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Thursday Morning Ladies Bible Study: Shepherding a Child's Heart

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Every Thursday until May 26, 2022

9:30am – 11:30am

Category: Thursday Morning Ladies Bible Study | Coordinator: Laura Guenzel

Shepherding A Child's Heart - book coverCome and study with the ladies on Thursday mornings beginning at 9:30 am. We are covering the book Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp. This study is led by Laura Guenzel. We meet at Christine Sherwin's home in Pooler, GA. Children are welcome. We will cover 19 chapters beginning on January 6, 2022 and will continue through May 26, 2022. Questions? Email Laura at newcovpreswomen@gmail.com.


Shepherding a Child’s Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way: “…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child’s heart into the paths of life.

In this revised edition of Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Dr. Tedd Tripp not only draws on his thirty years experience as a pastor, counselor, school administrator, and father, but he also shares insights gained in many years of teaching this material in conferences worldwide, providing more valuable help for parents.

About the author

Tedd Tripp (B.A., Geneva College; M.Div., Philadelphia Theological Seminary; D. Min, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the president of Shepherding the Heart Ministries, and is Pastor Emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where he served from 1980 until 2012. Tedd has developed and teaches materials that encourage the people of God to understand gospel hope for the ways that human beings are pushed and pulled by the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.


Part 1 Foundations for Biblical Childrearing

Getting to the Heart of Behavior 3 

2 Your Child’s Development: Shaping Influences 9 
Shaping Influences 10 Mistakes in Understanding Shaping Influences 15 

3 Your Child’s Development: Godward Orientation 18 
Godward Orientation 19 Implications for Childrearing 22 The Importance of Godward Orientation 23 Summary 24 

4 You’re in Charge 26 
Confusion about Authority 27 Called to Be in Charge 28 Called to Obedience 29 Parenting Defined 32 Summary 35 

5 Examining Your Goals 39 
Unbiblical Goals 40 The Biblical Warning Against Cultural Influence 44 Mixed Signals 46 

6 Reworking Your Goals 49 
Rethinking Unbiblical Goals 49 Objections Answered 55 

7 Discarding Unbiblical Methods 58 
Unbiblical Methods 59 Evaluating Unbiblical Methods 66 

8 Embracing Biblical Methods: Communication 70 
Communication is Dialogue, Not Monologue 72 Focus on Understanding 73 

9 Embracing Biblical Methods: Types of Communication 80 
Types of Communication 81 Summary 87 

10 Embracing Biblical Methods: A Life of Communication 89 
A Life of Communication 89 Shepherding the Heart 90 Counting the Cost 90 Counting the Blessings of Paying the Cost 92 Is It Worth the Cost? 96 

11 Embracing Biblical Methods: The Rod 99 
The Rationale Behind the Rod 101 What is the Rod? 104 Distortions of the Rod 107 Common Objections to the Rod 108 The Fruit of the Rod 111 The Best of Both 113 

12 Embracing Biblical Methods: Appeal to the Conscience 115 
Appealing to the Conscience 116 Correcting with A Central Focus on Redemption 120 

13 Shepherding the Heart Summarized 122 


Part 2 Shepherding Through the Stages of Childhood 

14 Infancy to Childhood: Training Objectives 127 
Primary Characteristic—Change 128 Understanding Authority 129 Circle of Blessing 131 Honoring Defined 132 Obedience Defined 134 Call for Consistency 135 
Process of Appeal 136 The Importance of Example 138 Shepherding Your Children in Godly Attitudes 139 Benefits of Learning to be Under Authority 139 Save Time—Do It Right 140 

15 Infancy to Childhood: Training Procedures 143 
The “When” of Spanking 145The “How” of Spanking 146 The “Why” of Spanking 150 Frequently Asked Questions 151 

16 Childhood: Training Objectives 161 
Childhood 161 Three-Pronged Tool of Diagnosis 165 

17 Childhood: Training Procedures 171 
Addressing the Heart 172 Appealing to the Conscience 173 Developing Character 174 Interpreting Behavior in Character Terms 180 A Long-Term Vision 181 

18 Teenagers: Training Objectives 183 
Signs of the Times 184 Rebellion 185 Three Foundations for Life 186 

19 Teenagers: Training Procedures 197 
Internalization of the Gospel 198 Shepherding the Internalization of the Gospel 200 Developing A Shepherding Relationship with Teens 200 


Tedd Tripp knows what he is talking about and who he is talking to. He knows children, he knows parents…and he knows the ways of God. This book teaches you what your goals should be and how to pursue these ends practically. It teaches you how to talk to your children and what to talk about. It will inspire you to become a different kind of parent. This is a masterful book.
—Dr. David Powlison, Westminster Theological Seminary

With the plethora of material on parenting and the family, it is surprising—and distressing—to see how few books are genuinely biblical. Here is a refreshing exception. Tedd Tripp offers solid, trustworthy, biblical help for parents. If you are looking for the right perspective and practical help, you won’t find a more excellent guide.
—Pastor John MacArthur

Dr. Tripp’s material on parenting is the clearest, most biblically framed, and most helpful that I have ever encountered. It has become the backbone of my own parenting. I am not alone, either. His seminar tapes are by far the most frequently requested biblical teaching materials among my students, counselees, and friends.
—Dr. Edward Welch, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

I am glad to recommend this book for its remarkably clear, biblical, and practical teaching. Earnest fathers and mothers will find it also eminently ‘do-able.’
—Elisabeth Elliot