Big Picture Parents


Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life

Shortlisted for 2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year

By:Harriet Connor
Publisher:Resource Publications
Dimensions:152mm x 229mm

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Being a parent in the modern world is tough.

We are often overwhelmed with fear about damaging our children, guilt about our imperfections, and confusion about our role. Harriet Connor knows these feelings well. But hers is not just another parenting book full of “shoulds and shouldn’ts” to make you feel worse. Rather, she invites you to step back and consider the bigger picture:

  • What is the purpose of life and parenthood?
  • What are our human limitations?
  • How can we cope with our guilt and fear?
  • What are our family’s values and how do we pass them on?
  • What is our family’s structure and place within the wider community?

When she was desperate for answers, Harriet Connor turned to the ancient wisdom of her ancestors–the Bible. She went looking for little pieces of grandmotherly advice, but what she found was a grand vision–a big picture–that made sense of both life and parenthood.

Whether you are new to the Bible or have read it before, you will not regret taking time to reflect on its message, which has given comfort and guidance to generations of parents just like you.

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Dimensions 229 × 152 mm



Harriet Connor


Resource Publications


152mm x 229mm



Radio interview

The author was interviewed for “Focus on the Family Australia” on 13 May 2017.

Click the play button to listen.


An excerpt from the book was also featured in the April edition of Southern Cross Magazine.

You can download the issue here.

5 reviews for Big Picture Parents

  1. Thinking of God

    “Rather than write another book of ‘rules for parenting’, Harriet Connor has taken a step back to look at God’s bigger picture”

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  2. Growing Faith

    “This is a wonderful resource that I wished I had when I was starting out my parenting journey and it is a book I am definitely buying for my younger sister and her husband who are about to begin theirs.”

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  3. The Gospel Coalition Australia

    … It is absolutely the sort of thing you could give to the other mums at your playgroup, or to the family on your street that you’ve invited to church. It makes no apologies for its Christian perspective, but it also makes no assumptions about how much of that a reader understands. Then it clearly and gently explains it…

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  4. Ed Moll, co-author Gospel Centred Family

    I wish this book had been written when I was first a parent. I searched in vain for a big picture of parenting, a framework according to which I could then evaluate the myriad parenting tools that were available to me. Although much of what Harriet Connor writes is now more familiar to me, I found this to be a readable, biblical and insightful overview of the biblical teaching on parenting. I warmly commend it.

  5. Dillion T Thorton, Themelios Review

    …Harriet Connor juggles three roles: she is a wife, a mother of three, and a Bible teacher. Connor holds degrees in International Studies (Languages) and Theology. Her book, Big Picture Parents, forgoes the superficial “should and should nots” that permeate many parenting manuals. Connor’s objective is to arm parents and guardians with a better understanding of the biblical metanarrative. A firm grasp of this “big story,” she argues, will help both parents and children find their true and meaningful place in God’s plan…

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