Friday, January 1, 2010

Book Review: Family Driven Faith

I just finished reading Voddie Baucham's excellent treatise on the Christian family called Family Driven Faith. In this little volume, Mr. Baucham packs a mighty punch in explaining clearly the intention God has for propagating the faith through Christian families and family-integrated churches. In a culture where few, even in the church, know what a Christian family looks like, we are offered here not only a clear view, but the tools to make it happen in our own homes.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

Regarding the argument we are stifling our children by not allowing them to watch hours and hours of television a week or to date at 15 by giving the standard cop-out argument, "When they get to college, they're going to go crazy!" he says, "Interestingly, though, none of the 'wild ones' I remember from my college days were rookies. None of them went off the deep end into immorality after leading chaste lives at home. Most of them simply walked farther into the debauchery with which they were allowed to experiment earlier on." (p. 18)

When asked how his home schooled children could ever learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy competition without participating in organized team sports, he says, "How did Moses, Jefferson, Ben Franklin, or George Washington learn those things? Better yet, since Jesus is our ultimate model of Christian manhood, how did He learn those things? Was Jesus in Little League?" (p. 20)

Regarding 13- and 15-year-olds dating and assuming they will marry, he says, "...Being involved in such exclusive relationships before you are ready to be married is like going shopping without any money; either you will leave frustrated, or you will take something that doesn't belong to you." (p. 21)

The author delivers a clear challenge to both fathers and church fathers to establish and maintain godly homes for the purpose of impacting future Christian generations and the culture in which they will have to live and raise their own families. Yet, Mr. Baucham is open and honest regarding his own failures both in his family and in church ministry. You're not getting a secondhand grand stand from someone who has never had to learn from his mistakes. His experiences, including his failures, are an encouragement to those who know there is something terribly wrong, but are feeling hopeless about how to make any lasting change. His arguments are well studied and biblically based. You will go away both challenged and encourage by reading this family-changing book.


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