My favorite thing to do when I get a minute to myself is to read a good book. Sometimes, I will stay up until the early morning hours reading, because when you have little children, there is little time to quietly read a book during the day. Often, I read fiction, but I also enjoy a change every now and then and delve into other genres. When given the opporunity to review Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp, I was excited to take a break from my typical fiction book and hopefully find nuggets of wisdom I could apply to one of life’s greatest challenges- parenting. Little did I know, God had specifically placed this book in my hands for review because it was just what I needed!
In the past, parenting books I read have felt a bit stale in the presentation of information, but I was most impressed that this book is the complete opposite! The information reads with ease, using relatable examples and instances. And unlike other parenting books, I couldn’t wait to read the next chapter, anxious to learn the next principle.
The very first paragraph caught my interest as it clearly described my life…. noisy and messy house, no alone time, nothing to pack for lunch, bickering children, busy week ahead, money needed for everything, and feeling exhausted and unappreciated. Seriously, had the author stepped into my home? No, as it turns out, this is often the norm. But thankfully, there are principles given to us, straight from the best source of all, the Bible, that answer all of our parenting concerns and provide the guidance we need to get out of the “norm” mentioned above.
Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is that it does not read like a to-do list or step-by-step guide to great parenting. Instead, it presents the big picture of what God expects from us as parents and reminds us that we need the grace of God to rescue us and shape every single thing we do as parents. The fourteen principles are presented with wisdom and ease, focusing around foundational principles that come straight from the Gospel. While it is so easy to get caught up with what the world expects me to be as a parent and what my children should do to be “successful,” this book definitely puts those faults into perspective and reminds us of what grace is all about.
Regardless of what age your children are or what stage of parenting you are in, this book can speak to all parents. I, personally, was greatly inspired by Chapter 1 called Calling and Chapter 14 on Mercy. This is the kind of parenting book I want to share with my husband and all of my other mom friends. This is the kind of parenting book I will keep on my nightstand and read over and over again. This is the kind of parenting book I have needed to read but hadn’t been able to find until now.
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Clearly, I loved reading this book. And I will end this review with this, as read in Chapter 2 on Grace. “God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you.” Parenting can be tough and challenging, but it is without a doubt one of God’s greatest blessings. Comment below for a chance to win your own copy and prepare to view parenting from the perspective of the Gospels.
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