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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press (December 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600348513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600348518
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a growing, grass-roots movement afoot amongst Christians in North America. Decentralized and led by the Holy Spirit, this movement is loosely termed "Quiverfull" or QF for short. As media interest has piqued in past years most households are now familiar with the movement; if nothing else by a passing familiarity with the Duggar family who have received great deals of media attention due to the size of their family - the Duggar's are expecting baby #18 in January 2009. Those interested in learning more about the beliefs of Christians who surrender their family planning to the Lord, and those who feel the Holy Spirit convicting them in this area will find Craig Houghton's Family UNplanning worthwhile reading.

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.
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My husband and I were starting to feel convicted about why we were using birth control. After going to see what the bible says about, I was suprised to find scriptures that are never taught or encouraged in the church today. I wondered why and what made us justify so many things. This book really helped me to understand how the church was before 1900 and how our society has influenced the church in the past 100 years. Besides everything that the bible promotes about children, the deciding factor for us was, what good reason do we have to not have children? I have yet to find a reason that is not selfish or based on a lack of faith in God being sovereign. This book encouraged me to be excited about what God has in store for our family and a trust in Him that I have never had before.
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In a world that promotes all kinds of birth control, we as Christians were a bit confused about what is right for us. This book gave us lots of information with plenty of biblical backup. We'd recommend it to anyone who has questions about this, it's very straightforward.
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If you can only afford one book to strenghthen your quiverful beliefs, get this one. It is easy to read, and biblical and to the point.

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 :)
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I love this book. I have read several others but this one is by far the best. It has more of the New Testament verses and this is what we live by today. There are lots of Old Testament references for our learning. I truly believe that the LORD is in control of our fertility and this book will help you understand that. I highly recommend this for study.
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Of all the books that I've read on this subject, this one is the easiest to read. It's simple, biblical, and genuine. I recommend that every Christian couple struggling with the question, "Should we have another?", or any couple not in agreement on their family size, read this book!

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.
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This review is from a husband and father of 8 (6 natural, 2 adopted).
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!
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As a mom to 5 it saddens me how children are looked at as a burden with most people. I'm a Christian. I'm also realistic. Having children can be hard, but it is also the most rewarding thing we can do. This book is a great read for those wondering what the Bible says about our fertility.
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