Age of Opportunity (Revised and Expanded)

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Author: Paul Tripp


A Biblical Guide To Parenting Teens

For a parent, the teen years are years of unprecedented opportunity—years of penetrating questions and exciting new discussions, years that open the door to a teen’s heart. In this wise and hopeful book, Paul Tripp shows parents how to connect with their children as never before, drawing on practical strategies shaped by God’s Word. This revised and updated edition features fresh, heart-focused discussion questions for each chapter as well as a bonus Q&A section.


About the author:

Paul David Tripp is president of Paul Tripp Ministries and author of a number of books, including bestsellers such as Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands. Now an international conference speaker, he has also taught at Westminster Theological Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Luella, have four grown children. B.A., Columbia International University; M.Div., Philadelphia Theological Seminary; D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary.

His books include What Did You Expect; Forever; Sex & Money; Age of Opportunity; War of Words; Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands; as well as other works.


Age of Opportunity avoids a formulaic how-to approach to rearing children and instead shows how to apply the gospel to the unique spiritual struggles of your child’s heart. . . . Though I have read dozens of parenting books, two or three have profoundly reshaped my whole approach. Age of Opportunity is one of those.  ~ J.D. Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina

Lauren and I first read Age of Opportunity almost fifteen years ago, and it served as a foundation for how we have tried to parent. Through the peaks and valleys of raising our three kids, we came back to this resource several times. I couldn’t be more excited about this revised and expanded version.  ~ Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas; President, Acts 29 Network; Coauthor, Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home through Time, Moments, and Milestones

Far too many parents enter their kids’ teenage years with fear and cynicism, hoping merely to survive. But what if you viewed parenting not as a season to survive but as a golden age of opportunity? Every parent of a teen should read Paul Tripp’s book. It will transform your perspective on parenting. ~ Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; Author, Rescue Plan: Charting a Course to Restore Prisoners of Pornography and Preparing for Fatherhood

We need this fundamentally hopeful book about parenting teens. The hope in this book is not grounded in practical helps—although Tripp offers many. The hope in this book is not distant from the battles; it shines in the dark. The hope is grounded in the God who sent his Son to save us. Parents of teens, take up and read—and hope!  ~ Kathleen Nielson, Author, Prayers of a Parent Series; Speaker

Paul David Tripp transforms the paradigm for parenting teenagers from one of fear and low expectations to one of hope and meaning. Parents often forget the character of God and the power of the gospel and consequently view the teenage years as a season to be survived and endured. Although raising teens has its unique challenges, Tripp reveals how remembering who Jesus is and believing in the gospel enables us to embrace this time as a hopeful, constructive opportunity with our kids. This is a game-changing book for parents of teens. ~ Cameron Cole, Founder, Rooted; Author, Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths That Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy; Coeditor, Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide

This is a heartbreaking time for teens: suicide, depression, anxiety, FOMO, the transgender movement, isolation, and hopelessness are rife, making these difficult years even harder. This makes me that much more thankful for Paul Tripp’s work in Age of Opportunity. In the wide world of books about parenting, there are only a few that don’t push a doomed prosperity gospel (“Do it our way and your kids will be great!”); Paul’s updated classic work offers the one hope for parents and teens: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. I’m eternally thankful for Paul and his heart to guide and encourage parents. ~ Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus