For parents and church workers desiring to keep God's priorities in place when dealing with teenagers, P D Tripp has given us instruction that first centers on the condition of our own hearts. Today, there is much "method" advice which aims at behavioral modification, but we all need this gospel based teaching. What an opportunity awaits the readers of The Age of Opportunity!
Great! I highly recommend this book to any parent that has teenage children. I did a group study with a church and found it extremely beneficial in assisting my husband & me in dealing with our twoteenage daughters.
This is an EXCELLENT, practical resource which speaks of worldview and other issues not commonly addressed by parenting books. I wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone seeking to have a solid relationship with their teens. This book has many practical suggestions for preparing your teen for the real world.
What an encouraging and challenging book for parents. Tripp doesnt pull any punches in this outstanding book that challenges parents to be more deliberate and intentional about their parenting. The primary emphasis of the book is getting through to parents that raising children is not about how they look, how well they score on some standardized test, or how many touchdowns they score, but ultimately if they have a heart for God. Tripp first deals with the perspective of parents on this issue refocusing them on whats really important, then he dives in to encourage parents to pursue their teens and accept this stage of parenting as a God-given opportunity instead of dreading it and working to avoid it at all costs.Tripp encourages parents to find a balance between protecting them from the world and allowing them to assimilate themselves into the world. Tripp knows that many parents of teens are tired and worn out but he thinks that the reason is because they are spending too much time and energy addressing the wrong thing. Tripp warns parents that they should not focus on behavior modification, but be willing to spend the time and energy to find out the root causes which underlie their behavior. One theme constantly running through Age of Opportunity is the emphasis given to conversation parents making the effort to talk with their childrenWhile the intended audience is parents with teenage children, much of the sage advice is applicable to parents with any age children and the book might be a better read for parents before their children hit the teen years. Outstanding book, easy-to-read, biblically sound, challenging and encouraging Age of Opportunity has my highest recommendation.