I love that so many of you have joined me in this journey of raising our kids together. I hope that Everyday Truth is a valuable resource for you and that you find practical tips that you can use to make a difference in your child's life. Every so often, I run across an amazing resource that offers new ideas or just really practical ways of approaching issues with your kids.

Today, I want to share some of my favorite resources with you. I hope you find them to be as useful in your home as they have been in mine. I get no benefit from sharing these with you. The publishing companies aren't paying me to push their products. I've found these three books to be immensely valuabel in my own journey to raise my children by the guidelines found in Deuteronomy 6:6-9.

  • Mom's Ultimate Guide to the Tween Girl World by Nancy Rue. This is the best book I've read about the challenges facing tween girls. If you have a 9- to 12-year-old girl, you need this book. It has practical ways to talk with your tween girl about the issues facing her without being overbearing. It also offers practical activities to do with your daughter that will give you some insight into who she is becoming. I love this book.
  • Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof. This book will challenge the way you view the role of church in your children's lives. The main idea is that the family (represented by red) and the church (represented by yellow) can work together (making orange) and have a much greater impact on a child's life than each one working alone. This book will make you rethink how you partner with your church.
  • Spiritual Growth of Children from Focus on the Family. This book gives you a comprehensive look at what most children are capable of learning and understanding at different ages. While every child is different in what they can understand at what age, this book gives you a good place to start with your own children.

I'd love to hear what your favorite resources are, be they a book, a CD or a web site. Leave a comment and share them with all of us.