Good Reads for Students
Life on the Edge by Dr. James Dobson
Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future is Dr. Dobson’s newest publication.
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
John Piper provides insight into why God created us and reminds us that to live is Christ and to die is gain. A life lived for Christ is a life not wasted.
How to Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski
The foundations of Christian faith are covered in this essential work that directly addresses different worldviews and myths students encounter in college.
How to Stay Christian in High School by Steve Gerali
How to handle the everyday temptations and pressures of high school are addressed as this author engages the student’s minds in a way that will lead to transformation and hope.
Good Reads for Youth Leaders
The Seven Checkpoints for Youth Leaders by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall
Essential principles that students need to equip them for life outside of their youth group are presented for youth leaders.
Transforming Student Ministry by Richard Ross
This publication reviews recent research from the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) and challenges parents and youth leaders to consider how the implication of this research should reshape ministries and transform lives.
Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future by Andy Stanley
Dr. Stanley covers five essentials for this generation who will shape the future and what it takes to lead with courage and follow with character.
Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
These are the classic principles of excellence for every believer.
Bible Knowledge Commentary Old Testament by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck
An exposition of Old Testament scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty
Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament Testament by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck
An exposition of New Testament scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty
Wilkinson and Boa Bible Handbook by Bruce H. Wilkinson and Kenneth Boa
A practical guide to help you get more out of the Bible.
Good reads for Parents
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
Learn about the teenage rebellion against low expectations.
Raising Dad by Thom S. Rainer and Art Rainer
Father and son authors share what fathers and sons learn from each other.
Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis
Learn the father’s role in guiding his son to authentic manhood.
Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller
This is a modern day primer on today’s culture: How media is shaping kids; push and pull of peer pressure; understanding our sexualized youth culture; teens and substance abuse. The last chapter is dedicated to helping your teen find their place in God’s story.
Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture by Walt Mueller
This highly recommended publication bridges teen worldviews and Christian culture. Mueller deals with modern v. post-modern worldviews and the need for listening and understanding the emerging generation in order to effectively minister and communicate the gospel to them.
Adolescence Isn’t Terminal by Kevin Leman
Trusted family relationship expert Kevin Leman helps parents navigate the choppy waters of their children's teen years with humor and grace. Emotive stories and practical advice give parents hope and encouragement.
After You Drop Them Off by Jerusha and Jeramy Clark
Youth leader and author Jeramy Clark provides trustworthy answers to parents’ questions about what goes on at youth group meetings and offers practical suggestions, biblical support, and “real-life” parents’ comments and stories.
The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman
Discover how to identify and fluently speak your teenager’s primary love language and gain insight into how and why teens need to be loved differently than preteens.
Confident Parenting by Jim Burns
Confident Parenting gives practical advice with God honoring principles. Jim Burns addresses overcrowded lifestyles, overcoming negative family patterns, and raising kids who love God and themselves.
SafeEyes Internet Filter
If you have an internet connection at home, we strongly recommend you protect your family with an internet filter. SafeEyes is a staff favorite; it's fast and works great, is easy to install and works on PCs and Macs. Click here to purchase a yearly license, and use coupon code "LHB" during checkout to receive a 25% discount (one license can cover up to 3 computers in your home).
SafeEyes is a terrific tool for families, students and accountability groups. Did you know that 90% of 8-16 year-olds have viewed porn online (most while doing homework)? Did you know that 80% of 15-17 year-olds have had multiple exposures to hard-core pornography? An internet filter can protect your teens from stumbling onto this junk accidentally and keep your family safe online.
Resources on the Web
www.4truth.net – 4Truth is an InterFaith Evangelism and Apologetics website.
www.homeword.com – HomeWord is a Christian organization designed to be a tool for parents and youth workers, equipping them to train teenagers in wisdom and Christian lifestyle.
www.babbcenter.org – The Babb Center is a counseling ministry sponsored by First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. It offers a wide variety of services including individual, family, and group counseling for all ages. They also offer a unique College Preparation course for High School juniors and seniors.
www.cpyu.org – The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding – Connects parents with information about current youth culture.
www.mediafamily.org – Media Family is a family guide to media, including a parent guide to MySpace.
www.almenconi.com – Resources on internet safety, wise media choices, and Biblical perspectives on entertainment.
www.family.org – Focus on the Family – Devoted to strengthening, mobilizing, and defending the family. Offers extensive marriage and parenting resources.
www.marriagetoday.org – Marriage Today – Resources and tools to strengthen marriage and family through Biblical principles.
www.familylife.com – Campus Crusade for Christ offers parenting tips to help you connect with your kid. Parenting forums for encouragement, prayer, and advice are available along with articles and access to “FamilyLife” broadcasts.
www.strongfamilies.com – A ministry committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships; founder Dr. John Trent is the author of the parenting classic The Blessing which has sold over a million copies.
www.answersingenesis.org – Focus is on apologetics (defending the faith) - addresses questions like “where’s the proof for creation” and tough issues like abortion, morality and ethics, death and suffering.
www.breakpoint.org – Breakpoint challenges false worldviews through powerful radio broadcasts primarily featuring Chuck Colson and Mark Earley; site offers commentaries, blog and radio
www.dmlive.com - Dawson McAllister Live is a call-in show designed to meet the needs of teenagers and young adults. Those 25 and younger call to talk about life's deepest needs and issues, such as broken families, abuse, depression, addictions, etc. Dawson also provides an off-air HopeLine where teens and young adults can find answers to their problems.
www.discipleshipjournal.com - For 26 years, Discipleship Journal® has been a trusted source for insightful articles that will help you understand the Scriptures and grow in intimacy with God. Each issue brings fresh thinking and practical help for everyday life and ministry. Provides resources and hands-on ideas that will energize and encourage you.
www.lifeway.com – Lifeway’s website includes a section for family/parenting with recent articles and ministry links.
www.biblegateway.com – This is a great resource for passage lookup, key word index, topical index in various Bible versions with audio bibles, commentaries, and study tools.
www.screenit.com - For more than ten years, ScreenIt.com has given free information that helps you make the right entertainment choices for you, your family and loved ones.
www.lyrics.com – Parents can screen music lyrics.
www.pluggedin.com - Parents can screen music videos.
Resources for Free Devotionals
Heart Connex Family eDevotionals: A Semi-Weekly Family e-Devotional from LifeWay Student Ministry.
Each week, parents receive two, twenty-minute Bible study devotionals via email. These studies, authored by Dr. Richard Ross, contain solid Bible teaching presented in a warm, interactive format. In addition, the devotions are set-up so that students & parents alike are involved - each given specific things to say or do. A meaningful way to pray as a family is also included at the conclusion of each study. Heart Connex devotionals are designed for very busy families. The head of the household can print the studies and make preparations in only about five minutes. In most cases families can complete the studies in twenty minutes.
www.lifeway.com (search Heart Connex)