Family Discipleship: A Review of Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham (Family Bookshelf)

Several weeks ago, I was excited to discover that the latest mailing from Crossway’s book review program was Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God by Voddie Baucham. I’ve listened to Dr. Baucham and read some of his articles but hadn’t had the opportunity to read one of his books. 

Well.



I was convicted, challenged, and encouraged by this book. In fact, it’s inspired me to do something that I’ve had on my to-do list for a long time: do a series of blog posts on family discipleship, sharing some of the tools and resources we’ve found useful in our family. I know as young first time parents we didn’t know where to start and had to do a lot of praying, searching and researching. Over the years we’ve dug out, or sometimes stumbled onto, some really great resources, and we’ve learned quite a bit about what works…although we’re always learning more!

I’ll start by sharing a little about Dr. Baucham’s book and then, each week I’ll highlight another book or resource we’ve found helpful in our family.

Dr. Baucham is a sought after conference speaker, author of several books, and pastor in Spring, Texas. Both he and his wife have overcome a multi-generational legacy of broken and dysfunctional homes, making him uniquely qualified to speak to the issue of raising godly children. You can read more about Dr. Baucham here.


Family Driven Faith addresses the current neglect of the family discipleship model as found in Deuteronomy 6: 4-9: 



“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

In the first chapter, “The Lay of the Land”, Dr. Baucham sets up the problem, quoting statistics and research, discussing current cultural trends, and telling a bit about his own background. He contends that not only have most Christian parents abdicated the role of discipling their children to others, but the average Christian family doesn’t even operate from a biblical worldview! Chapters 2-8 outline a plan of attack for living a lifestyle of family discipleship, with each chapter using a verse from Deuteronomy 6 as a springboard. The final two chapters address family worship and some issues and concerns with modern church children and youth programs.


Chapters 3 through 6 are the heart of the book in my opinion. Dr. Baucham’s discussion of the biblical concept of love in Chapter 3 is simply fantastic. In the discipleship process, he likens love to the foundation, worldview to the frame, and instruction to all the details. Each is essential. 


Chapter 6 discusses how Ephesians 6:1-4 outlines 3 distinct phases of preparation for our children. Phase 1 is the discipline and training phase. Phase 2 is what he calls the “catechism” phase, and phase 3 is the discipleship phase. Obedience is discussed as a spiritual issue, and crucial to the success of the next two phases…after all, a child who doesn’t obey can’t be taught or discipled! Dr. Baucham’s discussion of the fifth commandment in relation to child training is phenomenal. Discussing phase 2, he explains that the goal of catechism is simply to impart biblical theology: what to believe, and more importantly, why. Several resources are suggested. Phase 3 is application. In phase 1, we have asked for and received our children’s hearts. In phase 2, we capture their minds. Lastly, in phase 3, we teach them what to do with what they’ve learned. 

I find Dr. Baucham’s writing to be clear, concise, and direct, while still coming across with warmth and passion. His heart comes through clearly on every page. The book’s layout is clear and easy to follow, with each chapter building on the chapters before in a logical manner. The book was incredibly convicting and motivating to me. Even though we do participate in our church’s children’s ministry, I tend to agree with his assessment of the problems with current children’s and youth ministries, which he addresses in the last two chapters. I appreciated his thoughts on family worship and devotions…something we’ve always strived to implement in our family, sometimes with more success, sometimes with less. Over and over again, I found what has been in my heart put into words better than I could ever hope to.  

To sum it up, I think Family Driven Faith should be required reading for every Christian parent! It’s nothing short of a clearly organized manual to equip parents with the tools needed to raise our children biblically. What a treasure! 

In the coming weeks, I plan to continue this “Family Discipleship” series by sharing a number of resources our family has found useful in the three phases of raising our children biblically. You may want to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss anything! 

In the meantime, get yourself a copy of Family Driven Faith and let me know what you think of it!

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(Many thanks to Crossway for providing a complimentary copy of the book for me to review.  All opinions I’ve expressed are my own.)















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  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree, I love, love, loved this book! I read it several years ago and pull it out ever so often to reread and get remotivated and encouraged. Lisa

  2. Kara, Well I'm just so excited that my husband found your site some how and left it open here for me to find and read! =) (he does a lot of research for our own blog, and finds some gems in the process) I had to laugh at your blog title, as it's nearly the same as ours, and with the same purpose according to your bio! Voddie Baucham is one of our all time favorite speakers EVER – we have many of his messages and have heard him speak many times. I have so much to read here on your blog, I'm so looking forward to it! Blessings on your efforts! =) A like-minded friend, Erika(LargeFamiliesOnPurpose.com)

  3. Kara, Well I'm just so excited that my husband found your site some how and left it open here for me to find and read! =) (he does a lot of research for our own blog, and finds some gems in the process) I had to laugh at your blog title, as it's nearly the same as ours, and with the same purpose according to your bio! Voddie Baucham is one of our all time favorite speakers EVER – we have many of his messages and have heard him speak many times. I have so much to read here on your blog, I'm so looking forward to it! Blessings on your efforts! =) A like-minded friend, Erika(LargeFamiliesOnPurpose.com)

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