I’m in the middle of it! We have a soon to be 10 year old, 8 year old and 6 year old. Life is CrAzY! So, I always enjoy taking in a good book on parenting to help navigate these days. Here’s my top 5 most helpful parenting books that have been published in recent years, and I recommend them to you.
- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp (Crossway, 2016). This is my go-to book on parenting. I so much appreciate the way Paul Tripp keeps us focused on the gospel of grace and how it transforms our parenting. If you could only choose one on this list, choose this one!
- Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (Shepherd Press, 1995). Tedd takes a two part look at parenting. The first being the basic foundations of parenting (the heart, goals, and methods). The second part is the stages of parenting (from infancy to the teen years). This is an overall helpful look at biblical parenting.
- Passionate Parenting by Cary Schmidt (Striving Together, 2012). I know Cary and love him. The fruit of his writing is scene in the example of his own family. This book is about the teen years, and Cary makes it clear: “Parenting gets harder as the kids get older.” I plan to read it again soon as my wife and I take the first step into parenting in the teen years in the not so distant future.
- Parenting God’s Way by Alistair Begg (10 Publishing, 2017). Anyone who knows me knows I love Alistair Begg. His teaching is rich with scripture and this book is no different. Using the book of Ephesians he reminds us of how families can thrive as we honor the Lord in our God-given roles. For a quick read, pick it up!
- A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by John Stonestreet & Brett Kunkle (Dave C. Cook Publishers, 2017). I have found this book so helpful that I used it as a study guide for a parenting small group in our church. Parents need to be informed of the dangers that current cultural trends are presenting for our children: pornography, gender identity, addictions, entertainment, and more. What makes this book so helpful is that it not only identifies the subtlety of culture, but how we as Christ followers can take the gospel to our culture. I think you’ll find this one both insightful and helpful.
There are many more and in future posts I will recommend them to you. What are some of your most helpful books on parenting that didn’t make my top 5 list above?