Every so often I’m going to take a break from talking and point you to others you should listen to. This week I want to give a couple recommendations on parenting books. While we can use hundreds of principles from the Bible to parent, there is very little in Scripture (compared to the size of it) on the direct application of how to parent. Here are several books Shannon and I have read, and have given us a great perspective how to raise godly children to the best of our ability.
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#1 Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
If there is one book that has been a cornerstone to our parenting, this is the one. This is one of the main books we hand out at Cornerstone when we have baby dedications. This book primarily speaks on speaking to a child’s heart instead of what is called behavior modification.
#2 The Strong Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson
On the opposite side of children who have been trained via behavior modification, there is that child who seems uncontrollable no matter the rules or punishment. Dr. Dobson teaches how to deal with such a child in this book.
When we found out we were having a girls for the first time, I grabbed Bringing Up Girls. These books are very practical. I think there is a good balance between these books and Shepherding a Child’s Heart.
#4 Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
I personally have not read this book, but Shannon has. She has shared many of the truths in it with me, and it has things in it we have both found valuable to our parenting skills.
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