Book Review: Shepherding A Child’s Heart

What type of parent will love Shepherding a Child’s Heart and which type should steer clear away from the book?

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I have had several requests to read and review Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp.

Let me say, this will be a mixed review.

On the one hand, this book has some great points. It has several of what I would call “Golden Nuggets” that put things well and make great points. 

On the other hand, it has quite a bit I disagree with.

I think the only parenting book I have read that I disagree with more is The Happiest Baby On the Block.

I find this funny because most of what I disagree with with Happiest Baby is the whole caveman/evolution thing, and Shepherding is a very Biblical book.

A simple example of me disagreeing with something in Tripp’s book is he lumps 0-5 year olds in the same category when discussing training objectives.

I just can’t even begin to pretend to make an argument for why a 6 month old and a 4.5 month old can be in the same category…

So, will you like this book? It is really hard to say. There are moms I highly respect who have this on their list of favorite parenting books.

I also have moms I highly respect who couldn’t even finish the book.

One thought is that if you are a reader of the Bible who spanks or plans to spank, you might really like this book. I am not personally a spanker, so obviously a huge chunk of this book contains information of no interest to me.

If you are a reader of the Bible and do not spank, you will find a lot you agree with and a lot you disagree with.

If you spank, you will find helpful information.

If you do not read the Bible and do not spank, it is best you stay away from this book 🙂

My personal view is that I think it is worth reading. There are good points in it and Tripp brings up some great things for parents to think about.

But I don’t think I would read it and decide it was a “must own.” Of course I purchased it before reading it, so I own it, but had I borrowed it from the library, I would return it and take it off of my Amazon Wish List. 

There will of course be future posts inspired by this book–both the good and the bad. Until then, you will have to read it for yourself to decide what you think.


Who should read shepherding a child's heart