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RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR STUDENTS

Meet The Skeptic
By Bill Foster
Do you lack confidence making your faith relevant to someone who has a non-biblical worldview? You might feel intimidated either by their objections or by the Christian apologetics material designed to answer their objections. Meet The Skeptic takes the multitude of objections and reduces them to four basic categories. By understanding these categories, you can more effectively clarify the skeptics worldview and share your own. Click Here

Boy Meets Girl
By Joshua Harris
What comes between "How do you do?" and "I do"? How do you find a lifetime partner in a way that's God-centered, not self-centered? Boy Meets Girl is an honest, romantic, and refreshingly biblical look at relationships. It's about dating with a purpose. About friendship plus possibility. About romance chaperoned by wisdom. Join the guy who "kissed dating goodbye" ...and say hello to courtship. Harris also includes a chapter on embracing your God-given role as a man or a woman. Click here

The Case for Christ: Student Edition
By Lee Strobel & Jane Vogel
There's little question that he actually lived. But miracles? Rising from the dead? Some of the stories you hear about him sound like just that--stories. A reasonable person would never believe them, let alone the claim that he's the only way to God! But a reasonable person would also make sure that he or she understood the facts before jumping to conclusions. That's why Lee Strobel--an award-winning legal journalist with a knack for asking tough questions--decided to investigate Jesus for himself. An atheist, Strobel felt certain his findings would bring Christianity's claims about Jesus tumbling down like a house of cards. He was in for the surprise of his life. Join him as he retraces his journey from skepticism to faith. You'll consult expert testimony as you sift through the truths that history, science, psychiatry, literature, and religion reveal. Like Strobel, you'll be amazed at the evidence--how much there is, how strong it is, and what it says. Click here

Choices
By Stacy & Paula Rinehart
Life is full of choices- How do you make the right ones? The world says you can have it all - sex without responsibility, relationships without commitment, and easy marriages that are here today and gone tomorrow. The Bible says you can have it all, too - but it gives you the big picture, spelling out the consequences of such choices. In this book, Stacy and Paula Rinehart review many of the principles about relationships in the Bible and show you how to make decisions based on all the information. If you have questions about sex, dating, marriage, or singleness, Choices has concrete answers. You'll learn how to date with discernment, remain celibate before marriage, become content in singleness, and more! With questions for personal study and more for discussion at the end of every chapter, you'll discover for yourself God's plan for your relationships with the opposite sex. Click here

Wait For Me: The Beauty Of Sexual Purity
By Rebecca St James & Dale Reeves
In Rebecca St. James' new book, "Wait for Me", a 176 page book based on her popular song by the same title, Grammy-award-winning Christian recording artist Rebecca St. James calls young people to remain sexually pure until marriage. Everyone longs to be loved deeply by someone, and Rebecca St. James is no different, as demonstrated by her hit song "Wait for Me." But while Rebecca shares the same desires as other young people, her resolve to remain sexually pure until marriage is not as common in our society. Using Scripture, pop culture, and her own experience as a point of reference, Rebecca paints a relevant and appealing picture of the value of waiting. But Rebecca also reaches out with compassion to those who have already made mistakes and reveals the mercy and healing that God brings. Click here

It's Not About Me: Teen Edition
By Max Lucado
It's a "me-centric" world out there, and today's teens are bombarded with the concept of "Life is all about you." Society has taught them since early childhood to look out only for themselves, so they are easily caught up in the mindset. Best-selling author Max Lucado helps to free teens from this dangerous trap and sets their sights on a different goal. By putting God and His glory at the center of their lives, "God-centric" teens will begin to live a fulfilled life of purpose and lasting contentment. This teen edition is filled with inspirational stories of young people who have made the shift and put God in first place-and are now living life like they mean it! Click here

40-Day Revolution: A Strategy to Impact Your World for Christ
By Richard Mull
Teen Turnaround! Thousands of teens across the country have accepted the 40-Day Revolution challenge, and they have witnessed incredible results. Can you imagine starting a prayer meeting with just two people that turns into a daily prayer time with over a hundred people - in just one week? Or your principal breaking down in tears and asking you for prayer? Sound unbelievable? Well, believe it! Things like this are taking place all over the country, and it's happening to teens just like you! With 40-Day Revoluon, you'll find new ways to reach out to your unsaved friends and make a profound difference in your school, your neighborhood, and your world. Click here

How to Stay Christian in High School
By Steve Gerali
It's not easy to be a Christian in high school. There's so much pressure--A.P. English, relationships, hockey practice, SATs, getting into college; every day of high school has more than its fair share of demands. Trying to follow God sometimes just adds to the stress. How to Stay Christian in High School shows you how to deal with the rigors and temptations of high school life without giving up. By looking at some of the most famous teenagers in the Bible-people like Joseph, David, Mary, and Timothy--you'll see that following God's will isn't always easy, but it definitely pays off. Click here

Sex 180
By Tim Walker & Chip Ingram
On TV. In movies. On the Web. In magazines. In high school. Yet even with all of this exposure, a big part of the sex story is not being told-a whole dimension that goes way beyond the traditional answers. If you're fed up with our sex-saturated culture and are tired of being told to "just wait until you're married," then check out the biblical understanding of sexuality. It's something totally different. A full 180 degrees different. It's Sex 180 and it's a revolution. Dive in and hang on, because this book will turn everything you know about sex upside down. Turn the pages and join the rebellion against our culture's view of sex and grab onto what God really says about it all. You'll relate to the opposite sex in a whole new way, and you'll never be the same again. Maybe your world won't be either. Click here

Religions A to Z: A Guide to the 100 Most Influential Religious Movements
By James A. Beverley
Religions A to Z is a complete, easy-to-use handbook of the origins, basic beliefs, and defining features of the world's religons, cults, and sects. Written with the Christian in mind, these profiles provide the reader with the fundamentals of today's religions and how they compare to Christianity. This will help all Christians-from the new believer to the seasoned pastor-better understand the religions, cults, and sects around them. Each section includes: a brief history of the religion, its central beliefs, an overview of its organizational structure, references for further study, and a chart summarizing essential information, including (when applicable): the deity/deities, beginning date, sacred texts, famous leaders, and websites and books for further study. Click here

JUST FOR GIRLS

When God Writes Your Love Story
By Eric & Leslie Ludy
In their most popular book, bestselling authors Eric and Leslie Ludy challenge singles to take a fresh approach to relationships in a culture where love has been replaced by cheap sensual passion. When God Writes Your Love Story shows that God's way to true love brings fulfillment and romance in its purest, richest, and most satisfying form. This new edition includes an extra chapter from Leslie Ludy about the surprises of life after marriage! Click here

Authentic Beauty: The Shaping of a Set-Apart Young Woman
By Leslie Ludy
In a world that seeks to destroy all that is princesslike and feminine within her, that mocks her longing for tender romance and exalts the empty charms of a painted face or a perfect figure - can today's young woman dare to long for more? For every young woman who has asked herself that question, this book offers a breathtaking vision of hope. Refreshingly candid and practical, Authentic Beauty explores the boundless opportunities God has for a young woman who is willing to let Him shape every aspect of her life.
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Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood
By Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
Mothers and daughters have a lot to talk about. That's how God designed it. A mother is her daughter's first role model, teacher and friend, and she carries the responsibility of passing on to her daughter a legacy of Biblical womanhood. Join mother-daughter team Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre as they give you insights and suggestions on how to talk - really talk-to each other about what it means to become a Godly woman. Tips and study questions make it easy for moms and their pre-teen and teenage daughters to read, share, discuss and grow. Click here

A Young Woman After God's Own Heart: A Teen's Guide to Friends, Faith, and the Future
By Elizabeth George
What does it mean to pursue God's heart in your everyday life? It means understanding and following God's perfect plan for your friendships, your faith, your family relationships, and your future. As you read along, you will find yourself caught up in the exciting adventure of a lifetime--that of becoming a woman after God's own heart! You will love the special "Heart Response" sections that are just for you, and the practical "Things to Do Today" will help you make instant progress in your desire to become a godly woman. Click here

Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty
By Dannah Gresh
We live in the age of low-rise jeans, belly-button rings, and backless shirts. Many girls and young women today could not even define the word modesty, let alone tell you how to live it out. But Dannah Gresh has a new message for them: modesty itself is a delicate yet formidable power. In Secret Keeper, she teaches that modesty not only issues a challenge for one man to romantically earn your virtue, but it also expresses your love for and obedience to God. Click here

Secret Keeper Devos: A 40-Day Experience with the Delicate Power of Modesty
By Dannah Gresh
This companion to the Secret Keeper book offers handy tools to help you experience a life-changing 30 day journey. Daily Scripture readings expand on six chapter topics in the Secret Keeper book. Also featured are journal pages with questions from Dannah to help focus your thoughts, tear-out cards to keep you on track throughout the day, and a leader's appendix with creative ideas to aid weekly group meetings. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Click here

The Look: Does God Really Care What I Wear?
By Nancy Leigh DeMoss
In The Look, Nancy challenges Christians to ask themselves tough questions: Who decides what I will wear and why? What message does my clothing communicate? And, how can I reflect the glory of God in my wardrobe? Biblical, practical and motivating, The Look challenges women, parents, and teens to discover the Truth about clothing and modesty, and to make choices based on God's eternal perspective. Topics include: 1. Sizing up Styles 2. Your Philosophy is Showing 3. Beyond Blushing? 4. Whose Reflection is That in the Mirror and more. Click here

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat
By Elyse Fitzpatrick
This book addresses eating problems that often begin in childhood, including overeating and undereating (anorexia and bulimia). Having discovered the power that food has over our lives, Elyse Fitzpatrick helps you; identify your destructive eating habit surrender your desire for control, break the vicious cycle of emotional eating, gain confidence in God's ability to change you, develop a flexible plan suited to your unique situation. God knows everything about you... where you've been and where you're going. Because He knows you so well, He can deeply transform you, giving you the contentment you long for. Click here

Teen Virtue: Real Issues, Real Life... A Teen Girl's Survival Guide
Laid out in a stylish magazine, Teen Virtue tackles the top 40 issues teen girls face such as "Staying in line when you're online," and "Girl Politics." This is a paperback book. Click here

A Young Woman's Call to Prayer
By Elizabeth George
God has given you an amazing gift--the ability to personally talk with Him every day! Through prayer, you can share with God your joys and triumphs, hurts and fears, and wants and needs, knowing that He cares about every detail of your life. Elizabeth George will help you: develop a stronger relationship with God, set a regular time to talk to Him, share sticky situations and special concerns with Him, discover and live His will, and worship Him daily. Click Here

Every Young Woman's Battle
By Shannon Ethridge
Guys Aren't the Only Ones Fighting a Battle for Purity. The world you live in promotes sex as the answer to just about everything. The pressure to go along with the crowd is greater than ever before, and it's easy to compromise in little ways that are a lot more harmful than they seem. You and your friends may become caught up in destructive relationships or sexual activities without even knowing how you got there. You just want to be normal-to fit in, to be liked, to look attractive to the opposite sex. But are you paying too high a price? This counterpart to the award-winning Every Young Man's Battle can help you: Learn how the sexual battle begins in your heart and mind, Understand your hunger for attention from guys, Recognize and avoid the potential pitfalls awaiting young women on the journey toward adulthood and possibly marriage, Find out how the media, novels, fashion, internet chat rooms, and body and beauty obsessions influence your sexual choices-and what you can do about it, Guard your mind, heart, and body against sexual and emotional compromise, Develop a deeper, more satisfying level of intimacy with God. Whether you have so far protected yourself emotionally and sexually, feel that you've been robbed of your purity, or have given in to temptation in some way, this book can help you achieve or reclaim sexual integrity. It can also guide you through the temptations and pressures of young adulthood while demonstrating how you can live your life to the fullest-without regrets. Click here

Do You Think I'm Beautiful? : The Question Every Woman Asks
By Angela Thomas
It's a question every woman longs to ask, but the search for the answer often leaves her feeling empty. Thomas takes you on a quest to discover the deeper meaning of beauty. Her humorous stories and biblical teaching will lead you to the Lover of your soul---the One who calls you beautiful. Click here

The Ultimate Makeover: Becoming Spiritually Beautiful in Christ
By Sharon Jaynes
Ever wished you could indulge in one of those all-day beauty redos? Well, here's a "spiritual spa" that will yield eternal results! Jaynes helps you to see yourself as God does, change your thinking, release your grip on the past, and more. Her 12 "deep cleansing" Bible studies will leave you with a healthy glow! Click here

31 Girl
By Mary Simpson
Using stunning photography and graphic imagery, this book is dedicated to girls in their teens and twenties. Learn to be a 31 girl, extraordinary, exceptional, and unique. Click here

Mean Girls Gone
By Haley DiMarco
Take a closer look at what God has to say about the mean girls we encounter every day, including the one in the mirror. Biblical insight, guided questions, and prayer tips. Click here

And the Bride Wore White
By Dannah Gresh
Have you decided to live a lifestyle of purity? n her warm, revealing writing style, Dannah Gresh exposes Satan's lies about x, gives a three-step plan to break off sinful relationships, provides compassionate guidelines for healing, and lists seven secrets of sexual purity. Includes awesome insights by such well-known writers as Josh Harris, Josh McDowell, Becky Tirabassi, Rebecca St. James, and others. Find out how to stand strong in a world of pressure and confusion. Click here

Passion & Purity
By Elisabeth Elliot
Elisabeth Elliot has made this book warmly personal, supporting her theme from memories, journals, and old love letters. You'll find direction in areas such as dating relationships, putting God's desires ahead of our own, singleness or marriage, and knowing if a man or women is right for you. Click here

JUST FOR GUYS

Thoughts for Young Men: Addressing the Greatest Challenges in a Young Man's Life
By J.C. Ryle
Often called "the last Puritan," Bishop Ryle's writings have been used by God to inspire tens of thousands to greater standards of holiness and love for Jesus Christ. This book is written for young men who hope to make something of their loves and transcend the mediocrity which has come to define our modern youth culture. If it was difficult to be a young man when Ryle first penned these words in the nineteenth century, it is all the more difficult to be a young man in the twenty-first century world of image-overload, radical individualism, and rampant sensuality. Thanks be to God, the answers available for the boys of Ryle's day remain every bit as potent today. Click here

Every Young Man, God's Man
By Stephen Arterburn
"Every Young Man, God's Man" will take you straight to the heart of your frustrations and fears. And give you the truth you need to hold on to-truth that will drive you forward and give you hope. By learning to go to the dark and difficult places in your heart, and standing up in God's power in all the battles you face, you will find yourself full of spiritual confidence and courage. You'll see how faith makes sense in the light of who God is and how much He cares about you. And the bottom line: You'll discover that it doesn't get any better than living as God's man-confident, courageous, and completely His. Click here

Every Young Man's Battle
By Stephen Arterburn & Fred Stoeker
In this world you're surrounded by sexual images that open the door to temptation. They're everywhere-on TV, billboards, magazines, music, the internet-and so easy to access that it sometimes feels impossible to escape their clutches. Yet God expects his children to be sexually pure. So how can you survive the relentless battle against temptation? Here's powerful ammunition. Steve Arterburn and Fred Stoeker, the authors of the hard-hitting best-seller Every Man's Battle, now focus on the temptations young single Christian men like you face every day-and they offer workable, biblical strategies for achieving sexual purity. The authors examine the standard of Ephesians 5:3- "there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality"- in a positive and sensitive light. And they explain how an authentic, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ is the key to victory over temptation. Every Young Man's Battle will show you how to train your eyes and your mind, how to clean up your thought life, and how to develop a realistic battle plan for remaining pure in today's sexually soaked culture. As a result, you'll experience hope-real hope-for living a strong, pure life God's way. Click here

The Man in the Mirror
By Patrick Morley
Tired of just going through the motions spiritually? This significant book for men can help you develop a practical, dailliance on God and His Word, and show you how you can experience the rich, meaningful, and abundant life available to His followers. Discover straightforward answers to the 24 most common problems men face, and learn how to lead a life that is pleasing to God. Includes thought-provoking questions and excellent action steps at the end of each chapter! Click here

Who Moved The Goalpost?
By Bob and Dannah Gresh
Are you constantly crashing into that goalpost of lust? Author, Bob Gresh will give you seven strategies to help you overcome defeat with temptations in our culture and media. Who Moved the Goalpost? Offers more than prayer and scriptures to help you attain sexual integrity. You will move beyond the three sex lies to three powerful truths as Bob reveals his own struggles and how to overcome. You can become pure! Click here

RECOMMENDED MAGAZINES FOR STUDENTS

Brio Magazine
What do faith, fashion and fun have in common? Brio magazine! It's packed with feature articles and stories that encourage teen girls 12-16 to make godly choices. www.briomag.com

Brio & Beyond Magazine
Brio & Beyond is a segment of Brio which contains articles and information that will meet the needs of 16-to 21-year-old girls.

Breakaway
In Breakaway magazine, guys 13 and older have somewhere to turn when peer pressure and growing pains collide with doing the right thing. With awesome graphics, hysterical columns and inspiring articles, it's one cool read!



RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR PARENTS

Shepherding a Child's Heart
By Tedd Tripp
One of the best single volume overviews of biblical parenting, with a special and much needed emphasis on addressing the child's heart - his beliefs and motives - and bringing the Gospel to the child in practical ways. Click here

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teenagers
By Paul Tripp
Applies the same heart and Gospel dynamics as in Shepherding a Child's Heart to parents and teens. Click here

Peacemaking for Families
By Ken Sande
An excellent biblical guidebook for addressing marriage and family conflict. Click here

Sacred Parenting
By Gary Thomas
"Sacred Parenting" works off a simple premise: Raising children shapes the parent every bit as much as parents shape their children. Many books have been written about how to parent a child effectively, how to become a better parent, and how effective parenting produces better kids. "Sacred Parenting" explores an entirely different reality: how parenting affects the parent. Click here

Your Girl: Raising a Godly Daughter in an Ungodly World
By Vicki Courtney, Forwarded by: Beth Moore
Your Girl is directed to moms of girls ages eighteen and under. A long overdue book that is unique and that comprehensively addresses the issues concerning most moms in the rearing of their daughters. Chapters will cover the dangers of conformity, self-worth, sexual purity, modesty, contentment, and femininity. Click here

Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood
By Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
Mothers and daughters have a lot to talk about. That's how God designed it. A mother is her daughter's first role model, teacher and friend, and she carries the responsibility of passing on to her daughter a legacy of Biblical womanhood. Join mother-daughter team Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre as they give you insights and suggestions on how to talk - really talk-to each other about what it means to become a Godly woman. Tips and study questions make it easy for moms and their pre-teen and teenage daughters to read, share, discuss and grow. Click here

What a Daughter Needs From Her Dad: How A Man Prepares His Daughter for Life
By Michael Farris
To encourage and guide men in becoming the dads they want to be, Michael Farris addresses issues common in all families with daughters: friends, dating, personal appearance, and preparing for the roles she'll have as a woman. Michael Farris challenges fathto take their unique opportunity to train daughters for life's challenges - in ways that only a dad can. Originally published as How a Man Prepares His Daughters for Life, it now includes new material on relating to an adult daughter. Click here

She Calls Me Daddy
By Robert Wolgemuth
Building on seven critical foundation elements - protecting your daughter, teaching the art of conversation, expressing affection, disciplining appropriately, creating laughter, instilling faith in God, and demonstrating proper conduct - Wolgemuth suggests was to actually get to know your little girl. Click here

Daughters and Dads: Building a Lasting Relationship
By Chap and Dee Clark
Most men are at a loss when it comes to relating to their teenage daughters. Here's practical help that will nurture your relationship with your teen and help her grow into a godly woman. Filled with letters from adolescent girls to their dads, this book offers guidance to fathers struggling to understand their changing role in a daughter's life. Click here

Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty
By Dannah Gresh
We live in the age of low-rise jeans, belly-button rings, and backless shirts. Many girls and young women today could not even define the word modesty, let alone tell you how to live it out. But Dannah Gresh has a new message for them: modesty itself is a delicate yet formidable power. In Secret Keeper, she teaches that modesty not only issues a challenge for one man to romantically earn your virtue, but it also expresses your love for and obedience to God. Click here

Future Men
By Douglas Wilson
How do we build our sons to be tough but not arrogant? Mannered but not soft? Imaginative but not lazy? Bold but not hollow? Future Men is a Christian guide to raising strong, virtuous sons, contrary to the effeminacy and sentimentalism of contemporary culture. As we look to Scripture for patterns of masculinity for our sons, we find them manifested perfectly in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Click here

Raising a Modern Day Knight: A Father's Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood
By Robert Lewis
In a society where the definition of manhood has become increasingly blurred, this book provides a clear understanding of mature masculinity. Lewis'suggestions are practical and provide tools, methods and ideas to help raise a godly man. Click here

Preparing Your Son for Every Man's Battle
By Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey
Now there's help you can trust: Preparing Your Son for Every Man's Battle. The authors behind the best-selling "Every Man" series have put together all the resources and guidance you need to experience frank, thorough, and natural conversations with your son about sexual integrity. They offer an effective new communication process that ensures a deep, abiding relationship between you and your son as he moves into his teen years and beyond. Equip your young man with the biblical information and spiritual insights he needs to stand strong, overcome temptation, and experience the blessings of godly obedience for the rest of his life. Click here

From Father to Son: Showing Your Boy How to Walk with Christ
By Chap Clark
Walking beside your son on the Journey. Chap Clark shares the marks of a disciple to show dads what to aim for, the goals of discipleship to help dads and sons maintain focus, and ways fathers can pass their faith on to their sons. Dads will learn how to: Encourage uniqueness, avoid the "do nots", comfort disappointment, motivate growth and much more! Helping your son grow in his faith is the most important task you have as a father. The author invites you to read this book with eyes wide open to what God would for you and your son. Pray as you go. Find a few guys to walk together with as you deal with the issues I bring up. And most of all, be encouraged. Click here

Teaching True Love to a Sex-at-age 13 Generation
By Eric & Leslie Ludy
No parent wants to admit that their child -even their well-educated, well-grounded, Christian child -could be having consensual sex before graduating middle school. Promise rings, parental contracts and disease warnings provide but meager defense against a culture overrun with weapons of mass seduction. While many factors contributing to the misguided messages received by children stand outside the realm of parental control-music videos, film, fashion-others, like the meaning of true love, can, and should be fostered at home. Eric and Leslie Ludy, authors of the bestselling "When God Writes Your Love Story", present the shocking, unvarnished realities of today's sexual climate but they balance the bitter pill with a large dose of hopeful, practical advice for parents. Click here

Love to Eat, Hate to Eat
By Elyse Fitzpatrick
While not addressing parents and children explicitly, it addresses eating problems that often begin in childhood, including overeating and undereating (anorexia and bulimia). Click

Bringing out the Winner in Your Child
By John Croyle
In raising more than 1,500 boys and girls at his Big Oak Ranch, former football All-American John Croyle has learned how to provide children with the love, stability, protection, and wisdom they need to become successful adults. His experiences over three decades of working with them form the basis for this book. Croyle offers positive principles of parenting that will help you, indeed, bring out the winner in your child. Click here

Real Family Values: Leading Your Family into the 21st Century with Clarity and Conviction
By Robert Lewis
This rerelease of the popular original edition continues to speak to parents in a society where "family values" no longer seem to exist. If anything, today's community standards threaten the family. Airwaves and movie theaters are drenched with obscenities; perversion is glorified; divorce is cheap and easy; "safe sex" is promoted instead of abstinence; parental authority is undermined; sex roles are confused. For children, such cultural chaos is crippling. But in Real Family Values, parents will learn how to sort through today's moral confusion, remove it from their homes, and change the world by zeroing in on the part they love most: their families. Click here

Parenting Today's Adolescent
By Dennis and Barbara Rainey
"FamilyLife Today" host Dennis Rainey and his wife, Barbara, offer parents a proven plan for connecting with their adolescents and preparing them for the teen years. You will be encouraged by their biblically-based insight on peer pressure, music, grades, dating, sex, discipline, and more. Includes special single-parent sections. Also recommended is his book, Building Strong Families. Click here

The Shaping of a Christian Family
By Elisabeth Elliot
Using examples from her own childhood, the author shows how to do that in terms of trust, discipline, courtesy, and teaching by example. Parents seeking guidance for raising godly children will appreciate Elliot's emphasis on: daily Bible reading and prayer, clear instructions on parental expectations, seeking instruction in Scripture and applying these to questions asked and answers given, and benefiting from the model of a Godly and happy home. Click here

What the Bible Says About Parenting: Biblical Principles for Raising Godly Children
By John MacArthur
This is not a book on child psychology, nor is it proposing a new parenting method. It is simply presenting the principles of biblical parenting with as much clarity as possible. Click here

Family Practice: God's Prescription for a Healthy Home
By Sproul, R.C., ed.
This book is a great introduction into understanding the biblical concept of the covenants and how they relate to the family. Each chapter is written by a different author, such as R.C. Sproul Jr., his father, Douglas and Nancy Wilson, Elizabeth Elliot, Franklin Sanders, Edna Gerstner, and others. Click here

Faith-Shaped Kids: Helping Your Child Grow Spiritually
By Steve and Valerie Bell
A practical tool to help parents maximize their relationships with their children in such a way as to draw them to faith. Filled with life lessons and useful suggestions, this resource helps readers ride out the roller-coaster ride called parenting. Click here

Parenting with Kingdom Purpose
By Ken Hemphill and Richard Ross
"What if we raise our children to gain the world but in the process they forfeit their souls?" ask the writers of Parenting gdom Purpose (True Love Waits founder Richard Ross and best-selling author Ken Hemphill). Indeed, children are a constant reminder of God's goodness. In that light, Christian parents are called to celebrate and nurture the unique personality traits and talen of ch precious one with a gracious and eternal perspective. Yet studies indicate 70 percent of teenagers from evangelical homes will drop out of church within two years after high school graduation. What the world has to offer will win their closer attention. Parenting with Kingdom Purpose looks at Bible teaching and the recent National Study of Youth and Religion to shape a fresh approach to raising children that cuts through the chaos of modern life and brings families closest to each other and the Lord. Click here

30 Days: Turning The Hearts of Parents & Teenagers Toward Each Other
By Richard Ross
A devotional designed to re-open the lines of communication and help rebuild as well as deepen family relationships. Starting with just ten minutes each evening, parents and teens find a quiet place and, by candlelight, open and alternately read five cards, each designed to build heart connections. One mother called it an incredible experience; eye-opening, tear-jerking, and heart-warmill at the same time. Why does it work? The authors drew not only on their extensive professional experience, but also on theirernal desire to better relate to their own teenage children. So, as the title says, this resource turns hearts, because it came from the heart.  Click here

Financial Guide for Single Parents
By Larry Burkett
This interactive workbook helps guide you step by step through the budget process using practical tips and ideas. Features realistic profiles and case studies that show how to overcome financial struggles and offers solutions to the most common questions. The appendix includes personalized forms for creating a budget and tracking expenses. Click here

Living with Teenagers Magazine
Order a subscription from Lifeway. This magazine gives a hands-on instruction for issues parents face. It includes guidance to avoid common parenting mistakes, unique insights into the inner world of teens, practical tips for raising godly teens, and wise counsel from experts in the field. Click here

RECOMMENDED MAGAZINES TO SUBSCRIBE TO FOR YOUR TEENAGER:
(a great Christmas or Birthday idea!)

Brio Magazine
What do faith, fashion and fun have in common? Brio magazine! It's packed with feature articles and stories that encourage teen girls 12-16 to make godly choices. www.briomag.com

Brio & Beyond Magazine
Brio & Beyond is a segment of Brio which contains articles and information that will meet the needs of 16-to 21-year-old girls.

Breakaway
In Breakaway magazine, guys 13 and older have somewhere to turn when peer pressure and growing pains collide with doing the right thing. With awesome graphics, hysterical columns and inspiring articles, it's one cool read!