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My Grandfather’s Son

This is an autobiography of Justice Clarence Thomas.  It takes his life from birth (1948) to confirmation as Associate Supreme Court Judge.  Thomas grew up poor on the back side of the tracks in the little town of Pinpoint, GA, not far from Savannah.  It was a time of racism and difficulty for black families […]

Parenting God’s Way

I read this new but short book (2017, just 41 pages) while researching material on grandparenting.  I have watched Alistair Begg’s career from afar, being distantly knowledgable of Charlotte Baptist Chapel in Edinburgh where Begg once served as associate pastor.  This book was probably a printed sermon Begg preached from Ephesians on the family.  It […]

Biblical Grandparenting

Josh Mulvihill wrote his PhD on this subject for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and then published this book in 2018 (Bethany House).  It is a much needed book on an important topic.  He writes in the first chapter, “There are millions of Christian Grandparents in America today with few resources to equip them to accomplish […]

10 Commitments for Dads

I have read Josh McDowell all my life, especially his books on apologetics.  This was a different kind of book from him, however, but a good addition to his list.  He describes his own “disfunctional” childhood and how he learned all he knows about parenting from being a parent and a student of God’s Word.  […]

Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Tedd Tripp wrote this book in 1995 and I have read the 2005 edition.  It is also available in a 2012 edition and also on Kindle.  Tripp and his wife have also authored, “Instructing a Child’s Heart”.  Though Tripp sometimes uses worn out criticisms of “rule keeping” as legalism and likes to use Christian School […]

Successful Christian Parenting

John MacArthur wrote this book in 1998 but it remains one of the most thoroughly biblical catalogs of Scriptures and topics on the Christian family.  It is subtitled, “Raising your child with care, compassion, and common sense.”  His proposition might be summarized in this short paragraph:  “In other words, children do no go bad because […]

Family Driven Faith

This is another book which promotes the Family Integrated Church Movement (FICM).  Baucham is a national speaker for this movement.  There are many good things in this book and it would not be alarming if it only spoke of being better parents and families, and churches paying more attention to the family.  But it goes […]

A Weed In The Church

This book is a definition and defense of the Family Integrated Church Movement (FICM) and specifically an impassioned cry to eliminate all programs from the church which divide families for teaching times, including nursery, Junior Church, Sunday School, and especially youth classes.  Brown says, “The proposition of this book is that the philosophy and practice […]