This post is simply a warning that a parenting book, even those written by Christians, will not and can not provide a foolproof formula for raising perfect, spiritually healthy teenagers. Sometimes they are filled with human wisdom or simply personal experiences. They leave you feeling hopeless or helpless.
God’s Word is ultimate guide, so any book that uses that as its primary source would be a better choice. I’m going to share a few titles that I (Pastor Mark) think would be worthwhile.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. While this book does not address specific issues related to teenagers, it deals with the underlying heart issues that God is most concerned about. I would highly recommend that both parents read and discuss this book together.
Teen-ology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers by Jim Burns. This book is filled with good resources organized by topics. It comes from a Christian perspective but it does not clearly link the solutions to Scripture.
Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp. The author deals with heart issues affecting parents and their teens. He uses Scripture to help parents make the most of these turbulent years to deepen communication and spiritual growth. Tripp addresses parents and our own hearts as key to reaching our kids.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:9-10 (ESV)
P.S. The blog titles and main ideas come from Walt Mueller’s book “99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers”. I personalize and modify the message, and also add Scripture.
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