The list author says: "This is a list of the books we found most helpful as we prepared for the arrival of our first child. We looked for books that would give us a wide range of information, from the biological to the psychological and spiritual. We also wanted books that would treat fathers as fully involved parents, rather than outsiders in the family. And we wanted theologically sound Christian books--as you can see, most of what we ended up with is broadly evangelical, but if you know of solid Catholic or Orthodox books we'd love to hear about them too. None of the following is the whole story, but we think each one has some value and is worth consulting as you prepare to become parents."
"A practical, well-researched, empowering guide to labor, and in particular a guide to natural childbirth. We followed many of this book's recommendations and ended up having a natural childbirth in the very unnatural environment of a research hospital. Good for you to read in your eighth and ninth month--or even better, for your partner to read during those months."
"A must-read on parenting by an all-too-human single mom, and wonderfully funny writer. Perfect for those first few weeks, when sleep deprivation turns all your neuroses into psychoses and you are sure you'll do something horrible, like let your baby get eaten by wild dingoes."
"This was one of the standouts for us. The author talks in depth about development from 0 to 3 years old, including the truly appropriate toys and activities for each age and how to begin discipline in a healthy way. If you buy no other book on this list, buy this one."
"The basic principle of this book is that parents need to aim, not at altering behavior, but at influencing the child's heart and inner disposition. I can quibble with the details in this book (and also the ridiculous diagrams), but not with the root principle."