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ApParent Privilege Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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This book is a gift to Christian parents and to all who labor in hope that the next generations will put their confidence in God. Steve understands the crucial and indispensable role that parents have in pursuing this hope and serves us well with his experience, research and Bible-saturated insight and wisdom. --David Michael, Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN)
With reThink, Steve Wright invited churches to reconsider youth ministry from a radically biblical worldview. In his latest book, ApParent Privilege, Steve takes the next step, inviting parents to reclaim their uniquely powerful, God-ordained role as the primary faith-shapers for their children. Laced with Scripture, stories and up-to-the-minute statistics, ApParent Privilege promises to prepare parents for the most important task of their lives. --Mark DeVries, author of Family-Based Youth Ministry (Nashville, TN)
With all of the 'clanging cymbals and resounding gongs' Steve Wright encourages us that the language of love, grace and truth needs to be continuous and apparent from our tongues to our children. Steve is guiding dads and moms back to their God-given privilege of being voices crying in the wilderness leading our children to the Savior through His Word. I was convicted that abdication of my responsibility to teach the Word of God to my children is spiritual desertion! --Kevin Carroll, The Church of Brook Hills (Birmingham, AL)
About the Author
Steve serves as Pastor of Student Ministries at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Steve has served in student ministry since 1988 and joined the team at Providence in May of 1999. He received a Master of Arts degree in Christian education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. Steve is also the current president of the Metro Association of Student Ministers whose members represent some of the largest student ministries in the United States. In 1997 Steve started InQuest Ministries, which supplies Sunday School and Discipleship curriculum to thousands of churches worldwide. Steve and his wife, Tina, were married in 1989. They are blessed with three children - Sara, William and Tyler.
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Apparent Privilege is a fairly short, easy to read, and concise read. The only criticism of the book I have is its lack of application. While the author did a great job of showing the need for family discipleship... I would've liked to see more concrete examples of how to walk this out the day to day. Either way, this book is perfect for seeing the need and creating the desire for family discipleship... and I can think of five or six fathers I personally know who would benefit from reading this book! Quite simply...every Christian parent should read it...and do it.
The main emphasis in the book is the Bible's emphasis on the parents being the primary disciplers of their children, not the church. Parents and the church are to partner together rather than the church being treated as a drop-off service for the spiritual development of children.
I would highly recommend for everyone to read this book: parents with old children, young children, and even couples who are not yet parents. You will be greatly prepared and encouraged through the reading of this book.
Bringing parents and church leaders back to our biblical roots of discipleship being driven by both pedals of the family and church bicycle, Wright calls for balance that is sorely lacking in our families today.
He clarion call, however, is to parents to reclaim the responsibility and privilege we have to discipline our children in the training of the Lord.
He includes foundational principles, practical ideas and even a short job description for dads. He did a good job of challenging me as a father without pummeling me with a spiritual hammer. I came away with a new resolve to better father my girls and lead my family to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. I also was spurred on to teach this to parents at our church.
I believe this is a book every parent or parent to-be should read and take to heart. It's substantive but not overwhelming. It's intelligent without being overly academic. I love Steve's passion for the family and the local church. A great treasure here.
There is also small group or Sun. school curriculum available. You can get a sample and check it out.
I believe this perspective will shape our preschool, children and youth ministries at our church for years to come. It's that important. I look forward to reading the sequel ReThink.
What's the problem, and how do we fix it, for our own children & all those in the church?
That's the question that many leaders & parents are wrestling with in the church today. A few years ago youth pastors and parents Steve Wright & Chris Graves wrote ReThink, a book that sent shock waves through the evangelical community. In ReThink they persuasively argued that business-as-usual youth ministry was not the answer to the failure of the church to see the youth of the church through to maturity. Now, their in new book ApParent Privilege they say that business-as-usual parenting is not the answer either.
The book starts out with the testimony of a father:
We truly believed that if we could find a good youth program and keep our children active, then they would continue to serve Christ... our two adult children now in their thirties are no longer walking with Christ... I wish that someone would have told us that the responsibility of discipling our children was ours, not a pastor's. I wish we would have known.
That, in a nutshell, is this book: your church, your youth program, your children's Sunday School teachers or youth ministers have neither the ability nor the responsibility to grow & mature your children's faith. Only you do.
But how? That is what the book deals with, giving both a theological foundation and lots of practical advice. He starts by laying out that, despite appearances, most teens really do listen to their parents and desire a mentoring relationship with them. He then moves on to a Biblical theology & foundation of parenting, and what should make Christian parenting unique and distinctive from what is commonly practiced in our culture. There are also practical chapters on how the church can help parents, specific tasks and tools for parenting, the role of fathers, and encouragement for parents dealing with a prodigal.
ApParent Privilege is well-written, thought-provoking, and practical. Every parent and church leader will gain both healthy perspective & sound advice by reading it.