Reading to Your Children: A List of Resources Compiled by High Pointe PastorsBy
“And these words that I command you today . . . You shall teach them diligently to your children . . .”
(Deuteronomy 6:6, 7, ESV).
In our study of Proverbs, we have been continually reminded to instill the truths of God’s Word in the hearts and minds of our children. This initial instruction is the foundation upon which we will appeal to our children as they grow in physical, emotional, and spiritual maturity. On behalf of the pastors at High Pointe, I want to offer a brief list of some reading materials that parents may find helpful. You should work through these materials to make sure they are biblically sound as they lay out particular doctrines and that they will be of benefit to your particular child(ren). Don’t just take my word for it, be a discerning reader!
One thing for sure, you should be reading Scripture with your family on a regular basis, and you can enhance your family Scripture reading with helpful devotional material. Beware of children’s material that merely promotes moralism. I prefer books that help explain the storyline of Scripture (biblical theology) and present a BIG God! Here are some helpful suggestions:
1. God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation by Andreas J. Köstenberger
2. Gospel-Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting by William P. Farley
3. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
4. Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp
5. Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul Tripp
6. Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson
7. Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, and Much More by Alex Chediak
Devotional Resources for Use with Younger Children
1. Catechism for Boys and Girls (available at our information table)
2. Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
3. The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos
4. The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker
*High Pointe pastors highly recommend this resource for use with younger children.
5. The Big Picture Family Devotional by David Helm
6. Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotionals to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski
7. Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotionals to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski
8. Window on the World: When We Pray God Works by Daphne Spraggett and Jill Johnstone
Devotional Resources for Use Older Children
1. Grandpa’s Box: Retelling the Biblical Story of Redemption by Starr Meade
2. Give them Truth: Teaching Eternal Truths to Young Minds by Starr Meade
*Starr Meade has many helpful resources, including “God’s Mighty Acts” series.
Resources for Use with Pre-Teens/Teenagers
1. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
2. Bible Study: A Student’s Guide by Jon Nielson
3. What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James Anderson
4. Sex is not the Problem (Lust Is) or Not Even a Hint by Joshua Harris
5. Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World by C.J. Mahaney
6. Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung
7. Am I Really A Christian by Mike McKinley
9. Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue by Matthew Mitchell
Moms and dads read Scripture with your children regularly and supplement Bible reading with the catechism and devotional reading. This list of resources is in no way exhaustive, but it lists some of the most helpful resources High Pointe pastors recommend. So, for example, we highly recommend David Helm’s The Big Picture Story Bible for use with younger children. It helpfully explains the stories of the Bible with a view to how Christ is revealed from Genesis to Revelation. Likewise, Starr Meade has written much helpful material that our family has personally used with great benefit.
Each family must find a time, a place, and a plan that works best for them. I pray that these resources may be of as great a benefit to you and your family, as they have been to ours, as you seek to raise your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.