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[Review] Experiencing God At Home by Tom and Richard Blackaby

 
Title: Experiencing God At Home
Author: Tom & Richard Blackaby
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group May 1, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Utilizing Experiencing God realities in the home.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 256
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from B and H Books and Blackaby Ministries for the purpose of review. This review was posted at The Christian Manifesto.

Kindle Price is $2.99

Tom and Richard Blackaby's father, Henry Blackaby, wrote Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God Bible study in the early 90s.
Henry Blackaby taught that there are “Seven Realities.”
  1. "God is always at work around you.
  2. God invites you into a love relationship with Himself.
  3. God invites you to become involved with him in his work.
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the Church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.
  5. God's invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.”
Tom and Richard Blackaby have taken these “Seven Realities” from the Experiencing God study, and have applied them to the “crucial task of raising children.”
Raising children in a godly home is becoming more difficult. Children are persuaded to follow their peers and culture. The Blackaby's goal in this book, is to help parents with the task of cultivating a solid and permanent foundation of belief in Jesus Christ for their children.

I found this book to be worthy of a 5 star review for several reasons:
  • Both authors are transparent in sharing from their childhood, and current parenting role. I appreciated knowing that these men were not timid about hiding behind a facade of perfectionism.
  • A chapter is given to refresh my Bible knowledge on parents in the Bible. These stories are “brutally honest” in telling me of their failures, regrets. Being reminded of these Bible characters should not discourage me, but propel me forward in taking God's Word seriously, and teaching them to my children and grandchildren.
  • Statistics are given that are a sobering reality, many children raised in a godly home will walk away from church and their belief in God when they reach adulthood. Despite these statistics I should not be afraid to face the challenge of raising children. The Blackaby's address this issue in, “what to do when kids give up church.” I felt this chapter was needed and will help parents struggling with this issue.
  • I'm reminded that despite the present culture God's standards do not change. This is a source of security and comfort.
  • One of my favorite chapters was on “developing a godly legacy.” Children will follow what they see in their parents. If parents live a life of blessing and being a blessing to others, then children will learn this as well.
  • Their writing style is relaxed relatable and approachable.
  • The book is organized well and easy to follow.
  • Questions for reflection and discussion” are given after each chapter.
  • I feel this book is an excellent choice for individual use, a family study, or other small group use. 

Comments

Joyful Reader said…
Another great one! We see everyday in the public school system that more and more families are pretty much letting their children raise themselves! There is chaos in their lives and some times our daughter will bring it home and then we are dealing with it. I find it difficult some days to keep the "world" out of our Christ centered home (and to keep Christ the center of our home). Added to my list! :)