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Overview In this revised edition of Shepherding a Child's Heart, Dr. Tedd Tripp not only draws on his thirty years of experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator, and father, but he also shares insights gained in ten years of teaching this material in conferences worldwide, providing more valuable help for parents.
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Tripp draws on over twenty years of experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator and father in giving valuable help to parents.
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The same advice, rehashed and still harmful Jan 10, 2009
Christian child-rearing manuals have been teaching spanking, infant spanking, naked spanking and painful spanking for years. Ted Tripp is making large amounts of money by promoting this practice and people are snapping it up.
Do you Christian parents ever ask yourselves if harm can be done by all this spanking? Try typing the word "spanking" into Google and see how many fetishists are on the Internet, people harmed early in childhood, who have had their natural sexual inclinations, through no fault of their own, twisted by experiencing or viewing spankings.
Ted Tripp's book perpetuates these teachings, but you don't have to buy it. You could educate yourselves before you lay one hand on your child and risk that child's future emotional and sexual health.
A must-read for all parents Mar 27, 2007
No parent should be parenting without reading this book. There are vitally important, useful points and discussions on how to properly raise your children in a Godly manner, the way God intends. Highly recommended.
Best parenting book so far Mar 16, 2007
I regret to read this book so late, because my kids have passed teenage. However its biblical principles surpass time and age, it shepherds my heart also. I wish there could be a Chinese translation to nurture the largest population of parents in the world.
I Wish I Read This Book 17 Years Ago! Mar 15, 2007
I just read a very unfavorable review of Tedd Tripp's "Shepherding A Child's Heart," and I was shocked. This book brings the Biblical truths of child rearing together in a clear, concise, godly, and gentle manner. In no way does it invite the tyranny that the review I read implies. Do you have children? I entreat you to employ the principles outlined in this book just as they are meant to be: Gently, sober-mindedly, and lovingly. The fruit you bear will be a blessing, rather than the grief you experience watching your children waver in their relationship with God, unsure of when to obey or even how to respond to God-given authority in their lives and watching them bear the painful consequences of unsubmissive hearts and hearts not turned toward God. A spanking administered by a loving, sober-minded parent, teaching obedience without challenge, without excuse, and without delay is a life saving necessity as opposed to watching your children receive their "spankings" from an unloving, ungodly, uncaring, cruel world as a result of their lack of "submission" to God-given authority. (THAT is child abuse). Our culture has made spanking socially unacceptable, as it has so many other Biblical principles (i.e. wives submitting to their husbands, mothers actually staying home to raise their children...). That is the only reason that Mr. Tripp advises that spanking take place in the privacy of your own home. He's not claiming you should hide while you spank - that would indicate that what you are doing is wrong. Rather, he is sensitive to the unbiblical state of our society. Discipline truly makes children feel safe. It's as if they know that when they are being disobedient, they are in a dangerous place, and it is our duty as parents to rescue them and bring them back to the circle of safety of honor and obedience to God-given authority. If not, we are contributing to their destruction. I know, as I did not always practice this with my children, and now I am dealing with teen agers who unrighteously challenge and struggle with authority. It breaks my heart, not because it is an inconvenience to me, but because of the danger THEY are in. Once again, I wish I had read this book 17 years ago!
Dangerous book Mar 1, 2007
I believe this book is dangerous because it DOES have wisdom in it and DOES have some Biblical teaching- but intermingled with that are false teachings and concepts that will easily lead a struggling Christian parent astray. My heart aches for all those who gave this book fantastic reviews and said it changed the way they parent their children.
One thing that tipped me off about this book was how the author uses the verses in Proverbs to justify a Biblical mandate for spanking. He says that if we do not spank our children, we are disobeying God. No one should claim to know God's will so absolutely, especially based on his own intrepretation of a few verses. I actually am not opposed to spanking, done appropriately. But I do not believe that the "rod of correction" referred to in the Bible means that spanking is the only way to discipline a child. To me the rod is symbolic of any form of godly, loving discipline.
I am somewhat suspicious that the reason many parents are thrilled with this book is because it has given them a handbook for parenting- telling them how to handle their children in a practical manner that fits with their beliefs as a Christians. As Christians we strongly believe in raising our children to love and obey God- which is why it's so tempting to pick up a book like this and believe everything the author says. It's easy that way! And also very dangerous!
Please, pray and seek God's wisdom as you read through the reviews. Please consider purchasing a different book and always listen to the gentle leading of the Lord over the teachings of man.
Excellent, biblically based book Feb 19, 2007
I have read this book several times and have listened to the audio CD of the conference that Pastor Tripp does, and I did not get the same impression as reviewer Jo Ragan AT ALL. I am wondering if Jo Ragan actually read the book or just skimmed through it and shut it as soon as a reference to spanking was found. Pastor Tripp is extremely gracious and loving and this attitude is evident all throughout the entire book. It is especially evident in the CD series. I would encourage other 'comment readers' to read the book for themselves and not base their decision on what was said in this one. We are Biblical parenting instructors, and we refer this book, as well as Paul David Tripp's book, Age of Opportunity, quite often. In our opinion, with the exception of God's Word, these books are two of the very best parenting books out there. Yes, they condone spanking for outright rebellion (so does God' Word), but they also stress the importance of discerning between actual rebellion and childishness, the importance of overwhelming your children with praise and encouragement, and the importance of dealing with the sin issues (anger, etc..) in the parents heart. Both of the Tripp brothers discuss the importance offering grace to your children, at times, and they overwhelmingly stress the fact that discipline is to point our children to their need for Jesus Christ, not something we do because we are angry. I HIGHLY recommend this to all parents.