Recommended Reading: Family Driven Faith

I recently finished “Family Driven Faith” by Dr. Voddie Baucham. I read it because Matt recommended it to me. The book is about how to cultivate generational faithfulness in your family. His chapters are exegetically based on Deuteronomy 6, verse by verse. He advocates for the family to take responsibility for the emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual well-being of their children. He goes in lengthy discussion on family worship, family size, homeschooling and the family-integrated church.

It’s definitely a game changer! He challenged my views on a lot of different issues, and provided biblical support for all of his arguments. He also provides plenty of practical ways to implement things like family worship using examples from his family. I found this book to be extremely helpful and informative, especially for my season of life. Having young kids, I feel like I am constantly failing, playing catch up, trying to get and keep us on a schedule. On top of that, I don’t even know if they are getting half of what I am trying to teach them. This book helped Matt and I to formulate some goals for our family, so that we feel like we are constantly working toward a larger picture.

It was also really helpful in regards to homeschooling. We have not decided what avenue of education we are going to take for our kids, but I always like to hear other people’s experiences and what they have learned. The reasons why he advocates for homeschooling are compelling and informative…but you’ll have to read it to find out why. They have homeschooled their two college-aged kids, and are now homeschooling the younger children they adopted.

Have  you ever heard of a family-integrated church?? I had not until Matt mentioned something about it a few months ago (it’s actually why he wanted me to read this book). Basically, there is no nursery, children’s ministry, youth ministry, young married ministry, etc. There is no segregation based on age or stage in life. The church is treated as a “family of families” and assists the families in their responsibilities of training and discipling their children. Interesting huh? The idea is that children learn to sit quietly because they have worship as a family in their homes everyday. The when they get to a corporate Sunday gathering, it isn’t a big deal for them. Of course they have their crying babies, but they don’t treat them as a distraction or nuisance to the service, but an opportunity to love on a baby! There are lots of thoughts on this issue, especially when it comes to not having a children’s and youth ministry, but again, his arguments are incredibly compelling so you will have to read it!

I hope you’ll read it!

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