I am so excited and scared about this parenting gig I am about to take up. I immediately began looking for books from trusted sources to disciple me in the task. I was overjoyed when I saw that Voddie had written a book on the family. I first heard Voddie at One Day 2000. The message from Isaiah 1 powerfully stuck in my head, I can still remember parts of it, and made sure to purchase the DVD so I could listen to it again. I have grown to respect him more, and exponentially so after reading his book Family Driven Faith. I would highly recommend it to all parents, not because I am an expert, but because I was deeply nourished. Voddie is a biblically convicted man with a biblically convicting message. He is humbling because he is humble as he expounds the word, revealing his own faults and failures. He knows how to make the word of God both sting and sing. Here are a few excerpts from the introduction to give you a feel for the direction of the book.
Our children are not falling away because the church is doing a poor job-although that is undoubtedly a factor. Our children are falling away because we are asking the church to do what God designed the family to accomplish. Discipleship and multi-generational faithfulness begins and ends at home. At best, the church is to play a supporting role as it “equips the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12, esv).
This book is an effort to put the ball back in the family’s court and to motivate, correct, encourage, and equip families to do what God commands concerning the next generation.