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“Gene Veith is one of the most powerful thinkers and apologists in the Christian world today. In Family Vocation, Veith and Moerbe have really hit the mark—we must learn to think of marriage and families as vocations from God. Here is an ancient and sacred vision of marriage and family that we would do well to understand, promote, and most importantly live out.”
—Charles Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
“A great president once referred to the family as the ‘unseen pillar of civilization.’ He was right, and so is Gene Veith in this luminous book, which underscores the centrality of family, marriage, and parenting. Timely and absorbing, this book arrives on the scene at exactly the right time.”
—Tim Goeglein, Vice President, Focus on the Family
“Family Vocation is a thorough and thoughtful look at family as a calling from God. Using Martin Luther’s teaching on family living as a starting point, Gene Veith and his daughter Mary Moerbe have produced a foundational book addressing all the callings of family life. In a marketplace in which so many family books only scratch the surface, Family Vocation digs down deep. The things I look for in a book on family are all here: a focus on nurture, the priority of internal change, and the power of grace and the gospel to enable. A worthy read!”
—Tedd Tripp, pastor, author, international conference speaker
“The phrase ‘gospel-centered’ has become almost a cliché when describing Christian writing. Every Christian author would desire such an epitaph for his or her work. However, in so many books, especially those dealing with family, gospel-centered deteriorates into ‘be like Jesus.’ Family Vocation is the epitome of what gospel-centered truly means. The authors introduce it plainly, ‘The gospel—that is, the message of Christ crucified for sinners—relates to every moment of the believer’s life.’ Every chapter has its foundation, built not upon what we do in our various vocations, but upon what God has done in Christ. This approach to vocation is the means through which Christian families can truly be strengthened and restored, and then bring their influence to bear on our culture.”
—James I. Lamb, Executive Director, Lutherans for Life
“The ageless questions we’ve pondered about marriage, divorce, sexuality, and parenting are asked candidly and answered faithfully by Veith and Moerbe in this timely application of Luther’s doctrine of vocation. The word family has been hijacked by our culture and Christians reel with each new and dysfunctional incarnation of the concept. What is family? What is marriage? What is God’s call to be a husband, wife, parent, or child? The authors offer rich, biblical responses to these questions and bring clarity to our understanding about cross-bearing love and sacrifice. Family Vocation is sure to find a home on the desks of pastors, teachers, and counselors who seek an engaging resource for Bible classes, spiritual care conversations, and godly counsel. This book leads the way to abiding grace and hope in God’s promises—a ‘need-to-read’ for Christian husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons!”
—Beverly K. Yahnke, Department Chair of Social Sciences, Concordia University Wisconsin
“Martin Luther identified marriage and family as one of three fundamental estates of human life instituted by God for the good of his creation. In this book, a father and daughter team up to bring Luther’s rich insights into the twenty-first century in a way that challenges and encourages Christians to see the family as the arena for God’s work. In an age when the fabric of the family is strained by cultural forces of self-interest and hedonism, this book suggests a way forward for Christian families to see life together as husband/wife, parent/child—encompassed in vocation lived out under the cross.”
—John T. Pless, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, Concordia Theological Seminary
“In the church today, there is no more significant issue than the family. This divine institution is in the crosshairs of every evil plan and purpose of the Devil himself. Take down the family, and with it go education, order, decency, law, church, and even faith. How my years in a struggling inner-city parish taught me that the gospel does not thrive in a community of chaos, dilapidation, crime, and disorder! The root cause of it, as I came to be convinced, is institutional and spiritual forces attacking the stability of God’s best agent for good in both the kingdom of the civil realm and that of the church—the family. What was once more commonly an urban reality has become a rural and suburban way of life. As we all struggle in the families we have—often rag-tag rings of sinners, sometimes a patchwork quilt of multiple families and forces—we need Christ and the vocation to forgive.”
—Matthew Harrison, President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Gene Edward Veith Jr. (PhD, University of Kansas) is provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College and the director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary. He has been a columnist for World magazine and TableTalk, and is the author of a number of noted books on Christianity and culture, including God at Work.
I would recommend this to anyone but especially to couples who are engaged to be married.
Regardless of how long you've been married, or just part of a family, it will give you great insight into God's will for your vocation in the Family.
This is an excellent text, providing a solid and biblical understanding of vocation as it applies to the family.
I would recommend this to anyone but especially to couples who are engaged to be married. Very good follow-up book to Spirituality of the Cross by the same author.Published 4 months ago by Trudy
This father-daughter team explains Martin Luther's drive to have all people seen as valuable in God's Kingdom by raising the family and parenting roles as critical vocations during... Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Emerick
This was an incredible book to walk through the plans God has created for the family. Easy to read and worth every penny.Published 7 months ago by James S Baumgartner
Excellent. Scriptural. Practical.
This book is helpful no matter what stage of life a person finds himself in. I buy extra copies to give away.
This is an excellent text, providing a solid and biblical understanding of vocation as it applies to the family. Read morePublished 15 months ago by BDean
I am sure this would be good for young married couples, or people having issues with their marriage. Read morePublished 16 months ago by dinat
This is a very good book, good reading for today where it can be so confusing about our roles in society. Have heard both Father and Daughter speak in person. Read morePublished 16 months ago by LaVonne Loseke
I bought this book initially because many people I spoke to recommended it. However, I was weary because I'm not really a non-fiction gal, nor do I enjoy much of today's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by AMcKINLEY
We gave copies to every member of the family as gifts! Best book out there on the subject and great for Bible study groups, too.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer