Saturday, April 1, 2017

Parenting: A Book Review

About The Book:
What is your calling as a parent?
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy. 
You can read an excerpt of Parenting here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?Dangerous CallingParenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org.
My Review:
There are literally thousands of parenting books on the market today, those that discuss discipline, how to deal with temper tantrums, and dealing with picky eaters and so many more. However, as great as many of those books are (and there are some fantastic ones out there), most do not teach according to what God wants in light of parenting. Paul David Tripp has done a wonderful job explaining, with strong scriptural references, real-life examples, and tips galore, how we as Christian parents, should parent in light of God's word. 
The 14 principles that Tripp presents in this book are as follows:
  1. Calling 
    Principle: Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God’s tools to form a human soul. 
  2. Grace
    Principle: God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you. 
  3. Law
    Principle: Your children need God’s law, but you cannot ask the law to do what only grace can accomplish. 
  4. Inability
    Principle: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting. 
  5. Identity
    Principle: If you are not resting as a parent in your identity in Christ, you will look for identity in your children. 
  6. Process
    Principle: You must be committed as a parent to long-view parenting because change is a process and not an event. 
  7. Lost
    Principle: As a parent you’re not dealing just with bad behavior, but a condition that causes bad behavior. 
  8. Authority
    Principle: One of the foundational heart issues in the life of every child is authority. Teaching and modeling the protective beauty of authority is one of the foundations of good parenting. 
  9. Foolishness
    Principle: The foolishness inside your children is more dangerous to them than the temptation outside of them. Only God’s grace has the power to rescue fools. 
  10. Character
    Principle: Not all of the wrong your children do is a direct rebellion to authority; much of the wrong is the result of a lack of character. 
  11. False Gods 
    Principle: You are parenting a worshiper, so it’s important to remember that what rules your child’s heart will control his behavior. 
  12. Control
    Principle: The goal of parenting is not control of behavior, but rather heart and life change.
  13. Rest
    Principle: It is only rest in God’s presence and grace that will make you a joyful and patient parent. 
  14. Mercy
    Principle: No parent gives mercy better than one who is convinced that he desperately needs it himself. 

The book is very well organized, well-written and very easy to understand. It would be a fantastic gift idea for new parents, as well as a great resource for those in family/youth ministry in church's. I for one will be referencing this book regularly in the near future, as my husband and I begin to navigate the journey of parenting tween and middle school girls. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of FlyBy Promotions and Crossway Books, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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