Parent Resources

The Jesus Storybook Bible

By Sally Lloyd-Jones. ZonderKidz, 2007. ISBN: 00310708257.
Every part of the Bible points to the person and work of Jesus Christ, and it is important that we teach children to see that truth. Like the Big Picture Story Bible, this Bible helps children to see how every story relates to the redemptive plan of God in Christ. Beautifully illustrated and movingly written, your family will treasure this story Bible.

The Big Picture Story Bible

By David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker. Crossway, 2004. ISBN: 1581342772.
We often teach children the Bible as a series of isolated character studies or—worse—simple morality tales. The Bible is certainly not less than simple stories about real human concerns, but it is more than that. The Bible is a grand unified story of God’s redemptive work. It is the story of His kingdom and of His forever King—Jesus. The Big Picture Story Bible weaves this story together with deep truths and beautiful illustrations. All children, but especially children ages 3-8, will truly enjoy this Bible.

ESV Children’s Bible

The ESV Children’s Bible is a great choice, combining the reliability and beauty of the full ESV Bible text with more than 200 pages of full-color illustrations of Bible events and people that appear right where the Bible stories occur in the text. It is ideal for pre-readers, who enjoy the vibrant color illustrations, and early readers who want to have a “real” Bible to use and carry with them. Great for kids who are 5 to 10 years of age.

In the back of this Bible is an 80-page “Bible Study Helps” section designed for young children, complete with Bible charts and lists, the plan of salvation, important verses for growing as a young Christian, God’s Promises, tips for reading the Bible and learning to pray, key verses to memorize, and a dictionary of Bible words.

ESV Student Bible

Recommended for High School (grades 7 – 12) through College.

Another bible is the John MacArthur Study Bible (comes in ESV as well)


The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments

By:  Marty Machowski                                                 New Growth Press
The easy-to-read storybook introduces your family to many captivating people, places, and events from the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, showing how each one ultimately points to Jesus. As you share these Bible Stories together, you and your family will meet Jesus and learn a new, life-changing way of recognizing Christ as the hero of every story. Vibrant illustrations, child-friendly discussion questions, and Scripture references accompany each narrative to help you lead your family in exploring the Bible.  Ideal as a storybook for your preschooler, a devotional for your grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer, or an introduction for the new one.

Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

By: Marty Machowski                                           New Growth Press
Long Story Short will help busy parents share with their children how every story in the Old Testament points forward to God’s story of salvation through Jesus Christ. You won’t find a more important focus for a family devotional than a daily highlighting of the gospel of grace. Ten minutes a day, five days a week is enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known. Long Story Short is a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.

The Big Book of Questions and Answers

By Sinclair Ferguson. Christian Focus, 1997. ISBN: 1857922956.
Parents have a responsibility to train their families up in the Lord. One key method for fulfilling this role is by keeping regular family devotions, and Sinclair Ferguson’s Big Book is a very helpful resource. Organized around 77 key questions like, “Who is God?”, and packed with a variety of different ideas and teaching tools, this book can be used for both younger and older children alike.

Big Truths for Young Hearts

By Bruce Ware. Crossway, 2009. ISBN: 01433506017.
Theology is the stuff of life, and that’s not only true for big people. This helpful little book was born out of a theologian’s efforts to explain doctrinal truth to his own young children. Parents will find this book very helpful for gaining a firm grounding in doctrine with a special view toward how they can communicate it to their children.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart

By Tedd Tripp. Shepherd Press, 1995. ISBN: 0966378603.
There are as many parenting methods out there as there are potential book deals. Parents can often become frustrated and unsure how to sift through differing, sometimes contradictory, advise. Tedd Tripp offers more than a method in his book–he shares a philosophy that is saturated with Scripture. Rejecting typical notions, such as the goal of discipline being behavior modification, Tripp argues that parents must reach all the way to a child’s heart to affect real and lasting change.

How to Bring Your Children to Christ

By Ray Comfort. Genesis, 2005. ISBN: 0974930040.
Parents naturally want to see their children come to Christ, but what should that look like? How should we instruct them? What are the most important things we need to communicate? Most of all, how can we avoid seeing our children falsely converted? Ray Comfort offers parents helpful, biblical counsel for sharing the gospel with their children.

I Believe in Jesus

By John MacArthur. Thomas Nelson, 1999. ISBN: 0849975115.
John MacArthur is a trustworthy guide when it comes to the gospel, and this is true when it comes to teaching the gospel to children as well. If you’re looking for a resource for how to communicate the gospel to your young children, you’d be hard-pressed to find something better. I Believe in Jesus comes complete with pictures and detailed explanations geared toward children.

Age of Opportunity

By Paul David Tripp. P & R, 2001. ISBN: 0875526055.
Most parents look at the teenage years as a period to survive through, much less thrive in. But Paul David Tripp wants us to have a different vision. This book is full of encouragement for parents of teenagers to embrace those years in their kids lives as an opportunity for their own spiritual growth and maturing as well as for their kids’.

What Is the Gospel?

By Greg Gilbert. Crossway, 2010. ISBN: 1433515008.
For Christians, it seems like the most basic question in the world: What is the gospel? And yet, in our day confusion concerning what the nature of the gospel message abounds. This little book offers crystal clarity in its explanation of the good news that Christians proclaim.

ApParent Privilege

By:  Stephen Wright & Chris Graves
Parents have the greatest privilege of their lives literally in front of them everyday: their children. Pointing their children to Christ, modeling faith, encouraging with words, and showing unfailing love isn t a burden. It s a privilege. Apparent Privilege will arm parents with biblical understanding and up-to-the-minute research to show them the unparalleled opportunity they have to be the primary influence of their children. It will give parents a biblical view of parenting, answer questions and concerns we all have, and help them understand how Christian parenting must become more than taking your children to church. In short, this book will equip a parent live a life where the difference is apparent.



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