That seems like a silly question. Couldn’t all parents use at least a little help with parenting. Paul Tripp wrote a book called “Parenting”. You know what it is about? Parenting. Seriously though, it’s more than that. This book has a dynamite combination. Sometimes when you combine two things, it’s not so great. Like hot dogs and mayonnaise, not what the doctor ordered. Or how about stripes and plaids? Gasoline and an open flame? These are all disasters waiting to happen. But when you combine a parenting book with the Gospel, you get a must read.
Don’t Skip the Intro. What a way to set up a book! Like a great pregame from a coach, the author’s motivation in the opening pages is impeccable. Not sure about the book, read the intro and you’ll be asking “Where do I sign?”
Gospel-Centered. The author’s web page suggested his concern of parenting self-help books, and even his previous parenting books being held in more importance than God’s Word. So, the author goes all out in taking the Gospel into parenting, rather than the other way around. And he does a masterful job of instilling Gospel principles into everyday parenting. It’s not too over the top, the “porridge” tastes just right.
That Didn’t Take Long. Read a chapter and set a timer…it won’t be very long until you are tested with these practical principles from God’s Word. These chapters are filled with practical lessons, that are both challenging and convicting. And it doesn’t take long for you to be tested on the material.
This, This, and This. The author has a certain style. He like a particular mode of writing. The book is filled with a specific literary technique. I was trying to be subtle there, but the author tends to lean on a repetitive style of writing, and enjoys repeating a phrase in different ways. Most of the time, it is very effective and needed, but every once in a while the list just seems redundant.
The Grade: A. For any phase of parenting, this book is a must read. Read it before having kids. Read it when you are in the heat of the battle. Read it as a grandparent. Suggest it to friends. Suggest it in parent meetings. It’s a must read. It goes to the heart of both the parent and the child, and it does not let go. It is enlightening, frustratingly challenging, spiritually uplifting, directionally on target, and never wavers from the truth of God’s Word. It is a must read.