The products and resources listed below are items that I have personally found useful in navigating life as a Christian and a parent. I hope that you will find them useful too. Note that we are an Affiliate of The Christianbook Group and a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. That means we may earn a small commission if you buy any of these products from through the links provided below. This helps support the efforts that go into maintaining this blog and does not alter the price for you!
For the House:
Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Bagless Handheld Vacuum
Hand held vacuums are a necessity for parents of toddlers. There is no telling where you may find crushed up goldfish and crackers. This is the vacuum that we use personally in our household that has served us well – surviving countless instances of our toddlers smashing it onto the brick floor.
Mac Sports Collapsible Outdoor Utility Wagon
If you have toddlers and you don’t own a collapsible wagon, do yourself a favor and get one now. They are immensely useful for offloading groceries, transporting toddlers, or even working out (check out The Fervent Dad Challenge for more details).
IronMind Tough-As-Nails Sandbag Set
I save time and money by using this sandbag that I loaded with gravel in lieu of a gym membership. I pick it up, carry it across the backyard, drop it, lay down, and floor press it a few times. I then repeat the process to bring it back to its starting place for a 5 minute full body workout. Simple. Brutal. Effective.
For the Library:
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp
Paul David Tripp does a fantastic job in this book describing how to have a stewardship attitude towards children. My wife hosts a study on this book for other moms – and I am the lucky benefactor of the outlines. A must read for the Christian parent!
If Only He Knew: A Valuable Guide to Knowing, Understanding, and Loving Your Wife and For Better or for Best: A Valuable Guide to Knowing, Understanding, and Loving Your Husband by Gary Smalley
Funny, practical, and jam-packed with biblically based marriage principles that inspire one to treasure the God designed differences that exist between spouses.
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
An absolute classic, this book does not need much in the way of an introduction. This is C.S. Lewis at his philosophical finest, boiling down Christianity into undeniable truths.
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Frank Turek and Norman Geisler
This book has a spot reserved in my personal testimony as it exposed the glaring holes in my presuppositions against Christianity, demolishing my false assumption that God was simply a foolish fantasy and that to believe in Him required an abandonment of rationality.
Leadership as an Identity: The Four Traits of Those Who Wield Lasting Influence by Crawford Loritts
A tremendous look at the characteristics that comprise a leader from a biblical perspective, as opposed to the predominant beliefs of the modern corporate world.
Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness and Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
Seven brief biographies of tremendous Christian men and women that God utilized to change the world in a massive way – a wonderful encouragement for we can be used as a vessel for God’s glory.
For the Toddler’s Library:
The Toddler’s Bible by V. Gilbert Beers
With terrific artwork and simplified language, this is a great way to share God’s Word in the bible with toddlers.
Dragons Love Tacos by Daniel Salmieri
We’ve had to order this book twice because my kids love it so much that they constantly pull it off the book shelf and rip out the pages going through it.
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
My children can literally recite this book by memory with me when I am reading it to them. No book makes them laugh as hard.
www.focusonthefamily.com and www.pluggedin.com
Terrific, Christian, “family focused” resource with a daily broadcast and suggested solutions to many difficult situations that families face today. We use their movie review “plugged in” prior to renting any movies for the kids to ensure the content is safe.
A great apologetic website geared to answer questions about the biblical account of creation.
A phenomenal resource with countless hours of free seminary lectures on audio.
My go-to online resource for biblical commentary, dictionaries, and interlinear study for Greek and Hebrew.
A great website if you’ve “got questions” about biblical topics.