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Children's Books

In The Beginning by Judy Billing
In the Beginning is a faith-based book written in verse for young children. Taken from Genesis 1 and 2, it shares with children the Creation story. Complete with engaging illustrations, this book recounts in simple, child-like language where we came from and how our world began. In the Beginning is a perfect book for parents and grandparents alike to read to their little ones.

Get it here:
https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Judy-K-Billing/dp/1775107914

God Loves You This Much by Judy Billing
"God Loves You This Much!" is a faith-based children's book, written in a rhyming scheme for young readers. In this fetching little story, Grandma explains to her grandchildren "why" we don't always behave in the way that we should. Taken from Genesis 3, it refers back to God's perfect Creation. It tells the story of what happened in the Garden of Eden. It explains God's tremendous love for us and tells of His wonderful Provision, through His Son Jesus.

Get it here:
https://www.amazon.com/God-Loves-You-This-Much/dp/1775107922/

Even If by Judy Billing
Even If...is a delightful little book, written in rhyming scheme. It teaches children, that although life is full of "ups and downs", God loves them and will always be there for them! Each page is filled with wonderful illustrations that will keep the little ones enthralled throughout the story.

Get it here:
https://www.amazon.com/Even-If-Judy-K-Billing/dp/1775107949/

EDUCATIONAL

Will Our Children Have Faith? by John Westerhof

Originally written in 1976, revised in 200, and translated in six languages, this classic critique of Christian education is newly revised and expanded and includes Westerhoff's overview and perspective on the state Christian education over the past forty years-plus his role in that history.

According to Westerhoff, instead of guiding faith formation within the family, the church, and the school, we relegate religious education to Sunday morning classes.  There, children learn the facts about religion, but how will they learn or experience faith?  How can we nourish and nurture the faith of children, instead of only teaching the facts?

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Will-Our-Children-Have-Faith/dp/0819228001

Youth/Teens

Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean

Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion--the same invaluable data as its predecessor, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers--Kenda Creasy Dean's compelling new book, Almost Christian, investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice.

Get it here:
https://www.amazon.com/Almost-Christian-Teenagers-Telling-American/dp/0195314840

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

The renowned #1 New York Times bestselling authors share their advice and expertise with parents and teens in this accessible, indispensable guide to surviving adolescence.

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish transformed parenting with their breakthrough, bestselling books Siblings Without Rivalry and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. Now, they return with this essential guide that tackles the tough issues teens and parents face today.

Filled with straightforward advice and written in their trademark, down-to-earth style sure to appeal to both parents and teens, this all-new volume offers both innovative, easy-to-implement suggestions and proven techniques to build the foundation for lasting relationships. From curfews and cliques to sex and drugs, it gives parents the tools to help their children safely navigate the often stormy years of adolescence.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Teens-Will-Listen/dp/0060741260

Family/Parents

Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children by John Mounts

The most important conversations you will have with your kids will be in the context of everyday life. In 'Everyday Talk, ' author John Younts explains how to use ordinary conversations to talk to your kids about God and his world. You'll be delighted by his clear, practical insight and biblical wisdom. Buy this book and read it. But don't stop there? Put it into practice. Your children will thank yourenowned #1 New York Times bestselling authors share their advice and expertise with parents and teens in this accessible, indispensable guide to surviving adolescence.

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish transformed parenting with their breakthrough, bestselling books Siblings Without Rivalry and How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. Now, they return with this essential guide that tackles the tough issues teens and parents face today.

Filled with straightforward advice and written in their trademark, down-to-earth style sure to appeal to both parents and teens, this all-new volume offers both innovative, easy-to-implement suggestions and proven techniques to build the foundation for lasting relationships. From curfews and cliques to sex and drugs, it gives parents the tools to help their children safely navigate the often stormy years of adolescence.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/How-Talk-Teens-Will-Listen/dp/0060741260

Listening to Children on Their Spiritual Journey by Catherine Stinehouse

Two children's spirituality experts draw on over a decade of field research to show how adults can effectively work with children to nurture their faith.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Listening-Children-Spiritual-Journey-Guidance/dp/0801032369

Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children by Christel Manning 

The fastest growing religion in America is—none! One fifth of Americans now list their religion as “none,” up from only 7 percent two decades ago. Among adults under 30, those poised to be the parents of the next generation, fully one third are religiously unaffiliated. Yet these “Nones,” especially parents, still face prejudice in a culture where religion is widely seen as good for your kids. What do Nones believe, and how do they negotiate tensions with those convinced that they ought to provide their children with a religious upbringing?

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Losing-Our-Religion-Unaffiliated-Children/dp/1479883204

The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller 

In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

* are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
* are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
* are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
* have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Child-Parenting-Lifelong-Thriving/dp/1250033837

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family…Kara Powell

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family addresses one of the top current concerns about youth and the church: the reality that nearly half of all young people raised in Christian families walk away from their faith when they graduate from high school. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: research also shows that parents are one of the primary influences on their child’s faith.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Sticky-Faith-Guide-Your-Family/dp/0310338972

A Guide To Great Grandparenting by Paul and Diana Miller

This guide provides practical help for building a multigenerational family characterized by love, respect, communication, and mutual support. The key is creating a strong Family Trinity consisting of grandparents, parents and grandchildren, bound together by God s love. When this God-Given Family Trinity is God-Driven, its benefits endure for generations.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Great-Grandparenting-Paul-Miller/dp/1532323557

Grandparents

Grand Parenting by Josh Mulvihill

Grandparenting gives you a biblical foundation for investing spiritually in your grandkids, walking you through the principles of influencing them for Christ--from sharing with unbelieving grandkids to discipling them into a mature faith. This book is perfect for individual use, small groups, or Sunday school classes.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Grandparenting-Matters-Dr-Josh-Mulvihill/dp/076423126X

Long-Distance Grandparenting by Josh Mulvihill

In Long-Distance Grandparenting you'll learn how to make the most of the opportunities you do have to connect with your grandchildren, including using technology to keep your relationship strong and taking advantage of the time you have together.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Long-Distance-Grandparenting-Matters-Nurturing-Grandchildren-ebook/dp/B07F3JP4DN

Long Distance - Grandparenting by Wilma Gore

In today's mobile society, effective and rewarding grandparenting is a challenge for everyone--for parents, grandparents, and grandkids. What's a grandparent to do? Enter ""Long-Distance Grandparenting: Connecting with Your Grandchildren from Afar."" Chock-full of advice and warming anecdotes from active, long-distance grandparents.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Long-Distance-Grandparenting-Connecting-Your-Grandchildren/dp/1884956750

Overcoming Grandparenting Barriers by Josh Mulvihill 

Even under the best circumstances, it takes time and intention to disciple grandchildren and pass on a legacy of faith. So how much harder is the assignment in a family experiencing fractures such as divorce, estrangement, or prodigals? How are grandparents to reach grandchildren for Christ when there are such barriers? In Overcoming Grandparenting Barriers, Larry Fowler, founder of the Legacy Coalition, offers a helpful guide to influencing grandchildren's spiritual lives even in the most discouraging and hurtful situations.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Overcoming-Grandparenting-Barriers-Navigate-Problems/dp/0764231324

Courageous Grandparenting : Unshakable Faith in a broken world...cabin Harper

Courageous Grandparenting is a call for grandparents to rise above the conventional view of grandparenting to embrace radically courageous life that stands apart from the politically correct crowd. It's a call to intentionality -- not settling for simply being good parents and grandparents, but choosing to stand in the gap and live as conduits of grace and truth for the next genrations.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Courageous-Grandparenting-Unshakable-Faith-Broken/dp/1467513164

Pilgrimage into The Last Third of Life by Jane Thibault

The last third of life, from age 60 on up, doesn’t have to be feared. When viewed from a Christian perspective, this season of life can be meaningful, endurable … and even joyful, say authors Jane Thibault and Richard Morgan.

Thibault and Morgan suggest approaching the Last Third as a pilgrimage—a journey full of purpose, ripe with opportunities for spiritual growth.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Pilgrimage-into-Last-Third-Life-ebook/dp/B0090C8470

Intergenerational

Equipping Grandparents by Josh Mulvihill 

Many powerful voices are influencing our grandchildren, from those at home and in their schools to those in the world of entertainment and media. What can you as a grandparent do to speak wisdom and godliness into their lives?

Equipping Grandparents is a brief book to teach pastors how to begin a grandparenting ministry in their church.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Equipping-Grandparents-Grandparenting-Matters-Mulvihill/dp/0764231308

Families and Faith by Vern Bengston

Few things are more likely to cause heartache to devout parents than seeing their child leave the faith. And it seems, from media portrayals, that this is happening more and more frequently. But is religious change between generations common? How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? How do some families succeed in passing on their faith while others do not? Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generationsseeks to answer these questions and many more.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Families-Faith-Religion-Passed-Generations/dp/0190675152

Intergenerational Christian Formation by Holly Catherine Allen

In this comprehensive text, Holly Allen and Christine Lawton offer a complete framework for intentional intergenerational Christian formation. They provide the theoretical foundations for intergenerationality, showing how learning and spiritual formation are better accomplished through intergenerational contexts. It is not just elders teaching youth; learning also takes place when adults discover fresh insights from children.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Intergenerational-Christian-Formation-Bringing-Community/dp/083083981X

Please Pass the Faith by Elsie Rempel 

By 2030, almost one-third of North Americans will be over age 65. How will this affect the church? Author Elsie Rempel believes that the swelling ranks of new seniors represent a huge spiritual resource. In Please Pass the Faith she draws from real life and from Christian formation experts in helping seniors and other adults foster relationships with children and youth. She also offers practical ideas for integrating children and youth into church life-all the while nurturing one's own spiritual life as an elder.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Please-Pass-Faith-Spiritual-Grandparenting/dp/0836196422

Reframing Hope by Carol Merritt

Much has been written about the changing landscape the church finds itself in, and even more about the church's waning influence in our culture. From her vantage point as an under-40 pastor, Carol Howard Merritt, author of Tribal Church, moves away from the handwringing toward a discovery of what ministry in, with, and by a new generation might look like. What does the substance of hope look like right now? What does hope look like when it is framed in a new generation? Motivated by these questions, Merritt writes Reframing Hope with the understanding that we are not creating from nothing the vital ministry of the next generation. Instead, we are working through what we have, sorting out the best parts, acknowledging and healing from the worst, and reframing it all.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Reframing-Hope-Vital-Ministry-Generation/dp/1566993946

Prayer

Grandparent Prayers by Becky Bros

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Workshops/Small Group/Discipleship Resources 

Grandparenting For Faith: Mine, Yours, and Ours by Rev. Michael Smith

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Theological

Introducing The Reformed Faith...Donal K. McKim

In this book, Donald McKim examines Reformed beliefs on sixteen theological topics, including Scripture, the Trinity, sin, salvation, the person of Jesus, and Baptism. He also discusses distinctive emphases of the Reformed faith and shows how Reformed beliefs relate to the broader ecumenical family of Christian teachings.

Get it here:  https://www.amazon.com/Introducing-Reformed-Faith-Contemporary-Significance/dp/0664256449

Biblical Grandparenting by Josh Mulvihill, Ph.D

Many powerful voices are influencing our grandchildren, from those at home and in their schools to those in the world of entertainment and media. What can you as a grandparent do to speak wisdom and godliness into their lives?

Biblical Grandparenting is a full-length leadership book that places grandparenting
ministry on a firm scriptural foundation. It is ideal for pastors and church leaders as
well as for use in the classroom at seminaries.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Grandparenting-Exploring-Disciple-Making-Generations/dp/0764231286/ref=sr_1_2?gclid=CjwKCAjw_YPnBRBREiwAIP6TJ7IwI2R-BgNPGSZ3CKQJjaYKMArl2R-pEsc6mWd0cKt6PcsXWqkBaBoCJmQQAvD_BwE&hvadid=190481700863&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9052975&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=b&hvrand=17559591342748790979&hvtargid=aud-676677759524%3Akwd-298139682671&hydadcr=22597_9797060&keywords=biblical+grandparenting+josh+mulvihill&qid=1558318971&s=gateway&sr=8-2

1-2 Timothy, Titus (Wisdom Commentary Series) by Annette Bourland Huizenga

The author of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus argues in favor of a “traditional” Greco-Roman gender ideology: that because men and women are biologically different, they ought to behave differently in the family and society. His gender-specific beliefs carry over into his teachings for the house churches, where only free married men are eligible to serve as leaders, teachers, and preachers, while women are expected to take up the subordinate female domestic roles of wife, mother, and household manager. This volume encourages a deeper engagement with the difficult issues—gender, race, and power—raised by these letters.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/1-2-Timothy-Titus-Wisdom-Commentary/dp/0814682030

Great Lessons and Grand Blessings by Elmer Town

In Great Lessons and Grand Blessings, Dr. Elmer and Ruth Towns will take you on a journey through the lives of both famous—and infamous—grandparents of the Bible. Witness how Jacob gave his testimony to his grandsons; how Naomi faltered as a parent, but was given a second chance with her grandchild; how Noah’s sins affected his offspring’s children; and even how Paul became a spiritual teacher to Timothy.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Lessons-Grand-Blessings-Grandchildren-ebook/dp/B074F44K2N

Children, Adults, and Shared Responsibilities by Marcia Bunge

This collection of essays by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars underscores the significance of sustained and serious ethical, inter-religious, and interdisciplinary reflection on children. Essays in the first half of the volume discuss fundamental beliefs and practices within the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam regarding children, adult obligations to them, and a child's own obligations to others. The second half of the volume focuses on selected contemporary challenges regarding children and faithful responses to them.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Children-Adults-Shared-Responsibilities-Perspectives/dp/1107011140

The Child In Christian Thought by Marge Bunge

This volume offers the first major survey of the history of Christian thought on children. Each chapter, written by an expert in the field, discusses the particular perspectives on children held by influential theologians and Christian movements throughout church history, asking what resources they can contribute to a sound contemporary view of childhood and child-rearing. Intended for all readers, this needed book will be a valuable resource for laying the foundation for a new, more meaningful Christian view of childhood today.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Thought-Religion-Marriage-Family/dp/0802846939

The Power Of Children by Margaret MacDonald

The Power of Children examines Christian teaching about children in the context of family life in the Roman world. Specifically, author Margaret Y. MacDonald measures the impact of the New Testament's household codes (Colossians 3:18-4:1; Ephesians 5:21-6:9; the Pastoral letters) for understanding the status and role of children in Christian homes and assemblies.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Children-Construction-Christian-Greco-Roman/dp/148130223X