Bring it Home: Recommended Books

"The best of the church are none too good for this work. Do not think because you have other service to do that therefore you should take no interest in this form of holy work, but kindly, according to your opportunities, stand ready to help the little ones, and to cheer those whose chief calling is to attend to them."

C. H. Spurgeon

Raising Godly Children

It is the precious work of every God fearing family to raise their children to know Jesus. The truth is that every child begins life in the same place we did; sinful and in need of a savior. We as christian parents should make it our greatest effort in life to introduce our children to our God and savior Jesus.

The list below is a list of helpful books for parents to use as resources as we disciple our children.

(This list is not exhaustive. We need your help to keep building it. If you have a recommendation that is not on this list, leave a comment and we would love to check it out. Also check out our Recommend Books Page at JustBringitHome)

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Duties of Parents- J. C. Ryle

It's over 100 years since JC Ryle wrote Duties for Parents, but even today his exhortations help challenge parents to point their children to Christ. This version, in modern English, is designed to help a new generation of parents understand the importance of a loving, caring, and godly home, not without discipline but where children come to know and understand God for themselves. This timeless Bible teaching from Ryle has been described by many as one of the best resources for parents, outside of the Bible.

Come Ye Children -C. H. Spurgeon

Training children in the ways of Jesus might seem a daunting and thankless task. But you do not need to feel that way. Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) delivers encouragement and practical advice to those who struggle to know if they are properly shaping young children for the Lord. This book is a must-read for parents, youth pastors, youth leaders, or anyone who wants to understand in greater detail about the important task God has in store.

Household Gospel- Matthew Sims

In Scripture, parents are instructed to teach their kids how to love God and saturate their home with the gospel (Deut 4:9, 6:1-7; Eph 6:104). Husbands and wives are commanded to mirror Jesus in their marriages (Eph 5:22-33). We understand these commands in light of the gospel—in light of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:6). Jesus is the hero of our families.

That’s what A Household Gospel is about. It’s ordinary means rooted in an extraordinary gospel. It’s about starting the great commission in our homes. It’s about rehearsing the gospel story when we sit to eat, lay down to sleep, rise up in the morning, and everywhere in between.

Children to be Educated for Christ- Edward W. Hooker

There is need of an appeal to Christian parents, in view of the present condition of the world. You give your prayers and a portion of your money. But, as said the Christian already quoted, “What affectionate parent does not love his children more than his money? And why should not these living treasures be given to Christ?” This seeking our own, “not the things which are Jesus Christ’s” (Phi 2:21), must cease if the world is ever to be converted. We must act, and teach our children to act, more faithfully according to that Scripture, “He died for all, that they which live 4 should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again” (2Co 5:15).

Little Church- R.J. Grunewald

You can hand over any job that you have as a parent. Shopping for your kids. Child-proofing your house. Taking care of your crying kid in the night. Teaching your teen manners. Maybe even throwing birthday parties. At first glance this seems odd - outsourcing crucial roles of parenting.

But the reality is that many of us do this with the spiritual lives of our children. We rely on somebody else to be the primary spiritual nurturers of our children. As parents, we need to be discipling our children as we go about our lives.

"Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church." - Jonathan Edwards

Teach your Children the Bible- Thomas Purifoy

A short booklet that provides practical advice on how to teach children to know the Bible.

It provides simple steps to ensure that children are given a strong foundation of Biblical knowledge and understanding.

How to Raise Your Children for Christ- Andrew Murray

This book is a plea for the parents to truly know and walk with God – for them to love God and His Word. In the correct order, focusing first on the parents, Andrew Murray then urges parents to sincerely and consistently love their children and in all tenderness and gentleness teach them as God also teaches us.We can and must exercise faith, so our children and our children's children will be able to impact the world for Christ and inherit eternal blessings.

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Bible Story Questions- Norlan De Groot

Bible Story Questions Series is a tool to help families study the Bible together. Each lesson focuses on a short Bible passage to read from your own Bible. The lesson is then divided into four sections: a main thought and three sets of questions corresponding to the head, heart, and hands. The intent it to provide tools for the parent to set the passage in context and also to analyze it according to the traditional theological concepts of knowledge, piety, and practice.