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Families:

Godly Disciplines:

Disciplines Of A Godly Family

Disciplines of a Godly Family covers such topics as establishing a solid family heritage, promoting affections between family members, encouraging godliness in children, using appropriate discipline, and helping children cultivate enriching lifelong habits. The Hugheses also offer tips for fun and affordable family vacations, creating family traditions, and starting a prayer notebook. They even give a suggested list of books and videos that should be in every family’s library.

Author: Kent & Barbara Hughes

Word Filled Families

When the Gospel of Christ entered the Roman world of the New Testament the landscape was very bleak. Christ’s church was born into a world of mixed-up marriages and confused families. First-century believers had to learn the first principles of having godly marriages and families that please God. Twenty-first century believers face the same difficulties, but thankfully, God’s plan has been the same in every age: His people are to have Word Filled Families. This book will instruct and challenge you in the Scriptures. By God’s grace, you will be drawn to desire a Word-filled life as a man or a woman, a Word-filled marriage as a husband or wife, a Word-filled family as a father or mother, and a Word-filled prayer life as a couple in oneness of heart and mind.

Author: Dr. John S. Barnett

Unity:

Your Family - God's Way

As a husband, father of four, and family counselor, Wayne A. Mack knows what makes families tick. Here he offers Biblical insight and practical wisdom into to crucial areas of family life: communication and conflict resolution. Alerting us to the pitfalls of faulty communication, such as “undertalk,” “overtalk,” and poor listening, forms of falsehood, and “circuit jammers” to communication, Mack explains why families fight and explains the key to turning family discord into harmony. Firsthand success stories and highly practical application questions give hope and clear direction to all who wish to build stronger families God’s way.

Author: Wayne A. Mack

family worship

Gathering together for worship is an indispensable part of your family’s spiritual life. It is a means for God to reveal himself to you and your loved ones in a powerful way. This practical guide by Donald S. Whitney will prove invaluable to families—with or without children in the home—as they practice God-glorifying, Christ-exalting worship through Bible reading, prayer, and singing. Includes a discussion guide in the back for small groups.

Author: Donald Whitney

Church Involvement:

HOW CHURCH can change your life

As a husband, father of four, and family counselor, Wayne A. Mack knows what makes families tick. Here he offers Biblical insight and practical wisdom into to crucial areas of family life: communication and conflict resolution. Alerting us to the pitfalls of faulty communication, such as “undertalk,” “overtalk,” and poor listening, forms of falsehood, and “circuit jammers” to communication, Mack explains why families fight and explains the key to turning family discord into harmony. Firsthand success stories and highly practical application questions give hope and clear direction to all who wish to build stronger families God’s way.

Author: Josh Moody

Kids:

The ology: ancient truths ever new

Truth is for kids, not just for adults! So The Ology gives kids of all ages a beginner s theology book to help them understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are on display and easier to understand. Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together.

Author: Marty Machowski

Devotionals:

a boy's guide to making really good choices

It’s never too early to give young boys a resource that will help them learn the skills for making right choices in life. A Boy’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices is designed to help boys ages 8-12 learn how to think through their options, realize the possible consequences, and develop good decision-making skills. 

Author: Jim George

A Girl's Guide to making Really Good Decisions

Every girl is a beautiful creation, uniquely equipped by God to do His work in the world. But as girls are growing, changing, and making choices about the kinds of lives they will lead, they are bombarded with conflicting messages about what it means to be a woman. The media says one thing, boys say another, and friends seem obsessed with whatever is newest and coolest. As a result, girls too often hand their decisions over to those least qualified to make them. Into the breach steps Elizabeth George, bestselling author and beloved Bible teacher. With wisdom, gentleness, and tremendous grace, she guides tween girls ages 8 to 12 through the most challenging decisions they face, teaching them to let God―not the world―define
who they are. Discussing such topics as attitude, friendships, crushes, parents, school,
and avoiding bad situations, Elizabeth helps girls see that the very best choice of all
is a choice to live within God’s will.

Author: Elizabeth George

Wise Up: Ten-Minute Family Devotions in Proverbs

Every parent wants to see their children make good choices, grow in wisdom, and learn how to live a God-honoring life. But Christian parents know that teaching good morals isn’t enough. Kids (and adults) need gospel power in order to “wise up!” Wise Up, the newest family devotional from best-selling children’s author and family pastor, Marty Machowski, will help make learning the truths of Proverbs fun and memorable for first- to sixth-grade kids as it points them to the true wisdom that is only found in Christ.

Author: Marty Machowski

Parents

Parenting:

A Parent Privilege

Parents, you have the greatest privilege of your lives in front of you every day: raising your children. Parenting your children to Christ, modeling the Gospel, and talking about God’s grace shouldn’t be a burden. It’s a privilege. A Parent Privelege provides biblical understanding and the latest research to encourage you in the unparalleled opportunity you have to be the primary influencer of your children.

Author: Steve Wright with Chris Graves

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens

Teenage hassles that disrupt parents’ lives? Or prime opportunities to connect with, listen to, and nurture our kids?

Paul Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting parents and their teenagers during the often chaotic adolescent years. With wit, wisdom, humility, and compassion, he shows parents how to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with their teenagers.

Author: Bruce A. Ware

Big truths for young hearts

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.

Author: Paul David Tripp

give them grace

Mother-daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson contend that every way we try to make our kids “good” is simply an extension of Old Testament Law—a set of standards that is not only unable to save our children, but also powerless to change them.No, rules are not the answer. What they need is GRACE.We must tell our kids of the grace-giving God who freely adopts rebels and transforms them into loving sons and daughters. If this is not the message your children hear, if you are just telling them to “be good,” then the gospel needs to transform your parenting too.

Author: Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson

Gospel-Powered Parenting: how the gospel shapes and transforms parenting

Parents who claim the gospel as their own have an enormous effect on their marriage, their integrity, and their love for their children. Keeping the gospel at the forefront of every aspect of marriage helps parents fear God, sensitizes them to sin, motivates them to enter their children's world, and causes them to preach the beauty of the gospel to their children through their marriage.

Author: William Farley

Parenting

What is your calling as a parent?

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents. Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy. 

Author: Paul David Tripp

Sacred Parenting

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.

Author: Gary Thomas

save them from secularism: pre-evangelism for your children

Barna claims that six out of ten children growing up in Christian homes will abandon the faith in their twenties. This staggering falloff rate is attributed to all kinds of things: the age-segregation of the church, shallow youth ministry, inconsistency of Christian adults, lack of spiritual leadership in the home, lack of serious discipleship in the local church, and proliferation of unwholesome media. Not much attention has been given to the imagination: a child's interpretive grid. If this grid is profoundly secular in the coming generation, the chances are that this massive drop-out rate will continue. For if a child's attitude and sensibilities are shaped by secularism, he will reject the supernaturalistic gospel and the supernaturalistic Christian life, however well those truths have been taught. Save Them From Secularism: Pre-Evangelism For Your Children seeks to give parents a practical guide of how this grid is shaped. More of a signpost than a textbook, the book will remind parents of the numerous ways that
secularism intrudes, and how Christianity is to be taught "when we sit in the house,
when we walk by the
way, when we lie down, and when we rise up" (Deut 6:7)

Author: David J de Bruyn

Motherhood:

Desperate

“I just can’t be a mother today.” These words have been whispered to God in quiet desperation by mothers who love their children to the depths of their soul, but who are struggling with how hard motherhood is. Mortherhood turns you inside out. Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by how tired you feel; the days go on and on, and you want to be a “good” mom, but you feel like a failure so much of the time. What happened to all of your ideals? When did you end up feeling so…lost?

Sarah Maw and Sally Clarkson have been to the edge and back. Desperate is the story of one young om’s trials and one experienced mentor’s priceless exhortations. Desperate is not a book about despair, nor is it a rule-laden mothering manual. It is a life offering filled with encouragement, help, and the answers to some of your heart-wrenchingly honest questions.

Author: Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

missional motherhood

Despite the routine tasks and mundane to-do lists, motherhood is anything but insignificant. God has designed motherhood as part of his greater plan to draw people to himself—instilling all women, whether called to traditional mothering or not, with an eternal purpose in nurturing others.

Author: Gloria Furman

Fatherhood:

Bible Reading With Your Kids

What do you wish for your kids? As a Christian father, to have them grow up to love Jesus and live faithfully for God would no doubt be at the top of your list. But how does that actually happen? What can you do to advance that goal? In this short and extremely practical guide, Jon Nielson reminds fathers that reading the Bible each day with our kids is crucial. It's regular exposure to God's word along with your prayers and the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts that has the power to shape your children and build a faith in them that will last. But this book doesn't just leave you with a biblical conviction. It also shows you how to go about this kind of daily Bible reading, providing a stack of practical tips and advice, concrete examples, and warm encouragement. By the end of this book you'll not only be convinced there is no better spiritual gift to offer your children than consistent and prayer-backed exposure to the word of God... you'll be equipped and encouraged to actually do it.

Author: Jon Nielson

Shepherding Children:

Sheparding a Child's Heart

Shepherding a Child’s Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. The things your child does and says flows from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way, “…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (NIV) Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life.

Author: Tedd Tripp

Marriage:

The Meaning of Marriage

Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. Timothy Keller, with insights from Kathy, his wife of thirty-seven years, shows marriage to be a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. The Meaning of Marriage offers instruction on how to have a successful marriage, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply
in this life.

Author: Timothy Keller

Purity:

Instructing a child's heart

From interaction with their peers to the instruction and correction that they receive at home, Children interpret their experience from a worldview that seeks to answer their fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I exist for? Where can I find joy? We need to provide our children with a consistent, persuasive, biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it. Instructing a Child's Heart is essential to Shepherding a Child's Heart. The instruction that you provide for them not only informs their mind; it is directed to persuading their hearts of the wisdom and truthfulness of God s ways. Impress truth on the hearts of your children, not to control or manage them, but to point them to the greatest joy and happiness that they can experience delighting in God and the goodness of his ways.

Author: Tedd & Margy Tripp

Almost 12

Written to be read page-by-page with a child, Almost 12 follows the progress of human life from conception to birth, highlighting key facts and important moral values. With its question-and-answer section, art, photography, and easy-to-read format, children ages 10-12 will discover the miracle of birth in an effective and non-threatening way. Revised and updated for a new generation, Almost 12 also contains a new chapter to discuss premarital sex and sexually transmitted diseases.

Author: Kenneth Taylor

dIsciplines of a godly young man

This inspiring and best-selling book has long been speaking to the hearts of men, and its words continue to be highly relevant. Using biblical wisdom, engaging illustrations, practical suggestions for daily living, and personal study questions, Kent Hughes offers hard-hitting discussion on major areas of Christian manhood: marriage, fatherhood, friendship, purity, integrity, leadership, prayer, ministry, and more.

Author: Kent Hughes

Parenting Websites

Please be aware that these links are to websites not controlled by Grace Baptist Church and therefore may include some material that does not fall under Grace's Statement of Faith and should be monitored by parents.

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