10 Helpful Resources on Family and Parenting

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Today’s post is by Joey Cochran. Joey is married to Kendall, has two children (Chloe and Asher), and serves as a pastor at Fellowship Bible Church Tulsa. Joey blogs regluarly at jtcochran.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JoeyCochran.


Previously I wrote a post about parents who happen to pastor. Below is a list of recommended reading on parenting in general. I have collected this list over the past few years as I have processed my role as a parent. I still remember the first book on parenting that my wife and I ever read, “What to Expect When Expecting.” The first book we read gave my wife and I anxiety about parenting because it told us everything that could and would potentially go wrong. I assure you, the books in this list below are encouraging, helpful, and insightful works that will equip you to thrive as a parent.

  1. Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp
  2. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp and David Powlison
  3. Don’t Make me Count to Three! By Ginger Plowman
  4. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
  5. Gospel Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting by William Farley
  6. My Life for Yours: A Walk Though the Christian Home by Douglas Wilson
  7. Standing on the Promises: A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing by Douglas Wilson
  8. Future Men by Douglas Wilson
  9. Federal Husband by Douglas Wilson
  10. Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson

In closing, there is one other set of books that Kendall and I have found to have immeasurable worth. These books have also become a fun way to share with our daughter about her weak areas of obedience. We love reading to her The Berenstain Bears. They are so helpful when a particular area of obedience becomes a weakness for a child. Just the other night we read to our daughter The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV, in order to help her better understand why mommy and daddy are limiting her TV activity. Right now Chick-Fil-A is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Berenstain Bears by including them in their kid’s meals for a limited time.