King Me: What Every Son Wants From His Father

Thanks to Dave Artman for this book review, just in time for Father’s Day.

An attractive attribute to the book is the name and photo on the cover. The name is suggestively insightful as to what one would expect to find in its pages, but there is so much more than just the obvious. This is not merely a book about a father passing the baton of his own legacy on to his son. In simplest terms, it is about building tomorrow’s godly, masculine men in a feminized world.

Author Steve Farrar does a remarkable job of drawing all of his encouragement and training right from scripture. We men experience many failures in our lives, and Steve lays out the typical failures men encounter and what we should do about them and why. He does so with a humble, down to earth tone that is not steered by political correctness or beating around the bush on delicate issues, such as sex. Brace yourself; Steve gets right down to the brass tacks where you may feel a little uncomfortable. Continue reading

Book Review: Just Friends

So when can I start dating, dad?” I am not looking forward to hearing that question, but I’d rather give some thought to the issue now rather than later. Just Friends does just that. While primarily written to parents and pre-teens, those in their early teen years will find it helpful, even many college students have found it to be a useful book. To me the real value of the book, beside the biblical principles, is that it gives parents and pre-teens a common starting point on which to talk.

There are some incredibly helpful chapters…

  • Choose Controlled Emotions
  • Choose Family First
  • Choose True Love
  • Choose “Just Friends”
  • Becoming the Right Person

The book was written by seasoned pastors who Continue reading

Book Review: Creative Family Times

Allen and Connie Hadidian & Will and Lindy Wilson. Creative Family Times: Practical Activities for Building Character in Your Preschooler. Chicago: Moody, 1989. 59 pages.

I was first made aware of this helpful booklet when evangelist Ron DeGarde, who preached in our church last spring, mentioned that it had benefited his family. After having read it, I can see why. Continue reading

Book Review: Gospel-Powered Parenting

William P. Farley. Gospel-Powered Parenting. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2009. 208 pages.

“Can you explain what the word gospel means in two minutes or less?”

You may have been asked a question like this by someone who wanted to encourage you to share your faith with lost folks. Indeed, the gospel is profoundly simple, simple enough for a child to understand.

I’d like to ask you another question, though: can you explain how the gospel affects your work? Your hobbies? What you are doing right now? While the gospel is a crystal clear message, it is also a vast constellation of brilliant truths that ought to affect–and be central to–everything we do.

William Farley expounds this concept as it relates to parenting. Continue reading

Book Review: Fool Moon Rising

screensaver_5Kristi and T. Lively Fluharty. Fool Moon Rising. Wheaton, Il: Crossway, 2009. 32 pages.

Nowadays, it’s not hard to find books kids love. It’s just hard to find books kids ought to love. With Fool Moon Rising, you’ll get both. Your children (toddlers and up) will be glued to the bold pictures and drawn in by the rhythmic rhymes on each page.

They’ll also be challenged to humbly recognize God’s greatness and His great plan for them as reflectors of His brilliant glory. We all need this message. In fact, I tried to get Pastor Campbell to let me read the book to the congregation next Sunday morning, but we couldn’t find enough carpet squares for everyone.

That was a joke.

In all seriousness, Fool Moon Rising makes a great devotional tool that kids will want to pick up again and again. It also makes a great gift. You can pick it up wherever books are sold–especially at the Bethel Baptist Church Bookstore.

Book Review: Everyday Talk

EverydayTalkJohn A. Younts. Everyday Talk. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd’s Press, 2005. 141 pages.

Deuteronomy 6 (mentioned numerous times on this blog) lays out some humbling directions for parents:

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (vv. 6-7)

Our last review dealt with the phrase “Thou shalt teach them diligently.” This week’s recommendation develops the next section of the passage: Continue reading

Book Review: Teach Them Diligently

14685109Lou Priolo. Teach Them Diligently. Woodruff, SC: Timeless, 2000. 130 pages.

So, whose responsibility is it to disciple your children? When I ask the question that way, the answer is obvious: YOU. Yet we often operate our households in such a way that the lion’s share of the discipling is left to the church, the Christian school, our spouse, or (scary!) the hours of media our children take in while watching TV, playing video games, reading books, etc.

The message of this book flies in the face of these tendencies. No surprise there, considering Lou Priolo’s commitment to the authority and sufficiency of Scripture (we sell several of his books in our bookstore). Continue reading