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Best Books for Christian Parents!

Frequently someone asks what books I would recommend on youth ministry or parenting. They are generally the same books. While there are some good books on youth ministry, the most helpful to youth ministry are those on the family. Whether you are a parent, a youth pastor, or a pastor, I would urge you to read everything you can on biblical parenting and working with young hearts. Over the years, these are a few books that have been profoundly helpful to me as a parent and youth pastor. I encourage you to read and pass along the information found in these books:

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Shepherding a Child’s Heart

This is probably the best book I’ve ever read on parenting and deserves to be read by parents every couple of years, no matter the age of your children. Portions of this book deal with infancy, childhood, and then teen years, but the entire book teaches a parent how to focus on the heart and not merely the behavior. The strength of this book is that it is thoroughly biblical and that it gives parents a clear understanding of the vital biblical principles that pertain to parenting.



Instructing a Child’s Heart

This book builds on the material presented in Shepherding a Child’s Heart, and focuses specifically on how parents and other influencers can implant biblical truth and a godly though process within the hearts of our children. I love Tedd Tripp’s biblical approach to developing the heart!



Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

This book was given to me by a pastor friend and it deeply challenged me in my relationship with my daughter. Meg Meeker is a physician and the book, though Judeo-Christian in value, is primarily written from the experiences that Mrs. Meeker has had in dealing with families from the view of her medical practice. Every man with a daughter should read this book. It substantiates the principles of Scripture with the real-life experiences of a family physician.



Parenting by the Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child

I purchased this book a few years ago and worked through it in my personal time. The message of the book is that parenting by the Bible still works. The most powerful aspect of this book, in my life, was Rosemond’s explanation of authority and biblical discipline. He explains “the rod” of authority in a way that powerfully impacted me permanently in my own home. He also does a great job in dealing with heart transformation versus mere behavior modification. There were many portions of this book that I underlined, came back to, and shared with my wife.



Parenting Today’s Adolescent: Helping Your Child Avoid the Traps of the Preteen and Teen Years

This book has been a standard in my library as a reference for teen parents for years. The book opens with much practical wisdom and then explores the traps of the teen years. As a youth pastor and parent, every page of this book resonated in my heart with wisdom and truth. One of the best aspects of this book is that it helps the parent lead the teen to develop personal convictions! This vital dynamic of training is absent in many Christian homes today.

As with most books but the Bible, I would give a disclaimer that I could not endorse everything about these books or the authors listed. I encourage the reader to read with Holy Spirit led discernment and biblical wisdom. But generally these books deal with vital parenting issues biblically and practically. I pray they will be helpful tools to your home and ministry.

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  • Personally, the 2 best that I’ve read are Passionate Parenting & Hook, Line, and Sinker……………by Cary Schmidt. Highly recommend

  • I just purchased Strong Fathers, Strong daughters. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • He couldn’t say it, but I would certainly add Hook, Line, and Sinker to that list. Book was excellent and vey practical to parenting today.

  • Great post! My wife and are in the process of adopting two kids through the foster care system. I went ahead and ordered three of these books which I can’t wait to read! Please pray for us, the adoption should be finalized in a few weeks. We have had the kids for almost 1 year living with us and we are ready to have everything official! Thanks for your posts, they are always a help and encouragement.

  • Just realized, last night while talking to my wife, that my oldest son will be turning nine soon. We will be halfway done raising him in our home. (Of course, not done with influence on his life after eighteen.) This post is right on time! We have one of the Ted Tripp books, but I still need to read it. Thank you for the reminder to become a spiritual father.


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