Looking for some inspiration on the parenting front? Maybe just a new way to love on the people in your home? Well, here are five new books to help you with that — and one older book that, well, is just too good not to list.
Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel has been around for ages and my copy is dog eared, circled and underlined. Praying that its message really sinks in for me…
Newer books worth checking out:
Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer. I’m only a few chapters in, but I love that the authors address the parent’s ego early on: “Two problems result from thinking horizontally. The first is that others’ opinions, not God’s, become the source of our security and self-worth. The second is that our kids pick up on it.”
Road Trip to Redemption by Brad Mathias tells of a family that discovered they didn’t know their teen as well as they thought. How did they reconnect? They took a 7,000-mile road trip and they learned a lot about themselves and God along the way.
The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World by Susan Merrill uses the Old Testament book of Nehemiah as a guide for parenting. The book focuses on 10 key topics: perception, pondering, passion, prayer, patience, preparation, purpose, planning, problem solving and perseverance.
And while they aren’t officially parenting books, these two are helpful for studying the Bible with kids:
Egermeier’s Fun Family Devotions: 52 Interactive Devotions from the Old Testament by Ray and Tina Houser is written in a way that’s understandable for preschoolers yet still engaging for older children. I like this one because, besides the lessons, it offers activities that reinforce the stories.
90 Devotions for Kids, of course, features lessons, but it also offers puzzles and challenges for kids — challenges like being extra kind to a friend or sibling.