Our family--Christmas, 2008

Our family--Christmas, 2008

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tracy to Speak at the FPEA Convention, May 22-23, 2009

In conjunction with doing two workshops on parenting teens, I put together a list of recommended reading for parents to assist them in this high calling from the Lord.

Our primary goal as parents of teens isn't to control outward behavior, but to draw out the hearts of our young people and help them see God's standards and where they may have strayed; to encourage them to follow His Word and ways, and to affirm expressions of genuine faith and trust in the Lord.

When we take the time to listen well, ask good questions, and pursue our children out of our love for them, they will be more inclined to hear what we have to say as we point them to God's Word.

There are some really excellent books that can help us with this task. Below are a few we highly recommend:

1. Age of Opportunity, Paul David Tripp
2. Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh
3. The Five Love Languages of Teenagers, Gary Chapman
4. Preparing for Adolescence, Dr. James Dobson
5. Discover Your Children's Gifts, Don and Katie Fortune
6. Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands, Paul David Tripp
7. Not Even a Hint, Joshua Harris
8. The Ministry of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson
9. Speaking Truth in Love, David Powlison
10. I Kissed Dating Good-bye, Joshua Harris
11. Girl Talk--Mother/Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood, Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
12. Relationships, A Mess Worth Making, Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp
13. Idols of the Heart, Learning to Long for God Alone, Elyse Fitzpatrick
14. Worldliness, Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World, edited by C.J. Mahaney
15. Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper

We believe all of the above books are not only relevant to raising teens, but offer sound biblical wisdom and insight into the power of the gospel to transform our hearts and sustain us as believers to run the race of faith in a way that brings glory to God! God bless you!

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