Additional Parent Resources
Here are some great resources for parents with kids of all ages. If purchasing a book on Amazon, we ask that you use Amazon Smile to support Community. Learn more about Amazon Smile here.
The Plans I Have For You Devotional
Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for YOU! is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love and joy and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.
The Plans I Have For You Journal
Part of a new brand in the Zondervan family, The Plans I Have for You journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place
Playing for Keeps
by Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy
There are some things adults just can’t do for kids.
You can’t force a toddler to love broccoli.
You can’t make a teenager not date someone.
And you can’t make a kid love God.
At some point it just starts to break down.
Playing for Keeps is a book for parents and leaders (and anyone else who influences the lives of kids and teenagers). In Playing for Keeps, you will discover six things every kid needs over time, and 18 practical ideas so you can make what really matters matter more.
The 5 Love Languages of Children
by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell
Does your child speak a different language? Sometimes they wager for your attention, and other times they ignore you completely. Sometimes they are filled with gratitude and affection, and other times they seem totally indifferent. Attitude. Behavior. Development. Everything depends on the love relationship between you and your child. When children feel loved, they do their best. But how can you make sure your child feels loved?
Since 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman’s best-selling book The 5 Love Languages has helped millions of couples develop stronger, more fulfilling relationships by teaching them to speak each others’ love language. Each child, too, expresses and receives love through one of five different communication styles. And your love language may be totally different from that of your child. While you are doing all you can to show your child love, he may be hearing it as something completely opposite. Discover your child’s primary language and learn what you can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection, and commitment that will resonate in your child’s emotions and behavior.
Parenting Beyond Your Capacity
by Reggie Joiner, Jeff Foxworthy, & Carey Nieuwhof
When parents work in tandem with the faith community to raise their children, they increase their parenting capacity exponentially. Most parents have so many demands on their time that they can’t be the kind of parent they desire to be. They need to know the Orange Factor: Two combined influences will make a greater impact on kids than just two influences. And it’s true. Parents who partner with the faith community are the best way to bring the next generation into the family of God-and keep them there.
The Purpose Driven Life
by Rick Warren
The Purpose Driven Life Devotional for Kids includes 365 devotions that tie to the themes and ideas found in the bestselling The Purpose Driven Life. Written at a third to fourth grade level, each devo includes a Scripture, short message, and prayer or thought for the day to help kids discover who they are in God’s eyes. Capturing the hearts of the new generation means ensuring they know their purpose and grow up confident of their value in God and their relationship to Christ.
God created each of his children with a purpose in mind … the time is now to, thoughtfully and prayerfully, start the incredible journey to finding that reason.
Parenting is Wonder-full
Isn’t parenting wonderful? Okay, maybe on sleepless nights, it doesn’t feel wonderful. But you have to agree that parenting can certainly be full of wonder. Also, it can leave you wondering some things you’ve never wondered before.
This gift book is for those beginning their parenting journey or beginning again for the second or third time with one simple goal: to let them know they are not alone. In these pages, new parents will find themselves identifying with other parents who have shared similar moments while also being reminded of the things that will matter the most.