If I could only recommend one Christian parenting book to parents, it would be Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. Paul Tripp’s book changed my mindset about my responsibilities as a parent dramatically. For example, a weight lifted off of my shoulders when it was explained what I am called to do, versus what I am supposed to rely on God to do for my child. Secondly, when reminded time and again that parenting is for the long-haul and I should not expect major change overnight, some of my anxieties diminished.
As I mentioned at the end of my interview with The Home and Family Culture Podcast, this book is filled with so many nuggets I could never get enough of this book. All things considered, if there were some way I could program my brain to automatically think and act the way the book recommends, I’d be the first to sign up! Unfortunately, that is not yet possible. I am a work in progress, just as my children are a work in progress.
The 14 Gospel Principles in the book are mercy, rest, control, false gods, character, foolishness, authority, lost, process, identity, inability, law, grace and calling. Watch each video to get a glimpse into the resourcefulness and wisdom of Paul David Tripp. Each time I’d get to the next chapter, I would find myself thinking, “Oh this is the best chapter yet! No, this is the best chapter. Oh, this is so good. It’s the best chapter.” Meanwhile, I underlined a lot of text and made many notes in the margins. Hence, I go back to the book and read the underlined parts every now and then. It reminds me exactly who I want to be as a parent.
As I read the book, I try the suggestions with Jock immediately. He is 4, and he understands everything I’ve shared with him enough that’s it’s been worth the effort. I have started to plant seeds about grace, our battle with the enemy and the issues of the heart to name a few that I was not doing previously.
This book is parenting at its best. I can not say enough about the book or recommend it highly enough. I learned just as much about myself as an individual as I learned about parenting. Seriously, if every parent who walked out of the hospital with a baby were handed this book and they read and acted on it, the world would be transformed! The book is priceless. Below are 5 things the book taught me. These were the first 5 that came to mind, but there are PLEEEENTY more!
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