Shepherding a Child’s Heart
Tedd Tripp’s book Shepherding a Child’s Heart offers exceptional wisdom for parents, with creative application of Biblical principles. John MacArthur says: “In looking for the right perspective and practical help on parenting, you won’t find a more excellent guide.” This guide to Christian parenting and Christian child-rearing is sure to become a valuable resource as you train up your children for the Lord.
“A change in behavior that does not stem from a change in heart is not commendable; it is condemnable.” — So begins one of the most penetrating parenting books ever written. The author, Tedd Tripp, builds a solid, Biblical argument for getting to the heart of your child’s behavior. How? By making the ultimate goal, living to please God, not man. If your child outwardly obeys but inwardly seethes, he is living as a Pharisee, who were condemned by Jesus.
Tripp also points out that if parent have low expectations for their children’s behavior, then they will never experience failure and the need for what only Jesus and the Holy Spirit can do for them. There is a lot to this meaty book, one that has profoundly altered the way we look at parenting.
Application questions at the end of each chapter make Shepherding a Child’s Heart a good fit for your church group to use. It is never too late to seek God’s best for your family.
Tedd Tripp knows what he is talking about and who he is talking to. He knows children, he knows parents…and he knows the ways of God. This book teaches you what your goals should be and how to pursue these ends practically. It teaches you how to talk to your children and what to talk about. It will inspire you to become a different kind of parent. This is a masterful book – Dr. David Powlison, Westminster Theological Seminary
With the plethora of material on parenting and the family, it is surprising—and distressing—to see how few books are genuinely biblical. Here is a refreshing exception. Tedd Tripp offers solid, trustworthy, biblical help for parents. If you are looking for the right perspective and practical help, you won’t find a more excellent guide. – Pastor John MacArthur
Dr. Tripp’s material on parenting is the clearest, most biblically framed, and most helpful that I have ever encountered. It has become the backbone of my own parenting. I am not alone, either. His seminar tapes are by far the most frequently requested biblical teaching materials among my students, counselees, and friends. – Dr. Edward Welch, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
I am glad to recommend this book for its remarkably clear, biblical, and practical teaching. Earnest fathers and mothers will find it also eminently ‘do-able.’ — Elisabeth Elliot