I’d like to take some time this week to recommend some books on parenting. I’ll start by answering the famous question, “If you had only one book to recommend on the subject of _____________ what would it be?” Of course the blank for this post would be parenting. And, of course, the Bible is the one book I recommend for anything related to how to live on planet earth. But in addition to the Bible, the book is Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp.
Here is an excerpt…
Recognizing that God has called you to function as his agent defines your task as a parent. Our culture has reduced parenting to providing care. Parents often see the task in these narrow terms. The child must have food, clothes, a bed, and some quality time.
In sharp contrast to such a weak view, God has called you to a more profound task than being only a care-provider. You shepherd your child in God’s behalf. The task God has given you is not one that can be conveniently scheduled. It is a pervasive task. Training and shepherding are going on whenever you are with your children. Whether waking, walking, talking or resting, you must be involved in helping your child to understand life, himself, and his needs form a biblical perspective (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).”