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Family Worship - Donald S. Whitney

Very rarely is the occasion that I buy a book without some type of specific knowledge about it or without any specific recommendation attached to it. As such, I cannot fully explain why I went ahead and listened to the Amazon.com advertisement suggesting this title for me. It probably has to do with my predisposed attitude to being open to learning more about family worship. As we head to France, I have been doing a lot of thinking about how our new situation will demand for us to be a family that worships together.

Of course there are a lot of reasons and motivations behind my thoughts circulating around this subject. I have wondered if life could hand us a situation in which we would have to worship as a family due to there not being a better option for us on the occasional Sunday. I definitely realize that our family worshiping together will strengthen our ability to live and serve in France. Additionally, we truly desire that the experiences ahead of our family will draw our girls closer to a faith in Jesus rather than the opposite. As much as we care about those in France who need Jesus, we are not willing to sacrifice our girls at that expense. Embracing a more consistent pattern of and comfort-level with organized family worship seemed like an obvious way to protect and lead them while enabling us to serve as we feel we have been called. 

With all that said, I still was not sure what this book would be about in terms about approaching and dealing with this topic, but I have to say that I am very pleased with this purchase. Whitney's demonstration that there are some Biblical principles and examples related to family worship was convincing and interesting. His many examples of various remarkable people throughout church history who have practiced a devotion to family worship was truly fascinating and motivating. Finally, though, let me tell you the absolutely best thing about this book: IT IS SHORT! Only 80 pages! Despite this relative brevity, Whitney details his points thoroughly, and this aspect of the book lends itself to what makes this book so useful. Whitney keeps it simple. H realizes that a family trying to take on an overly elaborate method of worship will actually reduce the chance of them being consistently devoted to it, so he boils it down to the main essentials. Read the Bible, pray, and sing together. That's it, but that is powerful. 

Just yesterday morning we were all getting ready for church and the girls were getting their breakfast. Seeing that we were about to head to worship with our church family, doing our morning worship time (which we have started since this book came into our lives) was not on my mind. Even so, all of a sudden Elizabeth perked up and said, "Hey, are we gonna do Bible time?!" Read, pray, sing. It is so simple, and it will so benefit you and your family.

Let me leave you with a detail in the book that truly convicted me. Up above I listed some of my motivations for being interested in this book. Whitney wisely cuts through all of this in hi introduction and exposes that I was missing the point. You do not engage in family worship as a parenting technique, a ministry strategy, or anything else. Your family devotes time to worshiping God, because God deserves it. Amen to that.