometimes you just want to hear from another mommy who has successfully survived how to get your child to [fill in the blank]. Ginger does that. She goes into a bit of the biblical why’s, but mostly it’s the straight-shooting how-to.
The title is for the mommy who realizes that giving warnings means a child isn’t obeying the first time. Her motto: the first time, every time, with a smile. And don’t let it fool you–she’s a very loving mother.
This is a perfect book for a woman with younger children, or one who is a mommy-to-be.
5. The Love Dare for Parents by the Kendrick brothers
Perfect for a small-group study. The love dare goes through 40 days of love dares (with a place to write your notes, challenges, and prayers). It really gets to your mommy heart.
This isn’t the book to get your kids to obey–it’s the book to transform your own heart (and improve your relationship with your children in the process).
Do you yell? Do you get angry with your children? What if you’re heart could be transformed and those things turned into rare incidents? Want that? Take the dare.
I originally bought this as a Kindle, but preferred to have the paperback in order to have an area for notes, verses, and prayers. So now I have both.
A leader’s guide for discussion is also available.
6. Instructing a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
This book was written after the aforementioned Shepherding a Child’s Heart. It differs from the first in that it is written by both Tedd and his wife. Some of the stories are repeated, and the concepts are expanded upon. If I had to choose the best one, it would be his first book. However, this one is a great follow-up, and is often less than a dollar on Kindle.
If you’re on a budget, watching for the Kindle sale is the way to go.
7. The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Ormartain
If you’ve read any of Stormie’s other Power of a Praying… books and fell in love with them, then you know you’re in for a quality read.
8. Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it by Ham & Beemer
A powerful book by Ken Ham (yes, the Ken Ham) that upfront states it’s going to tell you “Why you’re children are going to leave the church and how you can stop them.”
Most mommy’s deepest desire in life is that their children would have a deep and personal relationship with their Savior. I highly recommend this one–especially if you have preteens and teens.
9. Modern Parents, Vintage Values by Sissy Goff
Yes! Yes! Yes! I bought this on Kindle when it was less than a dollar (which is often, you should go look). I wish I had the physical book. I need to read it again, take more notes, and read it again.
At some point you will be away from your children, and they will be with society. You will teach them how God wants them to act and speak at home, and society will tell them otherwise. Society will tell them what they are entitled to and give them a new moral law–and they will come home wondering where they fit into the two worlds.
How do you keep them safe? How do you instill vintage values in this modern world?
10. A Mom After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George
Remember Elizabeth George–author of Woman After God’s Own Heart? Well, she did this one afterwards. It is said to be upbeat and to-the-point.
I want a heart after God’s heart. And I want my heart for my children to be molded after God’s heart for them as well.
On my wish list.
Although none of these books could or would ever replace our bibles, they are certainly encouraging and a focused way to look at our jobs as parents through the eyes of other strong Christians who have walked the path before us.
What is your favorite bible based parenting book aside from the bible?