7 Christian Parenting Books You Won’t Want to Miss

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Hey there! Last week when I was dusting bookshelves, I counted the number of parenting books I own. Whew- there are a lot! I’m not sure if I fear totally messing up so I keep buying more in hopes that I won’t or what.

On a more serious note, I believe being educated in any role is the first prerequisite to doing an excellent job. Parenting is a wonderful, beautiful role that God has ordained as part of the family structure. Therefore, I want to put my whole self into it.


Today I thought I would give you a list of the more recently published good Christian parenting books to read so that we could give each other some feedback. The advantage of this list is that the fresh perspective on the modern world includes more guidance for families living in the current culture.   After all, Grandma didn’t have to deal with setting teenage rules for texting, though she certainly had other cultural concerns. Another reason I enjoy reading many parenting books is because the various writing styles often prompt me to new thoughts and ideas. Creativity is contagious! So let’s begin.

Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families

1. This wonderful book supported by Focus on the Family has a beautiful title that serves as the premise of the book. As parents seek to follow the example of Christ, their role is depicted as a servant-leader. This book will encourage you to embrace Biblical parenting principles as modeled by Christ Himself. One of my favorite features of this book is the “pause and reflect” sections throughout each chapter that encourage practical life application.

Intentional Parenting: Autopilot Is for Planes

2. I have to admit to you that I haven’t finished reading this book yet, but the subtitle alone is so intriguing: Autopilot is for planes. Isn’t it so easy to get caught up in the day to day routines that we miss out on having true relationships with our children? Fearing this routine monster will miss out on joyful spontaneity, I’m curious to finish reading this book. Intentional Parenting is designed to help you discover who you are and then lead you to a purposeful consistent and relational daily life with your children. I really can’t wait to dig more into this book.

The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy (Christian Mama’s Guide Series)

The Christian Mama’s Guide to Baby’s First Year: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your First Year as a Mom (Christian Mama’s Guide Series)

The Christian Mama’s Guide to Parenting a Toddler: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Child’s Terrible Twos (Christian Mama’s Guide Series)

The Christian Mama’s Guide to the First School Years: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Sending Your Kid Off into the Big Wide World (Christian Mama’s Guide Series)

3. The Christian Mama’s Guide series by Erin MacPherson is well-organized and quite thorough. I love the organizational checklists provided in these books. One of my favorite sections in the guide to the first year is Erin’s “10 Things I Learned from MOPS…that I would’ve never learned otherwise.” This set of four books would be a wonderful gift for a new mother!

Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe

4. The mission of this fun book is to save sanity, one mom at a time! I had been thinking about this post and what I could say about this book, when much to my surprise, today I found myself running behind a woman wore a pair of socks just like the ones on this book cover! I really wanted a pair! Jenny uses a humorous writing tone to outline practical tips and tricks to keep mom’s life organized. She fully outlines the reality of messiness that accompanies rearing families and offers solutions to save the day. I enjoyed the perky perspective of the book and Jenny somehow weaves in beautiful Biblical principles as well. The fresh style of this book kept me reading until there was no more to read. Honestly, when I read the above-mentioned books, sometimes it causes me to worry that I’m just not doing everything correctly. The perfectionist in me goes crazy with all the normal wear and tear on our house and then it alternately goes crazy because  I don’t want to go crazy over neatness challenges. I truly appreciated Jenny’s unique slant of writing on motherhood.

Jenny has an ebook sale from 10/21-11/4 for just $2.99! I thought you would want to know that, so click on the link: Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe.

And if you feel like I left the fathers out of the picture, then don’t miss this post of my top Christian parenting books just for dads.

Have you read any of these or a recently-released Christian parenting book? Was the book helpful to you?







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  1. I love Erin’s books. I just sent my first to Kindergarten and Christian Mama’s Guide to the Grade School Years was perfect!

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