The storm-tossed family How the cross reshapes the home

Russell Moore, 1971-

Book - 2018

Why do our families have so much power over us? In The Storm-Tossed Family, bestselling author Russell Moore (Onward, Christianity Today's 2016 "Book of the Year Award Winner") teaches readers whether you are married or single, whether you long for a child or shepherding a full house, you are part of a family. Family is difficult because family--every family--is an echo of the gospel. Family can be the source of some of the most transcendent human joy, and family can leave us crum...pled up on the side of the road. Family can make us who we are, and family can break our hearts. Why would this social arrangement have that much power, for good or for ill, over us? The only safe harbor for a storm-tossed family is a nail-scarred home. - back cover.

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Published
Nashville, Tennessee : B&H Publishing Group [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 306 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-306).
ISBN
9781462794805
1462794807
Main Author
Russell Moore, 1971- (author)
  • The storm-tossed family
  • The cross as family crisis
  • The family as spiritual warfare
  • Family is not first
  • The church as family
  • Man and woman at the cross
  • Marriage and the mystery of Christ
  • Reclaiming sexuality
  • The road to and from divorce
  • Children are a blessing, not a burden
  • Parenting with the end in view
  • Family tensions, family traumas
  • On aging and the family
  • Free to be family.
Review by PW Annex Reviews

Moore (Onward), president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, offers guidance on family life from a conservative, evangelical Protestant perspective in this useful but narrowly focused book. Acknowledging that families can be "the source of life-giving blessing but also of excruciating terror, often all at the same time," Moore argues that families living by certain Christian principles are most likely to thrive. Though more expansive definitions of family are mooted—particularly the church as family—the work assumes the ideal family to be organized around a married heterosexual Christian couple. Such couples, according to Moore, should be monogamous, enjoy sexual intimacy, and not attempt to prevent pregnancy; he strongly discourages divorce, feels that sexually explicit materials are sinful, and sees the notion of gender complementarity—the idea that women and men are equal but suited for unique roles in the family and society—as foundational to his work. Lightly drawing on texts beyond the Bible, Moore writes in a conversational style, illustrating points with stories from his own family life as well as the lives of those he has encountered in his work. Christian readers already committed to the specific type of Christian life Moore promotes are most likely to find the text of personal use. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Christianity Today "Beautiful Orthodoxy" Book of the Year in 2019. Why do our families have so much power over us? In The Storm-Tossed Family, bestselling author Russell Moore (Onward, Christianity Today's 2016 "Book of the Year Award Winner") teaches readers whether you are married or single, whether you long for a child or shepherding a full house, you are part of a family. Family is difficult because family'every family'is an echo of the gospel. Family can be the source of some of the most transcendent human joy, and family can leave us crumpled up on the side of the road. Family can make us who we are, and family can break our hearts. Why would this social arrangement have that much power, for good or for ill, over us?

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Christianity Today 2019 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year. Bestselling author Russell Moore teaches readers'every one of whom is in a family in one way or another'that family is an echo of the gospel. Moore teaches us why family is so important, and so difficult at times.