Other than the Bible, I found Voddie Baucham’s “Family Driven Faith” to be the most helpful, practical, scripturally based, challenging book on family life.
The most poignant message to me was of the importance and benefits of family worship in the home. He challenges fathers not to delegate to the church that which should be taught and exemplified in the home. Baucham is not against worship in the church but points out that the Biblical model for worship begins in the home.
The two most controversial messages in the book are first, his whole-hearted endorsement and encouragement of home-schooling as an educational choice and, secondly, his promotion of a “family-integrated church.”
Before you click off, Baucham does not say all Christians should home school. He does however say that all Christians have the God-given responsibility to train their children spiritually and academically and it is clear which one is most important. Obviously, as a home school product, I am not offended or scared by his discussion. I think he presents an incredible argument for home-schooling as a wonderful opportunity for biblical training. But for the cautious reader, don’t be afraid. His discussion of the topic is a small part of one chapter.
Baucham also discussed the family-integrated church (please see the link). I will not go into depth on the topic except to say that an FIC does not have a youth group or any group that segragated based on age. It “ministers to the family as a whole.”
Read this book.