“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.