Sunday, January 24, 2010

For Parents

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

"Many parenting books are based on hit-or-miss theories steeped in secular thinking. This one draws from Pastor Tripp's seasoned experience as a father-and from God's Holy Word. Grounded in the Bible's divine plan for parenting, this guide defines your goals as a parent and provides the Scriptural methods for accomplishing them."*

Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman

"Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you discouraged because it seems you just can not reach the heart of your child? Through personal experience and the practical application of Scripture, Ginger Plowman encourages and equips moms to reach past the outward behavior of their children and dive deeply into the issues of the heart. Her candid approach will help moms move beyond the frustrations of not knowing how to handle issues of disobedience and into a confident, well balanced approach to raising their children."*

Some books you can read once and never pick up again. Not these! I've read the first book at least three times already and I know I will be using it again. Parenting is the most important job you will ever have and yet many people never receive any training to do the job well. If you've never read a parenting book, I challenge and encourage you to pick up one of these two books. I've read many and these are two of the best! They are the best because the Bible is the foundation for all of the principles taught. They are saturated with scripture, funny stories and real life examples. Let's be intentional in our calling as mothers.
I know it's hard to find time to read, but you'd be surprised how easy and profitable it is to set aside even just 10 minutes a day to pick up a good book! You won't regret it.

* Book descriptions were taken from


Shyla said...

I got to meet Ginger Plowman at a convention nathan was working at. I would also recommend her booklet "No whining watch!"

Pam said...

Kelly those are two GREAT books! James and I have read both together and use many of their principles with our own kids. Another one that we really enjoyed was "Grace Based Parenting". SOOOO insightful about God's grace towards us, and how we should behave like God towards our own children. (we know God didn't forfeit discipline) He loves us unconditionally.

Laurie said...

Thanks Kelly! I went and picked both of these up today(well one is on order). :)

nate, christina, and connor said...

loved don't make me count to three. a great read.... and i am glad you posted it b/c i was just getting so frustrated w/connor tonight and i'm thinking i need to read it again. :)