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BOOKS ON CHRISTIAN VALUES FOR 7-8 YEAR OLD BOYS ?

02/05/2010

Hi! I am looking for a book/books that I can use to teach my 7 & 8 year old boys (and possibly friends-girls too) about character/social skills biblical based. I liked "A Child's Book of Character Building, Book 1" By: Ron Coriell, Rebekah Coriell-but I can't get book 2. What about the Faithbuilder series for kids? I want them to learn some values and morals that I can correlate with the bible and they can read on their own as well as we read together. I have parenting books, but I want books I can get on their level. Thanks so much!

Cindy,

Thank you for your good question. Books for children can be good or bad, shallow or deep, clear or foggy. The following books are good, appropriate and biblically faithful.

Sinclair Ferguson, JESUS TEACHES ME TO BE GOOD; Christian Focus
, JESUS TEACHES ME TO BE HAPPY, Christian Focus
, JESUS TEACHES ME TO BE WISE; Christian Focus
, JESUS TEACHE ME TO PRAY; Christian Focus

Sinclair Feruson, THE BIG BOOK OF BIBLE TRUTHS, Part 2; Christian
Focus (including how we behave as Christians)

James Beeke, BIBLE DOCTRINE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN, Part 1;
Reformation Heritage
James Beeke, BIBLE DOCTRINE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN, Part 2;
Reformation Heritage
(These books include what we are to believe and how we are to
behave)

Carinne McKensie, MY FIRST BOOK OF CHRISTIAN VALUES; Christian
Focus--perhaps the best place to start.

A WORD OF REMINDER FOR PARENTS READING THIS QUESTION:
In the Bible, Christian behavior comes out of Christians. One must be a true Christian before one can expect the fruit of the Spirit to be shown.
For Christian parents, there is consistently a danger in expecting our children to act like Christians when they are not yet Christians. We subtly begin to engage in behavior modification rather than foster and teach heart religion and growth in grace. Teaching the Ten Commandments to our children shows them God's inviolable standards that are an extension of His holy character. When our children try to do them and fail and complain: "I can't be that way!", that becomes our cue to give them the gospel--"Reginald, that's why you need Jesus to be your Savior. He gives you a new heart (to replace your bad heart) and He gives you a new, clean record in place of the filthy record of your failures to obey". We thus apply the Law and the Gospel with our children just as a faithful pastor or evangelist applies the Law and the Gospel to their hearers. As a pastor I would never tell a crowd: "Many of you are not believers and so can't and don't do that things God commands. But God will accept a lowered standard of behavior modification because of your yet unconverted state. You don't have to love your neighbor as yourself or love your enemy; just don't kill them or say ugly things to them." Certainly, I would not be a faithful preacher to say those things. I must tell my unconverted hearers: "God commands that you obey Him and His Word 100%. And try as you might, your temporary self-reformation will not cut it. You need a clean record in place of your life record of law-breaking; you need a new heart that genuinely wants to obey God and His Word. [2nd Corinthians 5:21; Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 3:1-10, etc.] Turn from your sins and turn to Jesus now and He will give you a clean record and He will give you a new heart."

To read more on applying the Law and Gospel to our children's hearts, Tedd Tripp's book, SHEPHERDING A CHILD'S HEART is very good at explaining this to parents and applying it to our children. It is a best
seller.

Thank you for letting me digress a bit. The Lord bless your efforts.

Your Book Servant,

Pastor Steve Martin

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