Books from Kristen Ivy


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The "Parenting Your…" Phase Guides Series

An 18-part series of concise and interactive guides that simplifies what parents need to know about each phase of a kids life and gives them the opportunity to discover more about their children—so they can make the most of every phase. 

The Phase Project, including these guides, is a synthesis of personal experience, academic research, and gatherings of leaders and educational experts from across the child development spectrum. Created in partnership with Parent Cue, these guides are designed to help you parent your child through every year.


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It's Just A Phase So Don't Miss It presents a challenge to churches to treat every kid who breathes like they are made in the image of God. When we keep acting like every kid and teenager has the potential to believe, imagine, and love, to care, relate, and trust, to reason, improve, and lead
It can change how the parents next door see your church, how your elders value teenagers, how your executive staff views children and youth ministry, how you organize what you do every week, and how kids see themselves. 
But, more importantly, it can change how every kid sees God, and that could change every kid’s future. 

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Zero to One - The phase when nobody sleeps, everybody smells, and one mesmerizing baby convinces you, "I need you now."

If you’re finding sleep hard to come by and you’re surrounded by more messes than you ever imagined possible, you might be in one of the best phases of your child’s life. In this short volume, Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner simplify what you need to know as a parent so you can make the most of the present realities, the distinctive opportunities, and the future implications of the next 52 weeks.

After all, you’ve only got about 936 weeks left until your child graduates from high school!

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One and Two - The phase when nobody's on time, everything's a mess, and one eager toddler will insist, "I can do it." 

If you can't get out of the door because your toddler won't budge until he puts on his own shoes, you might be in one of the best phases of your child's life. In this short volume, Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner simplify what you need to know so you can make the most of the present realities, the distinctive opportunities, and the future implications of the next 104 weeks. 

After all, you've only got about 884 weeks left until your child graduates! 


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Don’t Miss It helps parents discover that what they understand about their kids now has the potential to change their kids’ future. If parents don’t miss what’s happening during this phase of their kids’ lives, then maybe kids won’t miss some important things they need to know about life. That’s why what parents do this week matters. 

It’s just a phase. And none of us wants to miss it.

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Creating a Lead Small Culture - A book for every leader of small group leaders. Strategy, best practices, training tips, and real-life stories from over 20 ministry leaders across the US and Canada—: this book has what you need to create an effective small group culture in your church. 

Playing for Keeps / Losing Your Marbles - A book for anybody who interacts with a kid or teenager every week--from a parent to a coach to Small Group Leader. Anybody. Playing for Keeps explores six things every kid needs over time, and provides 18 practical ideas for anybody who wants to make what really matters matter more.