Monday, January 23, 2017

How to Raise Children for Christ by Andrew Murray - a book review

Oh how I wish I'd had How to Raise Children for Christ when I began raising my family! The practical information contained in this book would have helped me and kept me from making many mistakes as I raised my four children. Although I was not privy to the information contained in this book in the early 70's, I am thankful it is available to parents today.

Andrew Murray has always been one of my favorite authors. I love the way he writes with such passion and wisdom. In his book, How to Raise Children for Christ, Mr. Murray's passion for encouraging parents to rear their children in the admonition of the Lord is powerful. The book is not only instructional with practical advice, but contains Biblical insight, too. Each chapter contains fundamental spiritual truth.

How to Raise Children for Christ is a beautiful devotional book containing 52 topical studies, one for each week of the year. There are a wide range of topics covered in the book such as grace, faith, redemption, and covenant. Mr. Murray points parents toward Christ and encourages them to take the responsibility of parenting very seriously.

At the beginning of each chapter, a scripture reference is given. Mr. Murray expounds on the reference by providing detailed examples from history by using familiar stories from the Bible. Some examples of chapter titles are:

  • The Family As Grace Restores It
  • The Father As Priest and Prophet
  • The Consecrated Home
  • Parental Weakness
  • A Mother's Surrender
  • The Sabbath and the Children
  • Jesus, the Children's Surety
  • A Mother's Persevering Prayer
  • A Father's Tears
  • The Holy Spirit in the Family

The chapter entitled The Sabbath and the Children was extremely inspiring. I'd always been raised to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy but as I read Mr. Murray's explanation I was convicted. I should have and could have done more to teach my children how to enter into Sabbath rest. Mr. Murray says "God means the Sabbath to be to your child what it is to you, not in value of your training and habits, but what it is to your own experience, as a day you really love and rejoice in. Look upon it as the day of rest, of entering into God's own wonderful rest. The rest of God is in a finished work; by faith in that work we enter into that rest and the great calm, the peace that passes understanding and keeps the heart and mind. Look upon it as a holy day, the day God has given as a token and pledge that He who is holy makes us holy too. It is in fellowship with God that we are made holy; let His presence, His love, and His joy be the mark as well as the fruit of keeping it holy. Look upon it as a day of blessing. Sin robbed us of the blessing God laid on the day. In the resurrection of Christ, the finished work of creation was restored, finished, and perfected in a higher sense...And now all the blessings of the living Christ, His finished work and resurrection power and eternal rest, are to be ours." His powerful teaching blessed me.

Throughout his book, Andrew Murray provides encouragement, advice, practical help, and godly instruction on how to be the best parent one can be. By holding ourselves to a higher standard, we can set the example for our children to follow.

I will be providing this book to each of my grown children for use in teaching their little ones to follow Christ. What a wonderful resource for parents facing the challenge of parenting in today's world!

Thank you, Aneko Press, for providing me with this review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. It is my pleasure to give this book 5 stars!

If you'd like to purchase How to Raise Children for Christ, you may purchase it here.

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