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Around here we purpose to take seriously the responsibility God has laid on us as parents to disciple our children. To teach them about Him and encourage their own walk with Him. Over the years we have used some resources to assist us in this journey, and today I would like to share with you a few favorites of ours!
Each child has their own Bible from the youngest, age 5, to the oldest, age 16. Our preferred family translation is the New King James Version, however we have various ones around the house. For service, our church uses the NIV84. For his 8th grade graduation, my oldest son asked for, and received, the HCSB Apologetics edition. Last Christmas, I purchased my husband and the two teenage boys a Life Application NKJ version to encourage them in applying the verses in their own life. Recently, I have also been teaching them to look up words in their original languages, be it Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic, using a special version of Strong’s. This version is MUCH easier to use and doesn’t require a specialty Bible–any will do. We also use various Bible dictionaries AFTER starting with Strong’s for more explanation and pictures.
As our church is a very mission minded church, we like to teach our children about various needs around the world. Operation World has been a huge blessing, as it has led us to not only understand various parts of the world, but it has included the prayer needs of those areas as well as including interesting facts. We have an older edition that I am really hoping to replace with a more current one soon.
For our older teens (ages 16 & 14), we want them to understand “why Christianity? What’s the difference?” Amazing–there is a book by this same title, “So What’s the Difference?” It compares various religious groups around the world in a concise manner so as to not plunge them DEEP into the waters of other religions. It also talks about our differences. This book is well loved and even my mom has read some of it.
Many times we also enjoy companion books to enrich our studies. Two absolute favorites are Do Hard Things and Start Here by the Harris twins. My oldest one went through those a few years ago and it really inspired him. The 14 year old is slowly reading through the first one now. My oldest also enjoyed I Kissed Dating Goodbye as part of his Health curriculum from My Father’s World-he had already set “dating standards” for himself long before this book, and I think it helped him to see that he wasn’t the only one out there thinking this way. It is also important for me, as evidenced by the other photos, for my boys to have a proper handling and right dividing of the Scriptures. Many times we find books along this line to help them develop proper Hermeneutics.
I am currently collecting books, and ideas, for my younger daughters, (ages 5 & 7), to take them through the turbulent adolescent years as well.
I have been blessed to review books and items for several companies and publishing houses. I look forward to continuing to “train up” my children “in the way they should go.”
What are some of your favorite resources for discipling your children?