Ch. 13 – Shepherding the Heart Summarized – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 13 – Shepherding the Heart Summarized.”  This chapter is a short summary of the first 12 chapters, and it makes sense in our synopsis to do the same thing.

The foundations of raising kids covered so far are as follows:

  1. Our kids are the product of two things – their shaping influences and their Godward orientation.
  2. Behavior comes from the heart.
  3. Parents have authority because they act as agents of God.
  4. “Since the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, you must set such a worldview before your children.”
  5. Biblical methods are as important as biblical goals.
  6. God has two methods for raising kids – communication and the rod.

In the following chapters, Tripp will look at applying these principles to raising kids at various ages and stages of development.

Personal Observation

At this point, I wanted to say how profoundly impacting I have found both this book and putting together this synopsis.  It is impactful not only on a theoretical level but also on a very practical level.  I am currently working on a more comprehensive summary (a cheat sheet of sorts) which I intend to put together and post at the conclusion of this synopsis.

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