- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780781410359
- ISBN-13: 978-0781410359
- ASIN: 0781410355
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 198 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Piper's book is an important read for anyone who has ever been part of a church -- whether you're the Pastor's Kid yourself or whether you just know (or know of) the PKs or have spent time growing up in a church-based home or environment.
Piper nails it. There are a ton of different pressures as a Christian growing up in a Christian home and in the church. Being a child and a teen is hard enough, and you already never really know what is expected of you in the rest of your life. It's so hard that the church of all places can be the last straw of heaping expectations to put things over the top. This book is helpful for those, like Piper and myself, that grew up in a good-but-often-confusing environment like that church, to process as well as take steps for other children and teens around them today.
I know Barnabas Piper. I went to college with him and have seen him grow up along with me both there and after as life has thrown curveball after curveball. This book is true to character and very representative of the life I know Barnabas to have led. When he talks about things that happened to "some PKs" I know who some of them are, and that some of them are him, and I know that these are real genuine stories and real people who have led good but confused upbringings as they sort out theology with adulthood and family life and growing up.
I had to apologize to Barnabas after reading this book. There were so many things that I assumed unfairly of him because I knew he was John Piper's son. There were so many dumb questions I asked, too many unfair assumptions I made of his faith and character and person. There were too many times he was John Piper's son instead of my friend, a flawed human being like myself. I had to apologize to him for that and I had to apologize to other PKs. I know to treat them differently now. And I had to give myself some forgiveness too, for unfair expectations I had heaped upon myself as a young Christian in the church. It was good to see that, even if retroactively.
Read this book, and get a copy in the hands of other young teens and 20s especially that have grown up in the church or are doing so right now. I'm not a PK but I resonate with quite a bit of it anyway. If you *are* a PK, then definitely read it.
The Pastor's Kid is true to its title. It is Piper's true life journey of finding himself and his own faith and identity, and it will undoubtedly help you find yours.
As I read the book I had many flashbacks of hard times - BUT I also had many flashbacks of great times as a PK. I would have liked to see (any) positive aspects of growing up In a loving family shared. For example, I had many great life experiences and privileges while growing up - just because we were known by people ( traveling, skiing, etc). Ironically, as I look back at my life as a PK - I feel less negative now and more grateful than ever for my parents. I guarantee you Pastors have even more scrutiny into their life than we as their kids.
Finally I do hope this book will serve a good purpose in getting parents and kids to talk more - without blaming anyone.
I am a pastor of five children (all under 13), so I wanted to gain some insights that would help me better love and care for my children.
As I read the book, I could tell that Barnabas was being (very understandably so) sympathetic towards the PK's who are reading the book. As such, he embraced a certain tone in his writing that would be similar to the hurt PK. I do not believe this was necessarily wrong for the author to do this. He, in a sense, is weeping with those who weep. In doing so, he gives voice to those who need it - even helping them to realize they're not crazy.
That said, over the course of the book, I was feeling that the sarcasm was getting to be a little too much. In addition, I also felt like he was highlighting unique issues for PK's, and yet they were issues I faced in conservative fundamentalism (not evangelicalism, but fundamentalism).
I was refreshed by reading the final chapter and I also appreciated his chapter geared directly for pastors.
Overall, I'm assuming this book will be more refreshing to those who experienced the battle scars of being a PK. And, I imagine, this could be helpful for other pastors. However, the sarcasm could be too much for some and almost seem like adding more feelings of inadequacy and indictment (which pastors feel much of, too). For these reasons, I didn't give it one or two more stars.
That said, I do think it's a profitable read.