Summer is a great time to get in some reading, either while the kids are at camp or visiting grandma or while the family is on vacation. Instead of grabbing a romance novel or the latest political thriller, why not consider some titles that will challenge you to be a better parent or spouse, or help shape and define your homeschooling philosophy or Biblical worldview?
Here are some great books that I have enjoyed reading and that have impacted me in those areas! Feel free to add your favorites in the comment section.
The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson
I love all of Sally Clarkson's writing, and this one really speak's to a mother's heart and to building a loving relationship with our children.
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
This book speaks to getting to the heart of your child when it comes to discipline, not just dealing with a certain behavior. You might not agree with everything he has to say, but you will definitely find lots of good, sensible advice on raising children who obey out of love and conviction rather than out of fear or manipulation.
Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul David Tripp
Raising teens doesn't have to be scary! Rather than another buddy or an unbending drill sargeant, teens need a mentor, guide, and loving authority figure to help them navigate the challenges of growing up.
I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Towards Romance and Relationships by Joshua Harris
If your kids are still little, read this book now and start thinking about how you will talk about romance with your children. Even elementary children get asked, "Do you have a boyfriend?" If you have middle school or high school ages kids, read this book and then have your kids read it too. Whether or not you follow Mr. Harris's recommendations, he will give you a lot to think about!
Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys by Hal and Melanie Young
If you have boys, this is a must-read! Our society is very confused about raising boys, and it is refreshing to read the Young's solid, biblical, and common-sense approach!
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
Former NY city and state teacher of the year holds no punches in his critique of the public education system and its agenda to stamp out passion, creativity and individuality in favor of group-think. This is a book everyone should read!
How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey
A worldview is the set of underlying beliefs and assumptions through which we view every aspect of life. Being a Christian doesn't automatically mean you hold a biblical or Christian worldview. This important book addresses the building of a biblical worldview and how to engage a post-modern culture that has rejected most everything associated with that way of thinking.
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Dr. Chapman, who has worked as a marriage counselor for 30 years, identifies 5 "love languages" which fill our "love tank" - Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. I found his writing to be humorous and his examples spot-on! Reading this helped me to understand my husband better. It would be most helpful for both husband and wife to read it. :-)