For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
Foundation Builders Bibliography for Parents
Andrews, Robert. The Family, God’s Weapon for Victory. WinePress Publishers: Mukilteo, Washington, 1995.
Includes foundations of family life, husband and wife roles, and training and nurturing children
Dobson, James. The New Dare to Discipline. Tyndale House Publishers: Wheaton, Illinois. 1992.**
Practical advice on training and disciplining children.
Dobson, James. The Strong-Willed Child. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.: Wheaton, Illinois. 1978.**
Strategies for dealing with strong-willed children.
Dobson, James. Bringing Up Boys. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.: Wheaton, Illinois. 2001
-Title is somewhat misleading; although includes advice on raising boys, it is basically a
book on parenting; addresses the negative influence of our culture on children and a
challenge to think question the “norm” and parent more intentionally.
Evans, Dr. Anthony T. Guiding Your Family in a Misguided World: Preparing Your Kids to Live
in a Secular Society. Focus on the Family Pub.: Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1991.
-Includes the purpose and foundation for families, faith nurturing, communication, and a
section on how the church can help the family.
James, John Angell. The Christian Father’s Present to His Children. Soli Deo Gloria Pub.: Morgan, Pa. 1993 (reprint from the 1853 edition).
-A book of depth from the 19th century; developing “religious character” in your children
James, John Angell. Addresses to Young Men. Soli Deo Gloria Pub.: Morgan, Pa. 1995 (reprint from the 1860 edition).
-More solid 19th century wisdom; guidance for young men
James, John Angell. Female Piety. Soli Deo Gloria Pub.: Morgan, Pa. 1999 (reprint from the 1860 edition).
-A call to young women to pursue piety
Kimmel, Tim. Grace-Based Parenting. Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005.
Kimmel, Tim. Why Christian Kids Rebel: Trading Heartache for Hope. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004.
Leman, Dr. Kevin. Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours. Fleming H. Revell Co.: Old Tappan, New York. 1984.
-Instruction in “reality discipline” (guidance and action-oriented techniques)
Lewis, Robert. Raising a Modern-Day Knight. Focus on the Family Pub.: Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1997
- "A father’s role in guiding his son to authentic manhood”
Murphy, Art. The Faith of a Child: A Step-by-Step Guide to Salvation for your Child. Chicago: Moody, 2000.
Plowman, Ginger. Don’t Make Me Count to Three: a Mom’s Look at Heart-Oriented Discipline. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2004.
Priolo, Lou. Teach Them Diligently. Timeless Texts: Woodruff, S.C. 2000
-Teaches parents how to use the Bible for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in
righteousness with their children.
Priolo, Lou. The Heart of Anger. Calvary Press: Amityville, NY. 1998
Rosemond, John. Six-Point Plan For Raising Happy, Healthy Children. Andrews and McMeel: Kansas City, Kansas. 1989.
-Practical, common sense child rearing from a family psychologist; Rosemond advises parents to put the marriage first, expect children to obey, establish responsibility by assigning chores, not to be afraid to say “no” to children, eliminate unnecessary toys; and encourage creativity
Rosemond, John. Making the Terrible Two’s Terrific. Andrews and McMeel: Kansas City, Kansas. 1993.
-Rosemond guides parents through “toilet training, establishing good bedtime habits, developing an effective disciplinary style, controlling biting and other aggressive behaviors, and many other issues” with two-year-olds
Rosemond, John. Parent Power! Andrews and McMeel: Kansas City, Kansas. 1991.
-Commonsense approach to raising children; basic principles of child rearing and practical advice for different stages of development and the specific issues connected with these different stages
Rosemond, John. Parenting by the Book. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2007.
Rosemond, John. A Family of Value. Andrews and McMeel: Kansas City, Kansas. 1995.
-Rosemond advocates for traditional child rearing and the values it represents— “My aim is to unsettle those in the professional community who continue to prefer child-rearing rhetoric over reality; to expose that rhetoric for exactly what it is so that America’s parents can understand the propaganda that’s been shaping their attitudes and parenting behaviors; and lastly, to help America’s families retrieve… once-cherished, now-discredited values”
Rosemond, John. Ending the Homework Hassle. Andrews and McMeel: Kansas City, Missouri. 1990.
-“Understanding, preventing, and solving school performance problems”; includes a wise, practical section on helping ADD children
Seel, David John. Parenting without Perfection. Navpress: Colorado Springs, Colorado. 2000.
-“Christian parenting doesn’t mean raising flawless kids—it means learning to treat your children as God treats you, focusing on influencing your children’s beliefs rather than controlling their behavior. Presents 10 priorities that will help you introduce your children to genuine living in the Kingdom of God.”; focuses on teens
Tripp, Ted. Shepherding Your Child’s Heart. Shepherd Press: Wapwallopen. Pennsylvania. 1995.
-Ted Tripp encourages parents to examine heart issues behind behavior; includes
Biblical methods of communication, training and correction
Tripp, Ted and Margy. Instructing a Child’s Heart. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2008.
Trumbull, H. Clay. Hints on Child Training. Great Expectations Book Co.: Eugene, Oregon. (Originally published in 1890).
-Foundations for child training; includes subjects such as will-training, denying a child wisely, training a child to self-control, training a child not to tease, training a child’s appetite, training a child’s faith, training a child’s amusements, training a child to courtesy, guiding a child in companionships, etc.
Weber, Stu. Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart. Multnomah: Sisters, Oregon.1997 Four pillars of manhood designed by God to be in balance—king, warrior, mentor, friend
Wilson, Nancy. The Fruit of Her Hands. Cannon Press: Moscow, Idaho. 1997.
-The woman’s role as a godly woman and a person of depth
Wilson, Doug. Reforming Marriage. Canon Press: Moscow, Idaho, 1995. ** Describes godly marriages as flowing from an obedient heart; includes a theology of marriage and headship and authority; rather than address the “mere externals of marriage”, this book seeks to “understand the heart issues”