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Family UNplanning Paperback – December 28, 2006
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There were so many areas where I wanted him to go on and build the thought/argument a bit more. Like the history of contraception and the church- that could definitely have been expounded on.
I would have also liked to have seen this co-written with his wife. Namely because she would bring a slightly different perspective to the plate. As the father and the breadwinner in his family, he can share his stresses and struggles about providing for a larger family. Where she could have given a perspective more on the day to day juggling of a large family. It would have just been neat to see a fuller picture. Though I am glad that we got his side since it was just one side, since most large family books I have read have been from the mother's perspective.
I disagreed with him on a few points. Namely that the Christian acceptance of evolution has brought us to the place where the church and the culture have the same views. I think individualism and consumerism are more to blame. I also disagree his rant about modern psychology, but that would be an argument for another time. Either way, the arguments are definitely points to think about, and something to get discussion going, which is worth something on its own, even if I disagree with his conclusions.
Overall, a good book that I do recommend on the subject of contraception for Christian families. It gets the conversation started.
What an excellent and simple defense of the truth about family formation, for the Church.
Should be standard reading for all adults either married or considering it. I only wish I had read this book prior to getting married, so that my eyes would have been opened and if the Lord would have allowed it: my wife and I would have had children earlier. Sadly, I too was drinking the kool-aid of "reproductive rights" and also claiming belief in a sovereign God to whom "I surrendered all". What a lie!
Like the author, my eyes too were opened and I saw the truth. Highly recommend this book to all men and fathers of the Church. Step up and lead your family courageously for the Lord's sake!
Thanks again, Brother Houghton!
I include a note saying:
We want to come along side you in urging you to trust our Lord in all areas-including with your womb/family size. In lieu of getting to speak with you in person regarding this important issue, we send you this resource, directing you to the Word. (and continue to offer ourselves & our testimony in this area to you with any questions you may have.)
The only other handout resource i've come across in this regard is found here; http://www.mercyseat.net/protestantProtest.html
I am so grateful to have been exposed to information that opened my eyes to the truth on what God says about children! Our culture is immersed in self-centeredness so all I ever knew was that its "biblical" to be "good stewards" and take control of when a life should enter into the world.
I realized the problems with this thinking:
1- If that's how I think, then I am claiming to know better than the Sovereign God.
2- If I believe that God is the giver and taker of life (Job), then why do I believe that I should be in control? I am against euthanasia because I believe that God is the taker of life. He has a purpose for each and every individual at every stage of life. If I claim to one part of this statement, then I am being hypocritical to shun that God is to be the Giver of life.
Very very interesting and I recommend this book to everyone!!!