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Barnabas lives in the Nashville area with his wife and two daughters. Originally from Minnesota, he has never been able to (or wanted to) shake his allegiance to to the Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves. No matter how much pain they cause him.
Follow Barnabas on twitter @BarnabasPiper, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bpiper) and at his blog (http://www.barnabaspiper.com).
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For the most part, I wasn't disappointed. Piper narrates his own book, which I love because you can really hear his heart as he relates this very personal, yet practical book. There are expressions of pain, confessions, impassioned pleas, and, yes, even indictments of his famous father all throughout the work. This must have been a tough book to write. John Piper admits in his touching forward to the book that it was a painful book for him to read as a father.
Barnabas Piper is about my age, and I appreciated his pop culture references and dry humor. He's a straightforward, plain writer, and I mean that in a good way. His message lands hard and true: Pastors, be mindful of what your unique public role means for the way your child will view the church and the world around them. Church, be sensitive to the family of your pastor. Topics include a description what it's like to live in "the fishbowl" of public ministry along with a pastor father, and tips for pastor fathers who are trying to relate to their PK. Very valuable information!
I recommend this book for grown PKs who may need some help and healing after a difficult upbringing. I especially recommend this book for pastors with kids for some equipping in understanding and supporting their own PKs.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audiobooks at christianaudio.com.
And I know a lot of pastor’s kids. When you go to Wheaton College, there are a lot of pastor’s kids (and Missionary Kids which has its own special set of issues.) I know pastor’s kids that have done well, and those that have not. So I picked up The Pastor’s Kids (a review copy) with interest.
This is a pretty short book (about 140 pages of content or 3 hours of audio). John Piper introduces it and acknowledges that at time the book was hard for him to read because it is being written by his son about the problems of being a pastor’s kid. But John Piper wants to assure the reader that anything critical is about wanting what’s best for the church as a whole and pastor’s families in particular.
The end really hits that tone by concluding with all of the good that can come of being a pastor’s kid. Personally, that is where I and most other pastor’s kids I know end up. All in all, we are glad we were pastor’s kids.Read more ›
My interest in this book has been very high from the moment I first heard that it was on its way because, although we are not involved in vocational ministry, my husband and I have been volunteers in our church since all four of our boys were very young. This has been fairly public involvement that has involved Sunday morning visibility, more dinner-time phone calls than average, and lots of schedule adjustments around church activities and business. It is also relevant, I think, that we made a conscious decision at one point to relinquish some responsibilities because we saw that the demands of our family were escalating as our boys matured. Go figure. It takes more energy to greet the teenager at curfew than it does to comfort the toddler with an ear infection or feed the baby twice in the night. Having said that, I spent some time as I read the book trying to assess whether a pastor's family really does have more of a "burden" to bear from the church than the highly-involved church member. After all, those who are doing "vocational ministry" are able to give themselves to the job seamlessly. Obviously, it is going to involve more than forty hours -- there's hardly a professional position out there that can be accomplished in forty hours.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Honest reflect from the author and the many pastor's kids he interviewed. As a pastor, I read with desire to understand and improve in my family leadership and... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Chris Jordan
As a pastor's kid who has moved around time after time emotionally and literally, I wanted to see what B. P. had to say. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've seen mixed reviews of this book, but know there is so much more positive that outweighs any moment in the book that may feel repetitive or too simple for the reader. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura C.
First chapters are a bit too repetitive and wordy. The substance comes in the last chapters.Published 4 months ago by Dieter A. Schmidt
being a pastor's wife, I may understand my kid more and have more insight about how to communicate with him.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a missionary/pastor/father-of-two I found this book to be helpful and eye-opening to the struggles that my children face as "PKs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Schrock
This is a good book. It's not too long, it's not needlessly difficult, and it doesn't cut corners or hold back. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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