Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens (Resources for Changing Lives)

Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens (Resources for Changing Lives)

by Paul David Tripp

Are you hoping to merely survive your teenagers?

  • Language: English
  • Category: Parenting
  • Rating: 4.38
  • Pages: 291
  • Publish Date: June 1st 2001 by P & R Publishing
  • Isbn10: 0875526055
  • Isbn13: 9780875526058

What People Think about "Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens (Resources for Changing Lives)"

I love the vision he cast for not merely surviving the inevitable teen years with our children, but instead viewing them with excitement and brimming with opportunity. I highly recommend it for any parent who is looking for encouragement and help as they seek to raise teens for the glory of God.

Some things I learned are: The teenage years are an age of opportunity to prepare ones teen for a wise, God-honoring, God-fearing life driven by biblical conviction rather than worldly culture. Every moment of family life is a teaching moment, and Gods Word is the foundation of the parents teaching.

The bulk of the book deals with setting biblical goals for teens and strategies to achieve those goals in parenting. Because ultimately this book is about relationships and that's why, despite not having any teenage children of my own yet, I felt convicted again and again while reading this and noting my own sinful behavior in relationships.

Tripp's book seems, at first read, like a lofty and unrealistic way to parent. But his counsel is not lofty nor unrealistic and if you have read Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp then chances are good that you are already parenting your teen in some biblical ways. Even without reading that book this Tripp's parenting counsel is still not lofty nor unrealistic because it is biblical and God's instructions are never lofty or unrealistic, we make them so because they rub against our flesh or they go against the flow of culture but they are not. And I highly recommend reading Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp as well - even if your kids are tweens or teens!

It is especially suited to the pre-teen years, when we are all bracing for big changes within the family unit. Finally -- a truly helpful book for parents of teens!

I strongly disagree with his brothers book - "Shepherding A Child's Heart" - and I read this one because he is going to be at a homeschool gathering this summer that I was thinking of attending. I could not, in good conscience, support the gathering if his brothers violent methods of child "training" were going to be the focal point of the event.

The gospel is always the solution and the goal of parenting is to persuade, plead, and instill in your teens a heart for God. This book helps a parent really think through what is truly important in raising your children into adulthood so that you do not miss this golden opportunity to shepherd and guide your teens into a healthy and godly relationship with Christ.

After seminary, Paul was involved in planting a church in Scranton, Pennsylvania (1977-1987) where he also founded a Christian School. Paul then became a faculty member of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) and a lecturer in biblical counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Paul is a pastor with a pastors heart, a gifted speaker, his journey taking him all over the world, an author of numerous books on practical Christian living, and a man who is hopelessly in love with Luella.