5 Books on Christian Parenting

5 Books on Christian Parenting

Parenting is hard enough already, without all those people telling you that you are doing it wrong!

What do you do though, if you need some parenting help? Which voices are actually speaking truth about how to parent in a God-honoring way?

If you’re frustrated by the numerous voices all telling you different ways that you should parent, and you just want a few good resources for parenting, then take a look at this list of 5 books on Christian parenting:

1. Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp

The main goal of this book is to provide parents with children of any age a helpful book with perspectives and instruction for shepherding a child’s heart into the paths of life. In this book, Tripp shares several biblical approaches to child rearing.

2. The Five Love Languages of Children, by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

In this book, Campbell and Chapman discuss how to discover your child’s love language, and how a better understanding of his/her love language and increased engagement in that area can both lead to more successful learning and help the parent discipline more effectively. The authors also cover different ways to practically speak your child’s love language.

3. The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children, by Sally Clarkson

The premise of this book is that motherhood is a calling. In it, Sally Clarkson unpacks how the daily needs of the children are important opportunities for spiritual training and nurture. Clarkson breaks down how character-building can be a natural part of life and explains how the daily tasks can help mothers in the task of regular discipleship. Through the study of Jesus’ own methods of discipleship, mothers can disciple their children and equip them with tools that will serve them for a lifetime.

4. Fathering Like the Father: Becoming the Dad God Wants You To Be, by Kenneth Gangel and Jeffrey Gangel

In this book, the topic of fathering is explored, with God’s “fathering style” being used as the primary example for how fathers are supposed to forgive, communicate with, discipline, and love their children. The focus of the book is how fathers should model godly character for their children.

5. Grace-Based Parenting, by Tim Kimmel

In Grace-Based Parenting, Kimmel addresses how to parent in a way that reflects God’s love and forgiveness, and also removes fear as a motivator for behavior. To do this, he walks us through how to discard rigid rules and checklists, and instead move towards a parenting-style that reflects God’s grace. The end goal of this “grace-based parenting” approach is to grow children who are growing both spiritually and morally.

  • Great list…I also suggest that you check out Gospel Powered Parenting by William P Farley