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A change in behavior that does not stem from a change in heart is not commendable; it is condemnable. So begins one of the most penetrating parenting books Dan and I have read. The author, Tedd Tripp, builds a solid, Biblical argument for getting to the heart of your child's behavior with the ultimate goal of your child living to please God, not man.

If your child outwardly obeys but inwardly seethes, he is living life like a Pharisee, behavior that was condemned by Jesus. Tedd also points out that if we have low expectations for our children's behavior, then they will never experience failure and the need for what only Jesus through the Holy Spirit can do for them.

There is a lot to this meaty book, one that has profoundly altered the way we look at parenting. Application questions at the end of each chapter make Shepherding a Child's Heart a natural for your local church group to utilize. It is never too late to seek God's best for your family.

Author: Tedd Tripp
Pages: 237
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 1998
ISBN: 9780966378603
Publisher: Shepherd Press
Made In: USA

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review.

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Had some good intent January 15, 2013
Reviewer: Meredith the Home Educating Mama  
I have to say that I am not against spanking--we have used it VERY judiciously with one of our children, but I do not agree with spanking as a child training tool--as you might utilize it with a dog. As I read this book, I agreed with their premise and the need kids have for boundaries, etc. So, in that respect, I appreciated the book. On the other hand, if you don't agree with spanking and cannot read a book without throwing out the "stuff" you don't like, there are better books for you. I really liked "Parenting with Love and Logic" by Jim Fay & Foster Cline for one that has the same premise as Tripp in this book (that kids need boundaries, etc.), but they utilize other methods to discipline children.

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Good but... January 14, 2013
Reviewer: Seeking Truth Daily  
This book as with the teaching DVD's has great biblical advice. It uses scripture to get to the heart of our kids. I have used it with my other relationships as well. It is great. One problem and why I gave it a 3. It is hard when you are a homeschooler of many kids to give the proper attention to each kid to put all these plans in action. But still a great book.

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A Wonderful, Godly Book on Raising Children October 26, 2011
Reviewer: Anna Wood from Mobile, AL United States  
So many parenting books fall short these days. Even those that claim to be written from a biblical perspective often put forth men's ideas instead of staying true to biblical text. This one is far different. This book is completely biblical, very readable and reaches to the heart of the matter of raising children. For far too many years, parents have tried to be pals to their children; all around us we see the proof that this method lead to disaster. It's high time that, instead of trying to befriend their children, parents start leading them, shepherding them; Shepherding a Child's Heart gives parents all of the tools necessary to begin.

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Offers the Best Parenting Advice! September 20, 2011
Reviewer: Celena J. from United States  
I first read "Shepherding a Child's Heart" when I became a mama... and a mama to twins, at that! I come back to it again and again for it's solid biblical advice, loving though firm parenting style, inspiration and encouragement.  I now have 4 children 7 and under.  Almost everytime my husband and I go anywhere, we're complimented on their behavior.  Our children are great blessings to us & I believe that is mainly because I read this book early on and it helped us to understand how to parent our children biblically. There are sections for parents of children of ALL ages so even if your children are older (even teenagers) I highly recommend this book more than any other!

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My favorite child training book October 19, 2010
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Buckeye, AZ United States  
This book greatly impacted our family!  I love how it keeps the gospel at the center of parenting.  Tedd Tripp has a gift for teaching parents how to see to the heart of what their children are doing and discipline accordingly.  He shows how to avoid hypocrisy by getting to the inside and not just the outside of behavior.  I highly recommend this book!

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