I got a phone call from a friend this morning checking to make sure we were ok, since I haven’t posted on my blog in a while. We’re all fine, just busy and dealing with more colds and Jack’s getting a bunch of teeth all at once, and you know how it is. I did get two books read this week though.
Kim recommended Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God
by Voddie Baucham so I decided to check it out. Although I think the book talks most directly to fathers, I also got some good things out of it. Baucham’s writing style is accessible, and most of his points are well made. His premise is that the Church as a whole is losing young people at an alarming rate, and we need to focus on building up our families rather than outsourcing our children’s spiritual health to other people. The first part of the book focuses on building up your family and raising your children for Christ through things like family worship (his section on family worship was one of the best I’ve read on that topic) and teaching theology and doctrine, taking time to develop deep relationships with your children, and not allowing the world to influence your kids more than you do. At the end of the book, Baucham talks about homeschooling and challenges parents to really think about what they are doing about education and why. He is up front about his own commitment to homeschooling, but also supports Christian schools. He’s adamantly opposed to putting kids in public schools (he’s one of the people who leads the Southern Baptist resolution about public schools), and makes strong and well-reasoned points against that option, including answering common reasons Christian parents put their kids in public schools. No matter what your thoughts are on the topic of education, you might be interested to read his arguments. Finally, Baucham discusses family-integrated churches, calling on churches to re-examine the problems with youth group culture, and to build up relationships across age demographics rather than setting up exclusive peer group sections in the church. One thing I really enjoy about going to a smaller church is the relationships we have with people in different stages of life. I think young people especially benefit from knowing people outside of their peer groups, because that helps them develop perspective. Anyway, this was a thought-provoking book and I would recommend it.
As a side note, please be aware that if I recommend a book, it doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with EVERYTHING in the book, so if you read something I recommend and wonder if I’ve gone plumb crazy, please ask me about it. I mean, I might be crazy but you never know until you ask.
I also read The Busy Mom’s Guide to Simple Living : Creative Ideas And Practical Ways for Making the Most Out of What You Have
after reading Crystal’s review. I always find it interesting to read about how other families operate and what types of schedules they follow. This book focuses on how to simplify your life so you can enjoy it more, and the author does a good job of pointing out where it might be worth it to spend more in the short run to save more in the long run, or where you might be doing something that is a false economy if it’s causing problems in your family or not taking you closer to a goal. One area she talks about, for example, is making small changes to improve your family’s nutrition, because in the long run it’s worth it to have better health, even if in the short run your family doesn’t like whole grains and you think unhealthy food is cheaper. I’d recommend this as something to check out of the library if you’re interested in simplifying or focusing your family.
Genesis, Matthew, Acts
Exodus, Psalms, Proverbs, Mark, Romans
“Straight Talk About Reading” by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats
“Creative Homeschooling for Gifted Children” by Lisa Rivers
Kids Book Reviews for the week can be found here.
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