Recommended Resources
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MARRIAGE & FAMILY

Confident Children and How They Grow
Richard L. Strauss
Parents sometimes find they need more wisdom, more patience, more love than they can possibly muster. This book shows that the model for successful parents is found in the nature and activity of God. By seeing the way He loves, disciplines and teaches us we can gain the practical help we need for rearing and training our children. This book does not claim to be a "cure-all" manual for parents, but it does share dramatically successful principles for helping parents lead their children into a confident relationship with God as they grow into adulthood. (Logos)
Book: Amazon | Logos
Ebook: AC21DOJ (FREE pdf)

Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age
Jonathan Grant
Grant does two things well. First, he "maps the modern sexual imaginary" and shows how our culture views sexuality within a philosophical framework of consumerism, liberty, and technology. In other words, he shows how our culture arrived at this point, and why we think and act the way we do.

Secondly, Grant "charts a new course for Christian formation" in a way that goes beyond the do's and don'ts of Christian rule-keeping and toward a comprehensive vision of desire, sexuality, singleness, and the role of the church. Part 1 of the book is descriptive (here's where we are); Part 2 is prescriptive (here's what we should do).

This is not a book about gay marriage or homosexuality. It's about the bigger picture of sexuality, marriage, singleness, and how these fit together according to our culture, in contrast to how the Church is to put these things together in our own community. I say "start here" because Grant offers us the foundational pieces of the puzzle that help us understand our context and how we can be faithful in it. Really, get this book and read it twice. (Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos

Don't Make Me Count To Three
Ginger Plowman
Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you discouraged because it seems you just can not reach the heart of your child? Through personal experience and the practical application of Scripture, Ginger Plowman encourages and equips moms to reach past the outward behavior of their children and dive deeply into the issues of the heart. Her candid approach will help moms move beyond the frustrations of not knowing how to handle issues of disobedience and into a confident, well balanced approach to raising their children. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebook)

The Excellent Wife
Martha Peace
Who is an excellent wife? What is she like? Using the woman in Proverbs 31 as a model, trusted Christian counselor Peace offers detailed practical answers to questions most often asked by Christian wives. Her proven principles and scripturally based insights will encourage you to become the wife God wants you to be. This is a must-read for every Christian wife. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD

The Exemplary Husband
Stuart Scott
The Exemplary Husband is a biblical blueprint for the mandate God has given to husbands in the covenant of marriage to love their wives, even as Christ loved the church. Written to be a companion book to The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace, its goal is to assist husbands toward purposeful and lasting Christlikeness for the glory of God. It is suitable for men's small group Bible studies, or for couples prayerfully seeking God's very best in marriage. (CBD)
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The Five Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively
Gary Chapman
Communicating well with teens is always a challenge -- but expressing support and setting boundaries can be easier when you learn to speak their love languages. Does your young adult most easily "hear" your affection through words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, acts of service, or gifts? Find out and re-energize your relationship! (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

Futurecast: What Today's Trends Mean for Tomorrow's World
George Barna | (related article)
Our world is changing at an astonishing rate. What's in store for our families, the economy, churches, and government? What emerging trends will shape our lives? In this eye-opening study, researcher Barna takes a hard look at the world we're creating and offers an informed assessment of where we are---and where we're headed. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

Get Outta My Face!: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel
Rick Horne | (related article)
As a seasoned parent and student counselor, Dr. Rick Horne understands the world in which teenagers live and the communication difficulty of talking to a disinterested and unmotivated teen. In Get Outta My Face, he combines biblical wisdom from the book of Proverbs with practical and specific directives that will make a difference in the life of you and your teen. Divided into three major sections, Part 1 addresses what you must understand to connect with your teen. Part 2 tells you what you must do help your teen and Part 3 tells you how to make the changes stick. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife)

The Heart of Anger
Lou Priolo
Do you have an angry child? Do you know someone who does? In today's age of rage, it's critical that you recognize and address this concern before a child becomes habitually motivated by hostility. Priolo, an experienced counselor, offers practical, biblically based help for correcting or preventing the development of unhealthy external behavior. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos

I Call Shotgun
Tommy Newberry & Curt Beavers
Dad, discover a strategic playbook for passing down traditional values and timeless truths to your sons. Featuring hard-hitting topics and undiluted lessons, this "road map" for navigating life's paths gives practical advice and talking tips for communicating the wisdom your sons need to hear from you in order to succeed in faith and life. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

Letters to a Young Progressive: How to Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand
Michael Adams
[I]n a series of letters to "Zach" -- a typical college student in the process of abandoning his faith and the conservative values he brought to campus -- Adams applies his trademark razor-sharp wit to expose the contradictions in the progressive worldview, taking on feminists, Marxists, diversity-mongers, and their progressive allies. He also supplies much-needed practical advice for surviving -- and thriving -- on campus as a conservative. Want to defend free markets, argue effectively against abortion, or stand up for traditional values when you're being accused of homophobia? Dr. Adams has the answers. And in Letters to a Young Progressive, he delivers them in a delightfully entertaining and insightful package. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD

The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples
Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick
Love is a choice. A daily choice. The Love Dare Day by Day is a daily reminder of how it's done . . . and done well ... With 52 weekly dares, this one-year devotional invites you to go deeper into the scriptural principles of The Love Dare, and is meant to enrich your relationship with God and your spouse through a daily time of reading, prayer, and action. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks) | Word Search

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
Timothy and Kathy Keller
Are you and your spouse struggling to keep your marriage alive? You'll welcome Pastor Keller's wise insights about love and commitment. Drawing from his sermons, he frankly discusses difficulties couples experience and shows how God's Word can provide a blueprint for a healthy, loving, and lifelong relationship. Perfect for couples, those preparing for marriage, pastors, and counselors. (CBD) (recommended by Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos

Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Mentoring Of Teens
(Various)
"My teens are questioning the truth they have been told about Christ their entire lives!" "How do I deal with the peer pressure that's influencing them?" Many parents ask these and many other tough questions when their children reach the teen years, and the Parent's Guide to the Spiritual Mentoring of Teens is a book that answers them by sharing information, advice, and techniques to help guide teens into a growing, grace-filled love relationship with Jesus Christ. (Amazon)
Book: Amazon

A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World
John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle | (related article)
Cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our kids. But even in a world of addictions, ever-present screens, and gender-identity questions, youth can have clarity and confidence. We must help them attain it. In this honest and practical guide for parents and Christian leaders, John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle will enable you to help your kids influence the culture, rather than let the culture change them. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife) | Word Search

Raising a Modern Day Knight
Robert Lewis
Using the customs of pursuing knighthood in the medieval era, author Robert Lewis draws parallels to achieving manhood today. It's a meticulous process that requires vision, goals and an uncompromising character. Inside this book, you'll find solid advice to help you courageously lead your son into a biblical masculinity that will impact others. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

Raising a Modern Day Princess
Pam Farrel, Doreen Hanna
In the same tradition as Raising a Modern-Day Knight, this book is designed to equip parents to cultivate strong relationships with their adolescents. Raising a Modern-Day Princess stresses the importance of creating a rite of passage for teen girls -- a defining moment in which girls can be blessed by significant adults in their lives, and a call for their families and communities to celebrate and support them as they enter womanhood. This book offers practical help in raising a generation of women to see themselves as God sees them -- as daughters of the King. (Faithlife)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)

Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage
John Stonestreet & Sean McDowell
John Stonestreet and Sean McDowell accomplish many things in this book. They work through the arguments for same-sex marriage, show where they came from, and how Christians can respond. They place current debates in perspective.

More than that, they offer a vision for marriage in general, and they call for Christians to rebuild a marriage culture and offer it as a gift to a disintegrating world. They are charitable, convictional, and compelling in their presentation. (Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition)
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Shepherding A Child's Heart
Tedd Tripp
Many parenting books are based on hit-or-miss theories steeped in secular thinking. This one draws from Pastor Tripp's seasoned experience as a father -- and from God's Holy Word. Grounded in the Bible's divine plan for parenting, this guide defines your goals as a parent and provides the Scriptural methods for accomplishing them. (CBD)
Book: Amazon | CBD
Ebook: Logos (via Faithlife Ebooks)