• Monday, December 14, 2009
  • This past year several outstanding books were written about marriage and parenting that were Christ centered in their approach and focused on the power of the gospel to transform families to God's design. Here are some of the top ones that I read and commend to you:


    "Relationships: A Mess Worth Making" by Tim Land and Paul Tripp. This book addresses many of the issues that seem to mess up our relationships with one another. No relationship ever delivers what we dreamt it could and our fantasies collide with reality. So what do you do about it? This book gives gospel-centered answers. Just last month a workbook that includes the elements of this book was published titled "Change and Your Relationships: A Mess Worth Making" which I will probably present as a tool for marriages in our church.

    "This Momentary Marriage" by John Piper. Pastor John has a very high and Bible saturated view of marriage. As he always writes and preaches it is full of passion and pulls no punches. No matter how good of a marriage and family you have, this will challenge you to go higher. Parenting, singleness and his view on divorce is also presented and challenging.


    "Everyday Talk" by John Younts. Deuteronomy 6 commands us as parents to talk to our children everyday and everywhere about God and His ways. This is a very practical and challenging book to show how ordinary conversations can turn to gospel-centered themes.

    "Get Outta My Face!" by Rick Horne. If you have a teen or younger child who seems to have a quick trigger to anger or unmotivated, this is an outstanding resource. Rick Horne does an excellent job to help us understand the heart and what is often behind these issues. He then offers very practical ways to reach the believing and unbelieving teen. He comes from a well-experienced background of working as a guidance counselor for over 30 years in Christian schools.

    "What He Must Be If He Wants to Marry My Daughter" by Voddie Baucham. This book is a must read for those of you who have children in junior high or high school. Voddie pushes a very strict courtship model but even if you do not agree with that model, you will benefit greatly by the book. The principles will save some of the greatest heartarches in your life and the life of your children. The book works both ways ... what a young man must be and what a young women must be. If you have a teen in a relationship, challenge them to read it and if it is a "serious" one, challenge their "other" to read it as well. Maybe then they will break up!


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