Helpful Resources for Family Worship

Susan E. Erikson
Friday, April 29th 2011
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Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade (P&R Publishing, 2000). Family devotions based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Catechism for Young Children (Christian Education and Publications; Excellent start for very young children.
Firm in the Faith: A Fifty-Two-Week Study Based on the Westminster Shorter Catechism by Dennis D. Hustedt (Grace Distribution, 2010).

Family Devotions

The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions by Terry L. Johnson (Christian Focus, 2003).
Long Story Short: Ten Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski (New Growth Press, 2010).
Leading Little Ones to God by Marian M. Schoolland (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1995).

Bible Story Books and Teaching the Bible/Doctrine to Children

The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos, 5th ed. (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 1983). This is a classic.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago (ZonderKidz, 2007).
The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm (Crossway Books, 2004).
A Family Bible Story Book: Mighty Acts of God by Starr Meade and illustrated by Tim O'Connor (Crossway Books, 2010).
God's Mighty Acts in Salvation by Starr Meade (Crossway Books, 2010). A study of Galatians.
God's Mighty Acts in Creation by Starr Meade (Crossway Books, 2010). A study of creation and the attributes of God in the light of all Scripture.
Grandpa's Box: Retelling the Biblical Story of Redemption by Starr Meade (P&R Publishing, 2005).
Discovering Jesus in Genesis by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt (Crossway Books, 2002).
Discovering Jesus in Exodus: Covenant Promises for Covenant Kids by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt (Crossway Books, 2004).
Big Truths for Little Kids by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt (Crossway Books, 1999).
Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God by Bruce Ware (Crossway Books, 2009).

Scripture Memory

Memory Work Notebook by Paul G. Settle, 5th ed. (Great Commission Publications, 2000). For ages three to high school, it combines Scripture with Westminster Catechisms.
My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt (Crossway Books, 1998). A verse for each letter of the alphabet: "A – As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people."
Seeds Family Worship CDs (Bema Media). In a contemporary music style, children learn Scripture by singing. CDs include "Seeds of Faith," "Seeds of Courage," "Seeds of Purpose," "Seeds of Praise," and "Seeds of Family Worship."

Church History for Kids

John Calvin by Simonetta Carr (Reformation Heritage Books, 2008). For ages eight to thirteen.
Augustine of Hippo by Simonetta Carr (Reformation Heritage Books, 2009). For ages eight to thirteen.
John Owen by Simonetta Carr (Reformation Heritage Books, 2010). For ages eight to thirteen.
The Church in History by B. K. Kuiper (Christian Schools International, reprinted 1998).

Preparing Children for Worship

Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman (IVP Books, 1993). New preface and appendices added 2003. A very practical guide.

For Parents

Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments by Kara Durbin (Moody Publishers, 2001).
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp (Shepherd Press, 1995).
Instructing a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp (Shepherd Press, 2008).
Bringing the Gospel to Covenant Children by Joel R. Beeke (Reformation Heritage Books, 2001).
Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp, 2nd ed. (P&R Publishing, 2001). Helping parents raise teens in the faith.
Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children by Donald Van Dyken (P&R Publishing, 2000). This book includes an extensive list of resources.
Heirs of the Covenant by Susan Hunt (Crossway Books, 1998).

Friday, April 29th 2011

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