Snapshots - Book reviews
Snapshot includes a one paragraph summary of a parenting book, three to four great points from the book, and a link for you to buy the book if you want to read more. Click on the individual book below for the review.
Author: Natasha Crain
The most important thing a parent can do is to have spiritual conversations with their children. There are
no quick tips or easy answers to be a better parent in this book, just a straight forward approach
to spur families on to 30 of the most power conversations parents can have with their children.
The book is filled with personal stories and common sense advice that any parent will appreciate.
She starts this book by sharing her own painful experience in her church’s youth ministry that frames some of her book’s standpoints.
Author: Jonathan McKee
While this book’s title includes the word “teen” in it, this is a book for more than just teens. This book is a great book to be read together with parents of late elementary and middle school students. He provides tips that are just a couple quick pages that can be easily read. The tips are spelled out clearly with highlighted headings and often concise bullet points. Each of the tips ends with on-point “questions to ponder” and “something to think about” that can easily create discussion and conversation with parents.
If you read just one parenting book this needs to be it! It is one of the clearest and most thorough guides for modeling Christ in the home in recent years. While there are many good parenting books, based on opinion or research, this book takes its lead straight from the life of Christ and connects it to parental leadership in the home.
The Bully Phenomenon is a book written to elevate awareness about the growing trend of bullying among student of all ages. This book is written with an insightful eye on research and wise ear listening to our culture. It is created as a resource for teachers, parents, clergy, community leaders and beyond. This book is a challenge for anyone working with students about what continues to be going between young people, even during continued adult world media coverage and cultural conversations on the topic.
This book takes parents through the tween transition of boyhood.
Written from the heart of parents to other parents sharing the 8 foundational conversations that every parent should be having with their maturing son.
This is more than just another book about having “the talk” or a survival guide for the tween years with your daughter. This book is an informative and fun book about all the big conversations that parents need to have with their daughter before they head into adolescence. While targeted at the parents of pre-teens, this book is a helpful book for all parents with young daughters.
Parents always want to know if their children are on track with others their age. This new book is an insightful guide to give parents much needed guidance through the emotional, social and spiritual milestones children should be experiencing. The three authors share their years of wisdom and depth of knowledge, while offering practical advice.
This short but powerful 64 page “mini-book” from the “Help” series of books is a must have for parents and pastors in our sex and porn saturated culture. Kids and teens are growing up in a world where the questions for parents is not “if” my child views pornography but “when”! The goal of this book is to give parents the right understanding, theology and tools to guide their children through the harmful effects of pornography
Whether you have young children watching their favorite cartoon on Netflix or older children constantly texting and updating their social media feed, this is an amazingly helpful book. Each of the 52 short sections includes personal stories, helpful thoughts, hints, and end with challenging questions for parents to ponder. The book also ends with a section called “52 Creative Sets of Questions to Ask Your Kids in These 52 Venues.” This final section is written to help parents take the next steps to enable connections.
Coming out in early February is an honest and revealing book from well-known parenting author and speaker Jonathan McKee. If I Had a Parenting Do Over is an open and humble look into his personal parenting misses and missteps in order to help parents do a better job the first time around. This is an outstanding read for parents with children of any age, but especially helpful for those parenting late elementary through the teenage years. It is sure to be something parents will enjoy reading and want to share with other parents as well.
Life’s Biggest Yes, Author: Kristen Welch
Kristen Welch, teaches parents how to change the story of the
normal American family. Leading by example and experience,
she writes a much-needed book and a wake up call to parents
about how to live differently in the midst of a culture that is
teaching children they never have enough. A mix of testimony,
practical wisdom and challenge, parents are taken on a journey to a better way to raise children free from entitlement.
marries the best of God’s Word with the latest research in order
to help families break the technology addiction that is plaguing so
many homes. This book includes practical help, a self-evaluation,
and straight-forward advice. It covers a wide variety of topics while
also bringing it all back the spiritual heart of the matter, God’s
word. It is a great tool for families, churches, and pastors.
the Vice President and Publisher of Learning Resources at David
C Cook. She is an author, speaker and leader in parent and family
ministry. In her newest book she writes a more than just another
parenting book but a guidebook to allowing God to write and direct
the story the abundant life for your family in a dysfunctional
In his usual style, Batterson makes an authentic prayer life
accessible and purposeful for parents, in this easy-to-read, but
powerful guide to being a praying parent.
In this short book, he offers up his own spiritual journey and his
10 step process to go from being a busy and overwhelmed parent
to find a place of being a more peaceful, blessed parent each day.
Offers the basics of positive communication through to
successfully handing negative communications habits.