Assoc. Pastor of Preschool & Children:
Arvil Pennington

Recommended Books On Parenting

Shepherding a Child’s Heart
By Tedd Tripp
One of the best single volume overviews of biblical parenting, with a special and much needed emphasis on addressing the child’s heart- his beliefs and motives- and bringing the Gospel to the child in practical ways.

Peacemaking for Families
By Ken Sande
An excellent biblical guidebook for addressing marriage and family conflict.

Sacred Parenting
By Gary Thomas
"Sacred Parenting" works off a simple premise: Raising children shapes the parent every bit as much as parents shape their children. Many books have been written about how to parent a child effectively, how to become a better parent, and how effective parenting produces better kids. "Sacred Parenting" explores an entirely different reality: how parenting affects the parent.

What the Bible Says About Parenting: Biblical Principles for Raising Godly Children
By John MacArthur
This is not a book on child psychology, nor is it proposing a new parenting method. It is simply presenting the principles of biblical parenting with as much clarity as possible.

Family Practice: God’s Prescription for a Healthy Home
By Sproul, R. C., ed.
This book is a great introduction into understanding the biblical concept of the covenants and how they relate to the family. Each chapter is written by a different author, such as R.C. Sproul Jr., his father, Douglas and Nancy Wilson, Elizabeth Elliot, Franklin Sanders, Edna Gerstner, and others.

"She Calls Me Daddy"
By Robert Wolgemuth
Building on seven critical foundation elements- protecting your daughter, teaching the art of conversation, expressing affection, disciplining appropriately, creating laughter, instilling faith in God, and demonstrating proper conduct- Wolgemuth suggests to actually get to know your “little” girl.

Your Girl: Raising a Godly Daughter in an Ungodly World
By Vicki Courtney, Forwarded by: Beth Moore
Your Girl is directed to moms of girls ages eighteen and under. A long overdue book that is unique and that comprehensively addresses the issues concerning most moms in the rearing of their daughters. Chapters will cover the dangers of conformity, self-worth, sexual purity, modesty, contentment, and femininity.

What a Daughter Needs From Her Dad: How A Man Prepares His Daughter for Life
By Michael Farris
To encourage and guide men in becoming the dads they want to be, Michael Farris addresses issues common in all families with daughters: friends, dating, personal appearance, and preparing for the roles she’ll have as a woman. Michael Farris challenges fathers to take their unique opportunity to train daughters for life’s challenges—in ways that only a dad can. Originally published as How a Man Prepares His Daughters for Life, it now includes new material on relating to an adult daughter.

Future Men
By Douglas Wilson
How do we build our sons to be tough but not arrogant? Mannered but not soft? Imaginative but not lazy? Bold but not hollow? Future Men is a Christian guide to raising strong, virtuous sons, contrary to the effeminacy and sentimentalism of contemporary culture. As we look to Scripture for patterns of masculinity for our sons, we find them manifested perfectly in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Raising a Modern Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood
By Robert Lewis
In a society where the definition of manhood has become increasingly blurred, this book provides a clear understanding of mature masculinity. Lewis’ suggestions are practical and provide tools, methods and ideas to help raise a godly man.

Bringing out the Winner in Your Child
By John Croyle
In raising more than 1,500 boys and girls at his Big Oak Ranch, former football All-American John Croyle has learned how to provide children with the love, stability, protection, and wisdom they need to become successful adults. His experiences over three decades of working with them form the basis for this book. Croyle offers positive principles of parenting that will help you, indeed, bring out the winner in your child.

Real Family Values: Leading Your Family into the 21st Century with Clarity and Conviction
By Robert Lewis
This re-release of the popular original edition continues to speak to parents in a society where "family values" no longer seem to exist. If anything, today's community standards threaten the family. Airwaves and movie theaters are drenched with obscenities; perversion is glorified; divorce is cheap and easy; "safe sex" is promoted instead of abstinence; parental authority is undermined; sex roles are confused. For children, such cultural chaos is crippling. But in Real Family Values, parents will learn how to sort through today's moral confusion, remove it from their homes, and change the world by zeroing in on the part they love most: their families.

The Shaping of a Christian Family
By Elisabeth Elliot
Using examples from her own childhood, the author shows how to do that in terms of trust, discipline, courtesy, and teaching by example. Parents seeking guidance for raising godly children will appreciate Elliot's emphasis on: daily Bible reading and prayer, clear instructions on parental expectations, seeking instruction in Scripture and applying these to questions asked and answers given, and benefiting from the model of a Godly and happy home.

Faith-Shaped Kids: Helping Your Child Grow Spiritually
By Steve and Valerie Bell
A practical tool to help parents maximize their relationships with their children in such a way as to draw them to faith. Filled with life lessons and useful suggestions, this resource helps readers ride out the roller-coaster ride called parenting.