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Family Worship Paperback – January 31, 2016
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“A sure-fire way to enhance family togetherness is to make worship a priority in your home. Don Whitney has laid out a practical guide for parents (especially fathers) to get from ‘we should’ to ‘we can and do.’”
—Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
“Family Worship by Don Whitney is priceless. Starting with the Bible, Whitney makes a compelling case for family worship and illustrates it richly with historical examples. He even answers the frequently asked questions and responds to common objections. This book is persuasive, practical, and most of all, doable.”
—Tedd Tripp, pastor; international conference speaker; author, Shepherding a Child's Heart
“If I could choose anyone to write a book on family worship, it would be Don Whitney. He has years of experience and wisdom on spiritual formation. But, even more than that, he is a father who has led well and consistently in his own home. This book will equip you to lead your family in worship, without fear or awkwardness or intimidation. This book could change your home, and you will be glad for the change.”
—Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
“I love this little book. It is clear, biblical, and practical. It gives hope and direction for anyone to read, pray, and sing. The 'what if' chapter is worth the price of the book. I highly recommend it!”
—Martha Peace, biblical counselor; author, The Excellent Wife
“Don Whitney has written a book we truly need. This book belongs in every Christian home and in the hands of every Christian parent.”
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Family Worship is a great introduction to a topic of great importance. I recommend it for any and all Christian families.”
—Tim Challies, blogger, Challies.com
“As the father of five young children, family worship is a regular and indispensable component of our family time. For many years now, my family has benefited from Don Whitney’s book Family Worship as a helpful guide to family devotions and the spiritual formation of our children. I heartily recommend it for every family, both those new to family worship and those who have practiced family devotions for many years.”
—Jason K. Allen, president, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College
“Once again I am excited about a book by Don Whitney. This time he provides us with a biblical and historical foundation for family worship. In addition he gives us a practical guide to know what and how to lead your family during this time. What a unique book. Whitney knows the benefits of every spiritual discipline.”
—Miguel Núñez, Senior Pastor, International Baptist Church of Santo Domingo; President and Founder, Wisdom and Integrity Ministries
“We have removed the worship of almighty God from the home and we are reaping the whirlwind. Family Worship is a biblical, accessible, and indispensable call to arms. It is perfect for the scores of Christian parents who want to impact their families, but have no idea where to start. Praise God for men like Don Whitney who love the Lord and the church enough to speak such truth without apology.”
—Voddie Baucham Jr., Dean, African Christian University Seminary; author, Family Driven Faith
“This is a magnificent achievement and so very needed.”
—Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries
“I appreciate Whitney’s contribution to this important area, and it is my prayer that God will use this widely to strengthen families in the area of home worship.”
—Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Donald S. Whitney (PhD, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa) is professor of biblical spirituality and associate dean at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has written several books, including Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Don blogs regularly at BiblicalSpirituality.org.
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What I liked:
1.). Loved the chapter on history- found it helpful, convincing and encouraging.
2.) Appreciated the simple (yet true) explanation of what should be done in Family Worship! Read, Pray, Sing.
What I disliked:
1.). My biggest struggle with the book and what kept it from getting 4 or 5 stars was sadly the section on Family Worship in the Bible. Felt that it was very poor exegetically on numerous Scripture passages. It is the danger we all face when we go to Scripture like no for something. That something in the case of this book was family Worship. This disappointed me because instead of sticking to the verses where family worship is clearly taught the author felt compelled to bring in as many verses as possible with the result being Scripture being told they clearly or obviously treachery something that is not as clear or obvious as the author proclaims it is.
I would recommend this book, especially the chapter in history and how to do Family worship in your home! The more families engaging in Family Worship the better for all!
This is also a simple and practical book. The author provides readers with a simple explanation of what family worship ought to look like. He also provides thoughtful answers to perceived concerns and objections that his readers might raise.
I recommend this book for all Christians. Singles can benefit by beginning a regular practice of disciplined worship. Married couples will benefit from the discipline of spending time together in Word, prayer and song, which will prepare them for leading their children in family worship if the Lord so blesses.
I didn't grow up in a Christian home. And as a single woman (as of this writing) who would one day like to enjoy the blessing of a family, I've struggled to understand or envision what family worship is on a practical everyday level. Thank you Mr. Whitney for summarizing it so well and providing so many wonderful examples. Read, Pray, Sing!