Monday, August 17, 2009

Parenting Resources

Joe and I plan to periodically post some parenting resources we have found that seem to be quite helpful! If you want to find them easily - just click on the sidebar label "Parenting Resources" and you can find all of the posts that we do on parenting resources.

The Praying Family - Creative Ways to Pray Together by Kim Butts
It has been proven that when couples pray together, the divorce rate drastically declines. Kim Butts knows there are many obstacles to becoming a family of prayer. In The Praying Family, she not only tackles those barriers, but she provides a practical, step-by-step approach to making family prayer time the most exciting activity a family engages in. Broken into several steps, each "journey" will further enhance this essential aspect of your family life.

Each journey is made up of:
- Side trips to reinforce prayer concepts, to add variety for younger children
- Resources and Materials list for the journey.
- Memory Verses for your family to learn together.
- Journey for a Lifetime - practical suggestions to apply what's been learned.

About the Author
Kim Butts co-founded Harvest Prayer Ministries with her husband David, and is editor of Harvest Prayer Messenger, Kim is on the executive committee of the National Prayer Committee and on the advisory committee for PrayKids! Magazine.

Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware

Equips parents to guide their young children through all major doctrines in an understandable, chapter-a-day format.

Sure, it's easy to teach your children the essentials of Christian theology when you're a theology professor. But what about the rest of us?

With Big Truths for Young Hearts, Bruce Ware, (you guessed it!) a theology professor, encourages and enables parents of children 6-14 years of age to teach through the whole of systematic theology at a level their children can understand. Parents can teach their children the great truths of the faith and shape their worldviews early, based on these truths.

The book covers ten topics of systematic theology, devoting several brief chapters to each subject, making it possible for parents to read one chapter per day with their children. With this non-intimidating format, parents will be emboldened to be their children's primary faith trainers-and perhaps learn a few things themselves along the way.

Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas
Parenting is a school for spiritual formation—and our children are our teachers. The journey of caring for, rearing, training, and loving our children will profoundly alter us forever.

Sacred Parenting is unlike any other parenting book you have ever read. This is not a "how-to" book that teaches you ways to discipline your kids or help them achieve their full potential. Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us.

You’ve read all the method books. Now take a step back and receive some much-needed inspiration. You’ll be encouraged by stories that tell how other parents handled the challenges and difficulties of being a parent—and how their children transformed their relationship with God. Sacred Parenting affirms the spiritual value of being a parent, showing you the holy potential of the parent-child relationship.

Disciple Like Jesus For Parents by Alan Melton and Paul Dean
What others are saying about this book and ministry: Alan Melton and Paul Dean have gotten it right. If we are to see young men and women who look like Christ, then we must disciple as Christ did. Read DISCIPLE LIKE JESUS FOR PARENTS and prepare to have a paradigm shift. Your children are depending on it. Meeke Golden Addison, American Family Association, and Mother of Two DISCIPLE LIKE JESUS has the right idea. Their emphasis on parental discipleship is much needed, as we often seem to forget that one's own children provide the greatest opportunity and need for discipleship. Dr. Christopher Cone, President, Tyndale Theological Seminary The training up of children and youth has always been the God given responsibility of the parents and not the Church or government. Because this is the stance and passion of DISCIPLE LIKE JESUS I am pleased to endorse its ministry. Dr. Kenny Rhodes, President, Scofield Seminary and Pastor, Mable Ave Church DISCIPLE LIKE JESUS gets it. The key to reaching the world tomorrow is discipling our children today. The church is losing over two million children every year and they are not returning. What can parents do about this? Jesus showed us the way. Immediately following three years of making disciples, Jesus commanded us to do the same. Disciple Like Jesus For Parents offers practical, creative ways to make disciples of your children. Learn how His approach can transform your family into the image of Christ and allow you to enjoy the great blessings of children.

30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family by Rebecca Hagelin
Your Family Can Be Stronger...
Your Kids Better Protected...
And You Can Do It in 30 Days

As a parent, you know the challenges against you can seem overwhelming. While you're trying to raise thoughtful, considerate, innocent children, popular culture seems to want to turn your children against you. Schools sometimes seem less places of learning than bazaars where your children are sold bad language and surly attitudes--or worse, drugs and sexually transmitted diseases. Your own day is stressful and hectic--and you worry that you're neglecting your children. And you sometimes think there's nowhere to turn for help.Now there is. Rebecca Hagelin's 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family is the guidebook every parent needs, laying out 30 practical actions--concrete, doable steps you can implement one day at a time--to restore peace in your home and reconnect with your children.

In 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, Rebecca Hagelin--a mother of three, as well as a syndicated columnist, author, and specialist on family, culture, and media issues--provides a guide for parents who want more than mere encouragement; who want a practical plan: with realistic goals, specific actions to take, and a clear path to achievement. In 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, you'll learn:

* What to say to your teen as you pass Victoria's Secret in the mall
* How to make a clothing contract with your daughter
* How (and why) to write a letter to your child
* How to slow down your life--and your child's--so that you can enjoy your time together
* How to fight the culture--and not your child
* And much more

Raising your child should be a joy, not an uphill battle that leaves you frustrated or in tears. Rebecca Hagelin's 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family is a parent-tested guide to help you succeed in the most important responsibility you have--raising happy, responsible, well-adjusted kids.

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