This past weekend, I had the great privilege of spending some time with Dr. Donald Whitney and reading an advance copy of his new book, Family Worship. Many authors have the ability to describe the what and why of a subject, but too frequently leave it there. Dr. Whitney has a knack for adding the "how" of the subject. He does not disappoint when it comes to Family Worship.
Dr. Whitney begins persuasively demonstrating that family worship is a practice that originates in the Old Testament and has been practiced until today. He traces the history of the practice from Abraham to John Piper and Don Carson. In doing so, Dr. Whitney begins to outline the basics of family worship. He gets into the simple meat of how to do family worship by describing how it has been done in the Bible and history - reading the Bible, praying, and singing. He discusses several other possible activities of family worship before answering some basic objections or circumstantial questions about the practice. He closes by encouraging families to take up the practice immediately regardless of the circumstances.
What is clear from this book is that family worship must be practiced. As Matthew Henry said, "here the reformation must begin." Dr. Whitney explains, "the reformation that we long for and pray for in our churches also involves the home. Since the church is comprised of family units - from singles to large families and everything in between - if the homes are changed through family worship, the church will be changed." If we want revival in our land, we've got to do more than pray. We can't stop praying, but revival must start in the mini-churches scattered throughout our neighborhoods. It must start in the family.
Dr. Whitney does not disappoint with this easy read on an important practice in Christian spirituality. I recommend this book for any who aren't practicing family worship. I recommend it for those who do it inconsistently. In fact, I recommend it for those who are doing it consistently. Seeing the practice of family worship since Abraham was a motivating reminder to engage in this ancient practice with so many immediate benefits for the family and the Kingdom.
Family Worship will be available on January 31, 2016.
The author provided no compensation for this review.
I follow Christ. I have a beautiful wife Megan and three wonderful children, Harrisen, Rebekah, and Carter. I am a candidate for a Ph.D. in ethics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, have an M.Div. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a JD from the University of Arkansas, am licensed to practice law in several state and federal courts, and live in Rogers, Arkansas. I write a blog and produce a podcast. And I do it all that others may know Christ.