This excerpt from Episode 65 – Making the Cut discusses the importance and character building benefits of getting your child involved in extracurricular activities.
We live in what they call the “Recommendation Age”. The volume of information and options we have at our fingertips is mind-boggling. So we need others to help us curate what we read, wear, watch, eat, and care about!
Over the years of being a leader, pastor, and now podcaster, I’ve found myself more and more often being one of those curators. I often hear myself saying, “I recommend [insert relevant book or resource here].” Recently, I’ve caught myself particularly recommending a few books over and over again. I find these books personally, spiritually, and parentally helpful.
So if you are looking for a good read or resource, I particularly recommend:
- 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke. I call this a “theology of technology”. This is the best book I’ve read about dealing with the phone/media/technology issue. We also discuss this book in ITN Episode 1: Raising Abnormal Kids!
- Growing With by Kara Powell and Steven Argue. This research based resource book has been so helpful in navigating the transition from adolescence to young adulthood as I parent my children and encourage others. We discuss this book in detail in ITN Episode 3
- Voddie Baucham’s book Family Driven Faith – Voddie’s book greatly influenced a lot of parenting decisions I have made. We review this book in ITN Episode 50.
These three books have challenged and shaped my thinking on some of the most pressing and important issues of raising my children for Christ in our current culture. Check one of them out this week.