Summer Reading List - Part 4: Books on Parenting

Whether your summer involves a trip to the beach, tiring your kids out at the neighborhood pool, or nights spent on your back porch enjoying the fireflies, chances are you will be cracking a book or two open in the next couple of months. Here is a comprehensive list of book recommendations from our staff. 

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have!

Books on Parenting

1. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

by Paul Tripp

Raising children is no small responsibility. The day-to-day tasks of cooking meals, breaking up fights, putting away the toys at least a hundred times and doing seemingly endless loads of laundry can make parents lose sight of their ultimate purpose in parenting. In this book, Paul Tripp offers fourteen gospel-centered principles that will help parents see their role through the lens of God's grace.

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2. Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids

by Jack Klumpenhower

Sometimes Bible lessons taught earnestly to children leave them with lessons about changing their behavior. In this book, Klumpenhower offers a new way to demonstrate to children how the Gospel actually applies to their lives and changes them. Kulmpenhower's simple framework and many real-life examples help teachers to recognize and convey the heart of the Gospel in each lesson. This book is a great read for teachers of children and teens as well as parents.

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Books for Your Children

1. The Beginners Gospel Story Bible

Best for Preschool-Aged Children

Toddlers and preschoolers can understand the Gospel far more than adults give them credit for. Children understand a promise and its value from a very early age. Through the Gospel, God keeps his promises to us. The Beginners Gospel Story Bible tells 52 New and Old Testament stories and highlights God's perfect promises in each story. By focusing on God's promises, the Gospel can come alive even to little ones.

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2. The Gospel Story Bible

Best for Elementary-Aged Children

Children love bedtime stories so why not read them a bedtime story that can change their lives? The Gospel Story Bible offers 156 stories based on the ESV Bible to read to your children. These easy-to-read stories will allow you to meet Jesus with your children and learn together to recognize Him as the hero of every story.

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3. Tales that Tell the Truth – book series

by Joni Eareckson Tada, Trillia Newbell, Bob Hartman, Lizzie Laterton, Carl Laferton, etc.

This is a fun book series is best for preschool to early elementary-aged children. Each book in the series is full of beautiful and colorful illustrations that make each story come alive. These books will teach children about Jesus' power to love, forgive, and save each of us.

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