I don't think I know a parent who thinks they've got it all together. (And if they say they do, they're lying!)
Paul David Tripp's book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, is a great reminder of our ultimate purpose as parents.
About the Book
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.
I love how Mr. Tripp uses biblical principles to present a plan I can use as a parent. Principles such as:
- Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God's tools to form a human soul.
- As a parent you're not dealing just with bad behavior, but a condition that causes bad behavior.
- The goal of parenting is not control of behavior, but rather heart and life change.
It's very easy for me, as a parent, to get wrapped up in the here and now - the current behavior of my children and how that reflects on me - instead of on the long-term - how I want my children to be as adults when we reach the end of this phase of my parenting journey.
This book was also a good reminder that my primary ministry right now is parenting my children. Nothing God has given me is more important than that.
Not only was I given the opportunity to review Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, but I also get to give away a copy of the book to one of my lucky readers. Just enter the giveaway below for your chance to win.
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