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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Instructing a Child's Heart, by Tedd Tripp (Giveaway)

In my Friday morning Bible study this year, we read Instructing a Child's Heart.  (A few years ago we read and studied Shepherding a Child's Heart...it was also excellent.)

Both books are amazing, and the focus is on teaching our children truth, not just controlling and limiting unwanted behavior.  We are to direct them and teach them (and their hearts) God's ways.  It is solid, biblical teaching.

Shepherding a Child's HeartThese paragraphs from chapter 13 Instructing a Child's Heart are convicting for this mom, but it's important that I do not let conviction and guilt stop me from doing all I can do to be a godly mom.  I can still strive toward the goal of teaching my children God's ways so that they can make the choice to follow Him.  I feel that it is a terrific summary of the entire book.

Instructing a Child's Heart"We don't shepherd our children to assure that our children will 'turn out right.'  We shepherd our children to be faithful to the work God has given us.  Consequences do not serve as power plays to prove our role or power or strength or to put the kids in their place for our convenience.  They are designed by God to display the reality of God's ultimate rule in affairs of men and to extend mercy while there is time to repent and trust in God.
"Discipline is not an opportunity for us to show our children who is boss or hand out punishments that will change their behavior.  Even when our consequences are appropriate and underscore God's truth and our standards, discipline is primarily an opportunity to remind our children of their need to repent and believe in Christ, and forgiveness and provision available from God through Christ.  We are really declaring God's sovereignty and involvement with all he has created, offering relationship with God through Christ.  Show them the beauty and goodness of confession to God and others, and warn them of the coming judgment for unbelief." ~Chapter 13, IaCH


If that speaks to your heart, and you desire to be a godly parent, consider either of these books (or the DVD seminar series...great for a group study) by Tedd Tripp.  (In my opinion, IaCH has more application, but you may want to begin with SaCH.  I'm glad I did.  Both are invaluable resources for this mom.  I seriously need to read SaCH again now that my daughter is not a toddler.)  These books are invaluable resources, and I highly recommend them.  For those of you who like audio books, like me, they are available in audio, too!  Great for listening to as a couple!


Though both of these books were my own copies, but I am excited to tell you that Shepherding Press is offering a copy of either Shepherding a Child's Heart OR Instructing a Child's Heart for one Live, Learn, Love reader.  If you are not a parent, but know a mom or dad that desires to bring their child up in a godly way, do enter anyway and share this great resource!  


Giveaway
To Enter: Check out both Instructing a Child's Heart and Shepherding a Child's Heart and tell me which book you would prefer if you win.  Be sure that I have a way to contact you through your Blogger profile, or just leave an email address in your comment!  Giveaway is open for US residents.


Extra Entries:
~ Follow Live, Learn, Love (through email or GFC).
~ Like Live, Learn, Love on facebook.


Giveaway goes through June 20th.  Winner will be emailed and announced in this blog post.  
Winner of the book of her choice is comment #2, Michelle!  Congratulations!

22 comments:

Michelle said...

Ohhhhh. I JUST finished Perals in the Sand! Awesome!!!! Sitting right next to it on my nightstand is Sheperhding a Child's heart - I'll be starting it tonight.........soooooo, I'd LOVE to win Instructing a Child's heart!!!

Michelle said...

I follow your great blog!

Michelle said...

I follow you on FB :-)

Miller Moments said...

I would probably like to start with Shepherding a Child's Heart since he wrote that one first.

Miller Moments said...

I follow you!

Janice said...

I think I would go with Shepherding a Child's Heart, although the both look wonderful!
feltyfun at gmail dot com

Janice said...

I like you on fb!
feltyfun at gmail dot com

Janice said...

I follow in GFC!
feltyfun at gmail dot com

Shonda said...

I would like Instructing a Child's heart. (I have the other one). shondaet@gmail.com

Shonda said...

I follow on FB shondaet@gmail.com

Shonda said...

I follow GFC shondaet@gmail.com

Ticia said...

I'd probably prefer Shepherding because you suggested reading it first, but I want both ultimately..... Shepherding has been on my wish list for a while.

Ticia said...

I follow you on GFC.....

Ticia said...

I like you on FB.

Carrie said...

Definitely Instructing a Child's Heart. (I haven't read that one yet.)

Carrie said...

I follow you on FB

Carrie said...

And I follow you around these parts as well! =)

Anonymous said...

A missionary who recently spoke at my church highly recommended SaCH. Since I haven't read it yet, I'd like to win that title. Thank you.
angiechadwell@yahoo.com

Melissa Ann said...

I'd love Shepherding a Child's Heart. Thank you for the giveaway :)

seemommysew said...

I already have Shepherding a Child's Heart, so I would love Instructing a Child's Heart!
seemommysew @ gmailDOTcom

Jenny said...

I would start with Shepherding since that's what you recommend.

Jenny said...

I follow your blog.

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