I received a free e-copy of this book for the purpose of review from the publisher. After reading the introduction, I also bought an actual paper copy of it for my library. Family Worship by Don Whitney is a great primer for parents, especially Dads, of the necessity of having family worship. This short book is biblical, practical, and encouraging. Whitney states right at the end of the introduction (and throughout the book) the purpose of the book, “…God deserves to be worshiped daily in our homes by our families.” (pg. 14)
Why is this book necessary?
This book is necessary because parents get easily discouraged in the practical application of family worship (probably like pastors do with at least some of their congregation). Whitney is great at reminding parents it’s never too late (or too early) to start (or re-start) family worship. I know I’ve been frustrated with my perceived lack of results due to focusing on my kid’s responses instead of being faithful and obedient to what God has called me to do; allowing God to transform their hearts.
Who needs this book?
Parents need this book, so do pastors. Parents need to be encouraged and to see the simplicity of what family worship is, without over-thinking it and thereby over-complicating it. Pastors need this book as a resource to hand to new parents (and newly engaged couples for that matter) to show how simple this can be.
“The Bible clearly implies that God deserves to be worshiped daily in our homes by our families.” (pg. 27)
“We can summarize the views of our Christian heroes across the centuries with a sentence from Jonathan Edwards: ‘Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church.’” (pg. 42-43)
“It’s simple: just read, pray, and sing. You can do that!” (pg. 51)
“We need to accept the fact that in this sinful world, challenges to family worship arise regularly in every home. The blessings of family worship are too dangerous for Satan to let pass unopposed. God deserves to be worshiped daily in our homes by our families. And for that reason start today.” (pg. 57)
“Let us be clear: faithful involvement in family worship is not the gospel.”
(Quotes taken from Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney ©2016 published by Crossway)
Does this book say something new and revolutionary that will totally change the way you think about family worship? No (and I’d be suspicious if it did). What is does do, is gently reminds and encourages parents of their responsibility to be the primary faith trainers in the lives of their children. And that’s what makes it such an invaluable resource.