Parenting Resources for Christians and Their Leaders

This list of parenting resources is a sidebar to Peter Buckland’s article, “Parents Are Primary.”

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By Peter Buckland

FOR PARENTS

Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical Approach to Prepare Them for Life, by Jim Burns (Bloomington: Bethany House, 2008)

This book provides valuable information for Christian parents regarding the sexual information that children need to know and how the biblical sexual ethic may be presented to them.

SOS Help for Emotions: Managing Anxiety, Anger, and Depression, by Lynn Clark (Bowling Green: SOS Programs and Parent Press, revised in 2014)

Practical steps are provided that enable parents to help their children address feelings of anxiety, anger, and depression.

The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family, by Ron Deal (Bloomington: Bethany House, 2014)

Blended family dynamics produce unique stresses on parents and children. Specific ways in which a godly stepfamily can be created are explored.

01_dedicatedbook_JNDedicated: Training Your Children to Trust and Follow Jesus, by Jason Houser, Bobby William Harrington, and Chad Harrington (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015)

Practical counsel is given for parents who want to know how they might begin or enhance the spiritual development of their children. This easy to understand book provides parental actions that may be implemented even with a busy family schedule.

Parenting Your Powerful Child: Bringing an End to the Everyday Battles, by Kevin Leman (Grand Rapids: Revell, 2013)

The challenges of a strong-willed child are addressed, including application to teenagers.

Why Don’t We Listen Better? Communicating and Connecting in Relationships, by James C. Petersen (Tigard: Petersen Publications, 2007)

Emphasis is placed on healthy interpersonal communication patterns. This book would be particularly helpful for parents who struggle in their communication with each other and with their teens.

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance, by John Trent and Gary Smalley (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011)

This book teaches parents to unconditionally love their children and be a blessing to them; it will help parents who struggle with yelling to change their parenting style.

FOR CHURCHES

Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples, by Timothy Paul Jones (Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011)

Specific foundational steps are provided that may be used to create and maintain a ministry to families in churches.

—P.B.

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