My Top 5 Christian Parenting Books


My bookcase is full of books I’ve read on parenting. With each new book, I not only came away with a fuller understanding of how to parent these kids who eat all the cereal in one day blessings from above, but also a deeper understanding of myself.

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Currently my children are eleven and thirteen. I’m sure my list of favorite books will change as the kids age, but for now here are my top five parenting books.

My top five parenting books:

  1. Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman

  2. Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

  3. Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh

  4. You Can’t Make Me, (But I Can be Persuaded) by Cynthia Tobias

  5. Middle School: The Inside Story by Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuna

  6. The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian*

I cheated an added The Power of a Praying Parent to this list. Storie Omartian’s book is a timeless read for any parent regardless of the child’s age.

Parenting: General:

  1. Middle School: The Inside Story by Cynthia Tobias and Sue Acuna

  2. You Can’t Make Me by Cynthia Tobias

  3. Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman

  4. The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

  5. Becoming the Parent God Wants You to Be by Kevin Leman

  6. Boundaries With Kids: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by Cloud & Townsend

  7. Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel

  8. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

  9. Prayers and Peanut Butter by Barbara Classen

  10. Is this book/movie appropriate for my child? Visit Common Sense Media.

Parenting Books


Parenting Girls:

  1. Six Ways to Keep The “Little” in Your Girl by Dannah Gresh*

  2. Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh

  3. Five Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter by Vicki Courtney


Parenting Boys:

  1. Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson

  2. Five Conversations You Must Have With Your Son by Vicki Courtney


Parenting the Strong-Willed Child:

  1. You Can’t Make Me by Cynthia Tobias

  2. Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman

  3. The Strong Willed Child by James Dobson


Favorite Parenting Sites:

  1. Boys: MOB Mother of Boys Society 

  2. Girls: Secret Keeper Girl 

  3. Focus on the Family 

  4. Clubhouse Magazine

  5. Clubhouse Jr. Magazine 

  6. Adventures in Odyssey

  7. Plugged In Movie Reviews

  8. Just 18 Summers 

Let’s keep this list growing. What is your favorite parenting book? Please share below.

~April Dawn White

*Images courtesy of author. © 2016 April Dawn White, All rights reserved

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