Thursday, October 27, 2016

14 Gospel Principles for Parenting

This is a sponsored review. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. It also contains referral links. If you click through and purchase something, I will recieve a small commission.

I want to tell you about a book. There are a lot of book reviews that start out with "this book has been on my shelf..." In this case, that would be a lie. This book has never seen a shelf. Instead it's spent some time in my laundry basket, on the corner of the dining room table, and in my shoulder bag. Seems fitting when I tell you that it's a parenting book, huh? Even better when I tell you that I haven't read the whole book! But I'm still going to tell you about it, because I think it's a great book!

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That can Radically Change your Family by Paul David Tripp helps you to examine your calling as a parent. It's a realistic look at family life and the struggles that all parents have: too little time and so many goals!

Tripp calls us ambassadors in that we are called to faithfully represent the message of the leader who has sent us; in this case, Christ Jesus. Our job is to establish a space where our children can learn and grow and ultimately become what God has created them to be. And the best part is that the author himself admits that this is not an easy job and one he has often struggled with. It's not a preachy book, but a guide for helping you to become more of the parent you want to be.
Each chapter is based on one of 14 gospel principles with a series of very relateable vignettes about parenting. It's nice to know that my kids aren't the only ones driving their parents crazy! But my job is bigger than that, and as long as I keep my end goal in mind, I can power through.

In looking over the book, I flipped right to the chapter on Mercy. The first thing I read was this:
"No parent gives mercy better than one who is convinced that he desperately needs it himself."
It really hit home because it made me think of all the times I call upon God's mercy for myself, but act stingy in bestowing that mercy on others. I truly believe in God's mercy, and in fact depend on it to get through many of my days. Somehow, in the thick of things, I neglect to show that mercy to my children. And how else will they come to internalize God's mercy if they've not been shown abundant mercy from me? Mercy is not feeling like a failure when your kids misbehave in public. Mercy is reminding yourself that children are children and they act like children. Mercy helps me recall that my children are learning from everything they do and my reactions to it. Mercy is really what I need to work on most to be a better parent. 

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