barely began reading this book, Family Driven Faith: Doing What it Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk With the Lordby Voddie T. Baucham, Jr. when I started reading excerpts aloud to my husband, and encouraging him “honey, you have to read this book!” Over halfway through the book, the author wrote,
“Mom, if your husband hasn’t read this book, do not – I repeat, do not – hit him over the head with it.”
OOOPS! Well, I really did not hit him over the head with it, and I was careful to not be pushy with it, or just read things that would apply to him only. I read things to him that convicted me or I knew he would be in agreement with and things we had discussed or has been of concern to us. He is beginning to read the book! 🙂 (Really, I did not MAKE him!)
This book is phenomenal. Not only is it a wake-up call for the family, it’s a wake-up call for our churches. If you are a Christian family, wanting your children to stay committed with “real Christianity” you need to read this book. The statistics are staggering how many teens profess to be Christians yet by the end of their freshman year of college, 88% of them walk away from their faith. That’s scary.
If you are homeschooling, though the author is not a “homeschool only advocate” he definitely is for it and shows us why. It was an assurance to us, that even with our struggles in our family, God instructs US to go and make disciples of all nations, which includes our children – and that sending them to a government school for 45-50 hours a week will not allow that. I found this interesting what is often a topic of discussion which this author has also experienced:
“Why not let your children be leaders in the youth group and disciple other kids? Here they point back to Titus 2. However, it is not my child’s job to disciple other people’s children, any more than it is the youth pastor’s job to disciple mine. My children are the “young women” and “young men” of the Titus 2 equation. What they need right now is mentoring and discipleship. Sure, they have relationships with other children at church, and they do exert influence.”
Daily devotions and family worship is a major concern with this author, BUT before you are discouraged with “not this again” or being discouraged with how often you started and it fell apart, read the author’s thoughts, encouragements, and how he too went through the ups and downs of making it a priority and what worked and did not work for his family. Dr. Baucham does not bang you over the head with “what you have to do” without giving tools and suggestions.
This book is convicting, motivating, and encouraging. It may show failures in our families and leadership (or lack of it), but points us to the goal of following Jesus and starting over, no matter where you are at or have been. This is an easy reading book – no deep theology, but heartfelt convictions from a dad who along with his wife was brought up in a dysfunctional home and from the heart of a pastor who has seen children going astray. He’s “been there” and offers hope. If you are serious about raising Godly children, this book is worth the investment for your family. At this point I believe I can say, if you only purchase one book this year, this is the book. If you can afford it, buy an extra copy or two to give out and/or donate to your church library.
And, maybe you can win one here. The publisher, Crossway Books, has given me one to offer to one of my readers. I am making it easy. All you need to do is mention on your blog about this give away, with a link back to this specific post. Once you have done that leave your name and a link to your post in the comment section. I am having this drawing open for ten days, and at the end of the day on Thursday, January 17th, the submissions will be closed, and I will announce the winner on Friday, January 18th. There is no shipping cost for those within the USA or Canada, but if you do win it and are outside this area, please be willing to pay for international shipping cost through PayPal.
I look foward to sharing this book with one of my readers, but I hope most of all that you look for this book to read and share. It may be life changing for you and your family.