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Mothers

Desperate: Hope for the Mom who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

The authors “want to encourage you to keep going even when it feels like you can’t, and we want to help you. We won’t offer you formulas, but we will offer ideas, perspectives, transparency, and wisdom.” Recommended by Tim Challies

God-Centered Mom Podcast: “Don’t Mom Alone” These podcasts have guests that have faced the tensions of motherhood and sought God in the process. Very encouraging and accessible on a variety of practical topics

Fathers

What every woman wishes her dad had told her by Bryon and Robin Yawn This book provides “the frameworks of security and love a dad provides (or should) a daughter, allowing her the space of self-discovery and the freedom to grow in her femininity without fear or concern. Dad is a shelter. There are things he can say and do while he has that little girl under his care that help her take flight and stay airborne over the course of her life.” Recommended by Tim Challies

Discipleship

Make Sundays the Sweetest In our house, Sundays are the hardest days to get out of the house. Learn a new, sweet approach to Sundays and your church rhythms.

The Disciple-Making Parent by Chap Bettis “The foundational parenting text is not Ephesians 6:1-4 or Deuteronomy 6:4-9, as important as they are. Rather it is Matthew 28:18-20.” This is a book about raising children to be disciples of Christ for “God’s desire for your family is to be a Trinity-displaying, God-glorifying, disciple-making unit.” Recommended by Tim Challies

Gospel-Powered Parenting by William P. Farley
The author states, “This book will assume that effective parents equip their children to overcome the world–not by changing and controlling their environment (things external to their children), but by going after their children’s hearts.” Recommended by Tim Challies

Show them Jesus By Jack Klumpenhower
“Show Them Jesus is an instruction manual for teachers of kids and teens written by a lay Bible teacher with 30 years experience. With a simple framework and lots of real-life examples, Klumpenhower s book helps teachers to identify and communicate the heart of the gospel to each child in each lesson. Show Them Jesus challenges the culture of low-stakes, low-expectations teaching and invites teachers to do nothing less than teach and treasure the good news of Jesus in every lesson. Show Them Jesus s how-to approach will compliment and enrich existing lessons or teaching materials and is appropriate for teachers of children and teens in any setting.” (Amazon)

Technology

Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch
“Drawing on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal?” (Amazon preview)

Time and Space for Flourishing in a Tech World
God-centered Mom podcast with Andy Crouch
This is the podcast that introduced me to Andy Crouch’s latest book on technology. I have always been challenged by his view of being culture-makers, and once again he challenged me to think about technology and the role I’m letting devices have in my days. Even more so as parents, how do we help our kids be technological literate but not addicted to screens. Andy offers some interesting insights and examples that might encourage your family to try something different. (Christy Biscocho)