Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family {Review & Giveaway}

Being a parent has been, by far, THE hardest, most personally refining experience of my life. The love a parent feels for her child is indescribable. Yet, the day-in, day-out struggles can be grueling, especially when we neglect to see the big picture.


In his latest book — Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, Paul David Tripp provides that big-picture view of God’s plan for parents and outlines 14 key principles centered on the Gospel that will give your parenting purpose, direction, and joy. {Scroll down for the giveaway.}

I recently had the opportunity to review Parenting, and while I am still praying and wading through it (and taking extensive notes), I have had so many a-ha moments that I have to recommend this book to you. First, let me clarify. This book isn’t your “panacea to all parenting woes” nor is it your “10 steps to become the perfect parent.” I have read those books. They didn’t get to the heart of the matter. Tripp’s book does. He calls parents to show our children grace just as the Father so lovingly does for us.


To follow are Tripp’s 14 foundational Gospel principles for parents and my own summary of each.

  1. Calling: We have been called by God to be tools for forming human souls.
  2. Grace: God always equips the called; He never sends us without also going with us.
  3. Law: Our children need the Law, but it cannot change or save them. God’s grace is essential!
  4. Inability: We have no power whatsoever to change our children.
  5. Identity: Our identity should come from Christ alone, not our children, who cannot deliver.
  6. Process: Parenting is not an event but a life-long process, an unending conversation, a project.
  7. Lost: We are dealing not with bad behavior but little sinners in need of rescue.
  8. Authority: One foundation of good parenting is teaching our children submission to authority.
  9. Foolishness: The sin within is more dangerous to a child than the evil in the world.
  10. Character: Much of the wrong our children do is not direct rebellion but due to a lack of character.
  11. False gods: Our children are worshipers. What rules his heart will control his behavior.
  12. Control: It’s not about behavior control but showing our children the gravity of sin and their need for God’s rescuing.
  13. Rest: Parents need to remember God has called us and we aren’t alone. We can rest in Him.
  14. Mercy: Our primary calling as parents is not to judgment but to deliver God’s mercy.

There is so much richness and depth in Parenting that I cannot do the book justice in such a brief review, but it is certainly a book that I will come back to again and again on my parenting journey.


I HIGHLY recommend this book to any parent . . .

  • who has come under self-condemnation
  • who has lost focus on the big picture of God’s plan for parents
  • who feels alone, hopeless, exhausted
  • who wants to know what the Bible says about good parenting
  • desires to be the ambassador and tool God has called you to be in the lives of your children


Do you want to win a copy of Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family?

You can purchase your own copy of Parenting here. What a great gift for new parents!

Or enter to win a copy from the publisher. Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, and I will announce the winner on 10/28/16. This giveaway is only open to residents in the continental U.S. and Canada.

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  1. I have heard good things about this book. It sounds great. My biggest parenting challenges involve my lack of self control and also finding the joy in every situation.

  2. My biggest parenting struggle right now is dealing with my four year old daughter. She’s very headstrong and I don’t want to squash her personality but rather I want to shape and guide it but sometimes I just don’t know how. It’s very humbling.

  3. I would enjoy reading this book, too! My biggest parenting struggle is not losing my temper and disciplining when the situation arises.