Numerous books set out to help Christian parents in the challenging mission of raising their children well-so what's different about this one? Well, the answer's in the title! It's not about how the gospel fits into Christian family life, but how family life should fit into the gospel-God's greatest purpose for this universe, achieved in Christ.
Many books aim to raise up competent, balanced parents and well-trained, well-rounded children. But Tim Chester and Ed Moll focus on families growing God-knowing, Christ-confessing, grace-receiving, servant-hearted, mission-minded believers-adults and children together.
Christian families should be about... not just making good citizens but also church planters, missionaries, reformers, servants and evangelists
not just learning about God but also showing Him to others;
not just controlling behavior but also changing the heart;
not just parents and children, but being an integral part of the wider church family.
In twelve concise chapters, Gospel-Centered Family takes us through the major Bible principles for family life, challenging us to give up our 'respectable' middle-class idols, and to become the distinctively different people that God, through His gospel, calls us to be.
PLEASE NOTE: This book was originally published in the UK. Accordingly, some of the terminology may differ from American usage. For example, the use of the word "smack" instead of "spank." Also, due to high demand, we have received stock from the publisher containing the U.S. version as well as the U.K. version. The variations consist in the spelling of select words.
About the Author
Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is codirector of The Porterbrook Network, which equips individuals and churches to rediscover mission, and director of the Northern Training Institute, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. He is coleader of the Crowded House, a group of church-planting networks.
Publisher: Good Book Company
Publication Date: April 2009
ISBN 10: 1906334706
ISBN 13: 9781908317070
"This is a fantastic resource. Here gospel-shaped, heart-oriented parenting is explained with more clarity and accessibility than in any other resource I have seen. Moll and Chester’s writing is amazingly succinct, crammed full of Biblical insight, real-life wisdom, and practical direction. It is perfect for parents to go through on their own, in small groups, or a parenting Sunday school class."
— Jim Weidenaar, Westminster Bookstore Staff
"#1 Book on parenting. As a father of five young children, I thank God for this little book. If you could only read or recommend one book on parenting, this should be that book. With no wasted space or tangential hobby-horse issues, Chester gives us God’s manifesto on the family. With uncompromising lucidity, simplicity, and practicality, he shows us how we can be that family. In just 92 pages, Chester gives us God’s vision for how the gospel should change our hopes, hearts, discipline, and mission."
— Jeff Shamess, Westminster Bookstore Staff
"Tim Chester understands what it means to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in your daily life. So, in this very practical book about family life, he shows what it means to rest in grace as parents, to respond with grace to our children and to teach them to hope in grace themselves. This book is a must read for parents. It brims with encouraging grace and practical direction on every page."
- Paul David Tripp
"With regard to Gospel-Centred Family, I could not extol it more. While there are many other resources that go into greater depth on issues of roles in families, idols of the heart, discipline, and teaching children the Word, I have yet to see a resource that is more concise, yet holistic on the issue of parenting. Each chapter is short but packed with content. The discussion questions are heart-penetrating and the ideas for action are practical, giving you tangible ways to build upon newly acquired insights. The first two chapters alone are so worthwhile that I actually wrote “pure gold” at the top of each page. But probably the most notable thing about Gospel-Centred Family is the way it centers the family in the church and views the family as a ministry unit, rather than related individuals." (See full review at the Gospel Coalition site.)
- Chet Daniels, Gospel Coalition