Our Family Mission Statement

We are a real family seeking to serve a real and living God. Our desire and mission is to magnify and glorify God in our everyday life at home, church and abroad. Our goal is to help families understand what their purpose and design is in regards to the family; recognize the enemy for who he is and what he is doing; and to point families, both saved and unsaved, to Christ as to become living pictures of Christ and His bride and of God and His children. As families are strengthened the church will be strengthened, therefore, being a brighter light to a dark and hurting world.

Recommended Resources

Books for Girls

All the recommended websites beside each book author lead to the cheapest price I could find for the book. Along side the Author’s name is a recommendation for the age rang that each book is geared towards and can be applied at the parents discretion.

Hope this helps! All of us girls have really enjoyed reading our way through these books and have been inspired and encouraged to continue strengthening our relationship with the Lord, with our family, and preparing our hearts to undertake the great responsibility and privilege of someday embracing the incredible role of Wife and Mother!
   

~ Books on growing into Womanhood

*Beautiful Girlhood by Mabel Hale (age 8-12) ~ www.graceandtruthbooks.com
"A beautiful new edition of the original, hardcover publication of this classic. Some of the warmest, encouraging practical instruction ever written to girls, pointing them to lofty morals and a life of self-control, service and inner beauty. Valuable chapters on handling the interest of young men as well."

*Gentle Passages by Robin Jones Gunn (for Mothers of daughters going into the adolescent years) 
"Ever Woman who Has an adolescent daughter recognizes her own forgotten questions and insecurities mirrored in those bright young eyes. How can she let her know that she understands these changes, too strange and intimate for her daughter to mention? How can she make the passage into womanhood not a shameful, unpleasant experience but a harmonious and joyful one -- and invitation to a treasured role in God's eyes? Robin Jones Gunn shares stories of how this uncertain transaction can become the loveliest time in the life of a mother and daughter, inspiring women with special tradition to carry on for generations to come."


*Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephen and Grace Mally (age 7+) ~ tomorrowsforefathers.pinniclecart.com
"Brothers and sisters are among the most important people in life! Yet often they are also the most trouble. Many siblings fight, argue and miss out on the close relationship that God intends. The problem is not just the surface battles but the underlying attitudes, wrong concepts and offenses. Many broken relationships never get fixed. Few enjoy the special life-long treasure that God intended. The emphasis of this book is not merely “getting along” with your brothers and sisters, but making them your best friends. Every chapter of the book has a section written by Sarah, Stephen, and Grace, giving the book three perspectives and three personalities. It includes many personal stories, lots of humor, cartoons, practical ideas, and helpful insights. We encourage entire families to read it aloud together."

*The Family Daughter by Sarah L. Bryant (age 11-16) ~ http://kingsbloomingrose.com/shop.html
"Sharing from her own struggles and triumphs, homeschooler Sarah Bryant encourages young ladies to become vital cornerstones in their father’s home, while preparing for godly womanhood. Addressing topics ranging from honoring parents, to serving others, to investing in our walk with Christ, to being a light to the world: each chapter includes encouragement and real-life examples of how girls can apply Biblical principles in their daily life. Sarah shares the things she wishes older girls had told her when she was younger, what she would have done differently, and the lessons she has learned. Personal testimonies by many other Christian young ladies are sprinkled throughout the book as well. Are you a daughter who desires to embrace your family life, but just don't know where to begin? In The Family Daughter, you will find refreshing inspiration on how to do just that, written by another daughter at home.

*Daughters of Destiny by Noelle Wheeler ~ Couldn’t find this one on an original site, but Amazon.com and Barns & Nobles carries it as well
"Daughters of Destiny is a triumphant proclamation of the joy of feminine virtue. This book is a compilation of true stories, some harrowing, and each more thrilling than the last. Noelle Goforth reveals to the reader the many character qualities of the woman of God: her love of home, her servant-like spirit, her confidence in Christ, her fervor in defense of family and freedom. You will meet frontier wives, patriot daughters, and faithful ladies who labored in the cause of Christ. This book is a compilation of true stories of those past women of faith and fortitude that God Almighty has given as a holy testimony of courage."


*Joyfully at Home by Jasmine Baucham (age 16+)
We know that the chief purpose and end of man is "to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."1 But how does this calling apply to daughters living at home? And how do daughters and parents explain that application to their extended families, pastors, and loved ones?
Jasmine Baucham, the oldest daughter of Christian speaker, author, and church elder Dr. Voddie Baucham, answers these important questions in her brand-new book, Joyfully at Home.
By age fourteen, Jasmine Baucham's little-girl dreams of becoming a mommy were supplanted by bigger visions of winning the Pulitzer Prize or an Oscar and appearing on Oprah. She began viewing the calling of home and marriage as second-rate. Then her world was radically challenged by the Scriptures, as she went from craving personal renown to craving to please the Lord through delighting in his design for the joyful home—an even bigger dream, she realized, than stardom.
In Joyfully at Home, Jasmine writes with verve and transparency about her own struggles and triumphs as a young woman, encouraging other girls to embrace a vision for the home as a hub of ministry and discipleship and as a training ground for life ahead. With humor, humility, and heart, Jasmine tackles the tough questions girls face, offering practical counsel on how to overcome false views of marriage, husbands, and singleness.

*How to be a Lady by Harvey Newcomb (age 10-16) ~ graceandtruthbooks.com
"Somewhere within the recesses of every girl's heart is the desire to act, and be treated, as a lady. But a true lady is more than just graceful and feminine; she has a Christ-centered character that regulates her inner thoughts and motives, as well as her outward graces. In the book, How to be a Lady, originally published in 1850, extraordinarily practical wisdom is offered to young girls in the practice of developing womanly character. The girl's equivalent to Vision Forum's popular boys title Thoughts for Young Men, this book is excellent for mothers and daughters and a must-read for every young lady-in-training!"

*Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally (age 12-15) ~ tomorrowsforefathers.pinniclecart.com
"This guide to radiant purity combines the thoughts and events in the life of a young princess with solid, clear teaching of Biblical convictions that young ladies today need to grasp. Through a captivating fairy tale, modern day examples, practical instruction and abundant humor, Sarah Mally challenges young ladies to turn to the Lord for fulfillment, to guard their hearts and minds, to identify and avoid the world’s thinking and to shine brightly in this generation.
   This book offers biblical answers to everyday questions and deep life struggles. It includes many practical tips for girls such as how to guard your heart when you have a crush, being wise in Internet usage, how to strengthen relationships with parents, and how to use your single years wisely."

*The Young Lady's Guide by Harvey Newcomb (age 16+) ~ www.christianbook.com
"A superb companion book for young women, to Thoughts For Young Men by Ryle, but much more extensive in scope. This author (1803-1863) wrote 178 books, mostly for children and young adults, and this was by far his most popular work, covering every conceivable area of a young woman's spiritual and personal growth. A wonderful gift for graduation from high school or college. This will speak directly to the heart of the young women you know who desire to serve Christ with all their being. A good book from the past for the needs of the present. It is a Teacher's Manual' by which parents may scripturally and practically guide their daughters along the path of goodness and godliness. Its principles and practices are lights along the pathway of life for young ladies who desire to become godly women for the glory of God. It should be read, studied, prayed over, and put into practice by parents, young ladies, and - yes - even young men! It should be in every home, and in the library of every young lady. It is a companion' book for a lifetime."

*It's (not that) Complicated  by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin (age 16+) ~ graceandtruthbooks,com
"Ever been confused about friendships with boys? How to handle crushes? How friendly is too friendly? How close is too close? What to do when a guy is being way too friendly? What guys think about all this? What it means to be a "sister, in all purity"? Guy-girl relationships have always been complicated, but perhaps never more so than today. It's (Not That) Complicated is a humorous, hopeful, and deeply thought-provoking new look at guy-girl relationships in our times. Dealing practically with such complications as online interaction, Hollywood expectations, undefined relationships, and unrequited love, the Botkin sisters offer enduring biblical principles that can make it all much simpler. "How do young men and young women interact with one another when marriage is not in view? Can young men and young women be 'friends'? And how does a young woman guard her heart, preserve her purity, and walk in integrity without treating young men with disdain? In It's (Not That) Complicated, Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin address these and other questions with wisdom, grace, transparency, and biblical acuity." - Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr.

*Queen of the Home by Jennifer M. McBride (Highly recommend! A “multi-vitamin for mothers)  ~ graceandtruthbooks.com
"In past generations, the role of wife and mother was viewed as a sacred calling. The committed homemaker was seen as strong, capable, intelligent, and irreplaceable. She was regarded not only as a crucial part of the home, but as a foundational bulwark of society. She was considered worthy of great honor, appreciation, and respect. Though in recent years feminists have sought to demean this glorious calling, the Bible's hopeful vision of noble womanhood is one worth reclaiming. Queen of the Home seeks to cast that vision afresh through godly encouragements from writers past and present. This inspiring collection of essays, poetry, and poignant vignettes paints a beautiful picture of what it means for a wife to be a crown to her husband, the monarch of the cradle, and queen of the home, and calls upon daughters to embrace their rewarding role and sacred calling as regal women of God."

*The Christian Homemaker's Handbook by Pat Ennis and Dorothy Kelley Patterson (age 18+) Best price at christianbook.com, Better description at graceandtruthbooks.com
As do-it-yourself TV shows and websites like Pinterest skyrocket in popularity, it's clear that women are excited about homemaking. They are actively looking for helpful resources and here is the ultimate guide for the Christian homemaker. Experienced writers, professors, wives, and mothers have contributed to this extensive handbook, generating 41 chapters dedicated to helping women fulfill God's plan for the home. This one-stop reference tool offers a balanced blend of theologically sound content, realistic life illustrations, and practical application in a single volume, affording the reader personal tutoring and the opportunity to acquire skills in the practice of biblical homemaking. Serving everyone from the average, middle-aged woman to high school students learning home economics, this handbook stands apart as the only comprehensive Christian resource on homemaking in the marketplace today.


*A Life that says Welcome by Karen Ehman ~ christianbook.com
When it comes to hospitality, Karen Ehman says it doesn't matter what size your house is, how it's decorated, whether or not it's spotless, or what you cook or don't cook. The secret to making guests feel comfortable is more about the condition of your heart than the condition of your house. A Life that says Welcome helps you make others feel refreshed, rather than impressed, in your presence. It's packed with inspiring tips on how to:
~ decorate well on a budget
~ make the most of your space (no matter how small)
~ be prepared for unexpected company
~ create delicious, simple dishes your quests will enjoy
You'll be encouraged to not only open your home but to open your life as an avenue for God's love everywhere you go.

*Love in Every Room by Karla Dornacher ~ This book is now out of print, so Amazon, Thrift Books, Barns & Noble or anywhere else you can find them is awesome!

*Down a Garden Path by Karla Dornacher ~ This book is now out of print, so Amazon, Thrift Books, Barns & Noble or anywhere else you can find them is awesome!

*One of a Kind By God’s Design by Karla Dornacher ~ This book is now out of print, so Amazon, Thrift Books, Barns & Noble or anywhere else you can find them is awesome!

*Beautiful in God's Eyes by Elizabeth George ~ graceandtruthbooks.com
 "In Beautiful in God’s Eyes, Elizabeth George guides women through the popular bible verses in Proverbs 31 to show how God defines beauty and reveals His plan for a woman’s success.Insightful and practical, Elizabeth teaches how you can make each day meaningful and delight in what God accomplishes through you. She will help you:
    Make faster progress toward your goals.
    Manage daily life more effectively.
    Tap into God’s unlimited energy.
    Apply biblical wisdom to your relationships.
Feel greater confidence and enjoy rich daily rewards as you realize who you are in Christ. Discover your true beauty in the eyes of God!"


*Untie the Ribbons by Sharon Hoffman ~ best find on Amazon

*A Full Quiver by Rick and Jan Hess ~ quiverfull.com
How many children are too many? How many are enough? How far should you space them out? When should you call it quits? How can you afford more children? What does the Bible say about the issues of birth control and family planning? In answering these and many other relevant questions, Rick and Jan Hess use a common sense approach, lots of humor and lots of Scripture to show God's control of conception and His amazing plans for your children.

*Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver age ~ graceandtruthbooks.com



Books for Boys


~ Boyhood and Beyond: Practical Wisdom for Becoming a Man by Bob Schultz
'Wisdom fills over 30 brief chapters covering topics such as authority, honesty, temptation, fear, inventiveness, coveting, worship, finding a wife, even when it's time to take a stand and fight! The author knows it all must be founded on a relationship of depth with God. A book for boys 10 and up to read, and which can be read aloud to boys 6 and up. Works well in group settings and each chapter closes with several discussion questions. Author Bob Schultz, a carpenter by trader, has written a timeless book for boys. Wisdom and common sense are gleaned from short chapters covering topics such as authority, inventiveness, and honesty as well as learning to overcome things like fear, laziness and temptation. Boyhood and Beyond motivates boys to build them lives on a foundation of strong moral principles. Most importantly, these chapters will encourage boys to become the men God wants them to be as they develop a relationship with Him."

~ Created For Work: Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz
"From the author of Boyhood and Beyond, where he discussed the essentials of godly character as boys transition into men, in his new book Bob Schultz focuses on one major area: work! Using his homespun wisdom, real-life stories and sound application of Scripture, he shows what it takes to become a reliable, God-honoring worker. Modern culture teaches our sons to be addicted to ease and entertainment. God's will is for a boy to become a man of diligence, not afraid to get his hands dirty, follow directions, think creatively, respect authority, and happily complete assigned duties. This book is a valuable resource on a too-rarely touched subject. For boys age 12 and up. Includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter.  Every boy dreams of what he will be when he grows up. Parents pray that whatever he chooses, he may be successful. Even a good education is no guarantee of success. Without a healty, Biblical attitude toward work, young men may continue to just dream but never attain God's best for them. Created For Work is such a unique book, tackling a rarely-addressed topic! - and will equip young men to develop excellence in their work habits, which will benefit them, their families, and their employers. This is a one-of-a-kind resource for boys ages 12 and up."

~ Practical Happiness: A Young Man's Guide to a Contented Life by Bob Schultz 
"True happiness is not found in power, money or fame. Young men need to learn this! You can be joyful in Christ, content and happy, whether others like you or not; despite sorrows; and no matter how much (or little) money you make. Author Bob Schultz knows how to direct a young man in the right direction: not what you have, where you go, who likes you or your next exciting adventure, but in your own attitude and response to life. An excellent read-aloud book for fathers and sons. Questions at the end of each chapter make great discussion starters."

~ Everyday Battles: Knowing God Through Our Daily Conflicts by Bob Schultz
"In this, his final book before passing from this life, Bob Schultz delves into God's purpose for battles and conflicts in our lives. Simply written but profoundly engaging, Everyday Battles offers perspective on how to find God in the heart of daily conflicts and decisions. This book will help anyone who desires to experience a deeper walk with God that is not diverted during painful times. 
Topics include: 
* Why God allows battles and sufferings 
* What to do at the first sign of conflict 
* How God really views His people 
* How to gain the wisdom you need for decision-making 
Bob's key passion in life was always investing in men and families, and his writing ministry was focused on that. He was nearly finished with Everyday Battles when he collapsed with a fatal heart attack. At the request of vast numbers of eager and loyal readers of his previous books, this final, partially completed manuscript is now available." Chapter titles for EVERYDAY BATTLES are: 
1) Wrestling 
2) A Common Lie 
3) Confrontations 
4) Abiding in the Conqueror 
5) Fighting Within, Part 1 
6) Fighting Within, Part 2 
7) A Fascinating Discovery 
8) Vincent 
9) A Few More Skirmishes 
10) One Battle to Fight, One Decision to Make 
11) A Design for Judges 
12) Making Your Own Decisions 
13) What's Left for Me to Do? 
14) Birding? 
15) A Warrior's Secret 
16) Warm Milk, Tuna, and a Round Tummy 
17) Your Source of Strength 
18) Chastisement 
19) Two Important Pieces of Armor 
20) Know Your Refuge and the Pathway There 
21) If You Want Trouble 
22) What If You Won't Run for the Refuge? 
23) The Mystery 
24) One Clue of the Mystery 
25) Fighting Fame

~ Disciplines of a Godly Young Man by R. Kent Hughes, and W. Carey Hughes
"Point blank, this is a punchy, no-holds-barred book for young men. Laying out the challenge to be disciplined, godly, and sold-out for Jesus, the authors talk about purity in your thought-life, cultural pressure, and perseverance as a Christian. Let father and son Kent and Carey Hughes help you live a life of integrity and become the man God is calling you to be."
Endorsements 
“For a book to keep your interest, it’s most important that it captures your heart’s yearning from the beginning. This book is relevant, theological, culturally astute, and challenging for the serious student. It is a resource for pastors and a tool for discipleship for lay leaders. It is a MUST READ.” 
-- Steve Keels, Student Ministries Pastor for 32 years; Next Generation Pastor, Good Shepherd Community Church, Boring, Oregon; author; Truth Quest books “This is a really uncomfortable book. I can honestly say that I read something troubling on every page. I am therefore so grateful to God for this great aid to the overriding aim of all of our lives: Christlikeness—read it and repent.” 
-- Rico Tice, Associate Minister, All Souls Church, London, United Kingdom

~ We Became Men: The Journey into Manhood by Shawn Brower 
"Life is a journey of risk and revelation, but most young men have never been invited to step out of their comfort zones to discover who they are, what they should pursue, and who they can become. This book affirms young men, empowering them to pursue manhood from a biblical perspective. 
Filled with gripping true stories and insights, this invitation to the journey gives clear vision and direction in vital areas such as performance, temptations, relationships, idols, boredom, and more. As young men courageously share and give of their lives, they will feel more free and more alive than they ever could have imagined. 
Shawn Brower knows young men. Athletic coach extraordinaire, he gets inside their heads and inside their hearts. In We Became Men, young men will be challenged to step up to the plate of their calling, to press onward toward the goal of their purpose in life, and to run the race set before them and already accomplished through the triumph of their gracious Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s the perfect gift for every young man, 14 to 25. Table of Contents 
1) Stay Home? 
2) Trail Stories 
3) The Trail Guide 
4) Joined by a Band of Brothers 
5) The Wrong Trail 
6) Standing at the Trailhead 
7) Backcountry Adventures 
8) Position versus Performance 
9) What's in Your Backyard? 
10) Just Before the Fall 
11) No Paybacks? 
12) Entertain Me - Now! 
13) Flaming Darts 
14) The Daughters of Eve 
15) An Invitation to Lead 
16) Preparing for the Next Expedition"

 ~ Addresses to Young Men by Daniel Baker 
  Dwight L. Moody wrote the Preface to this outstanding volume of addresses to young men which were preached by Rev. Daniel Baker (1791-1857) during his ministry in the American South. The Life of Baker was published by Banner of Truth, entitled Making Many Glad. His life and ministry were also highlighted by Douglas Kelly in his book Preachers With Power. In the words of D.L. Moody: "In reading two volumes of sermons by Rev. Daniel Baker of America, preached thirty years ago, I have thought no addresses could be more suitable for the present times than these. They have been a great help to me; and many who are now preaching the gospel in America bear similar testimony. Knowing particularly that he was the 'young man's preacher,' I believe his printed sermons will give a fresh impulse for work to many, and be the means of pointing the way to multitudes who are inquiring. May God, who alone can draw men unto Him, so use these words, that the writer of them, being dead, may yet speak with power to men's souls." 
In the Author's Preface we read, "These discourses were designed to be on an Awakening character, and were preached (in substance) in numerous revivals, and were blessed to the hopeful conversion of many precious souls, of whom some fifty or more have become ministers of the gospel. May He who was pleased to bless these discourses when they came from the Pulpit, bless them also now coming from the Press. And to His great Name be all the praise!"

~ Thoughts For Young Men by J.C. Ryle
An insightful treatment of the major spiritual needs and dangers which young men face, by a highly practical author who knows how to persuasively urge them to seek Christ and to pursue righteousness early in life. The best straight-talking book for teenaged boys that we know of. 
"I Heartily endorse it! And strongly commend it to both Christian leaders and fathers, not to mention older and younger men alike." -- John MacArthur.
"Ryle is Magnificent! There's no other word for it...are you brave enough to face hard-hitting truth and have God search your heart on things that matter most? Then Ryle is the man for you! Do yourself a favor, read this and think about what you read." -- J.I. Packer

~ How To Be A Man: Useful Hints on the Formation of Character by Harvey Newcomb 
"From the author of How to Be a Lady and The Young Ladies' Guide to the Harmonious Development of Christian Character, comes this long-awaited reprint for boys. What you are while you are a boy, you will be when you become a man. Your character is constantly forming. This volume has 30 chapters, some of which cover: 
* Useful Labor 
* Education of the Heart 
* Reading and Writing 
* Amusements 
* Inquisitiveness 
* Government of the Tongue 
-- and much more."            





Story Books



Here is a list of good read-aloud literature for family time, Mother/Daughter, Father/Son read times, story time, as well as personal reading that offers true stories presenting solid lessons for the young person to consider and be encouraged towards the mature development of personal character. I put these in a quick, progressive age range from younger to older.

*My First Little House Books Series ~ rainbowresources.com
     - Summertime in the Big Woods
     - Going to Town
     - Winter Days in the Big Woods
     - Prairie Day
     - Going West
     - The Deer in the Woods
     - Christmas in the Big Woods
     - Sugar Snow
     - Winter on the Farm
     - County Fair
     - A Little House Birthday
     - A Little Prairie House 

*The Little Jewel Books ~ they have about 50 or more, so have fun looking! ~ milestonebooks.com

*A Bright Future Series by Gary and Jan Bowers ~ bowerfamilybooks.com
     - The Person I Marry


*Hive of Busy Bees Series ~ rainbowresources.com
-       Another Hive of Bees

*Beautiful Girlhood Series by Tracy Leininger ~ These can be found on Amazon.com

*Grandma's Attic Treasury by Arleta Richardson ~ rainbowresources.com
     - In Grandma's Attic


*Miller Family Series by Mildred A. Martin ~ rainbowresources.com


     - Boys of Grit who Changed the World by Archer Wallace
     - Boys of Grit who became Men of Honor by Archer Wallace ~ christianbook.com
     - Boys of Grit who Never Gave Up by Elsie E. Egermeier

*Laura Ingals Wilder Series by Stephen W. Hines ~ rainbowresources.com

*Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard (can find on Amazon)

*Pilgrims’ Progress by John Bunyon ~ I found a beautiful one from graceandtruthbooks.com that I really like a lot! Here’s the link: http://www.graceandtruthbooks.com/product/the-pilgrims-progress-1891-edition-with-170-illustrations

*First we have Coffee by Margret Jensen


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