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The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity [Kindle Edition]

Barnabas Piper , John Piper
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Book Description

The Only One Facing As Much Pressure As the Pastor is ... The Pastor’s Kid
Dad may be following God’s call, but the Pastor’s kids (PKs) are just following mom and dad. Often to devastating results.
Barnabas Piper – son of Pastor and bestselling author John Piper – has experienced the challenges of being a PK first-hand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues and accelerated scrutiny PKs face.
But more than just stating the problems – he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) is to live in true freedom and wholeness.

Barnabas Piper is a PK, the son of well-known pastor John Piper. He writes for World Magazine at and blogs at He writes regularly for the popular blog, The Blazing Center. He and his wife live in the Nashville area with their two daughters.

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About the Author

Barnabas Piper is a PK, the son of well-known pastor John Piper. He writes for World Magazine at and blogs at He writes regularly for the popular blog, The Blazing Center. He and his wife live in the Nashville area with their two daughters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1728 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JW4T9OI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very helpful book in many respects. It has some penetrating insights, it's frank, and well written over all. I've purchased copies for my older kids in the hopes that it will spawn some helpful conversations and help us correct or avoid some pitfalls. It's necessary for a book like this to have a bite to it (Piper is clear that he's hard on pastors and churches, and he's a bit hard on his parents). But I do think the book lacks sufficient balm. It has some balmy moments. But the bite to balm ratio seems disproportionate to me. I could almost wish that Piper had written this at age 45 rather than 31, after he had mostly raised his still young children. Maybe there will be a follow-up then, when time and more experience as a parent through the most tricky years has seasoned the still-needed insight with more graciousness.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very honest and valuable July 9, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I was really interested to hear what Barnabas Piper, son of famous Baptist preacher John Piper, had to say in his new book, The Pastor's Kid. I'm not a "PK," but my four sons are. I want to understand the unique challenges they face, and I was hoping this book would give me some valuable insight.

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
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am a pastor’s kid. In fact, pastoring is a bit of a family business. My brother, father, and 3 uncles and an aunt are pastors, another uncle is not officially ordained but was the main interim pastor for a small church for several years. Also a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a great-great grandfather were pastors and a great-great-great grandmother was a traveling evangelist in the civil war era (if I have my history right.)

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God Bless Emma, Eban, and Ella July 16, 2014
We love our Pastor's kids. After reading Piper's book, I will be more diligent in my prayers for them. Even more important, I will be more fervent in my prayers for their parents. As an involved church member, I have witnessed the "PK phenomenon" first hand. I have heard pastors lament that their children do not share enthusiasm for their pastor-father's calling. Now I have read 151 pages of in-depth analysis of how one person felt growing up in that role.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, challenging, and encouraging
A good reminder of the need to continue working towards changing a church culture that separates "lay" and "staff". Read more
Published 8 days ago by Katie Renner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the whole Body to know.
Reading this gave me a path to follow as a parishioner in a large church where everyone is aware of the PKs. May I never be a factor in their disillusionment.
Published 10 days ago by Nicole Bozell
5.0 out of 5 stars A helpful read
A straightforward, raw, and redemptive read! I would recommend it for any pastor's kid, PK spouse, pastor's wife or pastor.
Published 14 days ago by Carolyn Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Humorous, Heart-Breaking, & Helpful
Pastor's kids are a unique breed, and a group that often gets a bad rap, having to deal with a whole slew of things that "ordinary" kids don't. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Zack Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!!
While this is not my normal genre to enjoy and it took me a little longer to read then normal, I did find it to be well written and informative, and I would recommend it to anyone... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good writing and very much true and helpful
Very good writing and very much true and helpful. I myself am a preachers kid and I identify with the writing quite often.
Published 1 month ago by Elisabeth M. Colby
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Children be Children
Insightful!!!! Too often preacher's kids are expected to be angels that they have a hard time living as humans. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mitsy
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to read.
As a pastor, I found Piper's book insightful. It served to remind and confirm things I was already aware of. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tim F
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for PKs and Pastors
I just finished reading the entire book yesterday. It is a good book although I disagreed in a lot of the content of the book towards the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a beautiful and enduring picture of God at work in the family!
Published 2 months ago by Paul
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More About the Author

Barnabas Piper a Christian writer exploring the connections between ideas, faith, and people. He writes weekly for and The Blazing Center Blog and has contributed to "Leadership Journal," "Tabletalk Magazine,", The Gospel Coalition blog, and He is an avid reader of all sorts of books, a learner, and he loves a good story.

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 ( and at his blog (

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