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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Shepherd Pr (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981540007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981540009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Tedd Tripp is pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Hazleton, Pennsylvania and author of Shepherding a Child's Heart.

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208 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Instructing a Child's Heart has been a long time coming. It was thirteen years ago that its predecessor, Shepherding a Child's Heart, was published. It was thirteen years ago that Tedd Tripp published his last book. It was no lost on me that many of the book's lessons and anecdotes now focus on the author's grandchildren. Thirteen years is a long time by any measure!

Instructing a Child's Heart is a book that focuses on "formative instruction," a term that begs further definition. Tripp describes it most simply as "teaching that `forms' our children." It is teaching that "enables them to root life in God's revelation in the Bible. It provides a culture for our children, a culture that is distinctly Christian. It shows our children the glory and dignity of mankind as God's image bearers. It provides a way of interpreting life through the redemptive story of God, who reconciles people to himself." Formative instruction is instruction that comes before problems arise and in that way is different from corrective discipline which follows problems. We form our children by interpreting life for them and responding to its challenges in biblical ways. We form them through the daily discipline of family worship and through spending time deliberately together, but also through reacting properly to the situations life brings unexpectedly. The goal of this formative instruction is, in accordance with Deuteronomy 6, "so that we and our children and our grandchildren may fair the Lord and walk in his ways, enjoying a long life." We help our children construct a worldview that allows them to properly see God for who he is and to properly see them as His creation.

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By John A. Younts on March 24, 2008
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This book brings the Bible into the parents' lives in a fresh way. It is one thing to say that parents must use the Bible for parenting. It is another thing to show how that is actually done. Instructing a Child's Heart provides practical, real life instruction on how to do just that. Tedd and Margy Tripp understand that the call of Deuteronomy 6 is to instruct children in the context of everyday life. Such instruction is formative by nature. This formative instruction avoids the quicksand of attempting to change behavior without addressing the heart. Simply changing behavior, without addressing heart change, leads to more behavioral problems, which in turn leads to frustration for both parents and children. Instructing a Child's Heart leads you out of this parenting quicksand to solid ground.

The book is organized in 3 sections:
The Call to Formative Instruction
Introduction to Formative Instruction
Application of Formative Instruction

You will find practical examples and illustrations of how the Bible leads you to address the heart in parenting. As the Tripps say "Discipline is not an opportunity to show our children who is boss or to hand out punishments that will change their behavior... discipline is primarily an opportunity to remind our children of their need to repent and believe in Christ ...." (167). This book provides wise, compassionate direction to help parents bring the riches of Christ to their children. You can trust the biblical content of this book to help you live for the glory of God as you lead your family.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2008
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This is the way God intended for you to "train up" your child. Children don't come w. an instruction manuel and the system that God set up for us...Mothers & Fathers passing instruction down to their children with the guidance of the Church started falling apart in the late 50's -60's. Lack of authority has led to more extreme abuse than those who abused their authority. Training requires hard consistant work. But, as one who has reaped the benefits I can tell you it is well worth it!!! Not only from my children but because they are following these principles, our grandchildren are truly enjoyable to have around!! Every Church should give this book to new parents!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy C. Walter on January 17, 2012
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The Tripps and I would have a few fundamental differences in theology with reading the Bible - notably the application of portions of the Law for the present day church - so much of the book I found myself questioning the high reliance on Old Testament scriptures. However, even in the midst of this, something would be written quite frequently that served as a gem of wisdom and insight.

In particular, the chapter on Sowing and Reaping (Chapter 6) is incredibly insightful and offers some very practical concepts to apply to children's attitudes and actions. Even more so, the chapter on Communication (Chapter 14) is worth the purchase alone, with the thesis being that good instruction from parents to children is a dialogue, not a monologue. And lastly, The Centrality of the Gospel (Chapter 15, also the last chapter of the book) is great in the overall reminder of the purpose of parenting (and life). If I was the editor, I'd actually recommend the Tripps opening up the book with this chapter to set the tone for the book.

Overall - a decent book worth the read for the gems of wisdom sprinkled throughout the book. I found myself being more intentional as a parent while reading it even if I didn't always agree with what the Tripps had to say.
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