Parenting Beyond Your Capacity

Reggie Joiner and carey nieuwhof

Engage your family in a bigger story, a story that involves more than just your family - one that involves other influences who are on a journey to discover why a relationship with God really matters.  We want to encourage you to establish a lifestyle as a parent in which you...

  • Invite others to invest in your children so your sons and daughters have other voices that will help shape and determine the direction of their lives.
  • Create a culture of unconditional love to fuel the emotional and moral health of your children.
  • Tap into the power of quality moments together, building a sense of purpose through every day experiences.

This isn't a self-help book.  It's a get-help book.  It's about how you can increase your parenting capacity by connecting with available resources, some of which you know about and some which you might not.


A parent's Guide to helping teenagers in crisis

Rich van pelt and Jim hancock

You’ve seen it on the news too many times to count. School shootings, adolescent addictions, bullying, eating disorders, depression and suicide, cutting, pregnancy.  There is no lack of bad news to be told about teenagers today. Maybe you believe that will never happen to “my child.” And maybe it won’t. But crises aren’t always the stories that make the evening news. The spectrum of crises an adolescent may face can range from something as (seemingly harmless) as getting caught cheating on a test to dealing with the breakdown of the family, to acting out and getting in trouble with the law.

Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock, both of whom have raised teenagers into adulthood and have spent decades in youth ministry and crisis management, bring together their expertise and insight to help you identify and understand what a crisis is and how you can help your teen live and grow through it. In addition to learning appropriate responses to crises, you’ll learn how to prevent some of these issues, and how to get professionals involved when necessary.

Whatever it is your teen is dealing with, your influence in their life is still the most important one. So be prepared to walk them through their crisis with wisdom, compassion, and the tools necessary to help them through their turbulent teens.


candid confessions of an imperfect parent

Jonathan Mckee

Ever feel like you're not sure how to parent your teenagers? You're not alone.  Author Jonathan McKee--a parent of three teenagers--gets vulnerable as he draws on his own parenting (mis)adventures and almost twenty years of studying youth culture. Like you, he's not perfect. You'll definitely laugh with him, and you might even laugh at yourself while you learn from his practical advice.

In this enlightening and entertaining book, Jonathan McKee shares how to connect with your kids, how to teach lasting values to teenagers in an R-rated world, and how to put parenting blunders behind you. You'll discover how to:

  • notice communication arenas—like cheap breakfast spots—where your kids will naturally open up.
  • get from "What's your favorite pizza topping?" to "What's troubling you right now that you're too scared to talk about?"
  • let them mess up—even big time—and not overreact when you discover things like how they really talk on Facebook.
  • help them begin to make mature decisions about things like what song to download or what outfit to buy.

Yes, your teen is crazy!

Michael Bradley

 Raising a teenager was never supposed to be like this. In today's world, every thirteen-year-old child lives with issues like sex, violence, drugs, alcohol, divorced parents, and easy access to guns. Yet in this new and sometimes terrifying 21st century, many parents struggle in vain to raise teens with 30-year-old rules that no longer work.

In Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy!  psychologist Michael Bradley updates the rule book, giving you the insight, the hope, and the help you need to safely steer your teenage children through the stormy waters of adolescence. Explaining that you are the most important influence in your teenager's life, Dr. Bradley gives you the training and skills you need to transform your 21st century teen into a strong, confident, productive adult.