Resources for Parents & Kids

Some of these recommended books are available on Sunday mornings at the SCC Book Table; others can be ordered by Pastor Brett upon request. Happy browsing!

Books for Parents


General Parenting

Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Tedd Tripp) - We give this book to every family that dedicates a child at Sunrise. Tripp mixes sound teaching, practical advice, and relevant anecdotes to help you instruct and discipline your children with a view to helping them turn their hearts to God, rather than simply modifying their behavior. Available at the SCC Book Table.


Give them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus (Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson) - A mother-and-daughter team casts a vision of parenting that is not driven by fear or focused on rules, but which is both motivated by and centered on the grace God has shown us in sending Jesus.


Gospel-Centered Family (Tim Chester & Ed Moll) - Not just about parenting, but about how to have the whole of your family life affected by the gospel. Composed of short, clear, biblical chapters written with a view to starting great discussions between spouses or with other parents.


Intentional Parenting (Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan) - This book, written by experienced Christian counselors of children, is less about understanding the Bible’s teaching on parenting than understanding your kids themselves. Very practical and a good complement to the books above.

Parenting Teens

Parenting Adolescents (Kevin Huggins) - Pastor Ryan’s favorite book for parents of teens; helps parents both set high standards and extend high grace. Out of print--see Pastor Ryan for available copies.


Age of Opportunity (Paul David Tripp) - In a society that’s cynical about the possibility of reaching and relating to teenage children, Tripp helps parents engage the hearts of their teens with realism and hope.


Preparing Your Teens for College (Alex Chediak) - A guide for parents looking to have conversations with their children to prepare them for the transition from living at home to being an independent adult.


Special Focus

Show Them Jesus (Jack Klumpenhower) - Written for both parents and Sunday school teachers to help them teach the gospel to children from preschool into the teen years.


Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches (Rachel Jankovic) - Bite-sized encouragements for moms of young children.


A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home (Jason Helopoulos) - A realistic and (relatively) short read that lays the biblical foundation for families worshiping together at home and offers practical suggestions for getting started.


Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys (Stephen James and David Thomas) - Written to help parents understand the mind and heart of their sons, from infancy to young adulthood. Very practical.


Raising Girls (Melissa Trevathan and Sissy Goff) - A counterpart to Wild Things (above). Helps parents understand the development of growing girls and how to help at each stage along the way.


Books for Children


0-2 years old

Baby’s First Bible (Sally Lloyd-Jones, for ages 0+) - a short collection of ten Bible stories to read with your very young child.


The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers (Linda Sattgast, for ages 1+) - a longer collection of Bible stories written in the form of simple rhymes, with lots of pictures.


3-5 years old

The Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd-Jones, for ages 4+) - The other book we give to every family who dedicates their child at Sunrise. Beautifully written and illustrated, this book shows kids that Jesus is the hero of every Bible story. Available at the SCC Book Table.


The Big Picture Story Bible (David Helm, for ages 3+) - Not a collection of disconnected Bible stories, but a telling of the one story about Jesus, from the beginning of the Bible to the end. Some concepts will need to be simplified for younger children, but the illustrations will keep their attention (and parents will learn a good deal, too!). Available at the SCC Book Table.


Everything a Child Should Know about God (ages 3-5) - Not a story book, but a beautifully illustrated collection of important truths from the Bible (e.g. “The Bible tells us about God,” “Jesus is God’s Son”) explained in a simple way and accompanied with a review question for each. Available at


The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross (Carl Laferton, for ages 3+) – A beautiful, engaging telling of the Jesus-centered story of the whole Bible which you can read in one sitting.

God Made All of Me (Justin & Lindsey Holcomb, for ages 3+) – An important book that helps you protect your child from sexual abuse by talking about private parts, good and bad touches, and secrets and surprises, while celebrating the goodness of the way God made us. Also has tips for parents about how to protect your children.


6-12 years old

NIrV Adventure Bible for Early Readers (ages 6-8) – this is a good first full-text Bibles for young readers. The NIrV uses simpler language than the NIV and is what we use in our younger elementary class. Available at the SCC Book Table.


NIV Adventure Bible or ESV Following Jesus Bible (ages 9-12) - Both feature book introductions and notes that help older kids understand what they’re reading. The NIV Adventure Bible is available at the SCC Book Table and is what we use in the older elementary class.


The One Year Bible for Children (V. Gilbert Beers) - 365 devotions which, if you read each day, will take you through the whole story of the Bible in a year (but feel free to spread it out!). Great to read together with your kids. Available at the SCC Book Table.


The Gospel Story Bible (Marty Machowski) - Another Bible which, like The Big Picture Story Bible and Jesus Storybook Bible, shows the whole Bible as a big story about Jesus. Each story includes discussion questions. Accompanying devotional books are also available, Long Story Short and Old Story New, which together provide three years (!) of daily devotional ideas as you travel from Genesis to Revelation.

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New (Marty Machowski) - A collection of brief, kid-friendly explanations of what the Bible teaches about God, people, sin, Jesus, salvation, and lots more.



My First 30 Quiet Times (Ty Saltzgiver) - 30 simple devotions to helps teens (and anyone else) get started meeting with God through reading the Bible. Available from Pastors Ryan or Brett upon request.


Bible Study: A Student’s Guide (Jon Nielson) - Written by a youth pastor to help teens understand what the Bible is and how to read it. Good for parents to read alongside their kids.


How to Stay Christian in College (J. Budziszewski) - A short book that helps teens think proactively about the competing worldviews and temptations that come along with university life. Read it alongside your kids before they leave home and talk about it.


University/Young adult

Thriving at College (Alex Chediak) - Helps young people avoid the ten biggest mistakes college students make.


Don’t Waste Your Life (John Piper) - Challenges everyone (not just young adults) to live for the glory of God, not for personal comfort.


Just Do Something (Kevin DeYoung) - Helps release young people from decision-making paralysis by pointing them to a big God who can take care of them and by showing them what God’s Word says about how to please him.