Anderson, Herbert, Don S. Browning, Ian S. Evison, and
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, The Family Handbook (summary
volume for the "The Family, Religion and Culture" coordinated
by the University of Chicago/Lilly Foundation funded study).
Westminster/John Knox Press, 1998.
This fine academic book has helpful summaries of the Jewish,
Catholic, Protestant, and secular perspectives on marriage, family,
divorce, reproductive technologies, division of domestic responsibilities,
the relation of family to government, family ministry with children
and youth, single parents, stepfamilies, families of gays and
lesbians, the elderly, abusive families, bereaved families, the
impact of violence, substance abuse, and popular culture on today's
Anderson, Herbert and Susan B. W. Johnson. Regarding
Children: A New Respect for Childhood and Families ("Family
Living in Pastoral Perspective" series). Westminster/John
Knox Press, 1994.
This very readable book for parents looks at the many issues
dealing with children in society, the child in relation to the
family, the child as individual, the dysfunctional family, and
the interdependence of the family and the larger society.
Batchelder, David B. All through the Day, All through
the Year: Family Prayers and Celebrations. Augsburg Fortress
Families will find a wonderful collection of useable celebrations
and rituals in this book that will help them grow in their spiritual
lives throughout the church year and different times of the day.
Broyles, Anne, Marilyn Brown Oden, Sue Downing, and Elizabeth
& Paul Lynd Escamilla. At Home with God: Family Devotions
for the School Year. Upper Room, 2003.
A daily devotion for families with children ages 6-11, with daily
biblical readings, prayers and litanies to say and learn together,
stories and activities to share, songs to sing with familiar
melodies, colorful illustrations and symbols to direct young
readers, and articles for parents.
Caldwell, Elizabeth F. Making a Home for Faith: Nurturing
the Spiritual Life of Your Children. Pilgrim Press, 2000.
A fine book for parents that is filled with practical suggestions
to help "make a home for faith." The book includes
discussion questions at the end of each chapter so it can be
the basis of a small-group discussion.
Conway, George. Giving Good Gifts: The Spiritual Journey
of Parenthood. Westminster/John Knox Press, 2002.
This book celebrates the gifts we give and receive from our
families. Conway understands parenting as a spiritual journey;
thoughtful insights on biblical texts are presented as well as
ideas at the end of each chapter for encouraging faith development
by all family members.
Currie, Robin. 101 Ways to Live the Good News with Kids.
Witness Sunday School Curriculum of Augsburg Fortress, 1997.
An attractive flyer with simple suggestions to show love to our
children and help them grow in their faith.
DeGrote-Sorensen, Barbara and David Allen Sorensen. Escaping
the Family Time Trap: A Practical Guide for Over-Busy Families.
Augsburg Fortress, 2001.
This Lutheran couple offers questions that families will
find helpful in defining their values: "what do we really
want as a family?" follow by ways for overcoming what prevents
families from living out these values as a family and in the
world. The same writers have an earlier book titled 'Tis a
Gift to be Simple: Embracing the Freedom of Living with Less
(Augsburg Fortress, 1992) that offers insights for how to live
a life less occupied with material possessions and with more
time for our family, friends, and God.
The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon. 3rd edition.
Perseus Publishing, 2001.
Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk. Alfred A. Knopf, 1989.
Reinventing Childhood: Raising and Educating Children in a
Changing World. Modern Learning Press, 1998.
These three books by Elkind describe some of the pressures experienced
by young and school-age children and by their parents. The author
suggests alternative perspectives and practical ways for parents
to cope and help their children toward maturity.
FaithHome for Parents by the United Methodist Publishing
House offers 18 short booklets covering many major topics
of interest to parents about children, youth and faith development.
They have also developed resources for small group discussions.
FaithHome Leader's Guide provides sessions for children
and parents together in learning to talk with one another about
faith. This would give guidance for families of children ages
3-12 to go deeper in talking about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit
and the Church with one another.
Garland, Diana R. Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide.
InterVarsity Press, 1999.
This 629-page volume covers everything for churches wanting to
care and support families- background on families today, dynamics
within families, social influences on families, biblical foundations
for family ministry, church programs for families and much more.
Garland, Diana R. Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families:
Living the Faith in Daily Life. Jossey-Bass, 2003.
The author interviewed over one hundred families and dozens
of congregations about what they do to nurture faith in families:
How does the family live out its faith? When was God perceived
as close? What Bible story best reflects the family's own experience?
The thoughtful answers will benefit families and churches.
Garrett, Susan R. and Amy Plantinga Pauw. Making Time
for God: Daily Devotions for Children and Families to Share.
Baker Books, 2002.
Two mothers who are also seminary professors wrote daily
devotions for children that cover the entire year using most
books of the Bible. They do a fine job covering a wide range
of topics, including tough ones like different religious traditions,
racial justice and divorce that take biblical teachings seriously
at a level that children can understand.
Hardel, Dick and Deb Stehlin. FaithTalk With Children
(The Youth and Family Institute, 2002) is a wonderful resource
for families' Sabbath-keeping activities.
24 share cards in each of four areas: Memories, Wonder, Actions,
and Growing Together give young children and adults the opportunity
to share stories of God's faithfulness in their lives.
Johnson, Jan. Growing Compassionate Kids: Helping Kids
See Beyond Their Own Backyard. Upper Room Books, 2001.
Johnson shares wonderful stories and practical ideas for
helping children and families grow in their compassion for others.
Jones, Jeffrey D. Parenting for Love and Laughter: Finding
God in Family Life. Jossey-Bass, 2002.
A wonderful collection of stories, insights and questions by
a parent and Baptist pastor that can be discussed by parents
as well as in a small group.
Ishida, Emily Demuth. Raising Faithful Children in a
Fragmented World (Intersections adult study, Parenting series).
Augsburg Fortress, 1999.
A small group study for parents of elementary school age children
who want to discuss the Bible and parenting.
McGrath, Tom. Raising Faith-Filled Kids: Ordinary Opportunities
to Nurture Spirituality At Home. Loyola Press, 2000.
This popular Roman Catholic writer sees the sacred nature
in give-and-take of daily living, the importance of prayer and
forgiveness, the meaning of religious objects, and much more.
Olson, Richard P. and Joe H. Leonard, Jr. A New Day
for Family Ministry. Alban Institute, 1996.
This ecumenical book looks at how families are changing and ways
that churches can meet families' needs and stresses through creative
Pockets is a wonderful, ecumenical devotional
magazine for children (ages 6-12) and parents by Upper Room that
is published ten times a year and also has a good web site: http://pockets.upperroom.org/
Presbyterian Church (USA) Task Force on Changing Families:
Changing Families: A Church-wide Study Document. 2001.
This four-session study covers "Discovering God's Purposes
for Families"; "Seeking to Fulfill God's Purposes for
Families Today"; "Fulfilling God's Purposes for Families
Through Discipleship and Congregational Life" and "Witnessing
to God's Purposes for Families in the Wider Society."
Presbyterian Families "Family Series" includes
the following study resources: "Aging Is a Family Affair,"
"Leader s Guide to Aging Is a Family Affair," "Creating
Healthy Families," "Family Passages," "Families
Where the Generations Meet," "Families Within the Family
of God," "Parenting Alone," "Parenting Is
for Everyone." (Mariners)
Roehlkepartain, Jolene L.
Nurturing Faith in Families: 425 Creative Ideas for Family
Ministry. Abingdon Press, 2002.
What Young Children Need to Succeed: Working Together to Build
Assets from Birth to Age 11. Free Spirit Publishing, 2000.
Teaching Kids to Care and Share: 300+ Mission & Service
Ideas for Children. Abingdon Press, 2000.
Roehlkepartain has a gift for looking at the latest research
related to children and youth and then offering very practical
ideas for families and churches.
Rogers, Fred. and Barry Head. Mister Rogers Talks with
Parents. New York: Berkley Publishing Corp., 1983.
The insights which have shaped the popular television program
are now made available to parents and teachers through vignettes
of childhood, with suggestions for attending to children's needs
and fears in the midst of particular experiences.
Theology and Worship Ministry Unit for the Presbyterian
Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Daily Prayer:
Book of Common Worship. Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993.
A beautiful, ecumenical book that offers structured times
of prayer for the morning, mid-day, evening and close of day
using the psalms, biblical prayers, prayers of thanksgiving and
intercession for each day of the week, table blessings, a two-year
lectionary and much more that draws from many traditions.
Thompson, Marjorie. Family The Forming Center: A Vision
of the Role of Family In Spiritual Formation. Upper Room
Books, revised edition, 1996.
Thompson, author of a classic on spirituality for adults
titled Soulfeast, wrote this book first for families. Here she
emphasizes the importance of families as the context for Christian
spiritual formation and as a place to see God's presence in ordinary
Vogt, Susan V. Raising Kids Who Will Make a Difference:
Helping Your Family Live with Integrity, Value Simplicity, and
Care for Others. Loyola Press, 2002.
Using a delightful blend of honesty and humor, Vogt offers
successful parenting strategies and straightforward discussions
on important issues like sexuality, substance abuse, materialism,
racism, global awareness, and death. Each chapter concludes with
reflection activities to stimulate discussion for the whole family.
Wehrheim, Carol Getting It Together: Spiritual Practices
for Faith, Family, and Work. Westminster/John Knox Press,
This book by a gifted educator can help a family find a balanced
life with biblical reflections and a spiritual practice offered
in each chapter.
Wigger, J. Bradley. The Power of God at Home: Nurturing
Our Children in Love and Grace. Jossey-Bass, 2003.
Wigger is a professor of Christian education, director of the
Center for Congregations and Family Ministries at Louisville
Seminary, and an editor of the journal Family Ministry: Empowering
Through Faith. He sees our homes as places where some of the
most important learning occurs, including faith development for
children and parents. This book is a delightful combination of
storytelling, biblical insights, and ideas for family practice.