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Well-known and respected authors give excellent insight into the many stages, functions, and problems of the contemporary home and family.


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Well-known and respected authors give excellent insight into the many stages, functions, and problems of the contemporary home and family.

30 review for The Family: A Christian Perspective On The Contemporary Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Taija

    Considering that this book is supposed to be written from a Christian perspective, I was disappointed with the authors not taking a firm stand on biblical truths, and The bibles strict teaching on certain issues (ex: homosexuality, cohabitation prior to marriage, oral sex). Just because some people are okay with partaking in those, doesn't mean we should encourage them, or turn an eye when that happens. This felt like an extremely watered down attempt to expound biblical truths, without trying t Considering that this book is supposed to be written from a Christian perspective, I was disappointed with the authors not taking a firm stand on biblical truths, and The bibles strict teaching on certain issues (ex: homosexuality, cohabitation prior to marriage, oral sex). Just because some people are okay with partaking in those, doesn't mean we should encourage them, or turn an eye when that happens. This felt like an extremely watered down attempt to expound biblical truths, without trying to offend anyone who is currently living in sin.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Savvy Ellis

    This book provides so many helpful reminders and calls to action for the American family. It really enlightened me to the problems that are present in our society and how we can work to mend so many broken areas of society through working in our own families.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Forced to read. Blatantly sexist at times. Condescending to gay couples/families.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    This book covers the different ways that we can classify and create families, along with their structure and how those structures affect us. Recommended 15+ for life topics. Used with Liberty University Online's CCOU 301. This book covers the different ways that we can classify and create families, along with their structure and how those structures affect us. Recommended 15+ for life topics. Used with Liberty University Online's CCOU 301.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mark Youngkin

    This book is a comprehensive academic text that I'll be using for a new course this fall. While I will need an additional text to effectively teach the course, this is an excellent biblical perspective on family life that does not skimp on academic references. This book is a comprehensive academic text that I'll be using for a new course this fall. While I will need an additional text to effectively teach the course, this is an excellent biblical perspective on family life that does not skimp on academic references.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gary Belhomme

    Informative Book on the Family I found the book a bit tedious and repetitive. The book inspires hope that families can be restored according to the Biblical model, adjust and escape the pressures of modernity.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Bedard

    This was a very comprehensive and balanced treatment of the family. It didn't simply offer proof texts but interacted well with secular theories. I appreciated the respectful attitude toward controversial subjects. This was a very comprehensive and balanced treatment of the family. It didn't simply offer proof texts but interacted well with secular theories. I appreciated the respectful attitude toward controversial subjects.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Richards

    Used for a marriage & family course. I felt that it had a limited perspective.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Esther Louw

    Very informative read in the way that encyclopedias are informative. But also very heavy and difficult to follow the authors' flow of thought. Very informative read in the way that encyclopedias are informative. But also very heavy and difficult to follow the authors' flow of thought.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Belle Schaffer

    Amazing read. I read this book for a college course and will continue to reference back to this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tomo Holm

    [Thoughts] Brilliant book covering a full range of aspects. I feel informed. I paired this book with: Sexual Understanding Before Marriage Miles, Herbert J. It was a good journey to read a contemporary book paired with an older book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Noah

    Currently reading a book that I have read before. This is a wonderful book and gives great perspective into the social, psychological, and spiritual aspects within the family. I foundbook specifically helpful when considering the affect my familial the environment has impacted my spiritual development.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I had to read this book for school, but surprisingly there was a lot that was relevant to where I am in life right now. This is a fantastic book for if you want to know how the family functions and why family exists from a Christian perspective. Given this is a textbook, it goes into detail about different aspects of family, and is therefore a comprehensive and well-written text.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    Balswick, Jack O., and Judith K. Balswick. The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007. E.g. Since 'relationality' is the primary way human beings reflect God's image, it makes sense that the Trinitarian relationship of the Godhead becomes the model of relating as a team. (p18) Balswick, Jack O., and Judith K. Balswick. The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007. E.g. Since 'relationality' is the primary way human beings reflect God's image, it makes sense that the Trinitarian relationship of the Godhead becomes the model of relating as a team. (p18)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Woodward

    This is absolutely the best book I've read on family and theology. The work the authors do to lay out a theological framework for family relationships is bar none. I truly believe every family would do well to read this book. If you're going into any kind of ministry, you need to read this book. This is absolutely the best book I've read on family and theology. The work the authors do to lay out a theological framework for family relationships is bar none. I truly believe every family would do well to read this book. If you're going into any kind of ministry, you need to read this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    J.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well written, comprehensive book. I liked the perspective of the married couple as authors. First book read for masters class on marriage and family and was a good overview of the topic. The chapter on the intersection of adolescence and midlife anxiety in the parents in the family spoke to me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ann Gemmel

    This was one of our primary texts for a class in pastoral counseling for marriage and family. Strong sociological perspective from a Christian worldview and a family systems perspective. Very informative. I will keep it and no doubt refer to it often!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Balanced; helpful book, but only as an overview of families. Touches on theological frameworks for understanding families while incorporating an understanding of both systems and developmental perspectives of family life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    April

    from spring '09 Women, Development, and the Journey Seminar from spring '09 Women, Development, and the Journey Seminar

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patty Rose

    Long winded, but informative

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Harless

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brooks

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jicelle Sandan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cali Bakker

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeff McMillon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele

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