Best Christian Parenting Books
Parenting is hard: that’s a universal truth. As a Christian parent, you are no doubt going to face unique struggles and challenges as you strive to raise your children to be loving, respectful and Christian.
One of the best ways you can get a handle on the unique struggles you face as a Christian parent is to read Christian books for parenting; these books are designed to tackle the common and tough issues faced by Christian parents and help parents overcome them.
Whether you’re a single parent or you have a spouse, it can be hard to choose the top Christian parenting books you want to read due to the sheer number of parenting books out there. That’s why I’ve compiled this handy guide to the best Christian parenting books on the market today. Read on to find out which are the top books you should pick up and start reading ASAP…
The 8 Best Christian Books for Parenting
1. What The Bible Says About Parenting Biblical Principle For Raising Godly Children by John F. MacArthur
One of the core issues for Christian parents is knowing how to raise their children to be godly. MacArthur’s “What the Bible Says About Parenting” is a key guide to exploring what the Bible actually says in regards to raising your children according to Christian principles.
MacArthur is a pastor with years of experiencing in educating others on Scripture, and his experience and knowledge on the subject shines through as he guides parents through common issues such as emotional concerns, navigating issues of discipline, helping children understand the world around them through the context of their faith, and more.
2. Raising Kingdom Kids: Giving Your Child a Living Faith by Tony Evans
Tony Evans is one of the most popular authors in the Christian non-fiction genre, and for good reason: his incredible insight into navigating the journey of life as a Christian is incredibly valuable and helpful to all readers.
This book focuses on raising children to love and follow God, and how to encourage your children to develop an independent relationship with God that will in time prepare them for being a Christian adult.
Evans doesn’t just discuss the issue in terms of spiritual belief: he gives practical advice on how to encourage children to develop prayer as a daily part of their lives, how to develop self-discipline and patience, and how to devote themselves to the Lord.
3. Praying Through Your Child’s Early Years: An Inspirational Year-by-Year Guide for Raising a Spiritually Healthy Child by Jennifer Polimino and Carolyn Warren
Some parents describe raising children as a series of milestones–their first time standing up, their first steps, their first dinner at the table and yes, even their first prayers.
This inspirational guide takes parents through their children’s lives, year by year, milestone by milestone, and offers them advice, tips, and even prayers for raising their children as they age from birth all the way to age 5.
Every chapter of the book contains Scripture verses, prayers, and encouragement to reflect and meditate on your growing child as they travel through the journey God has planned for them. This is a great book for first-time parents who need extra help as they travel through their children’s first years.
4. Parenting is Heart Work by Scott Turansky
Turansky’s book takes a unique perspective on raising children–not strictly through outside behavioral rules or strict training regimes, but by reaching your child’s heart.
Turansky’s premise is that you can never truly see lasting change in your children’s behavior unless you learn how to reach into their hearts and change them from within.
This book teaches parents how to teach children to accept responsibility for their own actions, how to encourage children to develop morality and proper values, and how to maintain a relationship with your child through love, understanding, and a connection to their heart and emotions.
5. Everything the Bible Says About Parenting and Children by Aaron Sharp
This Scripture-focused books takes parents on a journey to discover what the Bible actually says about parenting, children, and raising families.
The book has concise explanations for all of the Scripture quotes use, which makes it easier for parents to understand each aspect of parenting being discussed, from discipline to navigating friendships to encouraging respect and much more.
Sharp’s book is compact and concise, making it the ideal “no frills” parenting guide for Christian parents who want to get to the basics when it comes to learning about what the Bible actually says regarding parenting.
6. Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp
Tripp’s book is a wonderful guide to parents who need to step back and take a look at the bigger picture of their responsibilities as a Christian parent.
Rather than focusing on the practical aspects of everyday parenting–getting laundry done, making sure children do homework, navigating discipline etc.–this book focuses on broader terms.
The book’s focus is on raising your family through the grace of God, and accepting the plans that he has made for you—and your children.
The book encourages parents to look beyond the petty aspects of everyday life and focus on the bigger, and faith-based, picture. ‘Parenting’ offers 14 essential principles that serve as the foundation for raising a family in the Christian faith. It is a unique book that definitely stands out amongst the usual crowd of “how to” parent books.
7. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
Fitzpatrick and Thompson are mother-daughter co-authors of this unique book that encourages parents to help their children understand, respect, and embrace the love and grace of God.
The premise of the book is that raising “good” children is not about simply telling them they need to be good: it is about helping them transform their own lives and understanding of what it means to be loving, moral, and kind in the eyes of God.
This book encourages parents to help their children be obedient to God, while helping them understand why it is important to be “good” in his eyes—and how being “good” is not just something your parents say, but something that God wants and needs you to be.
This is a heartfelt book that many Christian parents will appreciate, especially in regards to concerns about raising children to be loving and faithful.
8. Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children by John Younts
One of the most surprising challenges that Christian parents face is learning how to talk about God, Scripture and faith with their children.
It may seem second nature to talk about God with other adults, but special consideration needs to be taken with children due to their age, stage of development, and the fact that they rely on the guidance and wisdom of the adults around them as they grow and develop each year.
This practical book by John Younts is designed to help Christian parents develop a more natural and free way of discussing God and faith with their children in a way that is encouraging and above all, understandable for children. This is an essential book for Christian parents, especially first-time parents who have not yet had to navigate raising children to be faithful and loving to God.
9. Transformed Into His Likeness by Armand P. Tiffe
This book has a very specific niche: dealing with children who are struggling with sin. This book discusses common sins that children face or are tempted by in today’s world, ranging from sins encountered by young children all the way to the teenage years.
The book helps parents prepare to tackle the concept of their children struggling with sin–and how to help them overcome it.
The problems discussed in the book include children lying, fighting, stealing, feeling greedy, being tempted by drugs and alcohol, and much more. It also discusses the common issues and temptations that teenagers face today, including premarital relations, gangs, drugs, alcohol, and even laziness and disrespect.
It may not be the most pleasant topic for Christian parents to deal with, but it’s one that they sorely need to understand—the sooner Christian parents read a book that boldly tackles the issue of children and sin, the better prepared they will be when it happens.