As the father of two baby girls, parenting books are beginning to show up on my radar. Foolishly, I thought parenting would be easy because I am a Christian and have seen other godly families parent well. I assumed that parenting meant little more than making my children do what I asked them and preaching the gospel faithfully to them until they are adults. However, I was sadly mistaken in my thoughts of parenting being easy and even more mistaken in the method I should use in parenting my children. I have found myself in a constant cycle of frustration and disappointment as my oldest daughter’s will seems to be rather fierce and clashing with my own strong will. After working through Crossway’s daily videos based upon Parenting by Paul Tripp, I knew I needed to make some changes for my own sake as well as for the sake of my children. I was excited to get my hands on it, and I am so glad I spent a few weeks reading and listening to this book. I will certainly be reading this one again and again.
I could spend days writing of the numerous lessons I learned through reading this book, but I will share the three largest takeaways I had while reading Parenting:
Paul Tripp doesn’t offer readers a parenting style that shuns discipline, rules, or structure. In fact, he speaks on the necessity of not letting our kids live as though they are their own gods. Instead, we are to use every bit of our parenting —the fun and exciting moments as well as the painful and tear-filled struggles—to point our children to the gospel. Tripp’s use of realistic scenarios coupled with his excellent writing ability make Parenting an excellent read for parents seeking to raise children in the most godly way possible.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Chrys Jones is a Christian, husband, father of three, pastor, and teacher. He is also a recording artist and producer for Christcentric Records and a book briefer for Accelerate Books. In his free time, Chrys loves to spend time with his family, roast coffee, read good books, and listen to beat tapes and jazz.
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