By: Bev S
First, if you do not own a copy of the classic, The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes, by Kenneth Taylor, I urge you to please get a copy of it in English. This was first published when I was a child, so it is dear to my heart. It is also translated into many, many languages, so by familiarizing your kiddoes with the outline of the book and the way the stories are told, they might be able to share the stories with friends. It is also a wonderful resource for teaching English, for discipling adults with limited reading ability and for learning to read in another language. [New edition available from Amazon.com for $16.49 and from CBD for $9.99.]
Parenting with Scripture–by Kara Dubin. I love this book. Various topics are listed, such as fear, anger, grief, friendships, etc. Scripture references are listed. There are topics for discussion as well as activities to further explore the subject. It is an absolutely excellent resource for family worship time. [From CBD for $10.99 and from Amazon.com for $10.07. ]
How to Pray For Your Children–by Quin Sherrer. This book is divided into four sections: Guidelines For Prayer, Fighting on the Home Front, Removing Hindrances to Prayer, and Establishing a Legacy of Prayer. Each section has several chapters dealing with that topic. It is an excellent resource, which reminds us again (but never enough) of the power of our prayers for our children. [Used and new from Amazon.com.]
Financial Parenting – by Larry Burkett and Rick Osborne—My husband and I have often taught parenting classes together, and this was his expertise. Once again, this book is divided into sections which are titled: Laying the Foundation, Parents’ Responsibility to Teach, Foundational Principles, The Approach and Practical Tips, Suggestions, Tools and Activities. It’s a good reminder that we are expected to teach our children all the tools needed to be responsible adults—including how to handle our money. [ From Amazon.com. Note: More recent books by Burkett include “Money Matters for Teens” and “Money Matters for Kids.”]
Monday Morning Messages- by Tom Carr with Youth Light, Inc. These are simple stories to motivate and inspire us.
801 Questions Kids Ask About God – Focus on the Family; Tyndale Publishing. This is a great resource book! Here is an example: “Will all of my friends go to heaven?” Answer: “God loves your friends just as He loves you. Only God knows who will go to heaven and hell; we don’t. But there is only one way to heaven—through Jesus. So we can go to heaven only if we have given our life to Christ. If your friends don’t follow Jesus, you can help them understand by telling them the Good News about Jesus and how He died for them. Heaven is worth going to even if your friends don’t. There will be no good times in hell.” Key Verse: Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
Activities That Teach Family Values – by Tom Jackson–This book states that it helps “move from lecturing to sharing.” Subjects include: Caring, Cooperation, Honesty, Perseverance, Responsibility, Respect, Service to Others and more.
Parenting with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and Foster Cline—is my all time favorite “parenting manual.” The loveandlogic.com website is also invaluable. This “parenting advice” teaches how to lovingly help your children suffer the logical consequences of their choices (unless of course their health and safety is jeopardized). I have not yet found a love and logic resource that conflicts with my value system.