I admit, the title of my post is a little over-the-top. But each of these books would be beneficial reading whether you're a beginning or experienced parent. 1. How Children Raise Their Parents by Dan Allender – I enjoy Allender’s honest style of writing. He shows us how God grows us parents to spiritual maturity as we learn to listen to our kids.
2. Gospel-Powered Parenting by William Farley – The author claims that the most effective parents have a clear grasp of the cross and its implications for daily life. Our only hope is Jesus.
3. Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel – Favorite quote: I’m urging you to raise your children the way God raises His. The primary word that defines how God deals with His children is grace.
4. Gospel-Centered Family by Ed Moll and Tim Chester – I love how this book is laid out in simple, concise chapters with questions for reflection, making it ideal for small group application.
5. The Space Between by Dr. Walt Mueller – A very readable book on the changes that happen during adolescence and how to better understand your child (and you) through these years.
6. Parenting Today’s Adolescent by Dennis and Barbara Rainey – This is a comprehensive guide for parents that explores the many traps of adolescence (like peer pressure and dating) and gives you creative ways you can talk about them with your child.
7. Romancing Your Child’s Heart by Monte Swan – A refreshing reminder that parenting is less about training and technique and more about cultivating a real relationship with your children.
8. Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas – The author writes, “What if one of God’s primary intentions for you as a parent isn’t about successfully raising perfect children, but about your becoming more holy?” Great question!
9. Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp -- Tripp’s aim in writing this book is to point parents to the biblical truth that all of what a child does flows from the heart so we must shepherd their hearts if we expect lasting change.
10. Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp – I always appreciate Tripp’s focus on how God parents us as we parent our kids. This is an excellent book on seizing the opportunity God has given us during these tough teenage years.