Here are is a compilation of books from the Christian Post shelves that are great reads for new and seasoned parents who want to raise confident, wise, God-fearing children or just need some encouragement.
Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity by Glenn T. Stanton
From the moment someone first asked “Boy or girl?” every child’s identity is tied to his or her gender. But how that identity fully takes shape depends greatly on the influence of their parents and what they teach their children about the innate value of being male or female.
In this eye-opening book, family researcher Glenn T. Stanton offers a clear vision for why gender matters in how we raise our children. His thought-provoking insights expose the problems with stifling stereotypes and damaging cultural assumptions, then highlight a practical pathway for guiding children into healthy manhood and womanhood.
To My Sons: Lessons for the Wild Adventure Called Life by Bear Grylls
Filled with pithy sayings and fun sketches, Bear Grylls’ book is one that fathers can easily share with their sons.
A mountain climber, world-record holder, and internationally known television personality, Grylls knows a thing or two about adventure. The greatest adventure he's experienced, though, is raising his three boys. In To My Sons, Grylls shares the quotes, Scripture verses, and spiritual wisdom he has learned through the literal ups and downs of an exciting life. Featuring cartoons from well-known sketch artist Charlie Mackesy, this book is a poignant primer for boys and men of all ages.
Megan’s Secrets: What My Mentally Disabled Daughter Taught Me About Life by Mike Cope
This beautiful book will give hope to any parent raising children with disabilities of any kind.
Abilene Christian University Prof. Mike Cope's best teacher was his mentally disabled daughter Megan. She was a beautiful pint-sized girl with a big love. And the best scholars in the world couldn't teach what she did in her brief life. Megan died at age ten. But her life has exposed some of the insanities of the world and revealed four life-giving secrets.
Megan taught her father secrets more profound than anything he'd learned in college and seminary. This moving book shares those secrets in a way that will make readers laugh and cry and find new hope.
MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family by Jennifer Grant
One mom’s humorous and candid memoir shows would-be supermoms how to create a realistically balanced family life without losing their minds.
A longtime former writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and now a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Jennifer Grant is no stranger to the common reader. MOMumental is a foray into the enormously amusing, creative, and taxing process of raising a family and a starkly honest memoir that mothers everywhere can identify with. With narrative that is chock-full of humorous, poignant stories drawn from her everyday adventures as a mother and wife, Grant presents an entertaining and inspirational book that will give readers uncommon insights about being an intentional parent.
Parenting Today's Teens: A Practical Devotional by Mark Gregston
Based on Mark Gregston’s nationally syndicated daily radio feature and weekly broadcast, this invaluable resource for parents helps them maintain a biblical perspective as they face some of life’s most heart-wrenching challenges. Readers will find assurance and guidance as they wrestle with questions like these:
- Why is our son acting this way?
- What is our daughter so angry about?
- Will our family ever enjoy being all together again?
- How have we contributed to the problem, and how can we lead the way out?
- What is the proper balance between tough love and total acceptance?
These short devotions are filled with Scripture and real-life examples of young people who have successfully emerged from serious struggles.
How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World by Dave Stone
In this third book from the Faithful Families series, Dave Stone continues to share his practical, conversational, and humorous approach to the challenges of building a strong spiritual foundation for the family. He equips parents with what they need to raise kids whose focus is not always on themselves. Some topics include: Becoming Others Focused, Service, Generosity, Forgiveness, and much more.