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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433524066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433524066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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.


More About the Author

Gene Edward Veith Jr. is provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College and the author of several noted books on Christianity and culture, including God at Work.

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We gave copies to every member of the family as gifts!
Jonathan C. Naumann
This book's explanation of how to practically live out the Christian life at home in various roles and in the community was very refreshing.
Michael Manning
This is an excellent text, providing a solid and biblical understanding of vocation as it applies to the family.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Krycho on July 9, 2012
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In Family Vocation, Gene Veith and his daughter Mary Moerbe apply Luther's views on vocation to family. (Shocking, I know.)

Sometime in the last two or three years, I stumbled on Gene Veith's blog, Cranach: The Blog of Veith. Though I didn't initially add his blog to my reading list, I kept finding myself back there. Links from a variety of other sources I read regularly kept drawing me back, and though in general I tend to skip over blogs with cultural or political emphases - it's just not my main focus - I found his thought and writing unusually compelling. His blog is now among my most regular reads.

One of Veith's major projects has been reintroducing evangelicals to Lutheran thought on vocation. I've heard nothing but good about his previous book on vocation, so when I saw that he'd released a book on relating vocation to family, it immediately went on my reading list.

This was a great read, and easy to get through. Veith and Moerbe write well. The same clear, interesting prose that makes me keep coming back to Veith's blog made the book great reading. It's a testament to the pair's skill as authors that in 250 pages repeating the same basic theme - that God is profoundly glorified in our apparently mundane tasks as husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, siblings, sons and daughters - the book never becomes repetitious or annoying.

That theme is one many of the believers I know need to hear. For many evangelicals, meaning in life is reduced to the extent to which we are engaged in "ministry" - tightly defined as explicit proclamation of the gospel. I certainly never wish to diminish the proclamation of the gospel; it is, in this age, the great task to which we have all been commissioned.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lehmann on April 9, 2012
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Even if you don't agree that the idea of family is one that is falling apart in our culture today, most of us are able to identify some aspect of our own family that is less than perfect. Many books out there will offer you a bunch of steps to take to fix the problems, or (if they are from the Christian bookstore) rules to follow. This book is different. Veith and Moerbe, a father/daughter team, look at the Biblical definition of family and the doctrine of vocation. Instead of prescribing a specific style of parenting, or a specific way of communicating with your spouse, they describe the relationships as they are echoes of Christ, and give general guidance as to how we can fulfill our vocation in those relationships by loving and serving our neighbors. Time is taken to explore the family in a historical context as well as some of the more pressing issues of the current day.

Instead of feeling like a judged mom with a few new tricks in her belt, this book has left me feeling restored. I am refreshed in my vocation as wife and mother, with the assurance that God has given me these roles and will sustain me in filling them. As His forgiveness covers the mistakes I will make, He will also protect my daughter (I am probably not screwing her up as much as I sometimes feel like I am.)

This book is well worth reading, not just for married couples or parents (though it will probably become our go-to wedding/baby shower gift), but for all of us, as we are all members of some family, however dysfunctional it may be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Lehmann on March 1, 2012
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This book is a must read for anyone who wants to explore what God's Word says about marriage and family. Dr. Veith has long been able to show what God's word has to say about things we consider to be ordinary and not religious in any way. In this book as in others, Dr. Veith has shown how the holiness of the Christian live consists in serving the neighbor, and what neighbor is closer than your own family?

This book also benefits greatly from the collaboration between Dr. Veith and his daughter, Mary, a mother of three and wife of a Lutheran pastor. Mary's theological training shines, and her experience as daughter, wife, and mother adds to Dr. Veith's own experiences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd A. Peperkorn on February 29, 2012
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Dr. Gene Edward Veith is one of the foremost Christian thinkers today, especially among those of the more confessional end of Christianity. He has written works on vocation (God at Work), the arts, literature, C.S. Lewis, and a host of other topics. So it is with great joy that I saw him turn his agile pen to this topic.

Dr. Veith, along with his daughter, Mary Moerbe, approach this topic from the perspective of Christian vocation. God has called us to be His instruments in various ways and places in our lives. Husband, wife, son and daughter are some of the most fundamental callings that we as Christians have. But how do I understand this from the perspective of the Gospel, not just the Law and a "to do" list for me to feel guilty about? That is the question they seek to answer.

I look forward to more work from this father/daughter team, and hope that many will find comfort and life in this book's pages!

Pastor Todd Peperkorn
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Rocklin, California
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer C. Mcilwain on April 17, 2012
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Our home has been consumed with sickness for the past several weeks. It started back in March, when our oldest went through two rounds of Strep Throat. We have since discovered that she is a Strep B carrier and will be more susceptible to this infection. Then our 6 year old went through about 4 days of running fever and not feeling well. Then my husband and I spent a week running fever and feeling like the grim reaper was hanging on our coat tails. Now the littlest one has Acute Bronchitis.

There is nothing like being racked with sickness, which inevitably breads extreme irritability among the members of a family to know that this is so very true:

"God is present and active in families, bringing His gifts and working His purposes. He and His works may be hidden in the mundane - seeming details of ordinary life, but it is useful - both in times of family difficulties and when everything is going right - to catch a glimpse of Him."

That's a quote from the introduction of Family Vocation: God's Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood by Gene Edward Veith Jr. and his daughter, Mary J. Moerbe published by Crossway.

From the preface:
"This book will seem quite a bit different from other Christian books on the family. It applies Martin Luther's doctrine of vocation to the different callings within the family. This cannot be done without pulling along other aspects of Luther's theology. Readers will note here that the 'gospel' does not simply have reference to conversion, what a person responds to in first becoming a Christian. Rather, the gospel - that is, the message of Christ crucified for sinners - relates to every moment of the believer's life.
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