Posted by: connie | May 7, 2008

Mistakes in Understanding Shaping Influences

There are two mistakes made in interacting with the shaping influences of life. The first mistake is seeing shaping influences deterministically. It is the error of assuming that the child is a helpless victim of the circumstances in which he was raised. The second mistake is denial. It is the mistake of saying the child is unaffected by his early childhood experience. Passages such as Proverbs 29:21, illustrate the importance of childhood experience. Here we see the servant pampered from youth is affected in a manner that brings grief in the end.

~ Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp



  1. This is very true. We have gone through this book and would HIGHLY recommend it!

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