It’s no mystery that parenting is not for cowards. It takes tremendous energy, tenacity, courage and wisdom to parent well, as God intends. It also takes prayer and the power of God’s Spirit operating in our family. It takes the ability to continually say “no” to the wrong influences, and “yes” to the best influences.

Every so often, Becky and I are asked about good books on parenting. To that end, we offer up this list of some of our favorites. We raised three children to the best of our ability, and made a lot of mistakes too. But we also did a lot of things right due to listening to the wisdom of others. May the Lord use these types of resources for His Kingdom and glory. You’ll notice that I’ve included a few classics such as the Holiness of God, Knowing God, and Desiring God. The reason for this is simple: we cannot parent well if we are not thinking clearly about theology and who God is.

When pregnant:
The Holiness of God, by R.C. Sproul
The Mommy Book, by Karen Hull
The Power of a Praying Parent, by Stormie Omartian

From birth to one year old:
Dare to Discipline, by James Dobson
Successful Christian Parenting, by John Mac Arthur
Trophy Child, by Ted Cunningham

At two years old:
Parenting in the Pews, by Robbie Castleman
24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, by Matthew Sleeth M.D.
Celebrating the Sabbath, by Bruce A. Ray

At three years old:
Knowing God, by J.I. Packer
The Biggest Story ABC, by Kevin DeYoung

At four years old and beyond
Desiring God, by John Piper
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, by Kevin DeYoung
The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New, by Marty Machowski

by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor
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