Resources are powerful tools to encourage our children to grow deeper in their faith and mature in their character. I have found this to be true with my own children, and I hope that you find this to be true as well! Here is a list of resources that I hope you will find helpful. I pray that these will be great tools to bring God’s Word and truths into your home as you create an environment of knowing, loving, and following the Lord with your children.
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The following book reviews are solely my opinion having reviewed and applied principles from them with my children. Be sure to check back for more great resources to come!
The Prayer That Makes God Smile (The Power of a Praying Kid)
By: Stormie Omartian
Harvest House Publishers
Best for ages 5-8
I love Stormie’s books for women, like The Power of a Praying Parent, and this book she wrote for children is a must read in my opinion! Stormie hits on important truths that will help children understand how much Jesus really loves them and how He wants a relationship with them. By her simple explanations and lively illustrations, children will learn how to ask Jesus into their hearts and why it is such an important decision. There is a sample prayer your child can pray at the end of the book and a place to put your child’s name when he/she has prayed to receive Jesus.
A Child’s First Book of Virtues
By: Emily Hunter
Harvest House Publishers
Best for ages 3-7
This delightful book of stories and poems teaches children 15 common virtues such as honesty, compassion, friendship, and honoring parents. The illustrations are sweet and timeless, and it’s definitely a book to keep and pass down to the next generation.
Junior’s Adventures:the Boxed Set
By: Dave Ramsey
Best for ages 4-12
This six book collection introduces the concept of budgeting through the ‘envelope system,’ where all money received is divided into envelopes marked Give, Save, and Spend. They teach children to pro-actively find extra work to do when they want something they cannot afford, save up for it, and pay cash for it rather than going into debt because they cannot wait to have it. They teach responsible spending, delayed gratification, the joy of sharing with others, and the importance of honesty and integrity. Our kids and I love reading these books (over and over!), and I have enjoyed watching them implement the concepts.
By: Adventures in Odyssey
Focus on the Family
Sugar Creek Gang
By: Paul Hutchens
Read aloud: 5-10
Read to self: 7-12
Sugar Creek Gang is a 36 book series told from a young boy’s perspective about his “gang” of friends who live in a small Indiana town in the 1950’s. The boys go on exciting adventures and grow in their understanding of their need for Jesus and the importance of sharing their faith with others.
The Prince Warriors
By: Priscilla Shirer
Read aloud: 5-12
Read to self: 8-12
The Warrior Series is about a group of boys who enter a mysterious land where they are led by a guide who helps them travel through unfamiliar territories, save other warriors, and battle evil creatures. With each battle, the warriors learn how to better use their armor and trust their guide’s instructions from “The Book” to stand against their enemies. This book is a great allegory to help children understand the spiritual battle around us and our need for God’s wisdom from His Word to stand firm against our enemy.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)
By: C.S. Lewis
Read aloud: 5 and up
Read to self: 8 and up
The chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe) is about siblings who are escaping the war and moving in with a professor in England. They play hide and seek and discover a wardrobe that leads them to Narnia. There they meet fauns, beavers, a white witch, and other characters who explain the trouble happening in Narnia, and finally Aslan, the lion who will save them for the terrible witch. This is a story of redemption and beautifully paints the picture of God’s great love for his children who do not deserve it but choose to trust in Him.
By: Martha Finley/A Life of Faith Series
Read aloud: 5-12
Read to self: 8-12 girls
This American classic, popular 100 years ago, has been updated and put into modern language for our children’s generation to enjoy. The series begins with 8 year old Elsie Dinsmore who lives on her wealthy grandfather’s plantation in the mid-1800’s without her parents. Her mother has died, and she is hoping her father, whom she has never met, will come back for her. This series contains many characters, and you get to know the “character” that each one has, and how that “character” directly shapes their entire life. Elsie’s strong faith and godly character make her a great role-model for young girls. The series has eight books and ends when she is a grandmother.
Christian Heroes: Then & Now
By: Janet Benge
Read aloud: 7-12
Read to self: 9-13
This popular missionary series includes true stories of missionaries such as Hudson Taylor and Amy Carmichael who impacted history by sharing the message of Jesus with people from different nations. The stories of these heroes are filled with faith and hope and inspire young readers to live their lives completely for God and His ways. The series has 47 books, each one a unique story of a missionary’s life.