The eternal truths of the Bible never change. God does not change, but cultural standards and expectations change with each generation. One of the benefits of reading books by saints from the past is that they surprise us by bringing a whole different set of cultural expectations and standards to their exposition of the unchanging truths of Scripture. We are thankful that we have such a trove of works by fellow believers from long ago, but sometimes we get bogged down in the strange manner and expression of old books. The format of Gardiner Spring’s 'Hints for Parents' is easily accessible and will maximize the benefit of wisdom from men who knew and walked with God hundreds of years ago.
Hints for Parents' is full of practical insights on childrearing. Gardiner Spring candidly reminds us of God's calling to us as parents and encourages us to pursue that calling with our eyes fixed on the hope that is found in God's gracious promises to his people. Interspersed in the text are comments and encouragements from Tedd Tripp that help us fill in the gaps between the original publication date of 1835 and 2005.