“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”- Titus 2:11-14
- But We Did Everything Right: Reflections on Parenting “By the Book” by Katie Polski
- The SOLA Network: A Resource for Parents and Youth Pastors
- How Knowing Jesus As Our Eternal Christ and Creator Changes Our Parenting by Emily Menendez
- God Isn’t Looking at Your Parenting Resume by Dawson Cooper
- Parenting As A Child of God by Brian Pitts
- Gospel Marks of a Shepherding Parent by Mark Rector
- See the Cross by Katie Polski
- Four Plumblines to Parent with Grace by Seth Stewart
- Four Signs I Have Made My Child My Idol by Anna Meade Harris
- Gospel-Astonished Parenting by Rob Yancey
When Kids Won’t Bow to Your Idols by Jennifer Phillips (TGC).
3 Ways You Might Be Teaching Your Kids the Prosperity Gospel by Chap Bettis (TGC)
The Myth of the Happy Parent by Samuel Son (Mockingbird).
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. Give Them Grace is a revolutionary perspective on parenting that shows us how to receive the gospel afresh and give grace in abundance, helping our children know the dazzling love of Jesus and respond with heartfelt obedience.
14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family and Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp. Tripp is one of the best teachers we have on gospel-centered parenting, and his books are an excellent resource for parents with kids of all ages. Listen to Rooted’s interview with Tripp here.
The Gospel-Centered Parent by Rose Marie Miller and others. A 10-week study for small groups or couples. Gospel principles for families.
Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It by David Zahl. See our review here. Zahl unmasks the competing pieties around which so much of our lives revolve, and he does so in a way that’s at points playful, personal, and incisive.
Parenting Ahead: Preparing Now for the Teen Years by Kristen Hatton. “Proactive, long-haul parenting will help parents and children be better prepared for engaging in the realities of peer pressure, decision-making, and recognizing the connection between behavior and the heart.” Listen to Rotted’s interview with Hatton here.
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp. “Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, Tripp shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God―grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.”
Setting Parents Free: How to give your kids what they need, and where to run when you drop the ball by John L. Cox. “Filled with solid wisdom and playful humor, Dr. Cox will guide you to the basic things that kids need to do life well, understand love, and follow God.”
How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family by Dan Allender. “To reduce the pressure and enjoy greater closeness in your family, turn your parenting upside-down byallowing God to use your children to help you grow up.”
Parenting the Way God Parents: Refusing to Recycle Your Parents’ Mistakes by Katherine Koonce. “In Parenting the Way God Parents, Katherine Koonce shows how healthy parenting patterns will flow naturally when you parent from your godly heritage. By way of thought-provoking study, discussion questions, and scriptural snapshots, you’ll begin addressing not just your children’s behavior, but the important heart issues that shape their character.”
Raising Confident Kids in a Confusing World: A Parent’s Guide to Grounding Identity in Christ by Ed Drew. “Drew encourages us to show our children that we don’t always have it together. It’s ok to model for our children that God is working on us too. ”
Grace From Head to Heart: Experiencing God’s Kindness in a Fallen World by Gordon Bals. Read Rooted’s review here.
Like Our Father: How God Parents Us and Why That Matters for Our Parenting by Christina Fox. Read Rooted’s review here.
Websites & Podcasts
- Parenting Out of the Grace of Jesus
- Parenting Out of the Rest of the Gospel
- Ask the Experts: What Does a Gospel-Centered Family Look Like? With Jared Kennedy
- The Fear Factor in Parenting: Good Fear (of the Lord) vs. Bad Fear (of Everything Else)
- Rooted Parent Podcast: How the Gospel Leads Parents and Kids to Gratitude (Season 2: Sane Parenting in Insane Times)
Ask Alice Raising Kids is hard. Raising Godly kids is harder. Ask Alice is hosted by a licensed professional counselor, Alice Churnock who answers questions from concerned parents by incorporating therapeutic techniques and Christian values. Ask Alice is a part of the Rooted Family of Podcasts.
All About Boys All About Boys is a podcast that explores the mind and hearts of boys – who they are and what they need from the adults in their lives. This podcast explores what boys face, where they struggle, and how to help them find purpose and meaning. The podcast host is David Thomas, family therapist, national speaker, and author of the best-selling, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. All About Boys is a part of the Rooted Family of Podcasts.
Christian Parenting. The best thing about this website is the way it addresses contemporary cultural issues and developmental issues. While the articles are not long and not deeply theological, each one does include recommended reading at the end if you’d like to pursue the topic further.
Raising Boys and Girls This website is run by Daystar Counseling, and it is a wealth of Christian parenting resources. These counselors are in the trenches with kids and families every day, so check out their blog, podcast, and books.
Creating a Gospel Grid for our Teens with Kendal Conner- Redemptive Parenting Podcast.
Rooted Family Discipleship Video Curriculum: Rooted Reservoir features eight courses taught by practicing pastors, teachers, counselors, and parents. Along with every class, you will have the opportunity to complete an inductive Bible study, including questions about the video lesson, questions about the Bible text, and discussion questions for a group setting. Additionally, every course has a panel during which various speakers discuss how the topics explored in this course play out in their day-to-day parenting.