Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles
This year our family made the decision to open our home to foster children. We're having a blast, but quickly realized that our parenting needed more than a refresher course, it required a complete overhaul!
Hey Kids, Obey Me!
Be honest, have you ever wished your children would just do what you want them to do, so that your life would be easier and more convenient? Or have you piled up rules and consequences in hopes that your laws will save your children from a lawless future? It’s a long way from how God parents us, isn’t it?
As teaching parents, we recognize that parenting is much more than childcare. How futile it would be if your children only learned to modify their behavior and never saw the sin in their hearts and God’s breathtaking mercy! This spiritual understanding is more important than academic achievement, athletic prowess, and how well they are liked by friends and the community. Our children need to be dazzled by what God has done and respond to Him in awe, because He alone is dazzling and awesome!
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Parenting by Paul Tripp has become our family's must-read this fall. Each chapter resonates with the gospel and lays the groundwork to understanding your child’s heart. For instance, how recently have you considered that we are all relentless worshipers? Either we will worship ourselves and our possessions, or we will worship God. And since all conflict is a worship problem, when we discern what our children are worshiping, we will know how to address their hearts. Anything less is behavioral modification.
There is a lot to this meaty book, one that has profoundly altered the way we look at parenting. Read it, discuss it, and let it breathe life into your parenting.
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family covers these principles:
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Publisher: Crossway Books
Format: Hardcover with jacket
Author: Paul David Tripp
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Awards and Endorsements:
"Simply put, I read everything that Paul Tripp writes. I can’t afford to miss one word."
Ann Voskamp, New York Times best-selling author, One Thousand Gifts
"I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is simply outstanding. This is Tripp at his best: he shows us the big picture of life with Christ and gets down to the nitty-gritty specifics of walking by grace through faith. Tripp's manifesto is about more than simply our duty as parents—it's about our privilege of being ambassadors of Jesus Christ to our kids. Moms and dads from every culture will benefit from Tripp's call for us to live in light of the grace and hope we have in Jesus."
Gloria Furman, pastor’s wife, Redeemer Church of Dubai; author, The Pastor's Wife and Missional Motherhood
"This is the most meaningful book I have read all year. It is both theological and practical, a rare combination for a parenting book. For years, people have asked me to write a book on parenting. After reading this, I am convinced that I could never write one better than this. I’m so glad I read this, but I wish I could have read it twenty years ago. After reading Parenting, I was torn. Part of me wanted to sit, cry, and confess all of my failures as a parent. The other part wanted to scream with excitement for the tremendous insight I now have to be a better parent."
Francis Chan, New York Times best-selling author, Crazy Love and Forgotten God
"Paul Tripp constantly turns us back to the life-giving power of the gospel and God's unfailing grace. Parenting our children is one of life's greatest challenges, and Paul points us to the one thing that can make a difference—a genuine encounter with the living God."
TobyMac, hip hop recording artist; music producer; songwriter
"A subject needing careful study, a messenger committed to the truth, and a careful application of God’s Word. The power is in the combination, and it all comes together in Paul Tripp’s new book called Parenting. Read it and see one of your most important human responsibilities become more of what God created it to be."
James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church
"This book is so timely for me. My bride and I are raising four children aged five and under, and we need help! It's easy to find books with parenting tips on how to correct our children's behavior, but Paul Tripp's book goes far beyond behavior; he takes the reader to the source of the problem—the heart. If we understand our children at a heart level and have a proper understanding of the gospel, then we can parent them as God intends. Paul Tripp has written a simple yet profound book. Parents, you need to read this now. You will surely be blessed."
Webb Simpson, professional golfer; 2012 US Open Champion
"I am an imperfect parent. You probably are too. Buy this book and soak in it. This is not another '5 Steps to Becoming a Perfect Parent'—instead, Tripp wants us to see our relationship to God and to our children through a big-picture lens. My wife and I are always-go-never-stop parents of young children. If you know the feeling, this book will be both challenging and refreshing, and ultimately it will be a great blessing to your journey. Tripp has made me think in a fresh way about the extremely important and tremendously challenging task that is everyday parenting. To raise up a child is a great responsibility—let us take it up with reverence, joy, and a loving heart!"
Jacob Tamme, NFL® tight end
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