A Wonderful New Book on Parenting Teens

Ok, let’s just get it out there. Parenting is hard. And parenting teens is particularly hard. Even more, parenting teens in our current cultural moment is exceptionally hard.

While every generation has “new” challenges, it is fair to say that the current generation has more than its fair share. We are faced with an increasingly secular culture, unprecedented social media pressures (and temptations), and record-breaking rates of depression and anxiety.

Unfortunately, Christian reactions to this matrix of challenges is not always healthy. Some parenting models become super aggressive, overly restrictive, and operate out of a fear-based mentality, sometimes exacerbating the very problem they are trying to solve. More than ever, …

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A Wonderful New Kids Book on Contentment

OK, so I really love my wife’s new book. I know that may seem predictable since I am her husband, but this new kids book really captures some wonderful biblical truths in a winsome, fun, and entertaining way.

Melissa just released Lucy and the Saturday Surprise (Crossway, 2023), which is the latest installment in the TGC Kids series. It tells the story of a little girl named Lucy who gets to pick out a treat at the local candy story along with her brother. Soon, she regrets here choice and grows envious of the treat her brother got. As a result she engages in the well-worn pattern that coveting …

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His Grace Is Enough: A Wonderful New Kids Book

Ok, so I am biased. Let me just get it out there.

But, that doesn’t change the fact that my wife Melissa’s new kids book, His Grace is Enough: How God Makes It Right When We’ve Got it Wrong (Good Book Company, 2022), is really something special. It released yesterday, and I could not be more excited.

In addition to the really fun drawings—the artist, Isobel Lundie, also did Melissa’s prior kids book, Wherever You Gothis book is unique because it tackles a question that so few children’s books address. It helps children understand what to do when they do wrong things.

Every child will find themselves …

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An Amazing New Children’s Book

Ok, I’ve never reviewed a children’s book before on Canon Fodder. But, this one is special. And it’s not just because it was written by my wife, Melissa (though, I admit I’m biased!), but because it brings such a profound and mysterious joy to my heart as I read it.

As parents, we all have great hopes for our children. We dream of what they might learn and what they might become. And typically, for most parents, those dreams take the form of vocational aspirations. My child could be an airline pilot, a professional singer, a rocket scientist, a fashion designer, etc.  And all those dreams are wonderful.

But, what …

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An Exciting New Book on Mentoring

The answer is almost always the same. Whenever I ask young believers—Christians who are godly and mature beyond their years—how they grew so rapidly in the faith, I know what they are going to say. An older, wiser believer invested in them.

In short, they were mentored.

As I look back on my own life, I can see this was true for me.  Key spurts of Christian growth often coincided with older, wiser Christians in my life who invested in my life—a soccer coach, an upperclassman in college, a young pastor.  The friendships with these men played a big role in who I am today.

Such a pattern should …

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