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Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens (Resources for Changing Lives)

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Are you hoping to merely survive your teenagers? With compassion, wit and wisdom, Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting families during the often chaotic adolescent years. Gain assurance of God's provision for parenting success and discover ways to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with your teens.
Paperback, Second Edition, 291 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by P & R Publishing (first published 1997)
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Natalie Weber
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marriage-family
Right now my children are 13, 15, 17, and 19. Invariably when that comes up during an introduction, I get a knowing look, perhaps an expression of sympathy, or at least a patronizing assurance that I’ll survive. But I have found myself rather enjoying these teenage years. Not because they are trouble-free, but in fact because they are so incredibly challenging! I have been stretched like never before and forced to rely on the grace of God in unexpected and undesirable situations. Pleas for wisdo ...more
Andy Littleton
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here you’ll find the basics of gospel centered parenting and really...discipleship. You’ll find yourself encouraged in how to lead your teens, anyone else, AND (most importantly) yourself.
Gavin Breeden
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you are a parent to teens (or soon will be) or you work with teens, this books is essential reading. Paul David Tripp works through some of the difficulties of working with, communicating with, and raising teenagers. The bulk of the book deals with setting biblical goals for teens and strategies to achieve those goals in parenting. The goals are high and founded on the Bible but the book is so realistic about the sinfulness of the human heart and the true nature of biblical change, that the g ...more
Josue Manriquez
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was required to read this book for a class, and I am grateful for this assignment! This is an excellent book. Even though I am a single young man with no children, I have greatly benefited from this book. Some things I learned are:
The teenage years are an age of opportunity to prepare one’s teen for a wise, God-honoring, God-fearing life driven by biblical conviction rather than worldly culture. It is an age during which parents plant seeds that will (hopefully) result in maturing young adult
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Best book I've read in years. Should be required reading for any parent of teens or even younger children. Revolutionary--if more parents applied the principles from this book (which are rooted in the Bible) to their relationships with their teens, we would start to see genuine change in our society.
Joe Woodard
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST read for anyone who is setting out to raise teenagers or who even volunteers or works alongside teens. This book forces the reader to examine his or her own heart and gives the best biblical foundation for parenting that I have ever heard or read. It is a long book but well worth the read of every page.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic for making me think. It is really great for any parent, with young or old children. And it is more about my own sin-nature and how my approach can be grace-filled, guided by the Word. I am re-reading after 2 years because my oldest is almost 12 and he is definitely hit the pre-teen phase now!
Katie Krombein
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
p. 15+: Scripture enjoins us to be strategic, to ask the question, "What are the evil desires that grip a person during this phase of life? each phase of life has its own set of temptations. The temptations of the little boy, the young man, and the old man are not identical. The temptations of the teenager are not particularly savage and severe. Each person at each time in his life, if he seeks to please the Lord, must watch, pray, stand fast, and fight lest he fall into temptation.

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Beth Peninger
Originally I gave this title 5 stars. I am revising my stars to zero.

The reason I am doing so is that since reading this title, several things about my faith journey and expression have changed and I no longer subscribe to evangelical ideologies.

Great book. I mean, yes, I am a fan of the Tripp brothers so pretty much anything they write I like. But Paul Tripp's wisdom (and his brother Tedd) is so down-to-earth and biblical. It just makes sense on
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I do not like parenting books. I mean, anything that works is usually working because it suits YOUR family, which is unique unto itself, with all its individual personalities! But THIS book gets to the heart of the matter, which is this: we have to start with ourselves. WE are the only ones we can truly change, and even that comes hard, through a painful sort of grace. Again and again, Tripp turns the tables on parents -- not to find blame, but to seek for the motivations that drive us, the need ...more
Laura Rogers
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
I thought this book had good things to say about raising teenagers/children. I didn't think it was anything revolutionary or that I hadn't already read or thought about.
I think that if you come from a background of attachment parenting/emotional coaching with your children - this will be old hat by now. You have hopefully already built a relationship with your children that will stretch into the teen years. I strongly disagree with his brothers book - "Shepherding A Child's Heart" - and I read t
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is as much about parenting teens as it is learning how to shepherd our own hearts as parents. In this book, Tripp consistently gets to our heart conditions and attitudes with helpful illustrations and stories from his own family and pastoral experience. The gospel is always the solution and the goal of parenting is to persuade, plead, and instill in your teens a heart for God.

This book helps a parent really think through what is truly important in raising your children into adulthood s
Peter Jones
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the best books I have read on shepherding older children. As I read it, I was constantly thinking about my own children and the congregation I serve. The book is really well-outlined, which allows for easy referencing after I was done reading. He did a good job of maintaining a proper biblical balance between focus on Christ, but not allowing this to obscure how teenagers should behave. One of the most important things he emphasizes is how much work and time good shepherding requires. Thi ...more
Davi Saro
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
A fantastic book on parenting teenagers from a Christian perspective. Paul David Tripp does a masterful job of exposing difficulties and opportunities that exist in raising children during the teenage years. It has changed my outlook in a significant way. Rather than merely seeing this time as a struggle between my personality and my child’s, I am now parenting in such a way that is more meaningful, biblically faithful and Christ centered. I am already seeing a positive response in my children. ...more
Nathan Schneider
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Tripp's Age of Opportunity is an exposition of parenting from a strictly biblical perspective. For that reason, it is tremendously helpful. Tripp does an excellent job of connecting the dots between biblical exegesis and parental application. He highlights the task of parenting, the sinfulness of children, and the responsibility of showing grace in discipline (without minimizing the need for grace). This book will be at the top of my list for suggested reading for parents.
Todd Adrian
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The concepts, ideas, principles, and strategies in this book are worth at least 4 stars. However, Tripp seems to want to take three paragraphs to say what should be said in one paragraph. While the content is exceptional and worth reading, you will actually read it several times while reading the one book due to his repetition. Great content, great examples, and I found it very useful and convicting. Just wish he had written it in 175 pages instead of 250.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though this book is aimed at parents of teens, it has been super helpful for me as both an elementary teacher and a youth group leader. It is a bit repetitive and less practical than I prefer, but Tripp presents a beautiful and biblically sound vision for the teenage years that really has a lot of application for redemptive living in general. Definitely worth the read, especially if you hold a place of significant influence in the life of kids.
Julie Biles
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Unquestionably the best contemporary book I have read yet on parenting teens! Tripp has a very positive perspective and helps the reader look at this often dreaded period of life as the most exciting yet! I have read and reread this book with each of our 4 children! So yes, I would recommend it for sure!
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, 2015
Very practical & grace-filled. ...more
Anna Molder
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tripp has a wonderful ability to sum up nicely every thought and struggle the teenage years bring. He follows this up with scriptural parenting methods and practical advice. I will suggest this book to any parent with up and coming teens.

The one downside, and this could be a struggle that is unique to me, is that there is a lot of practical without much acknowledgement of the sovereignty of God. He nods to it in many places, but he does speak in absolutes in many places, “do this and the result
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone who works alongside teens and young adults, although its target audience is parents. The author’s premise is that many view the teen years with much cynicism, and believing that teens are just a bunch of raging hormones, their goal is to survive as unscathed as possible.
Tripp points to a better way of viewing teens and these wonderful, redeeming years of insecurity, temptation, and ever changing circumstances. It is in the mundane and every day that the Gospel must be fait
Gina Johnson
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it. I was continually convicted about my own sin and selfishness as well as my functional disbelief of God’s power and goodness. Tripp shows us how to biblically view and approach parenting our teens and he continually reminds us to be watchful of our own sin and how it’s influencing our parenting.
Peter Krol
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Very helpful in looking to my own heart to see how I can better serve and understand my teenagers (whose struggles and need for grace are no different than my own).
Brandi Breezee
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Eh. I’ve read better parenting books, but the last two chapters were practical and helpful. So. I guess I’m glad that I read the book because of those chapters.
Lisa Bittle
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A hard hitting book. This is a must read book for all parents looking to raise their teens with a biblical worldview. Tough on ego, but oh so good.
Bryan Kuranaga
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I am swimming against the tide when I say that I am not overly impressed with Paul Tripp's writings. Nevertheless, I appreciate his honesty in all of his books and his ability to spot the issue beneath the issue. He exhorts his readers in this book to be parents who are aware of the different pressures that a teenager will face and to know how to respond to those pressures when the time comes.
Chris Snodgrass
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent guide to parenting teens, with a focusing on reaching their hearts and practical strategies to do so.
Tim Casteel
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Outstanding book. I listened to the audiobook and liked it so much that I bought the paperback so I can go back through it and underline and chew on its truths (and so my wife can read it - she doesn't like audiobooks!).

What I appreciate about Tripp’s book is that he focuses first, not on the teenager, but on the parents. On our fear- seeing the teen years as an incredible opportunity to talk about real issues for the first time. On our idolatry- comfort, ease, wanting to appear as perfect pare
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful and biblically grounded. Profoundly searching as a parent as to many ‘heart’ issues that lead to poor family dynamics. A positive and proactive set of biblical guidelines and practical suggestions for parenting through the teen (and beyond) years. Recommend
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Very good read-first half (or maybe 3/4) was more general- 'what is your goal', 'what kind of life and character do you want your teen to have when he/she leaves home'? I love how the author shapes these years as years that are not just to be 'survived', but years that are a golden opportunity to help your teen grow in faith and character. It also addresses the issue of what *parents* need to do too, letting go of our own pride and control and wrong attitudes. The last chapter or two is more pra ...more
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Paul was born in Toledo, Ohio to Bob and Fae Tripp on November 12, 1950. Paul spent all of his growing years in Toledo until his college years when his parents moved to Southern California.
At Columbia Bible College from 1968-1972, (now Columbia International University) Paul majored in Bible and Christian Education. Although he had planned to be there for only two years and then to study journalis

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“It is so easy to lose sight of the fact that these are God’s children. They do not belong to us. They are given not to bring us glory, but him. Our teenagers are from him, they exist through him, and the glory of their lives points to him. We are but agents to accomplish his plan. We are but instruments in his hands. Our identity is rooted in him and his call to us, not in our children and their performance. The ultimate rejection that should make us weep is not that they have rejected us, but him.” 0 likes
“Here is where many Christian parents make a decision that seems right on the surface, but I believe is all wrong if they hope to prepare their teenagers to be a redemptive influence in the cultural struggle. Like the Smiths, many Christian parents try their best to keep the surrounding culture out of their homes (cassette tapes, CDs, and videos). In so doing, they lose a wonderful, focused opportunity to teach their children how to use a biblical view of life to understand and critique their culture.” 0 likes
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