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The Disciple-Making Parent

Chap Bettis wrote this book in 2016. He is the executive director of the Disciple-Making Parent, his own ministry that grew out of this book and other writings. The book has 28 short chapters (280 pages of text) devoted to raising godly children. I found the book helpful, especially in the later chapters on prayer, […]

Let Me Be A Woman

This is the best book on advice to single women before they get married. Elisabeth Elliot was the wife of Jim Elliot who was killed in 1956 by Aucas in Ecuador. She remarried in 1969 but her husband died in 1973. She remarried again in 1977. The book was printed in 1976 and reprinted in […]

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhoo...

This large book (560 pages of text), edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem, was the result of the 1988 Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. That council also produced the Danvers Statement as their conclusion which is an appendix in this book. This Council made the word “complementarity” popular as a description of what […]


John Crotts writes a lot on marriage and family. This book is directed to men primarily from the book of Proverbs. The by-line is, “Christ-Centered Proverbs for Men.” It is a good guide for men (especially new believers) who need to get their lives together from God’s Word. His 10 chapters divide the proverbs into […]

The H.E.A.R.T. of Grandparenting

At the writing of this book (2018), Ken Canfield was the founder of the National Association for Grandparenting (NAFG). This is the first book I’ve read by Canfield. I benefited from the book, although I thought it was short on Scripture, but his years of speaking to grandparents comes through with good wisdom. When Scripture […]

What the Bible Says About Parenting

This is a 2000 book by John MacArthur on parenting. It is always interesting to read a book about a cultural topic such as parenting 20+ years after it is written. However, MacArthur does his usual good job of staying with the Scriptures, and those principles are not affected by time. Most of the book […]

God’s Design for Man and Woman

This is a 2014 book by Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger. It is a lengthy book of this type with over 350 pages of text. Both write an extensive amount in the book but it is all well-written and documented. Andreas’ style is to establish a biblical fact or rule, and then take the reader through […]

Raising Your Grandchildren

Cavin Harper writes for the Legacy Coalition which has been producing books for family and grandparenting for a few years now. This is the second book I’vve read by Harper and they are usually helpful. This one is a small book (100 pages) on encouraging grandparents who end up raising their grandchildren mostly because the […]

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the...

Jay Adams wrote this book in 1980. At the time he was professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. For those of us who have read Adams most of our lives, we remember books such as Competent to Counsel, and The Christian Counselor’s Manual, and a host of other books. Adams is a Reformed […]