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Shepherding a Child's Heart [Kindle Edition]

Tedd Tripp , David Powlison
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (591 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Shepherding a Child's Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way: "...out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life.

In this revised edition of Shepherding a Child's Heart, Dr. Tedd Tripp not only draws on his thirty years experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator, and father, but he also shares insights gained in many years of teaching this material in conferences worldwide, providing more valuable help for parents.


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  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0966378601
  • Publisher: Shepherd Press (July 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG6BYC
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353 of 421 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How about a balanced review? September 30, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this book because it seems to have such a polarizing effect on those who read it. Wow. Either this is a one-stop parenting book, or it's a license to abuse children written by a nut! There's no in-between, is there!

Well, yes there is. I'll give this book a solid three stars, and here's why, from a free thinking Christian perspective (I'd like to think).

First of all, contrary to some of the more hysterical one-star reviewers, experiencing a few moments of sting from the buttocks is not the worst thing that can happen to a child, and it's not child abuse or perverted. It's what's happened to untold millions of children throughout history who became adults who contributed to their civilizations.

I believe the dominant form of child abuse occuring in our culture today is neglect. Leaving a child on his or her own to grow up as an undisciplined, untrustworthy narcissist is a far greater abuse to a child than the "spankings" it might have took at an early age to teach a child accountability.

Tripp's "spanking doctrine" is described within a context of communication and consistency, and within that context makes sense. Children are often irrational, and often don't respond to complex psychological manipulation techniques or reasoned negotiation. Spanking to me is a last resort. I think I've spanked one of my two sons an average of once a year, and not out of venting rage but because at the time there was nothing else I could do to end a bad situation.

Truth be told, I'd likely be a better person than I am today if I'd been raised according to all the principles described in this book. Hurts to write that, but there it is.

However, the author's biblical mandate for spanking is just plain poor logic.
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402 of 480 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The key thing that distinguishes Tripp's book from most parenting books is that he rightly understands that our goal in parenting is not to produce children who are obedient, nor is it to produce children who are happy. Rather, both of these are the beneficial result of raising our children in such a way that we are always addressing the issues of the heart (selfishness, rebelliousness, discontent, etc.) rather than just working on the externals.
Tripp gives some very practical advice to this end: how to recognise the "teachable moments", how to spank, the problems with strategies that don't work (e.g. bargaining or bribery). He also makes it clear that discipline only works in an atmosphere of trust and communication. I was very pleasantly surprised to see someone agree with me that in a situation where you "know" your child has done something wrong, but you don't have the evidence to prove it, the right thing to do is to encourage honesty on their part, but if necessary to let them get by with it, rather than acting on a presupposition that might be wrong and injuring the trust between parent and child. He also writes a good bit about parenting goals and strategies for different age groups (from toddlerhood to teenage).
The book does have its flaws, though. The most serious is that Tripp does not do a sufficient job of setting the context of what we are about in parenting. Doug Wilson's Standing on the Promises does that well, and should be viewed as a necessary companion to this book.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Content With Some Not So Great Assertions February 8, 2012
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Written in 1995 and revised in 2005, Shepherding a Child's Heart contains some truly timeless truths about children: they are sinners in need of Christ. With this foundational assumption, author Tripp lays out what he believes parents should do according to Scriptures in order to shepherd their children into loving submission under their Creator.

The first half of the book breaks down what Tripp believes to be "foundations for child rearing." In this section, he writes about short and long term goals in raising children and about methods, biblical and unbiblical, for accomplishing them. The second half of the book focuses on the stages of childhood and the objectives and techniques unique to each stage.

Much of this book is excellent. Discipline, the brunt of the book, is not punitive, but restorative. Tripp rightly clarifies that a child's disobedience is rebellion against God and against His command to honor and obey one's parents, and he urges parents to help their children understand this concept. Understanding this opens a door for parents to talk about grace and our need of Christ's supernatural strength to do what He calls us to do. The focus of discipline is not on changing behavior, but addressing a child's heart. The "why" of behavior is weighted far more heavily than the "what."

There are two major flaws in the book, in my opinion. The first is the lack of control that the author gives a child over his own life . Up until the teenage years, parents are urged to make all decisions and to assert authority simply to teach a child submission. Tripp maintains that "when we allow our children to become independent decision makers we give them a false idea of liberty and a mistaken notion of freedom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
By far THE best book we've read on raising children.
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Excellent!
Published 9 days ago by K Perfetto
2.0 out of 5 stars Has some good points, but overall was disappointing and boring
I purchased this book for a study my wife and I did with another couple at our church. To be honest, it's okay. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Brandon Estrada
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing book! So many books are based on the ...
What an amazing book! So many books are based on the author's opinions solely, but this book is based on Biblical principles. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Christin Fingleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for every parent, grandparent, or anyone ...
Must read for every parent, grandparent, or anyone who works with children. We have raised 5 children and are blessed with 9 grandchildren that we spend as much time with as we... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Roger Caves
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for pastors and family counselors.
This is an excellent parenting resource. I include it in my parenting course reading list. I assign reading from it for counseling homework. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dennis L. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great and education book from a biblical perspective.
Published 14 days ago by Jason Freeman
1.0 out of 5 stars In fact it makes it worse. It instills fear
A book that commands child abuse. Hitting is hitting is hitting. It doesn't make it ok b/c your victim is 1/4 your size. In fact it makes it worse. It instills fear, not respect. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Charlie Oatridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best child training book I've ever read. We purchase this book regularly to give to friends.
Published 16 days ago by Audrey Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be a better parent!
The first few chapters of this book forever changed how I view parenting. Completely changed my focus & the way I discipline my children. It instantly made me a better father. Read more
Published 17 days ago by icanthruchrist
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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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