Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Review: The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot

Book Description:
Elisabeth Elliot, whose courage and faith have helped so many to follow Christ, is one of the most loved and respected Christian communicators of our time. In this book, she offers useful insights on the shaping of a Christian home and family. Christian parents have a responsibility to raise their children using scriptural principles. Using examples from her own childhood, the author shows how to do that in terms of trust, discipline, courtesy, and teaching by example. Parents seeking guidance for raising godly children will appreciate Elliot's emphasis on:

-Daily Bible reading and prayer
-Clear instructions on parental expectations
-Seeking instruction in Scripture and applying these to questions asked and answers given
-Benefiting from the model of a Godly and happy home

New parents, experienced parents, and all who have come to trust Elliot's wisdom will find this book a wonderful resource of ideas and inspiration. Eight pages of black and white family photos are included.

My thoughts:
I was introduced to Elisabeth Elliot's writings when I was a teenager and was given the book Passion and Purity. A couple of years ago, while browsing a local Christian bookstore, I found The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot on clearance and snatched it up. I'm not too sure what inspired me to pull it out and read it, but I did and it has been an excellent read.

Elisabeth Elliot shows how her "Christian Family" was formed and how it shaped her and her siblings lives. Rather than being a how-to book, the how-to is told in a biographical format. Interspersed throughout the book are little tidbits of parenting techniques and good sound advice. I am sure I will need to read this more than once to get all the wonderful advice.

1 comment:

  1. I love this book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.



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