Polly and I (Rachel) have now been navigating and documenting quite a bit about our “oh-so-messy yet glorious” journey of parenting for years. You can read about Polly’s family here and mine here. And, as a former Children’s Ministry Director and Family Events Coordinator for 15 years, I have had the privilege of reading, teaching and writing about many of the best parenting and family devotional resources out there for quite a while. This page is a collection of what we deem as some of the “best of the best” parenting resources–including books, toys, articles, music and more.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp – I (Rachel) recommend parents reading this book to provide a foundational biblical, grace-based “big picture” of what is the goal of Christian parenting. I especially like the first portion and then using the Turansky and Miller books (below) to flesh out the “how” in day-to-day parenting.
A Mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming – This is another foundational “big picture”, yet practical and encouraging Christian parenting book, especially for new mothers.
Loving the Little Years and Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic – After reading this interview that we did with the author, I think you’ll understand why we are drawn to her pithy, hilarious parenting books. If your days feel impossibly long at home with children, take great joy in her light-hearted, yet poignant reminders.
The Christian Parenting Handbook and Good and Angry by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller – These are two of these most helpful, practical parenting books during the preschool through teen years of parenting. Their parenting perspective is heart-based, rather than behavior-based. Their approach helps children understand heart motives and build character, instead of just doing the right behavior on the outside.
Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman – We so appreciate our friend Gloria’s theologically-rich, God-centered observations about parenting and life in general. Her honest stories and encouraging biblical reminders throughout provide much needed perspective during what can be a stressful time as a mother. (Gloria has guest posted for a us a few times here, here, here, and here.
Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Family by Michelle Anthony – Through honest personal stories and clear biblical teaching, Anthony paints a compelling big picture of a parent’s God-given role. She calls parents to depend on God for their children’s spiritual and moral growth while cultivating 10 environments (which she fleshes out) in the home that foster a heart-transforming faith.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth – Navigating the sleep schedule for young children can be nerve wrecking. This was one of THE most practical, research-based (and very grace-based) helps to both of us when our children were young. I think every new mom should own this book!
In this post we have put together a collection of our favorite Bibles for all ages.
Kids Toys and Books We Love
For New Moms
Other Helpful Resources