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Family UNplanning Paperback – December 28, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
In this slender volume Houghton develops the case for surrendering the family planning process to God using clear, compelling examples from scripture. Accurately subtitled A Guide for Christian Couples Seeking God's Truth on Having Children, readers are led through the Bible in search for God's will. The first half of the book focuses exclusively on Old and New Testament scriptures showing God's heart for children, His plan for marriage and the nature of conception. Houghton then goes on to explore historical interpretations of the topic within the church, possible reasons for the rise in contraception, common fears, keeping God's vision and his personal testimony.
I love testimonies, so after reading the foreword by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies, I read Houghton's personal testimony near the end of the book. I wanted to know more about who this man was, and how the Lord had spoken to him about surrendering his family size. It became immediately clear that Houghton has a heart for the Lord and is deeply committed to following the will of God for his life.Read more ›
Bible verses are not twisted to suit the authors point of view. It is a short book. I re-read it every few weeks to keep motivated :)
While, my husband and I had already given our fertility over to the Lord before reading this, it did reaffirm the convictions we feel. It is also the only book on the subject that my husband actually finished reading!
Take a look- it's worth your time.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a wonderful book. I'm so Thankful to God that we trusted God and had God plan our family. We got married young, I was 18 and my husband was 19, now 17 years later God has... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JDMb16a
Wife purchased yet another copy as a gift. Re-reading it she/we are spurred on [Hebrews 10:24], renewed in our Abolishhumanabortion.com work. Read morePublished 16 months ago by jeremiah habecker
I recently had the pleasure of reading Craig Houghton's "Family Unplanning." I can't speak highly enough of this book! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ottercoon
Read the book through in a couple days. It prompted lots of pondering, deep thoughts, a soul bearing conversation with my spouse, and a greater desire to truly seek and follow... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Little Bird
A very short book with a lot of truths that may be hard for some to come to terms with. As a young (28) father of five, I understand the pressure that the world puts on you to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mississippi Mud
“God loves children!” says Craig Houghton, and then proceeds to herald the biblical teachings on Christian procreation in such wise, lucid fashion that anyone whose aim is to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Baxter Pastor
I am left without words...speechless in my conviction, and so grateful His ways are above our ways. Craig Houghton -thank you for allowing God to speak through you.Published on September 23, 2014 by Lauren M.