Item description for Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp...
Overview The things your child says and does flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way, "...out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks" (NIV). This book was written to help you go beyond behavior to see and address your child's heart attitudes. Find hope in the grace of the gospel as applied to the task of parenting. Read by Tedd Tripp, this unabridged audio book is now available on CD.
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Format: Audiobook, CD
Studio: Shepherd Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher SHEPHERD PRESS #760
ISBN 0972304657 ISBN13 9780972304658
Availability 0 units.
More About Tedd Tripp
Tripp draws on over twenty years of experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator and father in giving valuable help to parents.
Reviews - What do customers think about Shepherding a Child's Heart?
A good read May 18, 2007
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!). These and other goals he discusses may seem good, but they are not Biblical.
The last section of the first part discusses many different Biblical methods, ranging from communication to spanking. While I appreciate his discussion and agree with many of the points he makes, parents should be aware that he does express some fairly rigid beliefs. Personally, I think you should consider the personality of each of your children and apply the methods that are most effective. However, parents should not dismiss the rationale and Biblical mandates behind what he suggests just because they disagree with the method or the extent to which it is used.
The second part is intended to be a more practical implementation of his philosophy. To me, this is the weakest part of the book. I walked away from the book still unclear how to implement most of the ideas he had discussed.
Overall, the concepts in this book are great and well explained. It could stand to be a little shorter and more concise, and needs more concrete points of application. But it is definitely worth the time to read.
THE BEST parenting guide there is...other than the Bible itself May 16, 2007
Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp was an absolute Godsend when I stumbled upon it years ago. I accepted an invitation to join a book club and read/critique it along with a handful of other mothers. My life and the lives of my children changed immediately as I was given a helpful foundation for how and why to discipline my children.
This is a wonderful, Godly book that I recommend highly.
Great parenting book May 7, 2007
This book is a fantastic approach to parenting. The CD is great for moms like me who have to multi-task.
Sad, Sad misuse of Scripture May 4, 2007
I find it very frusterating and sad when Christian authors take God's word and twist it to fit their ideas. Tripp takes way to many liberties with God's word claiming that God says "this" or "that" Only the bible is God's word, not an author's interpretation of it.
Please, please if you read this book, take time to do some word studies on the original text for all the scripture that the author quotes.
WONDERFUL BOOK!!! May 3, 2007
This book is absolutely AMAZING!!! In this book TEDD TRIPP refrences bible verses to back up everything he says about raising children. The book talks about getting to the heart of the matter by understanding the condition of a child's heart instead of ONLY disciplining the child for their behavior. "Guard your heart above all else for it is the source of life." PROVERBS 4:23 This is a "must read" for all parents and grandparents, too.