One of our greatest callings from God is the discipleship of our children and the next generation. Whether we are parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, or leaders in children’s or student ministry, we are responsible for teaching children about God, pointing them to Christ, and developing in them the character they need to face the unique challenges they will encounter. We have been given a high calling to raise kids who know and love God and love people!

And yet parenting is not just about God working in the lives of our kids. Parenting is about what God is doing in us to transform us into the men and women He wants us to be. That’s why parenting is so tough – it’s not just our kids who need the grace of God – we do too! Parenting has always been one of the toughest assignments given to human beings and can get downright overwhelming and discouraging at times.

Renovate’s new series is titled The Art of Parenting: You’re Not Alone because parenting is not about perfection or a formula but about a process. A process that God and other people are involved in. This fall at Renovate, we will open God’s Word to find time-tested wisdom for parents and children and learn how to apply that wisdom to today’s unique challenges. It is our hope that you will be both encouraged and equipped during this series, and for this reason, we have created a resource page of books, organizations, and tools that can help you in this challenging task. We truly hope they bless you!

Best Books We Recommend

  • Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World—Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane
  • Becoming the Parent God Wants You to Be—Dr. Kevin Leman
  • The Power of a Praying Parent- Stormie Omartian
  • Revolutionary Parenting- George Barna
  • How We Love Our Kids: The 5 Love Styles of Parenting- Milan & Kay Yerkovich
  • Shepherding a Child's Heart- Tedd Tripp
  • The Art of Parenting: Aiming Your Child’s Heart Toward God—Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Dave Boehi
  • Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family—Paul David Tripp
  • The New Strong-Willed Child- Dr. James Dobson
  • Fearless Parenting: How to Raise Faithful Kids in a Secular Culture- George Barna and Jimmy Meyers
  • Toe to Toe with your Teen: Successfully Parenting a Defiant Teenager Without Giving Up Or Giving In--Jimmy Meyers
  • Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men--Meg Meeker
  • Loving Our Kids on Purpose: Making a Heart-To-Heart Connection--Danny Silk
  • Parenting with Love and Logic--Foster Cline and Jim Fay
  • Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years—Jim Fay and Charles Fay
  • Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood—Foster Cline and Jim Fay
  • Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls—Gary Thomas

For Blended Families:

  • The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family—Ron L. Deal
  • Blending Families: Merging Households with Kids 8-18—Trevor Crow Mullineaux and Maryann Karinch 

For Single Parents:

  • Single Parenting That Works: Six Keys to Raising Happy, Healthy Children in a Single-Parent Home—Dr. Kevin Leman
  • The Single Parent, Confident and Successful—Linda Ranson Jacobs

For Single Moms:

  • God Loves Single Moms: Practical Help for Finding Confidence, Strength, and Hope—Teresa Whitehurst
  • The Unseen Companion: God With the Single Mother—Michelle Lynn Senters

For Single Dads:

  • The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce—Tez Brooks
  • The Single Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed as a One-Man Parenting —Michael A. Klumpp

For Boys Only:

  • 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son- Vicki Courtney
  • Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World--Rosalind Wiseman
  • Raising a Modern-Day Knight: Raising Your Son into Manhood--Robert Lewis
  • Wild at Heart--John Eldredge

For Girls Only:

  • 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter-Vicki Courtney
  • Captivating- John and Stasi Eldredge
  • What About Me? Seeing Yourself the Way God Sees You--Vicki Courtney
  • Reflect: Discovering the Beauty, Worth, and Wonderfulness of You--Vicki Courtney

Birth to Early Years:

  • The Happiest Baby on the Block—Harvey Karp
  • The Happiest Toddler on the Block: The New Way to Stop the Daily Battle of Wills and Raise a Secure and Well-Behaved One-to-Four-Year-Old--Harvey Karp
  • Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems- Richard Ferber
  • The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body Balancing your Emotions and Restoring your Vitality---Kimberly Anne Johnson

All Focus on the Family

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Cityview Church Family Technology Seminar and Parenting Resources (Filtering/monitoring, iOS 12 Screentime Guide, Nomophobia Quiz, Social Media Pornography, Social Media Addiction, Text Talk Defined, Weekly Phone Monitoring, Guiding Principles)