Parenting has always been considered the hardest job. But what about when parenting gets complicated? We have gathered a list of books for parents when parenting comes with an extra challenge.
There are books below for step parents, adoptive parents, parents whose children have identified as LGBTQ, parents of children with special needs and many other difficult parenting situations. These books offer advice, wisdom from God and a reminder that you’re not alone.
- Parenting Without the Power Struggles
Parenting doesn’t have to be drudgery and children can grow to be thinking, responsible adults. This booklet, excerpted from Parenting with Love and Logic, was designed to help parents and kids establish a rewarding relationship built on love and trust. By parenting with love and logic, mothers and fathers can do away with the power struggles and put the fun back into parenting. Based on biblical principles and written by experts who encourage a loving approach to discipline and raising children.
- Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Does your heart ache with questions, confusion, or discouragement as a parent of a child with special needs? Do you feel like you have growing need for encouragement, rest, and refreshment?
Caring for someone with autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, emotional or behavioral disorders, or physical disabilities can be an all-consuming task.
Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs can guide you along the way to claim God’s promises for your everyday life. You’ll become more aware of God’s passion for you and your child through this handy resource that speaks directly to the unique journey of special needs parenting.
These promises are for your comfort. Claim them as your own. Pray them over your family and over your children. Let them guide you into the presence of Jesus and the security that only He can provide.
- Satan, You Can’t Have My Children: The Spiritual Warfare Guide for Every Parent
“Satan, You Can’t Have My Children “provides clear, powerful spiritual “tools” that can be used to nurture and raise godly children. One chapter is filled with Scripture-based prayers that can be used by readers to pray for their children–young and old. This book is a tool for showing parents that, with God, the impossible is possible. To the parent struggling with a disobedient or rebellious child, this book provides calming encouragement and godly principles that can bring about a transformation in the home. It reinforces the promise that God’s power is greater than the power of the enemy over their children’s lives. It taps into the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to aid parents, and it advises readers: Never give up in the face of adversity. Prepare yourself to see the Word of God in action in the lives of your children, and believe that God will perform His Word
This important and compassionate new book from the creator of the successful God Allows U-Turns series will help parents and grandparents of the many adult children who continue to make life painful for their loved ones.
Writing from firsthand experience, Allison identifies the lies that kept her, and ultimately her son in bondage—and how she overcame them. Additional real life stories from other parents are woven through the text.
A tough–love book to help readers cope with dysfunctional adult children, Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children will empower families by offering hope and healing through S.A.N.I.T.Y.—a six–step program to help parents regain control in their homes and in their lives.
- S = STOP Enabling, STOP Blaming Yourself, and STOP the Flow of Money
- A = Assemble a Support Group
- N = Nip Excuses in the Bud
- I = Implement Rules/Boundaries
- T = Trust Your Instincts
- Y = Yield Everything to God
Far too many families today can be described as dysfunctional. Boundaries are bulldozed, rules are ransacked, and dysfunction produces more dysfunction. And because it is true that with children more is caught than taught, if you were raised in a dysfunctional family, you are likely raising your own children the same way.
Do you recognize the symptoms?
- – Overly possessive or faultfinding parents
- – Poor organization or overly rigid structure
- – Inconsistent and indecisive parents
- – Emotionally abandoned children
- – Overly rigid structure or lacking parental authority
The dynamics of dysfunction are detrimental to the family. Discover how to cultivate your family now for the generations that follow as you establish and apply the principles of biblical truth in your own family.
Greg and Lynn McDonald had never interacted with members of the LGBTQ community until they learned their son was gay. Without any resources or support, they didn’t know how to handle this discovery. They first tried to fix him, but saw no progress. Even in the earliest days of their journey, the McDonalds held on to two absolutes: they would love God, and they would love their son.
Follow the McDonald family’s journey that spanned the next twenty years, from a place of grief to a place of gratitude and acceptance that inspired the McDonalds’ to begin one of the first Christian ministries for parents of LGBTQ children. Embracing the Journey is based on their experience from counseling and coaching hundreds of struggling Christian parents. Find tools for understanding your own emotional patterns and spiritual challenges. Experience a deeper relationship with God while handling difficult or unexpected situations that are out of your control. You will find tested principles, patterns, and spiritual lessons that can change the way we see our own families, and help Christians think through Christ-like ways to respond to the LGBTQ community.
This practical guide uses an unvarnished, honest, reassuring, and relatable voice to speak to parents and deliver a roadmap for learning to love God, the people He created, and even the church.
You are not alone on this journey.
Adopting or fostering a child brings a unique set of challenges that only a parent facing the same situation could possibly understand. Sometimes it can be a struggle just getting through the day when you deal with children with traumatic pasts, attachment issues, and kids with special needs.
Mike Berry understands the loneliness and isolation in your unique parenting role because he’s been there, and he’s still there. He wants to offer hope and encouragement to the struggling adoptive parents.
While there are plenty of how-to guides on parenting, this book stands out in its approach to address the needs of parents with adopted or foster children. Seasoned with a refreshing dose of honesty, empathy, and care, you will learn you are not alone and God has a very special plan for you and your family.
Part 1: You Are Not Alone
- – Beginning with Hope: Identifying Your Expectations and Apprehensions
- – Jumping Off: The Joy and Struggle of Choosing This Journey
- – Learning to Swim: What to Do When You’re In Over Your Head
- – Me Too: Finding Strength in Relationships
- – I Didn’t Sign Up for This: Learning to Accept Your New Normal
- – The Middle of the Wreckage: Discovering Hope Where You Least Expect It
- – You Are Not Alone: The Healing Power of Shared Experience
Part 2: Finding Hope
- – The Story of Your Scars: Redefining Failure
- – The Voices in Our Heads: Overcoming Spiritual Attacks
- – Limping Together: Building an Effective Support System
- – Behind Every Cloud: Finding Light in Dark Times
- – Legends Versus Legacies: Your Influence Goes Deeper Than You Know
- – Remember Jeremiah: God Has a Plan for Your Child
- – A Girl Named Renee: The Transforming Power of Love and Compassion
- – Hope Has Arrived: God’s Beautiful Story in You
As you are navigating the mysteries of the blended family, it could help to have this soothing salve and holy nudge of daily encouragement found in Stepparenting with Grace.
These devotions offer companionship, encouragement, understanding, and biblical insights from a veteran stepmom. This valuable resource will develop strength, wisdom, and comfort as you navigate the challenges of the blended family. You will learn how to:
- – Trust a loving God when the kids do not.
- – Find unity in your new marriage and parenting through grace and understanding.
- – Explore your worth in Christ amid rejection.
- – Gain confidence in the stepparent role as you take on the armor of God.
- – Persevere through challenges and obstacles toward healthy, thriving relationships.
Each of these devotions begins with Scripture along with an encouraging thought for the day, and concludes with a prayer.
All parents need encouragement while trying to raise a virtuous child in today’s society, so we wanted to include a perpetual calendar full of encouraging quotes and scriptures that remind you of the power of a praying parent!
This The Power of a Praying Parent 365 day perpetual calendar features uplifting words from best-selling author Stormie Omartian. This inspirational perpetual calendar encourages parents to turn to the Father and place every detail of our children’s lives into God’s loving, capable hands.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 NKJV
Lord, give my child understanding that to live in purity brings wholeness
and blessing, and that the greatest reward for it is seeing You.
Do you have a certain parenting book that’s helped you through a difficult season? Share some of your favorite advice in the comments below!
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