14 Gospel Principles That can Radically Change Your Family
Written By: Paul David Tripp
Sometimes parents wish there was a guaranteed formula for raising good kids--a certain list of rules to follow to ensure they'd have obedient children. But if moms and dads view their role through the lens of God's grace, they will see that the gospel must first shape how they parent before they can effectively shape their children. In this book, Paul David Tripp unfolds a more biblical perspective on parenting than merely adhering to a list of rules. He lays out fourteen gospel-centered principles that will radically change the way parents think about what it means to raise up a child, informing everything they do as a parent.
I had a difficult time getting into this book. I read pretty much any chance that I get, and I also believe in sticking with the things that I start. It was difficult to get started but it was good reading through the 14 principles that can change a family. I like the way the book wasn't really about parenting, but about fundamental truths that provide a foundation. If we want our family to radically change, then, as with many other life situations - the change must start with us. It isn't about how we can 'parent' our children as much as its about the way our Heavenly Father 'parents' us as He entrusts us with the most important job, that of a mother or father. Some of the principles covered include: Grace, Identity, Character, Control, Rest and Mercy....you will have to pick up the book to find out what the other 8 principles are! Each chapter has a heading and then is outlined by a brief description of the principle and followed up with a more lengthy, sometimes hard to get into, detailed explanation. For example - Chapter 2 Grace Principle: God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you. My husband and I read this book together, we have two boys. It was nice to read with somebody else and see what stood out to them and also look at how we each want to apply what we have learned. Overall, I think it was a good book, just takes a bit of patience and determination to get through it.
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