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Top 5 Books for Parents

Posted on 23 August 2010 Gavin Glenn

Here are my 'Top 20' selection of books to get you started thinking about topics like child theology, ministry to children and families and inclusive worship.  How do we as a church prepare children and young people to be involved in the ongoing life of the church?   Are we countering the negative messages of our culture?  Do children have opportunities to develop an inner working model of  Christian language, an understanding of their identity as Christians, how to make ethical decisions and discuss the meaning of life and death? I'd be interested to hear your suggestions for further recommended reading.

Judyth Roberts
Children and Families Ministry Consultant
Board of Education
Synod of NSW and the ACT

The 5 Love Languages of ChildrenThe Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

Another in the series about 'love languages', but applying them to your children can lead to a fresh understanding of your familial relationships.


In the Midst of ChaosIn the Midst of Chaos by Bonnie Miller-McLemore

Parenting as a spiritual practice? This book captures the messy aspects of parenting but Bonnie Miller-McLemore shows ways to discover God in the midst of busy, ordinary and routine days of parenting.


The Secret of Happy ChildrenThe Secret of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph

Wise advice for valuing and enjoying family life, including extended family.



Boundaries with KidsBoundaries with Kids by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Practical advice about mental, emotional and spiritual boundaries. 



The Heavenly PartyThe Heavenly Party by Michele Guinness

This one could have gone into other categories, as it encourages the practice of hospitality beginning in the home and encompassing the church and whole community.  An inspirational book that draws on Jewish roots to joyfully integrate the sacred and secular in our families.

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