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Highway Families: Resources

The Highway Family Ministry Team recognizes parents as the primary nurturer of their children’s faith. We want to partner with you to develop spiritually mature kids who know and love the Lord and extend his Kingdom. In an effort to do that, we recommend a few resources to equip you in this great pursuit.

 

BIBLES

PARENTING BOOKS

BLOGS / WEB RESOURCES

BOOKS FOR KIDS

 

 

GOD'S STORY FOR ME (Preschool)
104 favorite Bible stories featuring fun illustrations, simply told stories and a connection circle at the end of each story.

HANDS ON BIBLE NLT (Elementary)
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. The New Living Translation is written with modern language that is accessible to kids. There are fun facts, a time line, and object lessons to help them relate which they can do easily at home. Check out myhandsonbible.com for additional resources.

LIVE: HOLY BIBLE - NLT
A bible for teens that contains great background info, places, devotions, and important questions teens traditionally deal with. 

NIV ADVENTURE BIBLE (Elementary)
Ready for Adventure? Embark on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word with the NIV Adventure Bible. Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible.

THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE (Preschool+)
The Bible isn’t a book of rules or a book of heroes, the Bible is most of all a story. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to discover for themselves the one who is at the center of God’s great rescue story — and at the center of their story, too.

THE TINY TOTS BIBLE STORYBOOK (Toddler - Preschool)
Geared for the toddler listener, the text and art will aquaint the young child with favorite stories from the Bible.

 

BECOMING A SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY FAMILY by Michelle Anthony
If you long to show your children Jesus but don't know how to do it, check out this practical guide to creating a grace-filled home focused on God as first in charge.

BELONGING & BECOMING: Creating a Thriving Family Culture by Mark & Lisa Scandrette
Practical guidance for creating a healthy and deeply rooted family culture. A new vision for family that is intentional and globally aware, centered around living for God's justice.

FAITHFUL FAMILIES by Traci Smith
Faithful Families is brimming with more than 50 easy-to-implement, meaningful ideas for transforming your family's everyday activities into sacred moments. Discover and develop new spiritual practices as a family.

GROWING COMPASSIONATE KIDS by Jan Johnson
Growing Compassionate Kids illustrates everyday ways for parents to help children develop empathy and seek justice in the world.

IMAGINATIVE PRAYER by Jared Patrick Boyd
Jared Patrick Boyd has discovered that children's spiritual formation is rooted in the imagination. When we lead our children through guided times of imaginative prayer, they can have real spiritual experiences with God. This unique resource provides a year's worth of weekly guided imaginative prayer.

MISSIONAL MOM by Helen Lee
Missional Mom encourages and affirms mothers who desire to not only build their homes in a Christ-like way, but engage the world with their skills, abilities and interests.

PARENTING by Paul David Tripp
This book presents a big-picture view of God's plan for us as parents. Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children's hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.

PARENTING BEYOND YOUR CAPACITY by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuhof
Parenting Beyond Your Capacity can help parents establish a lifestyle in which they: Invite others to invest in their children to help shape and determine the direction of their lives. Create a culture of unconditional love to fuel the emotional and moral health of their children. Tap into the power of quality moments together, building a sense of purpose through everyday experiences.

PHASE GUIDES by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
These simple guides come in pamphlet or journal form, offering parents core developmental insights for what kids need and conversations to have in each year 0-18.

SPIRITUAL PARENTING by Michelle Anthony
Spiritual Parenting shares practical examples and insight on cultivating children's hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward God and others.

STICKY FAITH (for parents) by Kara Powell, Chap Clark, Brad Griffin
Sticky Faith is a research based look at some overarching values to instill a lasting faith in kids, with practical ideas for action.

STICKY FAITH FAMILY GUIDE by Kara Powell
The Sticky Faith Family Guide is based on the earlier Sticky Faith research but focused more specifically on family practices with a myriad of ideas to live out the values explored in the original Sticky Faith.

THE MISSION-MINDED FAMILY by Ann Dunnigan
This book includes activities for families to participate in together as well as resources to help develop the desire to be more missions-focused.

THE BIBLE STORY HANDBOOK by John and Kim Walton
John and Kim Walton created this handbook of 175 Bible stories to assist parents and teachers in knowing what each story teaches and how to present it in a God-centered way.

OUT OF THE SPIN CYCLE by Jen Hatmaker (devotions for new moms)
Short but thoughtful devotions to encourage new moms with humor and grace.

 

TELLING GOD'S STORY by Peter Enns
In this accessible and engaging book, Peter Enns provides parents and teachers with a straightforward and intelligent twelve-year plan for teaching the Bible.

THE OPPOSITE OF SPOILED by Ron Lieber
Columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise modest, patient, grounded young adults who are financially wise beyond their years.

TALK - TEACHING ADULTS TO LEAD THEIR KIDS by Frederica R Jones
This book aims to give you tools to proactively talk to your kids about sexuality, understand their behavior, and to make the most of 'teachable moments'.

THE RADICAL BOOK FOR KIDS by Champ Thornton
This gorgeous hardback book is a fun-filled explorer’s guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls age 8 and up.

UNSEDUCED AND UNSHAKEN by Rosalie de Rosset
This collection of essays is more than a call to modesty or chastity. It is a thoughtful provocation to speak well, read often, make choices that reflect the character of God, and even to establish a theology of play or leisure. Being intentional with your choices, cultivating your intellect, and taking seriously your voice determines not only what kind of person you are, but also what kind of woman you will be.

HURT 2.0 by Chap Clark
In Hurt 2.0 Chap Clark does observational field research in the world of teens and shares the stories and insights he learns about the unseen world of teens' hurt and how adults can respond.

RIGHT CLICK by Kara Powell & Art Bamford
Right Click is a small but practical guide to parenting through the challenges of technology particularly for teens, offering both insight into the world of digital natives and helpful questions and ideas for your family.

THE TECH-WISE FAMILY by Andy Crouch
A collaboration between pastor Andy Crouch and Barna Research, the Tech-wise Family offers research, experience, and practical steps for setting healthy boundaries around technology as a family (of any age).

BIG QUESTIONS WORTHY DREAMS by Sharon Parks
This is for any adult interested in understanding and mentoring emerging adults in their 20's in their search for meaning, purpose, and faith.

HOW TO LOVE YOUR ADULT CHILD by Gary Chapman
This book explores the challenges of having young adult children who are somewhere betwen adolesence and adulthood, and how to parent through this phase.

YOU LOST ME by David Kinnaman
Based on research from Barna, Kinnaman explores some of the major reasons millenials have walked away from church.

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE FOR INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES
This is a free resource offered through Saddleback church. This is great if you are looking for basic information, asking questions, or filtering resources. This is meant as a beginners guide and not a tool for diagnosis. If you have additional or immediate questions please contact one our pastors.

FULLER YOUTH INSTITUTE PARENTING POSTS
Particularly helpful for parents of teens and young adults, Fuller Youth Institute is a research based Christian organization whose goal is to equip leaders and parents to strengthen the faith of young people, and to help churches thrive.

HOME FRONT MAGAZINE
HomeFront is a monthly magazine and blog that is filled with stories and ideas to inspire, equip, and support you on your parenting journey.

THE PARENT CUE
Helping parents do family better.

A DAUGHTER'S HEART by Ava Sturgeon
Category: (Preteen +) Devotional / Study - could be done with parents
What if young women of faith began shifting the spotlight away from themselves and toward the One who knows them best? A Daughter's Heart: Falling in Love with the Father is a six week Bible study that gets back to the basics as ladies from high school to college explore a holy yet intimate God.

CAN I ASK THAT? by Kara Powell & Brad Griffin
Category: (Teen +) Study - should be done with an adult
This book is best done in conversation (with parents or youth leaders) and tackles some of the big, difficult questions that many students are asking about faith and Christianity, but may not feel safe to ask. Parents could buy the "leader guide" for more notes that equip anyone to have these conversations, even if you have little knowledge about these topics.

ENJOY THE SILENCE by Robbins and Robbins
Category: (Teen) Devotional
This 30 day devotional makes it easy for students to learn and practice Lectio Divina, a contemplative practice to pray through Scripture.

GOD MADE ALL OF ME by Justin & Lindsey Holcomb (Preschool +)
Category: (Toddler+) Healthy Sexuality
God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about the sensitive issues surrounding boundaries for our bodies with 2-8-year-old children, without inducing the shame that so often accompanies these conversations.

THE GARDEN, THE CURTAIN AND THE CROSS by Carl Laferton & Catalina Echeverri
Category: (Kinder +) Biblical Storybook
Beautiful hardback storybook taking children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's perfect new creation.

IT WILL BE OKAY by Lysa TerKeurst
Category: (Kinder +) Change / Fear
Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. 'It Will Be Okay' helps kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us.

JESUS CALLING FOR KIDS by Sarah Young
Category: (Ages 10+) Devotional
A beautiful, kid-friendly reiteration of the classic devotional, "Jesus Calling". These encouragements, and their applications, are targeted for school-aged children and teach timeless truth about Jesus in an accessible and easy-to-relate-to way.

JESUS CALLING FOR LITTLE ONES by Sarah Young
Category: (Toddler) Devotional
An adorable, toddler-friendly reiteration of the classic devotional, "Jesus Calling". These encouragements, and their applications, are targeted for preschool-aged children and teach timeless Truth about Jesus in an accessible and easy-to-relate-to way.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SURVIVAL SERIES by Mark Oestreicher & Scott Rubin
Category: (Pre-Teen) Changes / Various early adolescent topics
This series has a number of books on the changes middle schoolers face from puberty to faith to social life. Two Middle School pastor veterans answer the many questions students may have in a lighthearted and easy-to-read manner, written to and for students.

PREPARE HIM ROOM by Marty Machowski
Category: (Kinder+) Family Advent Devotional
Christmas traditions become a treasured part of a family’s heritage, passed down from generation to generation. This four-week devotional guides your family on an unforgettable advent journey, exploring some of the most wonderful prophecies in the Bible and how God fulfills them in Christ. The memorable and meaningful activities, songs, and stories of Prepare Him Room will become the fabric of your family’s Christmas memories.

THE GARDEN, THE CURTAIN AND THE CROSS by Carl Laferton & Catalina Echeverri
Category: (Kinder +) Biblical Storybook
Beautiful hardback storybook taking children on a journey from the garden of Eden to God's perfect new creation.

WONDERFULLY MADE by Allie Marie Smith
Category: (Preteen +) Devotional / Study - could be done with parents
Six Bible studies, for personal or group study, that explore the complexities of blossoming womanhood and claiming the true identity that God offers young women.

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