I have never read a parenting book before. Never really felt like I would get much out of them...I mean..none of us really know what we're doing, right?! No? Just me? Okay, then...carry on.
But just in case you are like me, and are a bit curious, let me tell you about this book I got to review. So I have read reviews of lots of parenting books but wasn't sure if they were for me. They all seemed very similar and I feared that they would make me feel like a worse parent. I mean, I'm trying here.
I had read the reviews for Paul David Tripp's book : Parenting - 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, and it seemed interesting and it is faith-based which is very important to me.
When I got the chance to review it, I figured I would plant myself on the beach after homeschooling the kiddos and give it a chance. As you may have gathered, I am a bit skeptical of parenting books so I wasn't sure how exactly this could change my family.
I was immediately taken with the authors candor. I feel like he's straightforward while also being transparent. I can accept advice and tips from someone who is also an imperfect parent. Don't wag your finger at me. And Tripp's book accomplishes this beautifully. Honestly.
And that's what I need. Give me REAL, please.
What I really liked about the book is that it isn't a list of rules and if your kid does "x" do "y". It's so easy to get dragged down with the weight of daily parenting and then adding in some rules you're trying to implement.
There is absolutely a place for that, but it's not what I need from a parenting book which is why I haven't ever read one. This book focuses on the OVERALL goal of parenting as the gift from God it is.
Thank you. This is what I need to focus on. The kids are growing up so fast and I need to make sure that when the days are long and tough, that I'm focused on the overall goal of my main [and most rewarding] job.
Each chapter highlights a principle that keeps you focused on your true goals as a parent. The way it is laid out is simple, non condescending but also not sugar coated. He tells you like it is, backs it up with scripture and does it with the transparent honesty I mentioned before. Gospel Parenting. Just what I needed.
I felt like he knew exactly the thoughts I have as a parent. The struggles, the issues, the worries, all laid to rest while reading this book. I loved it. If you're hesitant about parenting books like I was/am, this is one you can check out. I definitely recommend it. It has helped me to look at the things I yell at and make sure I'm keeping the big picture in view.
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