Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens

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The argument over the last donut. The cry of nothing to wear a half hour before school. The "I'm the only one whose parents make them..."

Teenage hassles that disrupt parents' lives? Or prime opportunities to connect with, listen to, and nurture our kids?

Paul Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting parents and their teenagers during the often chaotic adolescent years. With wit, wisdom, humility, and compassion, he shows parents how to seize ...

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Overview

The argument over the last donut. The cry of nothing to wear a half hour before school. The "I'm the only one whose parents make them..."

Teenage hassles that disrupt parents' lives? Or prime opportunities to connect with, listen to, and nurture our kids?

Paul Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting parents and their teenagers during the often chaotic adolescent years. With wit, wisdom, humility, and compassion, he shows parents how to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with their teenagers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875526058
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Resources for Changing Lives Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 291
  • Sales rank: 177,857
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries (www.paultrippministries.org), the Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written ten books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Eye Opening and Soul Searching

    This was a wonderful and eye opening book on the Christian way to raise your teens. This is not the worst time in a parent's life, it the time that provides the most opportunity to live those God-given moments that need to use to bring our children closer to Christ. Paul Tripp provides the information and goals that parents should use to parent their teens, starting with looking at them first and their idols. This was eye opening and helped me to see where the battle with my teen begins. I would recommend this book to any parent with younger children to start early and be prepared for the teen years hit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

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    This is one of the best books on parenting I've ever read!

    Parents of children of all ages (especially teens) will gain so much understanding about parenting. This book is life-changing! It challenges parents to look at themselves and see what is hindering them to be the parents God has called them to be. The Age of Opportunity is awesome and a must-read for everyone! I have been buying all my friends a copy for their birthday.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    help for parents of teenagers

    This book was recommended to me by a friend who is a homeschooling mother. The author is the brother of Tedd Tripp, a popular speaker at homeschool conferences, who wrote the book Shepherding a Child's Heart about rearing younger children. Books on parenting tend to fall into one of two categories: the "you're the parent and you know what's best, so do what you think is right and everything should work out" type, and the ones that produce the reaction, "Oh, my goodness, I could never do all that, and I haven't done everything mentioned so far, so I'm a failure and there's no hope."
    This book comes in between. Tripp himself wrote that when he was speaking at a seminar to lay out Biblical goals for parenting teens, a man said, "This is totally unrealistic. Nobody does this stuff with teenagers. You don't really talk this way to your kids, do you? Do you really think you can reach these goals? I don't know where your kids came from, but they're not like mine! I came here to get some help. This stuff is just unrealistic!" And Tripp admitted, "It was true: what I had laid out to them looked like a huge and impassable mountain. They had no idea how to get from the valley where they were to the peaks where they needed to be. That's the way a lot of parents feel when they first hear this material. Maybe that's how you feel as you read this book. If so, don't lose hope."
    There is a little bit of the "everyone who doesn't do things the way I have laid it out are wrong" feeling at times. However, having said that, there is a lot of good information and Biblically-based advice in this book. It certainly helped me to see my relationship with my teenager in a different, and hopefully more helpful, light. Since the Bible is the only infallible book that can be recommended without reservation, there may be certain theological assumptions underlying the thought of the book with which some would disagree. And since every child is different, not every suggestion may be applicable in every circumstance. Yet, you will find a lot of practical material that will help in dealing with the trials and tribulations that occasionally occur when parenting teens. The final chapter alone, on how to implement the principles outlined in the book, is certainly worth reading the whole book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    A must read for all parents

    Have you ever totally "lost it" with your teen? Doesn't this make him or her shut down all the more? Never before has a book so clearly helped me to overcome this vicious cycle. (I'm still learning and failing often.) Our teens are yearning for us to reach them - although they portray the opposite. This book opens up a pathway to our teen's heart, and also into our hearts as parents.

    Some of the beginning chapters were uncomfortably convicting for me as a parent, but that helped to lay the groundwork enabling me to handle the inevitable crises. I'm now seeing the success of responding in patient love - not in accusing anger or irritated frustration - and by asking probing, sincere questions to help the teen see the situation for himself. Our teens really appreciate hearing us admit and ask forgiveness for our own failures and sins, and not make them feel like they're the only ones who mess up repeatedly.

    The premise of this book is that we don't need to close our eyes and painfully endure the teen years, but rather we can (esp. with God's power) use the tough moments as "opportunities" to connect more deeply with our kids, and to point them to the Lord in the midst of the struggle.

    A must read, and re-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Best Christian Book on Parenting Teens I've read

    This book is a must read for any Christian parent.

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