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Shepherding a Child's Heart [Kindle Edition]

Tedd Tripp , David Powlison
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (572 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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. Shepherding a Child's Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.


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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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400 of 477 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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348 of 416 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How about a balanced review? September 30, 2008
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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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30 of 35 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
Excellent book! Great read for parents and for PARENTING.
Published 22 hours ago by EKamp
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very high recomended for all 100% biblical advices
Published 6 days ago by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Should be read by every Christian working with children.
Published 10 days ago by Mike Bryant
1.0 out of 5 stars Conflicted with my beliefs
I liked the idea of this book, but the more I read, the more uncomfortable I got with the suggestions and thoughts in this book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by L. Tindall
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Biblically based reference book!
We started implementing Tedd's plan before I even finished reading the book and my house is 180 degrees different! Read more
Published 26 days ago by K. Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for anyone with children
Published 29 days ago by William McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Cadillac of parenting books!
I love this book! Tripp offers practical, Biblically sound advice that parents can actually apply to their lives and their children's lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Justin Ayscue
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is nothing but another "evangelical" looking for his ...
This book is nothing but another "evangelical" looking for his angle in the world of Christian living. Read more
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Great Book
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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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