Winner of the ECPA Book of the Year Award for Christian Living
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything "right" and raise up "good" children, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God's plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children's hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.
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Hardcover with jacket. 224 pages. Published in 2016 by Crossway Books. ISBN: 978-1-4335-5193-2
"Paul's writing encourages those who have grown weary of the struggle, living under the weight of the world. He constantly turns us back to the life giving power of the gospel and God's unfailing grace. Parenting our children is one of life's greatest challenges and Paul points us to the one thing that can make a difference - a genuine encounter with the living God."
- TobyMac, GRAMMY® award-winning hip-hop artist
"Simply put, I read everything that Paul Tripp writes. I can’t afford to miss one word."
- Ann Voskamp, NY Times best-selling author of One Thousand Gifts
"For years, people have asked me to write a book on parenting. After reading this, I am convinced that I could never write one better than this. I am a parent of seven children. My oldest is twenty, and my youngest is an infant. After reading Parenting, I was torn. Part of me wanted to sit, cry, and confess all of my failures as a parent. The other part wanted to scream with excitement for the tremendous insight I now have to be a better parent."
- Francis Chan, pastor and church-planter; best-selling author of Crazy Love and Erasing Hell
"A subject needing careful study … a messenger committed to the truth … a careful application of God’s Word. The power is in the combination, and it all comes together in Paul Tripp's new book. Read it and see one of your most important human responsibilities become more of what God created it to be."
- James MacDonald, Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel; author of Act Like Men and Vertical Church
"I cannot recommend this book highly enough; it is simply outstanding. This is Tripp at his best: He shows us the big picture of life with Christ and gets down to the nitty gritty specifics of walking by grace through faith. Tripp's manifesto is about more than simply our duty as parents-- it's about our privilege of being an ambassador of Jesus Christ to our kids. Moms and dads from every culture will benefit from Tripp's call for us to live in light of the grace and hope we have in Jesus."
- Gloria Furman, cross-cultural worker; author of Missional Motherhood and Alive In Him
"This book is so timely for me. My bride and I are raising 4 children 5 and under and we need help! It's easy to find books with parenting tips on how to correct our children's behavior, but Paul Tripp's book goes far beyond behavior; he takes the reader to the source of the problem- the heart. If we understand our children at a heart level and have a proper understanding of the Gospel, then we can parent them as God intends. Paul Tripp has written a simple, yet profound book. Parents, you need to read this now. You will surely be blessed."
- Webb Simpson, 2012 PGA® U.S. Open Champion
"I am an imperfect parent. You probably are too. Buy this book and soak in it. This is not another "5 Steps to Becoming a Perfect Parent” - instead, Tripp wants us to see our relationship to God and to our children through a big-picture-lens. My wife and I are always-go-never-stop parents of young children. If you know the feeling, this book will be both challenging and refreshing, and ultimately it will be a great blessing to your journey. Tripp has made me think in a fresh way about the extremely important and tremendously challenging task that is “every-day parenting.” To raise up a child is a great responsibility — let us take it up with reverence, joy and a loving heart!"
- Jacob Tamme, NFL® Tight End
"Once again Paul Tripp leads with grace and truth, reminding us how our gospel identity informs everything we do. Parenting offers refreshing insight for new parents and hope for those in the trenches."
- Brandon Hatmaker, Founder of The Legacy Collective; author of A Mile Wide
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