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Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God Hardcover – June 7, 2007

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“Voddie Baucham has written an insightful and convicting book challenging parents to prioritize the spiritual development of their children. Only read this book if the salvation and sanctification of your children is of the utmost importance to you.”
Tony Evans, Co-founder and Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

“Every Christian parent ought to read Family Driven Faith. I’ve never encountered a book on family life that compressed so much biblical teaching, provocative thinking, sound theology, and practical help in one volume.”
Donald S. Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian? 

“Sending young people out into the world without a biblical worldview is like sending an athlete onto the field without a playbook, says Voddie Baucham. Yet few Christian parents even hold a biblical worldview to pass along to their children. Family Driven Faith gives parents winning principles to disciple children who will grow into spiritually mature adults capable of influencing all spheres of society.”
Nancy Pearcey, Author, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity

About the Author

Voddie T. Baucham Jr. is a pastor, professor, conference speaker, and Bible teacher. He is a graduate of Southwestern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries and has also studied at the University of Oxford. Baucham is the author of The Ever Loving Truth and the Telly Award-winning Ever Loving Truth Bible study curriculum. He and his wife, Bridget, have three children. Visit the author’s web site at


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (June 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581349297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581349290
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX, and Union University in Jackson, TN. He has also lectured at Southern Seminary.

Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God's word to everyday life. However, he does so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Those who hear him preach find themselves both challenged and encouraged.

Voddie's area of emphasis is Cultural Apologetics. Whether teaching on classical apologetic issues like the validity and historicity of the Bible, or the resurrection of Christ; or teaching on biblical manhood/ womanhood, marriage and family, he helps ordinary people understand the significance of thinking and living biblically in every area of life.

It is impossible to understand Voddie's approach to the Bible without first understanding the path he has walked. Raised in a non-Christian, single-parent home, Voddie did not hear the gospel until he was in college. His journey to faith was a very unusual and intellectual one. Consequently, he understands what it means to be a skeptic, and knows what it's like to try to figure out the Christian life without relying on the traditions of men. As a result, he speaks to 'outsiders' in ways few Bible teachers can.

Voddie Baucham holds degrees from Houston Baptist University (BA in Christianity/BA in Sociology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.), an honorary degree from Southern California Seminary (D.D.), and additional post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England.

Voddie and his wife, Bridget have been married since 1989. They have five children, Jasmine, Trey, Elijah, Asher and Judah. They are committed home educators.

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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Eskypades VINE VOICE on June 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Something is missing in evangelical circles and that something is our children. Statistics show that children raised in evangelical (and I use that term as loosely as the statistical studies do) families are leaving the church at an alarming rate. In his book, Family Driven Faith, Voddie Baucham addresses this issue head on, placing the blame for these departures squarely at the feet of the parents. He begins by bringing the problem into focus by presenting the above mentioned statistics and illustrations from his own experience as a father, pastor and speaker. In today's society, parents have failed to instruct their children what the Bible teaches, but have instead abdicated this responsibility to the church, the Sunday School, and the youth group.

Basing his book primarily on Deut.6:4-9, Baucham encourages Christian families to accept the responsibility that is theirs in raising children. We shouldn't be satisfied in teaching our children how to accomplish things in school, sports, society, etc, but rather to instill the faith of the gospel in them through active, purposeful parenting and biblical discipleship. The responsibility of discipleship rests with the parents and should include instruction in such things as maintaining a biblical worldview. As Baucham states, "Teaching our children to think biblically in these five basic areas [our view of God, man, truth, knowledge and ethics] will go a long way toward establishing a foundation for biblical thinking in their lives" (pp.76-77).

While overall the book has many good, insightful things to say, the chapters focusing more on the family unit as a family (as opposed to the family unit as a part of a church) were quite good.
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful By D. Dale on August 14, 2007
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If you are a Christian parent, there are three books I'd highly recommend you read:

1) Revolutionary Parenting: What the Research Shows Really Works by George Barna
2) Family Driven Faith (this book)
3) Premeditated Parenting - Foundational Christian Parenting [Toddlers-Preteens] by Steve Nelson

Kids are growing up in Christian homes and then leaving the faith or at best being 'lukewarm'. Barna's book gives a high level view of the problem and some of the practices of parents who aren't allowing this to happen. Steve Nelson's book gives very practical parenting advice for parents of pre-teen kids.

This book fits right in the middle. The author gives compelling arguments for family devotional times, for home education, and for a different view of the church's role in the lives of our kids. Instead of segregating our families by age, he strongly advocates an integrated model.

It has become the accepted model in our society to pawn off the raising of our kids onto school teachers, coaches, Sunday school teachers, and youth group leaders. This book (along with the others) is a strong call for Christian parents to take that responsibility back!
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mommy5 on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book, met the author, had it signed, and read this book cover2cover n less than 24 hours. This book is a wake up call to the believer and the church to reclaim our young people. As parents we cannot continue to pass the buck on our children's very souls. We have been taught to let others educate and entertain our children. This is unfortunately the attitude when it comes to our children's spiritual lives....let the church do it. The author does a brilliant job of showing from scripture and stats that this is the duty and privilege of parents to disciple their children and when this does not happen our children suffer for it, our communities suffer for it, and the very life of our country suffers for it. This book was used of God to show my family where we have failed our own children and how that it is never 2 late to change. One will not be disappointed with this book, there is no sugar coating on this message, and only read this if you are prepared to take an honest look at your home life and church life and ready 2 make changes. BLESSINGS!!!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Reighley on August 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Baucham does a great job of thinking outside the box.

He points out that the "box" we have been using (Youth ministries and Sunday Schools) while not inherently bad, are not biblically chartered. The bible clearly directs parents to teach God's word to their kids. With kids leaving the faith in droves upon High School graduation, we should probably invest in doing what the bible tells us to do before we try to find a different way to get the job done.

After reading this book, I am inspired to step up as a dad and lead my family in Bible study, worship and devotions.

It is frustrating to think of the resistance that this teaching is bound to get. People are very attached to "the box". Voddie's prescription requires an massive shift in mindset.

I think all Christian parents and church leaders ought to give this book an honest read, then reconcile their resistance with scripture.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rob Tong on April 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Interesting a reviewer said Baucham teaches "Beating kids=good! Evolution=Bad!" tells you right there that reviewer has succumbed to the culture that Baucham ironically warns people against (the culture says spanking=beating kids and macroevolution=fact). For everyone else, this book shows Christians how our practices have been influenced by the culture (rather than the other way around) and how those practices are unbiblical. I myself have been sounding that call as well, but Baucham sheds light on some additional issues that I hadn't considered. It is eye-opening and revolutionary.

By the way, a couple reviewers expressed their concerns about Vision Forum Ministries...but what about their philosophy is unbiblical? If everything should be scrutinized by the light of His Word, then make sure your criticism of Vision Forum is based on Scripture and not just "It makes me uncomfortable." When Jesus preached, most of what He said made people uncomfortable. "Lack of comfort" is not a sufficient excuse to criticize a ministry or philosophy unless you can also back up your criticism with Scripture (taken in context, of course).
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