There are so many parenting books published these days. It can feel very overwhelming and confusing where to start reading. I’ve started a list below with links. It is by no means exhaustive but I will continue to add to it on the resources tab of the blog. Let me know if you have favorite Christian parenting books, I’m always looking for new ones to read and share!
Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1433520095/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=51966838525&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=18209239502702270770&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_87yfrcri4g_b) This book explores how to live out the gospel with your kids, rather then just trying to get them to be rule followers. Some of the examples felt contrived but I found the book’s premise really helpful.
Habits of a Child’s Heart: Raising your kids with the Spiritual Disciplines by Valerie E. Hess and Marti W. Garlett (http://www.amazon.com/Habits-Childs-Heart-Disciplines-Experiencing/dp/1576834271/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416083977&sr=1-1&keywords=habits+of+a+child%27s+heart&pebp=1416083980109) This book gives age appropriate ways to introduce children to the practice of spiritual disciplines.
To My Friend Reflections on Motherhood: Wit and Wisdom on Raising Toddlers to Teenagers by Michelle Sbrana (http://www.amazon.com/My-Friend-Reflections-Motherhood-Teenagers/dp/0595474276/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415654343&sr=1-1&keywords=reflections+to+my+friend) A quick, fun read with many practical ideas for every aged child.
Parenting Young Children
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_18?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=loving%20the%20little%20years&sprefix=loving+the+little+%2Cstripbooks%2C144) Super quick and entertaining read for parents of infants and toddlers. I didn’t agree with all the author’s views but found it really thought provoking.
Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I never expected about being a mom by Lisa-Jo Baker (http://www.amazon.com/Surprised-Motherhood-Everything-Never-Expected/dp/1414387857) An inspiring, encouraging read about the beauty and difficulties of motherhood. Although the author has young children moms of all ages will appreciate this memoir.
Sticky Faith by Kara E. Powell and Dr. Chap Clark (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_8?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=sticky%20faith&sprefix=sticky+f%2Cstripbooks%2C214) An indispensable book that examines the state of the spiritual life of American teens and provides practical ways to help kids own faith for themselves.
Boys should be Boys by Meg Meeker (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=let+boys+be+boys&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Alet+boys+be+boys) A pediatrician writes about how to nurture boys to grow into the men God created them to be.
Enough: 10 Things We should tell teen girls by Kate Connor (http://www.amazon.com/Enough-Things-Should-Teenage-Girls/dp/1433682931) The author is brutally honest about what we need to be talking about with our girls to help them fight the destructive lies our culture tells them about being women.
Ten Things for Teen Girls by Kate Connor (http://www.amazon.com/10-Things-For-Teen-Girls/dp/1433682915/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=10PZE6EHYJK4APQ3C5EQ)
Ten Things for Teen Guys by Dan Connor (http://www.amazon.com/Things-Teen-Guys-Dan-Conner/dp/1433682923/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416085324&sr=1-10&keywords=10+things+for+teen+boys)
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker (http://www.amazon.com/Strong-Fathers-Daughters-Secrets-Father/dp/0345499395/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416084150&sr=1-1&keywords=christian+father+books&pebp=1416084171667)