Friday, November 15, 2019

Books to Equip & Encourage You & Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference

Over the past couple weeks I have been sharing with you books/ resources (most written/ developed by some of our Grandmas with heart) which are essential for you to add to your own intentional grandparenting/ parenting "tool kit" and which make wonderful Christmas gifts for the children, parents and grandparents on your gift list. Today I want to go back over these books/resources and list them for you as resources which are "must haves" for your own personal equipping and which make excellent gifts for the grandparents/ parents/church leaders on your gift list. Tomorrow I will share the books/resources which will help you become, or grow as, a prayer warrior. Saturday I will share "tools" which are excellent resources for you to use with your grandchildren as you hand down the faith and then on Sunday I will share the books which are essential tools to give to your grandchildren/children.

I have had many, many grandparents and parents over my 43 years in Children's Ministry tell me they would hand down the faith, but they just do not know how to do it. Over the past two weeks I have shared with you books/resources which are written/designed to help you grow in your own walk with God and which equip you to know how to hand down the faith; today I am happy to draw attention to the books on our Christmas Gifts Which Make a Difference list which will do this for you.

  • The DNA of Grandparents & Parents Who Hand Down the Faith. In this book I look at how just as our physical DNA provides the code for how our bodies develop, live and reproduce, our "Faith and Prayer DNA" give us the code or instructions which help us learn to develop a strong walk of faith, live as people who believe and reproduce by handing down to our children and our children's children a strong and healthy walk of faith in a way which will positively impact the generations who come behind you. You will find more information about it at this link.
  • In Don't Worry; It is Impossible to Spoil GrandchildrenI write about how important it is to hand down a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. I write about not being afraid to love our grandchildren with our all - we will NOT spoil them if we do. You will find more information about it at this link.
  • Pass the Legacy - 7 Keys for Grandparents Making a Difference was written by one of our Grandmas with Heart - Cathy Jacobs. In it she unpacks seven basic keys for grandparents to follow in pointing their loved ones towards Jesus Christ. It also offers numerous practical methods for influencing grandchildren and grown children for the Lord. You will find more information about it at this link.
  • CourageousGrandparenting REVISED is a call for grandparents and parents to rise above the conventional view of grandparenting to embrace a radically courageous life which builds a faith legacy worth outliving you. It’s a call to intentionality—not settling for simply being good parents and grandparents, but choosing to be Gospel-shaped parents and grandparents who serve as conduits of grace and truth for the next generations. Cavin Harper provides the biblical foundation and practical applications of the roles parents and grandparents are expected to play in their families, so another generation will know, love and serve Christ with their whole being. You will find more information about it at this link.
  • Grandparents have a vital role in the lives of their
    grandchildren, not only as a mentor and loving family member, but as a spiritual rock during the hard times. Extreme Grandparenting helps readers understand how to make the most of the new role of grandparent and how to grow the next generation for greatness
    You will find more information about it at this link.
  • And finally, in Long-Distance Grandparenting you'll learn to make the most of the opportunities you do have to connect with your grandchildren, including using technology to keep your relationship strong and taking advantage of the time you have together. But going beyond your relationship with your grandkids, this book emphasizes something which matters even more--your grandchild's relationship with God. Find the encouragement and guidance to connect with your grandchildren and invest in their faith like never before!You will find more information about it at this link.
As you are able to see, there are excellent books available to help you with your questions about. "how do I hand down the faith?"; books which will equip you and strengthen your walk with God. These books are essential for your intentional grandparenting/ parenting and will help you hand down the faith; and many were written by grandmas! Definitely consider getting these for yourself - they will not just sit on a book shelf after you read them, as they are filled with information you will want to refer to again and again - and for the grandparents, parents and church leaders you know.

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