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Monday, October 3, 2016

Paul Tripp parenting book review and giveaway

I thought I'd get a chance to read this book but every chance I get is my kids. Even as I write this sentence I am still being interrupted by children that were supposed to be asleep an hour ago.

Some of you know the trouble I have been having with my oldest. I don't know what it is about oldest children that they always think they know best. They don't, but they think they do. All knowledge with no wisdom. It's very frustrating. What do I do with this kid? When I was asked if I'd be interested in reviewing this book, I begged to be considered.

There's also this link to a 14 day video series from the publisher. I plan to sign-up for that as soon as I finish this post! My heart is breaking and my soul is heavy. I don't know how to be a good parent. I don't have a good model and when I do what was modeled to me as a child I realize how unbiblical it is.

I'm often torn between wanting God's best for my son and wanting the world's best for my son. I want God to win his soul but I also want him to be the best at everything he sets his I set my mind to for him. See?

Our troubles are more than only me. Much more. The kids is so smart and clever without a drop of wisdom. I don't know what to do with him. I cry every day because of him. I want him to behave, but more than that I want him to want to behave. I want him to have a genuine relationship with Christ which I do not believe he does. He is breaking my heart with his choices.

So I read the introductory chapter of Tripp's book. I cried a lot. He describes a parent as either an owner or an ambassador. I see myself with desires in the latter but many actions in the former. When Felipe and I started this journey together we said we'd hang our culture and turn only to the Bible for instruction. To make decisions we would follow Proverbial wisdom and Jesus's words. The problem with this technique is that we are both so saturated with sin as are our children. And without realizing it, I find my thoughts echoing my sleeping brother's:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:15-25 ESV)

Enough about me. This will be an awesome book.
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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