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Christian Parenting Books

Updated on December 30, 2010

Many parents turn to Christian parenting books to help them improve their parenting skills in the context of their faith. Here are the top 5 Christian parenting books to help you build a better and healthier bond with your children.

Real World Parents: Christian Parenting for Families Living in the Real World, by Mark Matlock

In this book, author Mark Matlock explores families who find themselves “stuck” between their own family’s story and the story outlined in the Bible. Matlock argues that families face challenges in making their “real world” life line up with the life prescribed in the Bible. The focus of this book is helping parents to help their children grow and feel a real connection with their faith. Matlock encourages parents to be proactive instead of reactive in cultivating Christian children in a society that’s values often seem out of line with the Bible.

The Godly Home, by Richard Baxter

This book focuses on helping parents to create godly families in a world in which families are crumbling and divorce is at an all-time high. Baxter addresses issues of marriage, children, family worship, and family dynamics and how these affect a family’s ability to follow Scripture. Baxter considers some of the hardships of families who have difficulties in following God and outlines a path to salvation for godly families.

The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide to Raising a Family, by Martha Peace and Stuart Scott

This book offers practical advice on parenting for parents seeking to connect their children to God. Peace and Scott argue that the most important relationship within a family is that between the parents and God. The faithful parent, the authors contend, sets an example for the child to follow and thus strengthens the child’s faith. By taking this view, Peace and Scott offer advice on more than just parenting—advice on how to maintain faith in the midst of the challenges of parenthood.

The Christian Father’s Present to His Children, by John Angell James

In this book, author John Angell James offers fathers advice on how to raise children in the instruction of God. Printed over 100 years ago, this book has endured many generations and still carries relevance for fathers today.

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Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching, and Appreciating Boys, by Hal and Melanie Young

In this book, Hal and Melanie Young offer advice on raising boys and encourages parents to look past the difficulties—the startling amount of food boys eat and their destructive nature—and understand the gift from God that boys are. Focusing on cultivating boys’ spiritual lives takes center stage in this book.


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  • daravuthz profile image

    daravuthz 6 years ago from Cambodia

    Thanks for the info, great explanation. I look forward to reading more :D

  • Karen Wodke profile image

    Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

    These are great suggestions.