“Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Ted Tripp is one of the best Christian parenting books I have read over the years. We have copies available on the bookstall. There are so many conflicted misunderstandings about parenting, it is good to be pointed to Biblical principles and methods.
Here are some select quotes:
“The purpose for your authority in the lives of your children is not to hold them under your power, but to empower them to be self-controlled people living freely under the authority of God.”
Obedience means training a child “to do what he is told – without challenge, without excuse, without delay.”
“Made in the image of God, a child is designed with a worship orientation. Even as a young child, he is either worshiping and serving God or idols… The question is not ‘will he worship?’ It is always ‘whom will he worship?‘”
“The teenage years are often years of rebellion. Some of the rebellion is simply a misguided attempt to establish individuality. But often, teenage rebellion has deeper roots. In some kids, it is an expression of rebellion that has been latent all along… Parents often seem to be taken by surprise, when actually the rebellion has been dormant for years.”
“What your children need is spiritual nurture… They need to understand that all of life rushes toward the day when we shall stand before God and give account.”
May God help us to faithfully nurture our children and grandchildren in obedience to the great gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Wayne Schuller- firstname.lastname@example.org