Below is list of recommended resources and scriptures that emerged from a parent panel/Zoom conversation that centered around shepherding the spiritual development of children at home. Thank you to Chip Severance, Laura Cottrell, and Catherine Roberson who joined in sharing their family stories! This is not a comprehensive or official “All Souls Church” list or a check-list of “to dos.” Instead, we encourage you to look at this as a big basket of resources and stories that you would bring before the Lord to ask Him what He would have you think about or implement in your home.

Godly Play Videos


(A 7 Video Series from The Easter Season)
The season of Easter helps prepare us for the coming of the Mystery of Pentecost. This period is a transition between Jesus’ earthly ministry and the coming of the Holy Spirit. It’s a time when the disciples and others began to know Jesus in a new way.


(A collection of other various Godly Play story videos)

Melanie Leach Recommendations


  • 1 John 4:18

  • Proverbs 14:23

  • Matthew 5:37

  • Psalm 34:4

  • Jeremiah 29:11


  • Honey for a Child’s Heart + Honey for a Teen’s Heart by Gladys Hunt — [978-0310242468] & [978-0310242604] – These books are a wonderful resource for choosing books for your child that will encourage, teach and challenge them. They are sorted by genre and reading level.  I have returned to these lists over and over, even for my own reading.

  • Godly Play at Home by Jerome Berryman — [978-0898690491] – This is a resource for learning to use selected Godly Play stories in your own home.

  • Remember the Time: The Power and Promise of Family Storytelling by Eileen Kindig — [978-0830819652] (available used)
    To Be Told by Dan Allender — [978-1578569519] – This book will help you understand the power of knowing and telling the story of you and God’s work in your life.

  • Windows of the Soul: Hearing God in the Everyday Moments of Your Life by Ken Gire — [978-0310203971]

  • Discovering Your Children’s Gifts by Don & Katie Fortune — [978-0800791513]


  • Google “Advent Calendar Box” to see ways you can create your own daily advent countdown – I filled mine with small objects that told the story of Jesus through the Old Testament and into the new – with the pieces of our nativity scene being in the drawers for the later days in the month.

  • Advent Jesse Tree – Another way to mark the days during advent – there are many resources out there for these activities/ornaments.

  • Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Anne Voskamp — [978-1414397542]

  • Resurrection Eggs by Family Life resources — [1602006512]


  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – available in many formats, including a wonderful set of audio books by Focus on the Family Radio Theatre.

  • Adventures in Odyssey Radio Series from Focus on the Family – (available on CD and download. They also have a series of early reader chapter books called the Imagination Station series.)

  • Rain for Roots ( – Wonderful, scriptural music.

  • Veggie Tales ( – My adult children still sing these songs!

  • Kelley Spainhour recommends Wonderkids – for traditional, Sunday School songs that young children easily learn and love. (


  • I could list a million but here are a few favorites…

  • The Treasure Tree: Helping Kids Understand Their Personality by John Trent — [978-0849958496] (This is the companion to his book for adults called The Two Sides of Love)

  • Adam Raccoon (Book Series) by Glen Keane

  • The Song of the King by Max Lucado — [978-1433542909]

  • You Are Special by Max Lucado — [978-0891079316]

  • Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Brett & Alex Harris — [978-1601428295]

Laura Cottrell Recommendations

  • Ephesians 4:6

  • Hebrews 12:28-29

  • Hymn singing

Chip Severance Recommendations

  • Galatians 5:22 – the fruit of the Spirit as a model for your children of how Jesus lived.

Catherine Roberson Recommendations

  • Celtic Daily Prayer — [978-0060013240]

  • Praying In Color by Sybil MacBeth — [78-1640601642]

  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young — [978-1591451884]

  • Pilgrim Walk in the Woods by Susanne Hassell  — [978-0982609897]

  • Pilgrim Walk by the Sea by Susanne Hassell — [978-0990508106]

  • The Message Bible translation by Eugene Peterson — [available in many formats]