The 10 Best Books For Help With Christian Parenting

Who doesn’t want to do their best as a Christian parent? We all long to be the best parent we can be, and one of the ways to do that is to keep learning and growing. Books full of help with Christian parenting tips are a great way to learn, grow, and be encouraged!


My favorite books for Christian parenting are the ones that gave us Biblical help and encouragement as we raised our 8 children.

The 10 Best Books For Help With Christian Parenting

10 Best Books to Help With Chrisitan Parenting

1. Child Training Tips – What I Wish I Knew When My Children Were Young

I love the practical teaching that Reb Bradley gives in this book and the many chapters that consist of symptoms that identify behavior problems and expose trouble spots in parenting.

As an example, here are a few of them:

  • Parents can tell if they’ve given control of their home to their children.
  • Explain: how can a child be trained to obey quickly when spoken to calmly and only one time?
  • How can appropriate punishments be determined?
  • What are the most subtle signs of rebellion?
  • How do parents accidentally train their children to disobey them?
  • What can be expected of children at what ages?

2. Good & Angry – Exchanging Character For Frustration in You and Your Kids!

Parents often feel angry when their children do the wrong things. But responding to children in anger rarely brings about the desired result and can even have a damaging effect instead.

Yet anger doesn’t have to be the enemy. It can be a trigger that makes parents even more effective. Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller show you how in this book.

In Good and Angry, moms and dads will come to understand anger’s true purpose and how they can use it successfully in their day-to-day parenting. They will also learn new approaches that will solve many common problems and, in the process, help both them and their children grow closer to God.

3. Say Goodbye To Whining, Complaining, & Bad Attitudes in You and Your Kids  

Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller teach the importance of establishing honor as a basis of family life — not just children honoring parents, but parents respecting children and children honoring each other.

Even if honor seems a long way off in your household, you will find practical suggestions here to bring that goal a little closer — suggestions for kids of all ages.

Honor is the biblical value that will bring about good behavior. It’s more than just changing what kids do; it’s changing the deeper issues of the heart that triggered the behavior.

I love the series of little lessons on honor that are included at the back of the book, for you to do with your children while teaching the importance of this concept.

4. Parenting is Heart Work

In this book, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN, reveal how you can learn to truly reach your child’s heart to teach, train, and build a tremendous relationship.

Parenting is Heart Work gives you the practical tools and easy-to-follow steps that will change how you:

  • Turn Correction times into learning experiences
  • Equip your children to accept responsibility for their mistakes and meditate on the right things
  • Influence and adjust the values and beliefs your children hold
  • Maintain a relationship with your children through love and emotional connection

5. Passionate Parenting – Enjoying The Journey of Parenting Teens 

Passionate Parenting is about pursuing the heart of your teenager and helping that heart fall in love with the heart of God.

It all begins with examining your own heart as a parent. It begins with being passionate about your own relationship with Jesus Christ and His will for your life. 

If you long to enjoy the teen years, and you’re ready for some tough but rewarding work–then you will love this book by Cary Schmidt! It is packed with wisdom to help you in parenting your teens and pursuing their hearts.

6. The Power of A Praying Parent 

I love the many ways that Stormie Omartian helps us pray for our kids in many different areas, such as: 

  • safety
  • character development
  • adolescence
  • peer pressure
  • school experiences
  • friends
  • relationship with God

This resource will help you to be an amazing praying parent whether your kids are three or thirty-three. 

If you’re not already praying for your kids regularly, this will help you get started! If you are a faithful prayer warrior already, this will help you pray with more power.

7. Training Your Children To Turn Out Right -A Biblical Guide for Christian Parents 

In this book by David Sorenson, parents are brought back to what our main goal of Christian parenting should be. God’s goal isn’t for our children to just stay out of trouble.

The emphasis in Scripture is to train our children to serve the Lord. We are to train them on purpose to be righteous; to train them specifically to be Godly, disciplined, to do the things they ought to do; and to train them to walk in the spirit.

What a great reminder with practical tips as well, that the goal of every Christian parent ought to be that his children grow up to be Godly, not just good.

8. Teach Them Diligently: How To Use The Scriptures In Child Training

Most of today’s Christian parenting resources fail to emphasize what is perhaps the most important aspect of true biblical parenting:  how to relate the Bible to the raising of our children in actual, practical ways.

Whatever else you are doing to equip your children, do you really know how to use the Bible for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness with your children?

In Teach Them Diligently Lou Priolo has given a tool that will strengthen you in this vital area, and help you bring God’s Word into your parenting and child training.

9. Pitchin’ A Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting 

ANGER DESTROYS FAMILIES. You don’t have to let it destroy yours.

Parenting comes with stresses that can make the most laid-back among us feel irritable, frustrated, and angry. Even parents who sincerely love their children sometimes use the wrong methods of anger and frustration in an attempt to control their children.

But angry parenting doesn’t just weaken relationships between parents and their children; it can, over time, destroy them.

Few parents set out to become yelling meanies who no longer enjoy their children.

If anger is in your home even in small ways this book is for you.

It is time to replace that anger with something more powerful: patience and peace. Israel and Brook share candidly from their experience as parents.

10. Solving A Crisis in Christian Parenting: Why So Many Prodigals?  

Research indicates that more Christian kids are going prodigal than at any time in church history. The problem is common to dedicated homeschoolers, as well as public and private school parents.

Why are so many earnest young people growing up and forsaking the faith?

Some speculate that the problem is caused by the corrupting influences found in modern entertainment. Others insist that it is rooted in education and friendships.

It is the conviction of author Reb Bradley that the problem is primarily caused by a breakdown of the relationship between parents and children.

In this book Reb exposes seven blind spots in parenting that increase prodigal tendencies in children. Every dedicated parent needs to read this book, whether they are seasoned veterans or are just starting out.

What are your favorite books for help with Christian parenting? Leave a comment and share what books have helped encourage you the most!



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  4. A book that I always recommend is “Parenting by the Book” by John Rosemond. It is AMAZIN’! John Rosemond is by far one of my favorites when it comes to child rearing. He has many other books too that offer family and child advice from biblical perspectives.

  5. Hi Rebecca! I haven’t heard of that book, but it sounds like it would be really good. Thanks for suggesting it!

  6. I really found the big picture perspective in Parenting the Heart of Your Child by Diane Moore to be helpful. It goes through different stages of motivators that we travel through on our way to being God-motivated. It is useful to identify what stage your child (or you!) is operating at and how to help him progress to the next step. It is encouraging to have a game plan, yet relieving to know it’s not all supposed to happen NOW. It gives grace for the journey.

  7. Christina – that is a great book too!! Thanks for mentioning it.

  8. Shepherding a Child’s Heart- Paul Tripp. My mom gave the book to me early on in parenting and I leaned some huge things like making sure my corrections were aimed at the heart of their behavior over behavior alone. I also received the godly authority that I needed because I was asking, even begging my kids to behave when I should have been instructing them to obey. And so much more!

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