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Shepherding a Child's Heart [Kindle Edition]

Tedd Tripp , David Powlison
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (514 customer reviews)

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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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314 of 375 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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382 of 459 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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95 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read May 17, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book, I imagine, is (or will be) considered one of those modern classic parenting books. Ted Tripp draws on his vast experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator, speaker and father to share with us his perspective on raising children. His underlying principle is that our role as a parent is to guide our children to understand themselves and the world in which they live. To do this effectively, we have to do more than just tell our children, we must lead them through open communication, self-disclosure, living out our values - shepherding their hearts. Tripp states, "The central focus of parenting is the gospel. You need to direct not simply the behavior of your children, but the attitudes of their hearts."

The book is laid out in two parts: Foundations for Biblical Childrearing (the philosophy) and Shepherding Through the Stages of Childhood (the implementation). He begins with exploring the idea that the heart determines behavior. He walks through the various influences our child development that affect what fills the heart. He then reminds parents of their place of authority. I think this is an important concept to internalize, because I increasingly see in our culture a desire to be friends with our children, rather than parents. We focus on making our children like us, and so we gloss over the difficult responsibilities like discipline.

Tripp then moves into a section on goals, and what I loved about this part is how he shifts our focus from ourselves to God. For example, rather than wanting to raise well-behaved children - because it makes us look good or because it gives us control - we want to raise children who love God so much that they want to live in obedience to Him (not us!).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good!!
All parents, future and now should read this!! Your children's future depends on it! Practical wisdom, a book we should read once a year!
Published 1 day ago by makenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful book
This book has so many suggestions on how to cope with things that a child might need from a parent. It illustrates how a parent can be graceful about parenting and gives ideas of... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jennifer Sengvirat
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic tool!
Great wisdom and value in relaying the urgency of consistently working to shape a child who loves The Lord and obeys His Word. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Melodramamelody
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book on parenting
This is a good Christian book on parenting, but I do not agree with every detail in the book. Overall, I was able to glean some helpful information though.
Published 17 days ago by Trevor and Nafisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Sound Advice
I found this book to be very helpful in teaching my young chapel class. The advice is sound and biblical. The author has much experience behind his teaching.
Published 28 days ago by Carol Budnik
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblically sound and very practically presented!
The author did a wonderful job of laying the foundation for his instruction in the early part of the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shelia B. Pradia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book will transform your thinking on parenting. It gives in depth guidance on how to lead your children to the foot of the cross in every situation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Josh Osborne
1.0 out of 5 stars A manual in child abuse
So here we have another book that uses religion and the Bible to justify the use of violence in child rearing.

My main concerns are these:
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Published 1 month ago by Michael Goldfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!!!
I needed this book for school. Although the picture was not accurate (I received an older copy with a different cover and without the updated section), it was reasonably priced,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Sparacino
3.0 out of 5 stars Educate self thru rdg, but follow ur heart
I suggest you read it, but read other books, opposite philosophies, and decide where you stand regarding how you discipline your child
Published 2 months ago by JBP
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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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