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Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp
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Jul 03, 2010

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bookshelves: philosophy, parenting
Read from July 03 to October 24, 2010

Allow me begin by saying that the 3 stars are not due to my problems with the content but more the way it was written. I almost gave it a 4 because the essence of the book is right on. I didn't because it felt almost deceitful. If I hadn't been reading it for my small group I probably would not have finished. If you are looking for a book with solid Christian parenting advice based on biblical doctrine that is widely available, this book has that. The basic idea of the book is that as parents we are to shepherd our children to realize that their actions are an outflow of their heart and that it is the content of the heart that is the most important. I loved this and his explanations on how discipline and appeals to the conscience factor into this wider goal. I did not like the book's repetitiveness and at times it is long winded. I also found the various vignettes spread throughout the book more than a tad disingenuous. This is a major flaw as many who are new to Tripp's viewpoint might disregard it when they read these examples of conversations with children that could only possibly occur in fantasyland of parenting. I admit to having a prior prejudice going into this book as I read Standing On The Promises : A Handbook Of Biblical Childrearinga few years ago. That book espouses many of the same principles and I far prefer Douglas Wilson's use of rhetoric and his focus on the parent's relationship with God as a major factor in successful parenting. Which is why I wouldn't have finished this one had I been reading it for my individual edification.

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Betsy good thoughts--I thought the same about the vignettes....

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Lisa Thank you for this review. I'm going to take a look at Standing on the Promises title.

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