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“Wisdom is valuable at any stage of life!”
by Isabella Graunke
We’ve heard it before, and it will always hold true—the Bible is the ultimate source of wisdom for our lives. That fact is unchanging, and yet, we also find that books written by other believers can prove to be helpful resources as well. Wisdom is valuable at any stage of life, so if you’re in the midst of parenting and looking for some guidance, or a non-parent who hopes to one day be one (like myself), this list is for you. Here are five (on sale!) parenting resources you can pick up today.
1. Living Beloved by Erin Hawley
During what can be a demanding and confusing season of life for many women, Living Beloved offers young mothers a chance to grow in their identity as children of God simply by observing their own little ones. By examining the simple characteristics of a child—transparency, trust, joy, boldness, and more—moms will learn to see their relationship with God their Father in a new way.
Author Erin Hawley encourages Christian moms to view early motherhood as a wonderful tutoring session from God, as a lesson in how to grow closer to Him and live “beloved” as His child. The biblical insights and personal stories will renew readers, help them move closer to the Lord, and enjoy life as His child during the everyday routine of mamahood. This insightful and warm-hearted book will nourish a mom’s soul as she nourishes her children.
2. Come to the Family Table by Ted and Amy Cunningham
In our busy world, family time around the dinner table is easily displaced by other things. Ted and Amy Cunningham call parents to a slower way of living that allows them to intentionally build into their family’s relational and spiritual fabric and into the community around them.
No more rushing to the table for a quick bite so we can get back to our other activities. Prioritizing mealtime slows us down long enough to enjoy our food, each other, and Jesus. Inspired by the slow food movement, Come to the Family Table seeks to encourage families with intentional strategies to engage one another and create the table as a space for practical ministry to their community.
3. Parenting Teens with Love & Logic by Jim Faye and Foster Cline
Parents need effective teaching strategies to teach their teens how to make decisions responsibly―and do so while showing empathy toward them.
Parenting Teens with Love and Logic, from the duo who wrote Parenting with Love and Logic (and the iconic PBS program), empowers parents of teens with the skills necessary to set limits, teach important skills, and encourage effective decision-making for teens.
Covering a wide range of real-life issues teens face―including divorce of their parents, ADHD, addiction, and sex―this book provides everything you need to raise responsible teens who will find their identity and grow in maturity. Indexed for easy reference.
Now updated with new material on implementing love and logic in conversations about teens and technology, including managing screen time, social media, and cyberbullying.
4. Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling by Lea Ann Garfias
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more families than ever before are considering or reevaluating homeschooling their children. Lea Ann Garfias, homeschooling mom of six and herself a homeschool graduate, has all the information you need to succeed. She guides you through your toughest questions, including:
- – Should I homeschool my kids? How do I get started?What books should I buy?
- – What do I do in the first day? The first year?
- – How do I know if my child is on track? If homeschooling is successful for them?
- – What do I teach in each subject at every age?
- – What is my own best way of teaching, and how can my child learn his or her own way?
- – What if my child has a learning disability?
- – What are the dangers of homeschooling, and how do I avoid them?
- – Will homeschooling help my family draw closer to God and to each other?
This complete reference guide will provide you with everything you need to successfully tackle homeschooling in your own style, filling your experience with confidence, grace, and the joy of learning.
5. Dinner Table Devotions by Nancy Guthrie
Join popular author and Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie around the dinner table for good conversation and spiritual nourishment with your family.
Compiled from the widely successful One Year Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters, this 40-day devotional is the perfect gift for families of all ages, providing:
- – Solid biblical insight on major topics and themes in Scripture
- – Reflection questions to engage the whole family and encourage spiritual discussion
- – Daily verses to read and memorize
Over the course of the next forty days, your family will develop a deeper understanding of who God is, what He is like, and what He expects from all of us. Coming together around the dinner table, your family will embark
on a journey of understanding why we need a Savior and what it means to place our faith solely in Jesus.