Suggested Family Resources
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Summer Kids Week 2016
|Cave Quest VBS 2016: Base Camp Sing & Play Music, Participant's Version-CD
This CD features the music of Summer Kids Week, including favorites like "Everywhere I Go," "I'm All In," and the Cave Quest exclusive theme song, "He is the Light."
|AmberSky Walk This Way Online Album
Some great music to purchase online from our friends at AmberSky Records. Includes the SKW Song, "Stand My Ground". Music for the kids, the teens, and mom & dad, too.
Great Bibles for Kids
|NLT Hands-On Bible, Softcover
Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations. The Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God's Word in an active, understandable way. With hundreds of fun, memorable activities (A Do-It activity in EVERY feature!) and the full New Living Translation text, the Hands-On Bible is packed with activities and experiences that invite kids to crawl inside the Scriptures and "do" God's Word! New Living Translation (NLT) Recommended for Elementary aged kids
|The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
By Sally Lloyd-Jones / Zonderkidz
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible. From Noah to Moses to the great King David--every story points to Jesus. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle--the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, this book invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation--and at the center of their story too. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
|My First Message: A Devotional Bible for Kids
By Eugene H. Peterson
A unique devotional Bible designed to encourage parent-child interaction, My First Message introduces children to God's Word through the best-selling Message Bible text, lively illustrations, short lessons and a format that considers a small attention span. Recommend for preschool aged kids
|The Picture Bible, Hardcover
By Iva Hoth
For years, young and old have delighted in the full-color illustrated presentation of timeless Bible stories. Laid out in a kid-friendly, comic book-style format, The Picture Bible is a perfect first Bible for young readers. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
Family Discussions and Parenting
|Sticky Situations: 365 Devotions for Kids & Families
By Betsy Schmitt
Our responses to "sticky situations" can get us into trouble or glorify God. What should I do when my best friend cheats on a test? How about when Sarah asks me to lie to her parents? Together, parents and kids can discuss a year's worth of realistic Sticky Situations!
|If I Could Ask God Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids
By Kathryn Slattery
Does God ever sleep? Did Jesus live before or after the dinosaurs? Kids ask the darndest things about God---and Slattery tackles some of the "toughies"! Using simple language and bright illustrations, she offers fresh answers to questions about faith, prayer, Christianity, and more to help children articulate what they believe and why. Ages 6 to 10. 224 pages, softcover from Nelson.
|Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, repackaged edition
By Dr. Kevin Leman
Anybody who believes child-rearing is easy probably doesn't have any. In this newly revised and updated bestseller, Dr. Leman offers seven Scripture-based principles of "Reality Discipline" that make parenting easier. Discover a loving no-nonsense approach that really works. Includes study guide.
The Topic of Prayer for Families
|Too Busy Not to Pray, 20th Anniversary Edition- softcover
By Bill Hybels
Using the ACTS formula (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication), this updated edition offers Hybels's time-tested advice and insights, plus a new introduction and a chapter on prayer and justice.
|The Power of a Praying Parent
By Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian looks back at 20 years of parenting and seeing the power in praying for her children. In these easy-to-read chapters, she shares from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their kids' safety, character development, relationship with God, and so much more.
|Prayer-Saturated Kids: Equipping and Empowering Children in Prayer
By Cheryl Sacks & Arlyn Lawrence
A prayer saturated kid is one who is prayed for, prayed with, and taught to pray. Prayer saturated kids change the world and the people around them. No matter what your role is with kids and teens, you can intercede to God for the next generation. Each chapter in Prayer Saturated Kids offers inspiration, instruction, and insight on a different aspect of how prayer can impact the children in your life. At the end of the book are study questions that make this book adaptable as a study course for individuals, couples, small groups, and homeschooling families.
Suggested reading for couples to improve their marriages
|The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
By Gary Chapman
Marriages may be made in heaven, but they must be nurtured here on earth. In this new paperback edition of Dr. Gary Chapman's bestselling book, The Five Love Languages, he explains how people communicate love in different ways, and shares the wonderful things that happen when men and women learn to speak each other's language. Chapters are categorized by love language and each one ends with simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction.
|Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy
By Gary Thomas / Zondervan
The title expresses a radical thought for today's marriages! Chapter by chapter, discover how marriage works to develop Christlike character - forgiveness, love, respect, perseverance - in each of you. This book will enrich your marriage in unexpected ways.
|Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs
By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs / Thomas Nelson
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs' book, Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs, is based on the biblical passage from Ephesians 5:33. His premise is that communication between a husband and wife is often frustrated because of the vastly different ways in which men and women perceive love. Women are wired to need unconditional love and men need to feel unconditionally respected.
Personal Spiritual Growth and Devotions
|Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, Revised and Expanded
By Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski
Do contemporary believers live the radically committed life Jesus calls his followers to live? In this revised and updated edition of his best-selling wake-up call, Chan challenges church members to take responsibility for their apathy, engage in honest self-examination, and totally surrender to God's purpose.
|Here and Now: Living in the Spirit
By Henri Nouwen
"One day I simply sat down behind my desk and began to write down thoughts and feelings that emerged from my mind and heart. Except for the Bible, I had no other books to quote from ... It became a long examination of of conscience, an extended personal statement of faith, and a series of glimpses into the kingdom of God. I found I was writing about myself, my friends and family, and my God, all connected in many intricate ways ... I didn't try to say things I had never said before, but things that really matter to me."
By C.S. Lewis
Arguably the 20th century's most influential Christian writer, C.S. Lewis sought to explain and defend the beliefs that nearly all Christians at all times hold in common. His simple yet deeply profound classic, originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts, is a book to be thoroughly digested by believers and generously shared with skeptics.
|Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
By Kyle Idleman
If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan-or perhaps someone who doesn't even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life.
|The Divine Mentor: Growing Your Faith As You Sit at the Feet of the Savior
By Wayne Cordeiro
Wasted years and untold tears---God wrote the book on avoiding "if onlys"! Discover how a disciplined, systematic digesting of Scripture gives you the benefit of countless experiences and invaluable life lessons. From routine reading to fresh encounters, you'll learn to listen to the Holy Spirit's eternal counsel as you spend time in his living Word.
|The Expeditionary Man: The Adventure a Man Wants, the Leader His Family Needs - eBook
By Rich Wagner
As a Christian man, how do you prioritize between what you are driven to do at work and church with what you are responsible for at home? Rich Wagner debunks the myth of a "balanced life" and shares a biblical model of becoming a hands-on leader of his family.
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