Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family is a wonderful resource for Christian parents.
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.
This one passage made such an impact on me: "I am more like my children than unlike them - and so are you. The reality is that there are few struggles in the lives of my children that aren't in my life as well....This admission transformed my parenting. Instead of approaching them with self-righteous outrage, I moved toward them as a sinner in need of grace, needing to confront a sinner in need of grace." WOW, right?!
Oh, this book is making me examine how I parent, and how I want/need to change things. It came at a great time and I'm so thankful for it!
I really recommend this for all parents who are doing their best, yet wondering if that is enough. The author has some great words of wisdom, and they can transform how we all do this job of parenting. It's a tough job, but remember, God wants to help you every step of the way!
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