Top 10 Indispensable Christian Parenting Books of All Times
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1) Bringing Up Boys
Sensible advice and caring encouragement on raising boys from the nation’s most trusted parenting expert, Dr.James Dobson.
With so much confusion about the role of men in our society, it’s no wonder so many parents and teachers are at a loss about how to bring up boys.
Our culture has vilified masculinity and, as a result, boys are suffering. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of boys have lots of questions.
In Bringing Up Boys, Dr. Dobson tackles these questions and offers advice and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.
Amazon Reviewer A Customer Says;
“Let me start off by saying I am no conservative Christian. My husband bought this book for me as a sort of last-minute Christmas gift and he had no idea who James Dobson was. But hey, I’ll read anything so I gave it a try.
I found myself agreeing with quite a few of his points, mainly about how our culture has become frantic, overscheduled, overworked, and how our children are the losers when parents become less involved in their lives and more involved in their own.
He points out how kids who eat dinner with their parents on a regular basis seem to have fewer problems with the law, drugs, etc. He also talks about how popluar culture has become ever more toxic, something we must struggle to help our children cope with or protect them from it.
I agree with all of these things, even though I’m considerably more on the liberal end of the spectrum.”
2) The One Year Josh McDowell’s Youth Devotions
Aimed directly at the needs and interests of preteens and teens, The One Year Josh McDowell’s Youth Devotions is a Right From Wrong devotional that helps young people apply the Scriptures in daily decision making.
Covering a host of topics that are relevant to today’s teens, this devotional encourages teens to think through difficult choices, enabling them to discover why certain choices are right or wrong.
Amazon Reviewer Says;
“This devotional was great. It addressed important issues in a teen’s life and used good illustrations and stories to make concepts clear. The Bible, as it should be, was present in each devotion. I highly recommend this.”
3) The One Year Devotions for Teens:
With so many pressures from friends, parents, and teachers sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn.
Best-selling author and Brio magazine editor Susie Shellenberger reveals the energy and purpose that can come with daily time in God’s Word.
Each day’s devotion includes a suggested Scripture reading, a devotional thought, application idea, and a short prayer. Get into God’s Word each day to keep going strong.
Amazon Reviewer Jeffrey Says
“Being a teenager myself, I can truly say that there are not many devotionals out there that I really have an interest in. Even some of the ones for teens I find not so great.
However, this one really is the best. The stories for each day of the year are applicable in our everyday lives and the scriptures help to encourage and build-up your spirit. And it is not so advanced that the beginner can not understand it.
Being a Christian teenager today is not easy and getting the word of God is so important and this book really helps.”
4) “Mom, I Hate My Life!”:
“I don’t know why my daughter is so angry. She yells at me all the time!”
“Our daughter comes home, goes straight to her room, turns on her CD player and won’t talk to anyone– especially me.”
“The emotional ups and downs of our daughter’s life make us all feel like we’re on a roller coaster.”
Navigating an adolescent daughter’s emotional life is one of a mom’s toughest challenges. A teenage girl’s volatile emotions can seemingly toss her–and you–like a hurricane.
When a scary external world and a turbulent internal world collide, the result is sometimes overwhelming and confusing. What can you do to protect your relationship with your daughter, guide her through this chaotic time, and assure her you are truly on her side?
Your Adolescent Daughter’ s Struggles Can Help Her–and You–to Grow and Thrive.
The good news is you are equipped with the most powerful resource available for maintaining and developing connection with your daughter: a mother’s heart.
Learn how you can use hand-in-hand mothering skills to become the ally your daughter needs–parenting out of love, not fear–and find out how you both can experience dramatic, life-changing growth in the process.
Amazon Reviewer Shari Meserve Says;
“We’re all guilty of failing our daughters at points – what I loved about Sharon Hersh’s book, is that she encourages us not to sit in self-condemnation or to jump to condemning our daughters, but to mother from a better place.
Hersh’s book acts as a guide, walking before us, as we seek to walk alongside our daughters. Instead of fearing, we can look forward to what we both can attain together.
It is a gracious approach to parenting that left me with the desire to love my girls with a hopeful heart. And her practical suggestions for thought and discussion are most welcome.
We even took the book on a mother-daughter road trip, and had dear talks that I believe will be rattling around in their brains for awhile. Thank you Ms. Hersh for giving your heart to the mother-daughter relationship.”
5) That’s My Son
Why are boys so different? Why would a trip to the garbage dump be such a highlight in a boy’s life? What do boys need to learn in order to become good men?
A mother’s influence on her sons is unique and valuable, but still sometimes moms don’t understand what makes their boys tick. They want to help their sons grow up to become men of honor and integrity, but that’s a tremendous challenge.
With refreshing honesty and a man’s insight, author Rick Johnson offers the advice, understanding, and support every mom is looking for when it comes to raising godly sons.
Using extensive research and humorous personal experiences, he addresses tough issues, such as communication, discipline, sexuality, and respect.
Mothers, including single moms as well as grandmothers and teachers, will find wise counsel and reassurance in this practical and helpful book.
Amazon Reviewer Jules Says;
“Being a full-time mom today is anything but politically correct. Our culture has reduced mothering to a side dish, a mere part of the meal. But, the truth is that motherhood IS a full-time vocation which requires more devotion than any career or pursuit.
It is a job from which a woman never retires, a title which a woman will keep into eternity. And, today, who needs mothers most? Our young men.
Boys in our culture are under attack like never before, and the men of the previous generation are failing as husbands, fathers and leaders.”
6) Parenting Today’s Adolescent
Normally confident moms and dads grow weak-kneed when their children enter–gasp!–puberty. Barbara and Dennis Rainey, parents of six teenage or older children, map out the unfamiliar, demanding landscape of both pre-adolescence (ages 10-12), as well as the teen years that follow.
“Preadolescence is when convictions are shaped; adolescence is when convictions are tested,” they advise parents.
In Parenting Today’s Adolescent the Raineys help children and parents build a satisfying relationship while forging a vision for a productive, God-honoring life-before, during, and after adolescence.
Amazon Customer Says;
“This book is just excellent for helping parents who don’t know what to do as their children are growing into the teen years.
This couple has really been there and done that! And it’s wonderful that it comes from a Christian perspective, not wordly psychological garbage.
This book is INDISPENSABLE. I have highlighted something on just about every page in my book. I cannot recommend this book enough. Each page contains practical things to do and watch out for. I will be reading mine over and over for years. EXCELLENT!”
7) Bringing Up Girls
Bringing Up Boys by parenting expert and best-selling author Dr. James Dobson was, and continues to be, a runaway hit, selling more than 2 million copies to date. Now, Dr. Dobson presents his highly anticipated companion book: Bringing Up Girls.
Based on extensive research, and handled with Dr. Dobson’s trademark down-to-earth approach, Bringing Up Girls will equip parents like you to face the challenges of raising your daughters to become healthy, happy, and successful women who overcome challenges specific to girls and women today and who ultimately excel in life.
Amazon Reviewer John S. Derrick Says;
“If you are not conservative (and you should be!), you will probably not like what Dr. Dobson has to say.
That is, he tells the truth about raising girls, and gives a practical litany of recommendations, based on the Bible and on years of research, that should assist any parent of girls in many ways.
His approach is very easy to comprehend, but will make you work as a parent to raise grounded, modest, yet strong young women in a society where they are shown and encouraged to be the opposite.”
8) Do Hard Things
A generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution.” A growing movement of young people is rebelling against the low expectations of today’s culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God. And Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge.
Do Hard Things is the Harris twins’ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential.
Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life. Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change.
Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.
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“This book is incredible. Many of us have seen teens, young adults, even thirty-somethings who are floundering through life. They can’t seem to get any traction. Frankly, this approach to life drives my crazy, because I live on the other extreme.
The Harris twins pinpoint the problem as a plague of low expectations when we’re teenagers. As a result, we aren’t trained to push ourselves and ask how God can use us — especially during our teen years.”
9) Purity Code
In honour of God, my family, and my future spouse, I commit my life to sexual purity. Can you believe that the decisions you make today can affect you for the rest of your life? That’s why thousands of preteens and teens are committing to the Purity Code.
It’s a promise to God, your family, and your future spouse to live a life of sexual integrity and purity. It might sound easy, but it actually takes an incredible amount of faith in God and a lot of self-discipline to make it work. To fully live by the Purity Code, you need to understand sex and your body.
This book is a must read if you’ve ever wondered: What do the changes in my body mean? Am I old enough to go out on a date? How far is too far? What do I do if I think I’ve been sexually abused? Can I get an S.T.D. without having sex? They’re probably some of your most embarrassing questions, but you’ll need honest answers to make the important decision to keep your body, mind, eyes, and heart pure.
With the Purity Code as your lifelong personal challenge, you’ll honour both God and yourself, and you’ll be healthier and happier for life! A Note to Parents Kids learn best when they talk and you listen.
After you’ve read Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality, read The Purity Code together with your child and discuss the questions at the end of each chapter. Since every child is different, some of the material may need to be adapted to fit each individual’s maturity level.
Artsy homeschool mom Says;
“My husband and I read this book to our 11 and 13 year old sons. We discussed each chapter. We thought it was a very good, balanced approach at purity, gives the basic sex information, changes, puberty, std’s, porn info.
We liked the chapters on bouncing eyes, purity, emotions, respect towards opposite sex, etc. It is decidedly Christian, and conservative, and definitely promotes abstinence before marriage.”
10) Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter
From the cradle to college, tell your daughters the truth about life before they believe the culture’s lies.
For mothers with girls newborn to eighteen, Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter is simply a must-have book.
Youth culture commentator Vicki Courtney helps moms pinpoint and prepare the discussions that should be ongoing in their daughters’ formative years.
To fully address the dynamic social and spiritual issues and influencers at hand, several chapters are written for each of the conversations, which are:
1. You are more than the sum of your parts
2. Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up
3. Sex is great and worth the wait
4. It’s OK to dream about marriage and motherhood
5. Girls gone wild are a dime a dozen—dare to be virtuous
The book is linked to online bonus features offering invaluable tips on having these conversations across the various stages of development: five and under, six to eleven, twelve and up.
Amazon Reviewer Christian Rose says;
“Reading this book has not only opened my eyes to the huge lies that society is forcing down our throats; but it has helped me to realize that I have been involved in teaching them to my own daughter! Mostly because I, too, have believed many of these lies;
however, now that I see the truth, I am thankful that my own daughters are young enough that I can train them up in the ways of the Lord and teach them to save themselves–physically and emotionally–for a man who deserves them!”
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