Tim Challies is a book-reading & reviewing machine. I’m not sure how he does it. I’m not sure how he has been able to blog every single day for like 4 years. Yesterday he turned his attention to Tedd Tripp’s long-awaited follow-up to Shepherding a Child’s Heart. This time he co-wrote Instructing a Child’s Heart with his wife Margy. So until I read it, Tim’s review will have to do (since it may be quite some time).
I very much appreciated Shepherding a Child’s Heart (there were some points of disagreement in the details). The priority is not obedience, but the heart. Corrective instruction is used to redirect a child so they want to obey by teaching them that actions have consequences.
Here they move into formative instruction, which seeks to form attitudes and actions by building a Christian worldview. It is proactive, where corrective instruction is reactive. Hopefully they will produce a DVD and study guide similar to the ones for Shepherding a Child’s Heart. With the increase in mobility many of us now live farther from our parents, the increase in divorce man people live estranged from 1 or more parents, and the reality that many converts come from families that did not practice Christianity, this would be important to assist churches in equipping and encouraging young families who lack access to godly family members who live nearby.