The following books are required reading in the course Family Life Studies taught by Sheryl DeWitt, at Focus on the Family Institute.
Arterburn, S. (2000). Every man’s battle. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press.
Arterburn, S. (1998). How will I tell my mother? Nashville, TN: Nelson.
Carroll, Bruce. (1999), Sometimes miracles hide. Howard Publishing.
Clark, Jeramy. (2000), I gave dating a chance. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press.
Cloud H. (1995). The mom factor. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Dallas, J. (1991). Desires in conflict. Eugene, OR: Harvest House.
Dobson, J. (2001). Bringing up boys. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale.
Dobson, J. (1983). Love must be tough. Dallas, TX: Word.
Dobson, J. (1984). The strong willed child. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale
Dobson, J. (1989). Preparing for adolescence. Regal Books.
Dobson, J. (1992). The new dare to discipline. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale,
Dobson, J. (1995). Life on the edge. Dallas, TX: Word.
Dobson, J. The new hide and seek. Fleming Revell Company.
Focus on the Family, (1997). Beyond Appearances. Colorado Springs, CO.
Harris, J. (1997). I kissed dating goodbye. Oregon: Multnomah Books.
Haley, M. (2003). 101 Questions about homosexuality,
Hunter, Lynda (1997). Parenting on your own. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Jantz, G. (1995). Hope, help and healing for eating disorders. Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers.
Lucado, Max. (1997) You are special. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.
McDowell, J. and Hostetler, Bob. (1998) The new tolerance. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale.
McGee, R. (1993). Father hunger. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant.
McGee, R. (2005). Search for significance. Houston, TX: Rapha
Nelson, T, (1998). The book of romance. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
Reisser, P. (1997). Complete baby and childcare. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale.
The syllabus describes the course as follows – – –
It has been said that a culture’s health can be measured by the ways in which it treats its children. The purpose of this course, therefore, is to enhance students’ appreciation of the value of children, and the sanctity of human life. Students will be exposed to typical problematic issues that most parents are forced to confront as they attempt to raise healthy children. Additionally, students will be exposed to the principles that life is sacred, unique, broken, beautiful, and deserving of love and truth. Biblical teachings, existing research, and current popular techniques will be reviewed, with the goal of aiding each student in their development of a personal strategy for dealing with problematic parenting areas.
1. To further enhance students’ understanding of the value of children.
2. To help students reflect upon the role that their parents had in shaping their
current understanding of truth and love.
3. To help students develop a personalized strategy for conveying truth and love
as a parent.
4. To help students develop a strategy for dealing with potential parenting
• Family of origin
• Parenting and child discipline
• Family planning
• Children and self-esteem
• Children and education
• Parenting teens
• Teen issues
• Teen addictions
• Divorce and single parenting