As a parent, I know you are always on the lookout for recommendations that are tried and true. I have gone ahead and listed some of our family’s most used resources to help you save time finding them on your own. Everything I’ve recommended here is what I use personally and have received no compensation for posting.
Children Can You Hear Me? by Brad Jersak
-This is one of my all time favourite kids books about communicating with our Heavenly Father. The book’s illustrations alone go a far way to describe God’s pursuing love for us and His want for a deep two-way relationship. It is filled with pages of questions to prompt listening prayer and genuine ways to encourage engagement with the Holy Spirit. The book is formatted so that you can use it as a read-through book, or a devotional book where you take each page as a separate devotion or activity. It’s an absolutely beautiful book that all families should own!
God Gave Us Prayer by Lisa Tawn Bergren
-Written from the perspective of a cute bear family, little readers are taken on a journey of questions and answers on what prayer is and gives kids great ideas on topics to pray for that are relevant to them. I really enjoy this book because it’s written in a language that is easy to understand for my three year old. It even covers hard topics like sin and praying for our sick friends. This book is a bit of a long read for a bedtime story, but definitely worth reading every word!
Translating God by Shawn Bolz
-As you may already know, I am passionate about helping people find ways to intimately and uniquely connect with God. To have an actual two-way relationship that not only makes you burst with the love God has for you but actually causes you to share that love naturally with others. This book helps you explore this thought and gives you practical knowledge on how to make it a reality in your life. I like to think of it as the Heart Ears for parents 🙂 I think it’s an absolute must-read if you are wanting to take your faith to the next level.
Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas
-If you’ve ever wondered why some people find incredible connection with God while they’re out in nature while others seem to find their connection through theology books? This book helps clarify and pinpoint what ways you have been designed to find connection with your Maker. He lists 9 different pathways in which the human race most commonly finds connections. Written in an easy to read format with historical and biblical foundations to support, this book will certainly have you thinking about which path you most likely follow as well as notice what paths others may be on.
Prophetic Personalities by Havilah Cunnington
-This course was honestly the first step in my journey in fully engaging in my relationship with God and learning to listen to Him intentionally. I specifically loved learning that God speaks to us in different ways. It was actually after watching this series that I started using the term Heart Ears with my kids, as Havilah (a mom to 4 boys) uses this term in her family. If you’ve ever wondered why God doesn’t speak to you in “such-in-such” way and you are wondering how He does speak to you, this is the course for you! It also provides light to how God speaks to your kids and spouse too!