Don Whitney’s little book Family Worship won’t cost you much (it’s around $7), but it could pay great dividends for the spiritual life of your family.
Russell Moore writes:
If I could choose anyone to write a book on family worship, it would be Don Whitney. He has years of experience and wisdom on spiritual formation. But, even more than that, he is a father who has led well and consistently in his own home. This book will equip you to lead your family in worship, without fear or awkwardness or intimidation. This book could change your home, and you will be glad for the change.
You can get a sample of the material here. You can also sign up for a free 5-day email course on family worship at crossway.org/FamilyWorship101.
I recently sat down with Dr. Whitney to ask him a few questions about the book.
You can watch the video below, and see below that an outline of the questions I asked with timestamps, followed by what others folks are saying about this book.
- 00:00 – What is your own personal history when it comes to family worship?
- 1:45 – Was family worship a regular part of your childhood?
- 2:56 – What have you found historically and biblically that has encouraged you to think that family worship is significant?
- 5:09 – What exactly is family worship?
- 6:49 – What is the most difficult element of family worship?
- 7:47 – What would you say to people who are discouraged by seeming failure in family worship?
- 10:30 – Is the only audience you have in mind for this book parents with kids?
- 12:29 – What are you praying the Lord will do through your book in the lives of those who read it?
“Family Worship by Don Whitney is priceless. Starting with the Bible, Whitney makes a compelling case for family worship and illustrates it richly with historical examples. He even answers the frequently asked questions and responds to common objections. This book is persuasive, practical, and most of all, doable.”
—Tedd Tripp, Pastor; international conference speaker; author, Shepherding a Child’s Heart
“I love this little book. It is clear, biblical, and practical. It gives hope and direction for anyone to read, pray, and sing. The ‘what if’ chapter is worth the price of the book. I highly recommend it!”
—Martha Peace, Biblical Counselor; author, The Excellent Wife
“Don Whitney has written a book we truly need. This book belongs in every Christian home and in the hands of every Christian parent.”
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Family Worship is a great introduction to a topic of great importance. I recommend it for any and all Christian families.”
—Tim Challies, author, The Next Story; blogger, Challies.com
“As the father of five young children, family worship is a regular and indispensable component of our family time. For many years now, my family has benefited from Don Whitney’s book Family Worship as a helpful guide to family devotions and the spiritual formation of our children. I heartily recommend it for every family, both those new to family worship and those who have practiced family devotions for many years.”
—Jason K. Allen, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College
“Once again I am excited about a book by Don Whitney. This time he provides us with a biblical and historical foundation for family worship. In addition he gives us a practical guide to know what and how to lead your family during this time. What a unique book. Whitney knows the benefits of every spiritual discipline.”
—Miguel Núñez, Senior Pastor, International Baptist Church, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; President, Wisdom & Integrity Ministries
“We have removed the worship of almighty God from the home and we are reaping the whirlwind. Family Worship is a biblical, accessible, and indispensable call to arms. It is perfect for the scores of Christian parents who want to impact their families, but have no idea where to start. Praise God for men like Don Whitney who love the Lord and the church enough to speak such truth without apology.”
—Voddie Baucham Jr., Dean, African Christian University Seminary; author, Family Driven Faith