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God has designed each family to be a culture - with a language, customs, traditions, and countless unspoken assumptions. The culture of the family intimately shapes the children who grow up in it. It is the duty of the father to ensure that the shaping takes place according to biblical wisdom.

Some fathers establish a rebellious culture for their children and bring upon their children the wrath of God, sometimes for generations. Other fathers fail to establish any distinct culture, and outside cultures rust to fill the void.

Through the Messiah, God promised blessings to his people, "their children, and their children's children forever". The norm for faithful members of the covenant is that their children will follow them in their faithfulness. The oddity should be children who fall away. Unless we reestablish faithful Christian culture in countless homes, we will never reestablish it anywhere else.

©2011 Canon Press (P)2021 Canon Press

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Skip the first 7 chapters

The narrator was good.

The author says some questionable things, he really believes if a child does not follow the Lord it is always completely the parent's fault.

I understand parents often are more responsible for bad behavior than we would like to admit but his position comes across as way too radical and unnuanced. His interpretation of Proverbs as promises is questionable and his interpretation of 1st Tim. 3:4-5 would be considered highly questionable by most evangelical pastors.

However, the book gets practical after chapter 7 and a lot of the advice is quite helpful. plenty of it seems well experienced. Sadly, somehow, the practical advice he gives generally comes off better than when he tries to talk about scripture passages. A very mixed book that I wish was published in two parts so I could just recommend the 2nd part.

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  • 01-09-22

Based on concrete, sound doctrines.

The narrator did well.
The book was excellent. I'll be purchasing more of Doug Wilson's books.