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Book Title: Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens (Resources for Changing Lives)|
The author of the book: Paul David Tripp
Edition: P & R Publishing
Date of issue: June 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780875526058
Format files: PDF
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If you are a parent to teens (or soon will be) or you work with teens, this books is essential reading. Paul David Tripp works through some of the difficulties of working with, communicating with, and raising teenagers. The bulk of the book deals with setting biblical goals for teens and strategies to achieve those goals in parenting. The goals are high and founded on the Bible but the book is so realistic about the sinfulness of the human heart and the true nature of biblical change, that the goals don't seem impossible. Another strength of the book is the chapter dealing with culture. Most Christian families move toward isolation or assimilation and Tripp attempts to cut a third path for us. His thinking on teenagers, the family, and culture was very, very good.
One of the things I always love about Paul Tripp's books is that he shares examples from his own life in which, more often than not, *he* is the bad guy. He shares his own failures as a parent and focuses on his own need to repent as much as he focuses on the changes he wants to see in his teenagers. Because ultimately this book is about relationships and that's why, despite not having any teenage children of my own yet, I felt convicted again and again while reading this and noting my own sinful behavior in relationships.
As someone who works with youth, I'll probably skim through this book every year and try to put it into the hand of every parent I work with. When I have teenage children of my own some day, I may return to it multiple times a year.
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Read information about the authorPaul was born in Toledo, Ohio to Bob and Fae Tripp on November 12, 1950. Paul spent all of his growing years in Toledo until his college years when his parents moved to Southern California.
At Columbia Bible College from 1968-1972, (now Columbia International University) Paul majored in Bible and Christian Education. Although he had planned to be there for only two years and then to study journalism, Paul more and more felt like there was so much of the theology of Scripture that he did not understand, so he decided to go to seminary. Paul met Luella Jackson at College and they married in 1971. In 1971, Paul took his first pastoral position and has had a heart for the local church ever since. After college, Paul completed his Master of Divinity degree at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary (now known as Philadelphia Theological Seminary) in Philadelphia (1972-1975). It was during these days that Paul’s commitment to ministry solidified. After seminary, Paul was involved in planting a church in Scranton, Pennsylvania (1977-1987) where he also founded a Christian School. During the years in Scranton, Paul became involved in music, traveling with a band and writing worship songs. In Scranton, Paul became interested in biblical counseling and decided to enroll in the D.Min program in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Paul then became a faculty member of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) and a lecturer in biblical counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Paul has also served as Visiting Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 2009, Paul joined the faculty of Redeemer Seminary (daughter school of Westminster) in Dallas, Texas as Professor of Pastoral Life and Care.
Beginning in June, 2006, Paul became the President of Paul Tripp Ministries, a non-profit organization, whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." In addition to his current role as President of Paul Tripp Ministries, on January 1, 2007, Paul also became part of the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA where he preached every Sunday evening and lead the Ministry to Center City through March, 2011 when he resigned due to the expanding time commitments needed at Paul Tripp Ministries.
Paul, Luella, and their four children moved to Philadelphia in 1987 and have lived there ever since. Paul is a prolific author and has written twelve books on Christian living which are sold internationally. Luella manages a large commercial art gallery in the city and Paul is very dedicated to painting as an avocation. Paul’s driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ really does speak with practical hope into all the things they will face in this broken world. Paul is a pastor with a pastor’s heart, a gifted speaker, his journey taking him all over the world, an author of numerous books on practical Christian living, and a man who is hopelessly in love with Luella.