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Parenting as Instruction

October 13, 2010

I know parenting is perennially a hot topic, and rightly so since the whole cycle of parents having kids and those kids growing up and having kids will perpetually be in motion as long as this earth goes round. One of the recent books on parenting to recently sweep through Christian bookstores and Bible studies was Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding a Child’s Heart.

Really, it’s a great book, but not the best for parenting (in my estimation). It’s very helpful to understand sin and how the Gospel addresses sin. It helped me think about my heart more than helping me understand the nitty-gritty of how Scripture wants me to parent. But it’s a bit redundant and doesn’t treat parenting per se like one might think. You might be disappointed if you’re looking for practical wisdom.

So I was very pleased to see and read a second, more recent, book by Tedd Tripp Instructing a Child’s Heart.

This book explains and applies several key principles from Scripture that directly impact the way in which we parent (such as the principle of sowing and reaping, that of addressing the child’s heart vs. outward behavior alone, that of instilling wisdom vs. merely boundaries, etc.). I whole-heartedly recommend the read. (The chapter on addressing the child’s heart summarizes the whole Shepherding book quite well in my estimation.)

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