Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A Valuable Resource for Child Rearing

Several years ago, some of my friends highly recommended Ted Tripp's book Shepherding a Child's Heart. I purchased it and read it. I didn't find it significantly helpful. Probably that's a commentary on me, though Tripp's style tends to be repetitious, and I don't do repetitious well.

Recently, Lizzy Stetler posted a link to a series of five lectures by Tripp on Child Rearing. Marianne viewed the lectures and encouraged me to. The lectures are fabulous. I particularly resonated with his second lecture "Giving Kids a Vision for God's Glory." Powerful stuff!

I heartily recommend any dad (and mom) who is serious about inculcating a Christian worldview (modern term for Scripture's "wisdom") into their children to absorb all you can from these lectures.

Here are the links to the five lectures:
Session 1: The Call to Formative Instruction
Session 2: Giving Kids a Vision for God's Glory
Session 3: Helping Kids Understand Authority
Session 4: Helping Kids Understand the Heart
Session 5: Overview of Corrective Discipline

As usual, my recommendation does not constitute an endorsement of everything Tripp says. We are always responsible to search the Scriptures to verify the accuracy of any teaching.

1 comment:

Derek Hickman said...

Interesting. Tara and I were just talking about our family and our future the other day, and how we teach them to "live" this earthly life in a Godly way.

To me it is so important to teach them to do EVERYTHING for God's glory. That means the natural function of our bodies, the way we clean our house, the way we manage our time, the way we treat each other, the way we study, the way we pray, the way a husband loves his wife and vice versa . . . everything.

What a great foundation! Not ony is it good for us, but our FOCUS (that ever-important deal maker or breaker) is on the right focal point - God.

I'll have to watch the videos.

Peace.