Parenting is your primary calling. Parenting will mean that you can't do all the things that you could otherwise do. It will affect your golf handicap. It may mean your home does not look like a picture from Better Homes and Gardens. It will impact your career and ascent on the corporate ladder. It will alter the kind of friendships you will be able to pursue. It will influence the kind of ministry you are able to pursue. It will modify the amount of time you have for bowling, hunting, television, or how many books you can read. It will mean that you can't develop every interest that comes along. The costs are high. (p.97)To give you an idea of where this book falls along the theological spectrum, here's a quote off the back cover by Pastor John MacArthur:
"With the plethora of material on parenting and the family, it is surprising- and distressing- to see how few books are genuinely biblical. Here is a refreshing exception. Tedd Tripp offers solid, trustworthy, biblical help for parents. If you are looking for the right perspective and preactical help, you won't find a more excellent guide."