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Family Life, Education, Church and Work


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And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Give instruction to a youth about his way,
Even when he is old he turneth not from it.
(Proverbs 22:6, YLTHB)

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17)

If your life would have guidance and strength to follow that guidance, then you will find that in the Word of God.
If you would have your marriage to be what it would be, what God would have it to be, then search the Scriptures daily.
If you would have your children to grow up and be anything but rebels, then teach them the World of God.
If you would have financial success in business, then work and operate your business according to the Word of God. -- D. James Kennedy



Contents: Chapter 7, "Family Life, Education, Church and Work" (parts 1 and 2), interactive


Part 1

Singleness
Premarital Counsel
Marriage
Family Worship
Personal and Family Finances, Family Businesses
Marital Counseling, Marriage Counseling
Domestic Duties
Problem Solving in Marriage
Spouse an Unbeliever
Birth Control
Abortion and the Sanctity of Life
Post-abortion Counseling
Stillborn and Miscarriage
Infertility, Barrenness, Childlessness
Adoption of Children
Sexual Relationship
Sexual Wholeness
Counseling for Sex Related Problems, Illegitimacy
Gratuitous Sex, a Cause of Violence
Parenting
Fatherhood
Motherhood
Sharing Christ With Your Children
Filial Love (Love Toward Parents)
Teaching/Training Children
Counsel for Young Men
Counsel for Young Women
Disciplining Children
Problem Solving With Children
Counseling Children
Sex Education
Protecting Children From Dangers
Preparing Children for the World
Single Parenting
Christian Literature for Boys and Girls
Family
Counseling the Family
Family Management
Holidays
Christmas
Theater, Sports, and Entertainment
Teens
Teens and Parents
Counseling Teens
Courtship
Teens and Sex
Finding the Perfect Parent in God
Teens Coping With the World
Colonial Education
Education
Home Schooling
Public Schools
DVD, Multi-media
Chapter 7 (part 1) Related WebLinks (part 1)

Part 2

Teaching/Traing Children
The Local Church
Local Church History
The Local Church and Counseling
Church Discipline
Small Groups and the Local Church
The Laity
Churches That Abuse
Church Leadership
Reform of the Church
Interpersonal Relations in the Local Church
Resources for Students
Christianity in the Workplace
Leadership
The Military
Divorce
Reconciliation of Marriage Partners
Avoiding Divorce
The Church and Divorce
Divorce
Children of Divorce
Rebuilding
Remarriage
Stepfamilies
Chapter 7 (part 2) Related WebLinks

Combined Interactive Contents for The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/combtoc.html




Chapter 7 (part 1)
Family Life, Education, Church, and Work


Singleness

Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. (1 Corinthians 7:27)

For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:30)

And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 20:34-36)

Marriage is honorable in all. . . (Hebrews 13:4)

But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: but he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. (1 Corinthians 7:32,33)

Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God. (1 Corinthians 7:24)

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know the Lord. (Hosea 2:19-20)
Betrothment unto the Lord! What an honor and a joy! My soul, is Jesus indeed thine by His own condescending betrothal? Then, mark it is forever. He will never break His engagement, much less sue out a divorce against a soul joined to Himself in marriage bonds.
Three times the Lord says, I will betroth thee. What words He heaps together to set forth the betrothal! Righteousness comes in to make the covenant legal; none can forbid these lawful bans. Judgment sanctions the alliance with its decree: none can see folly or error in the match. Lovingkindness warrants that this is a love union, for without love betrothal is bondage and not blessedness. Meanwhile, mercy smiles and even sings; yea, she multiplies herself into "mercies" because of the abounding grace of this holy union.
Faithfulness is the registrar and records the marriage, and the Holy Spirit says "Amen" to it as He promises to teach the betrothal heart all the sacred knowledge needful for its high destiny, What a promise! -- C.H. Spurgeon in Faith's Checkbook

"Ultimately the Seventh Commandment (Exodus 20:14), is about our fidelity to Christ." To fracture the Seventh Commandment is to break covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Andrews, Gini, Sons of Freedom: God and the Single Man.

Andrews, Gini, Your Half of the Apple: God and the Single Girl, ISBN: 0551004975 9780551004979.
Foreword by Francis A. Schaeffer.
"A realistic treatment of the problems as well as the opportunities facing single people in a couple's world. Insightful." -- Cyril J. Barber

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon The Myth of Safe Sex: The Devastating Consequences of Violating God's Plan, ISBN: 0802456391 9780802456397. Alternate title: THE MYTH OF SAFE SEX: THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATING GOD'S PLAN.

*Baker, Yvonne G., Successfully Single. A Christian classic.
"Another classic -- restated in modern English -- but retaining its verve and value for contemporary Christians." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, 1681.
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Brown, Raymond K., Reach out to Singles: A Challenge to Ministry, ISBN: 0664242707 9780664242701.
"Examines the hard questions single people are asking, and attempts to provide candid and helpful answers. An important resource for pastors and those who work with single people in the church." -- Cyril J. Barber

Caldwell, Genevieve, First Person, Singular, ISBN: 0840730721 9780840730725.
"She [the author], sees Christian single women shortchanging themselves and encourages them to shake off the shroud of passivity and actively build new, meaningful relationships." -- Cyril J. Barber

Case, Thomas (1598-1682), The Excellent Woman, a Sermon Preached at the Funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Scott, Dec. 16, 1658. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"THE EXCELLENT WOMAN examines the book of Proverbs to teach of the value and character of the virtuous woman. In the forward Dr. William Sprague writes, 'This is a work that will bear to be read more than once, and each successive reading will be likely to reveal some new gem of thought, which, in the general mass of excellence, had been overlooked before. It is a book suitable for the husband to present to his wife, the mother to her daughter, and the brother to his sister; and the more widely it is circulated, the better for the country and the world'." -- Publisher

Clarkson, Margaret, So You're Single! ISBN: 0877887721 9780877887720.
"One of the best works on the subject of aloneness. Deserves widespread circulation." -- Cyril J. Barber

Coleman, Barry (editor), Sex and the Single Christian: Candid Conversations, ISBN: 0830711074 9780830711079.
"The contributors to this slender volume are all people with established reputations. The questions focus on frequently misunderstood issues of sexuality. The 'bottom line' counsel of this work is to underscore the teaching of Scripture while warning against the abuses that are prevalent in our society." -- Cyril J. Barber

Coleman, Sarah Jepson (Sarah Ann Jepson), For the Love of Singles.

*Crawford, Dan R. (compiler), Single Adults: Resource and Recipients for Revival, ISBN: 0805432361 9780805432367.
Includes bibliography.

Eisenman, Tom L., Temptations men Face, ISBN: 0830813799 9780830813797.

*Foster, David Kyle, Sexual Healing: God's Plan for the Sanctification of Broken Lives: A Reference Manual for Ministering to Those Trapped in Sexual Sin and Brokenness, ISBN: 0830737154 9780830737154 0830737340 9780830737345.
This is a unique work and the best resource known to the compiler offering biblical counsel for healing sexual brokenness. See: "Foundations" and "Divine Intent for Sexuality" for a biblical explanation of the spiritual significance of sexuality. These two chapters alone make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Includes chapters, study guides, and exercises for Root sources for improper sexual development, Sexual identity confusion, Child sex abuse, Sexual addition, Pornography, Masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism, Why people remain in sexual sin and bondage, Failure and self-condemnation, A comprehensive game plan for sexual healing, and so forth.
Includes bibliography and index.
Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

*Havergal, Frances, Kept for the Master's Use, ISBN: 080246582X. A Christian classic.
"If ever a woman lived her whole life as if she were married to Christ, it is Frances Havergal. Her every breath was drawn for Him, and so her every utterance breathed of Him . . . You will thrill to her expressions of praise. And when she leads us to a dedicated Christian life, we find it compelling. By all means read this book. You will never forget it." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Kept for the Master's Use
http://books.google.com/books?id=xnoVhMW4_jIC&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Bettler, John F., God as Husband/Lover (Westminster Media).
Audio cassette POG06 [audio file].

Lum, Ada, Single and Human, ISBN: 0877843619 9780877843610.

Mowday Rabey, Lois, The Snare: Avoiding Emotional and Sexual Entanglements, ISBN: 0891091556 9780891091554.

Powlison, David, and John Yenchko, Pre-engagement: Five Questions to ask Yourselves, ISBN: 0875526799 9780875526799.

Poythress V., Marriage and Singleness; Marriage (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette VP105 [audio file].

Rinck, Margaret (Josephson), Christian men who Hate Women: Healing Hurting Relationships, ISBN: 0310517516 9780310517511.

Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Thoughts for Young Men: An Exhortation Directed to Those in the Prime of Life, ISBN: 1879737094 9781879737099.
Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
http://www.iserv.net/~mrbill/espan/young01.html

Smith, Virginia W., The Single Parent, ISBN: 0800751051 9780800751050.

Tweedie, W.K. (1803-1863, editor), Virtuous Womanhood Christ's Work and Single Women.

Vincent, Thomas (1634-1678), Christ the Best Husband: or An Invitation of Young Women Unto Christ. Delivered in a Sermon to Young Women, 1672.

Whitefield, George (1714-1770), Christ the Best Husband: Or an Earnest Invitation to Young Women to Come and see Christ, preached to a Society of Young Women in Fetter-Lane.
http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/whitefie.htm

*Zacharias, Ravi, Has Christianity Failed you? ISBN: 9780310269557 0310269555.
Ravi Zacharias considers this to be his most important book.
"HAS CHRISTIANITY FAILED YOU? is for you, if you have struggled to understand what exactly it is you believe. Acclaimed apologist Ravi Zacharias explores the hard questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. In his landmark new book, he addresses the struggle he hears from both skeptics and Christians: Has Christianity failed us? And can irrefutable charges be brought against it by skeptics and disappointed believers alike?
"In 2006, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) held an open forum at the Fox Theater in Atlanta to address the subject: 'Has Christianity Failed you?' Tickets were sold for the event and -- to the complete surprise of everyone -- the event was sold out with a capacity crowd of over 5,000. People lined up offering to buy tickets from folks in line for higher prices. Before the event, an RZIM cameraman walked the streets and asked people if they had rejected the faith they held at one time. One answered that, because of a Christian's rejection of his gay lifestyle he had done just that. Another answered that she had left her faith because she had fallen into adultery and could never live it down in the church. Others had their own reasons. Some said it was just intellectually untenable in an age of reason. They chose to come to the event to judge if there were adequate answers. It is estimated that for every one person who writes a letter or attends an event, there are one thousand who agree. If the Atlanta crowd was any indication, the question is real and troubling. Why is it that many live with silent doubt, many leaving the 'evangelical fold' for something else? Is there something wrong with the message, the communicator, the hearer . . . or is it all three? It's time to ask the hard questions of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and why it seems as though God has made it so hard to continue believing. In fact, the son of a prominent U.S. Senator phoned me with that very question. 'Why has God made it so hard to believe in Him?' Such skepticism is not just representative of the hostile; it also represents many honest questioners. This book attempts to lay out the response to those within as well as those outside the Christian faith, so as to understand what it is we believe, and why it is so hard to do so. More to the point: Why it is actually so hard to deny God and still make sense out of life? In the end the answers should be both felt and real, with the added truth that God is nearer than you think. He desires that we sense Him very near to us, and not distant. But closeness comes at a cost just as any relationship of love and commitment does.
"For over thirty-five years, Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and numerous universities internationally. He is listed as a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most recent works include WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST, A MEMOIR; THE GRAND WEAVER, AN EXPLORATION OF GOD'S INTENTION IN BOTH THE ORDINARY AND THE STARTLING ELEMENTS OF LIFE; AND THE END OF REASON, A REBUTTAL OF THE CLAIMS OF THE SO-CALLED NEW ATHEISTS. His weekly radio program, 'Let My People Think,' is broadcast on 1,692 stations worldwide, and his weekday program, 'Just Thinking,' is on 412. He is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and reside in Atlanta." -- Publisher
Has Christianity Failed you? (part 2 of 2), by Ravi Zacharias
"There are an awful lot of Christians walking around these days who are disappointed with their faith. They've been hurt by the church or other believers and it's affected their walk with God."
Includes rare, frank, and wise commentary on the institution of marriage.
http://www.rzim.org/resources/listen/letmypeoplethink.aspx?archive=1&pid=1911
Has Christianity Failed you? Ravi Zacharias' conversation with Danielle DuRant
"You have to have variety in your devotional life, in your relational life, in your church life. And it is important to remain balanced -- to keep physically healthy, to keep your viewing life enchanted so that you're looking at the right things."
http://www.rzim.org/just-thinking/has-christianity-failed-you/

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Singleness, Freedom, a gift of the grace of god, Christian character, Manhood, Courtship, Premarital counseling, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Abstinence, Single parenting, Child abuse, Counsel for young men, Reconciliation of relationships, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, Gratuitous sex, a cause of violence, Womanhood, Abuse, Rape, Incest, and so forth, and so on.
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Related WebLinks

Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

Respect Incorporated (formerly Sex Respect)
http://www.sexrespect.com/main.html

True Love Waits
http://www.truelovewaits.com/



Premarital Counsel

Kindness is perhaps one of the most important characteristics to look for in a mate. Lack of kindness during courtship is a sign that marriage would probably be a mistake. The slightest unkindness can be taken as a sign that later, in marriage, they (woman or man), will harm their spouse.

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon The Myth of Safe Sex: The Devastating Consequences of Violating God's Plan, ISBN: 0802456391 9780802456397. Alternate title: THE MYTH OF SAFE SEX: THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATING GOD'S PLAN.

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness, or How Shall man be Just With God? A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God -- justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the 'principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the 'doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Case, Thomas (1598-1682), The Excellent Woman, a Sermon Preached at the Funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Scott, Dec. 16, 1658. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"THE EXCELLENT WOMAN examines the book of Proverbs to teach of the value and character of the virtuous woman. In the forward Dr. William Sprague writes, 'This is a work that will bear to be read more than once, and each successive reading will be likely to reveal some new gem of thought, which, in the general mass of excellence, had been overlooked before. It is a book suitable for the husband to present to his wife, the mother to her daughter, and the brother to his sister; and the more widely it is circulated, the better for the country and the world'." -- Publisher

Defoe, Daniel, Conjugal Lewdness or Matrimonial Whoredom: A Treatise Concerning the use and Abuse of the Marriage bed (1727), ISBN: 0820110132 9780820110134. Available in WORKS OF DANIEL DEFOE on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Engelsma, David, Better To Mary: Sex and Marriage in Corinthians 6 and 7, ISBN: 0916206491 9780916206499.
Appendix, "The remarriage of the 'innocent party' " -- a sermon.

*Engelsma, David, Marriage, the Mystery of Christ and the Church, ISBN: 0825425190 9780825425196.
"Engelsma is a pastor in the Protestant Reformed Church, and also is editor of their paper, The Standard Bearer. The chapters in this book were preached as sermons in the author's church at Loveland, Colorado. Engelsma sees the corruption of the sacred institution of marriage as being a cause of myriads of the evils that abound in our day. He says, 'There is the bitter misery of soul that shatters those who have been unfaithful and that leads to drink, drugs, nervous breakdown, and even suicide. . . . The author does a good job of expounding Ephesians 5:31,32, 'This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.' He explains that this 'mystery' has to do with the intimacy and oneness of a truly married couple. And this typifies the 'underlying reality of the union of Christ with His Church'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Eyrich, Howard, Three to Get Ready: Premarital Counseling Manual, ISBN: 1885904169 9781885904164.
"Eyrich has significantly expanded and reworked his program for conducting seven sessions of premarital counseling. Covers basics of biblical marriage, self-awareness of personal traits, communication, money, sex, wedding details. 'Some people will read this manual and ask, "What is a pastor doing discussing life insurance, budgeting, or sex?" The answer is simple. He is responsible for the spiritual welfare of his flock. . . . Life is the legitimate domain of the spiritual counselor.' Contains numerous questionnaires and personal inventories to xerox and use in counseling." -- David Powlison
"A manual on premarital counseling presenting a step-by-step guide through the major areas to be covered. Chock full of practical advice. Jay Adams says: 'Here it is! The premarital counseling guide you have been waiting for'."

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness"), may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man [Human Nature, Total Depravity])" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"), tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

*Foster, David Kyle, Sexual Healing: God's Plan for the Sanctification of Broken Lives: A Reference Manual for Ministering to Those Trapped in Sexual Sin and Brokenness, ISBN: 0830737154 9780830737154 0830737340 9780830737345.
This is a unique work and the best resource known to the compiler offering biblical counsel for healing sexual brokenness. See: "Foundations" and "Divine Intent for Sexuality" for a biblical explanation of the spiritual significance of sexuality. These two chapters alone make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Includes chapters, study guides, and exercises for Root sources for improper sexual development, Sexual identity confusion, Child sex abuse, Sexual addition, Pornography, Masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism, Why people remain in sexual sin and bondage, Failure and self-condemnation, A comprehensive game plan for sexual healing, and so forth.
Includes bibliography and index.
Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

*Garland, Diana S. Richmond, and David E. Garland, Beyond Companionship: Christians in Marriage, ISBN: 0664240186 9780664240189.
"After carefully examining New Testament sources, the authors conclude that truly Christian marriage must be a companionship of equal persons. But they go further, affirming that companionship is not enough, because Christian marriage must be an active partnership of equals working together to fulfill the divine purpose." -- David and Vera Mace

*Harris, Joshua, and Shannon Harris, Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship, ISBN: 1576737098 9781576737095.
"Joshua Harris follows up his bestselling I KISSED DATING GOODBYE with BOY MEETS GIRL, the story of how he met and married his wife, Shannon. Where Harris's first book encouraged readers to throw off modern ideas of romantic fixation, BOY MEETS GIRL goes to the next level and urges single Christian men and women to pursue courtship, and ultimately marriage, thoughtfully and prayerfully. Knowing that many readers will balk at the idea of premeditated courtship, Harris insists that dating should not be emotional recreation but rather a careful decision rooted in obedience to God. While the anecdotes used to reveal true-to-life scenarios about dating pitfalls are somewhat elementary (and geared to those in their 20s), Harris succeeds in hammering home the point that obedience to God's word, selfless love, community, purity, and satisfaction in God are the most important aspect of any relationship. The last section of the book is particularly practical, discussing forgiveness of past sexual sin, questions to ask before tying the knot, and how an understanding of our sinful nature can lead to conflict resolution. For Harris's mere twentysomething years of life experience, his maturity and devotion to God are sincere evidence that he has indeed practiced what he has preached, resulting in a passionate relationship with the love of his life." -- Jill Heatherly

Hurley, James B., Man and Woman in Biblical Perspective, ISBN: 0310427312 9780310427315.
"A thorough, sound, Biblical, and background survey. It is valuable not only for its erudition and meticulous reasoning but for its great sensitivity in the application of Biblical principles." -- John Gerstner
Dr. Hurley is Associate Professor of Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.
"This is an excellent study of the roles of men and women in Old Testament, New Testament, and Inter-Testamental times. Roles covered include family life, commercial, managerial, governmental and religious. Except for the inter-testamental period, the analysis sticks strictly to the scriptures and is very objective. When the subject of religious roles is discussed, the author, who is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination, is careful to define modern church offices in terms of their New Testament counterparts.
"Mr. Hurley is well qualified for this inquiry since he has a doctorate in Pauline Theology and also extensive experience in marriage counseling.
"I found the book to be very helpful as I went through the process of deciding whether ordination of women was an approved biblical practice." -- Reader's Comment

James, John Angell (1785-1859), Addresses to Young Men, ISBN: 1877611972 9781877611971.
"James, the author of FEMALE PIETY, one of our bestselling books, also wrote this one for young men. Though the situations about which he wrote in the 19th century may be a bit outdated, the biblical principles and insights he brings out are as relevant today as they were a thousand years ago." -- Publisher

*James, John Angell (1785-1859), Female Piety or the Young Woman's Friend and Guide Through Life to Immortality, ISBN: 1573581038 9781573581035.
"This is another in a series of books on the family. By the author of THE CHRISTIAN FATHER'S PRESENT TO HIS CHILDREN, this is James' book on raising a godly daughter. He deals with early piety, the elevation of women by the gospel, the importance of personal religion, and how to be a good wife and mother. This is a book every parent should read to their daughters. Here is a book that girls should read to know what to become, and boys should read to know what to look for! There is a foreword by Mrs. Edna Gerstner." -- Publisher

James, John Angell (1785-1859), The Marriage Ring; or, How to Make Home Happy
"This little volume is intended as a manual for those just entering the marriage state. John Angel James was an author beloved and esteemed for his many practical writings. He remarks, 'It is an unquestionable truth that if a man be not happy at home, he cannot be happy anywhere; and he who is happy there need be miserable nowhere. The secret of happiness lies folded up in the leaves of the Bible and is carried in the bosom of religion.' He treats of the foundation of the marriage union, the family circle, the mutual and special duties of husband and wife." -- Gospel Union

James, John Angell (1785-1859), and Don Kistler, A Woman's Mission, ISBN: 1573581178 9781573581172. Available in FEMALE PIETY OR THE YOUNG WOMAN'S FRIEND AND GUIDE THROUGH LIFE TO IMMORTALITY.

*Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), Learning to Live With the People You Love, ISBN: 0883681900 9780883681909.
Love "is sharing life together in a way that brings glory to God and enriches the lives of every family member."
Dr. Kennedy says no book he has written has brought so many comments as this one.
Read this in conjunction with Dr. Kennedy's 6-message audio cassette [audio file], series "Secrets of Successful Marriages," the audio cassette message "Why Some Marriages Fail and Others Succeed," and the 4-message audio cassette [audio file], series "The Christian Marriage Series."

Knudsen, Robert D., Ethics and Birth Control.

*Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible, ISBN: 0310281318.
"A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises -- compiler], that are found in Scripture." -- Publisher
"Lockyer's in-depth look at the scope of God's promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand God's promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
"Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorates in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher

*Miles, Herbert J., Sexual Understanding Before Marriage.
"Ranks as one of the most practical and helpful treatments on the subject. Examines attitudes and techniques essential to sexual harmony and happiness in marriage, and provides needful correctives to some of the abuses of marriage." -- GCB
"A realistic approach based on a solid moral foundation for young unmarried people." -- Cyril J. Barber

Mack, Wayne A., and Nathan A. Mack, Preparing for Marriage God's Way, ISBN: 1563220199: 9781563220197.
"A workbook that gives you 'seven basic tools for a successful marriage. It enables you to: [1] assess your marital readiness; [2] know the other person for what he/she really is; [3] uncover any current problems and pinpoint future ones; [4] understand the solutions for both current and future difficulties; [5] develop skills for communication and conflict resolution; [6] prevent future heartache; and [7] prepare for a satisfying, fulfilling and God-honoring marriage.' Thirteen chapters, each with a couple of pages of teaching and then questionnaires, inventories and Bible studies designed to help readers make personal application. -- David Powlison
"PREPARING FOR MARRIAGE GOD'S WAY guides you to an understanding of what to do when the glow of courtship must be replaced by the daily responsiblility of marriage." -- Publisher

*Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ, ISBN: 189277724X. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern English with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1589600630 9781589600638.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-mystery of Sanctification, Opened, in Sundry Practical Directions: Suited Especially to the Case of Those who Labor Under the Guilt and Power of Indwelling Sin. To Which is Added a Sermon on Justification (1859)
http://archive.org/details/gospelmysteryofs02mars

*Perkins, William (1558-1602), Christian Oeconomie, or, A Short Survey of the Right Manner of Erecting and Ordering a Familie According to the Scriptures first written in Latine by the author M.W. Perkins; And now set forth in the vulgar tongue for more common vse and benefit by Tho. Pickering . . . 1609, ISBN: 0921148623. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
See: "Christian oeconomie, or, A short survey of the right manner of erecting and ordering a familie according to the Scriptures."

Powlison, David, and John Yenchko, Pre-engagement: Five Questions to ask Yourselves, ISBN: 0875526799 9780875526799.

Rank, Maureen Dealing With the Dad of Your Past, ISBN: 0871236222 9780871236227.
"Practical, biblical counsel for every woman.
"Although fathers are not the only determining influence in their daughters' lives, it is true that their impact at times may be the most ignored. Current research shows that a girl's relationship with her father is absolutely critical to her psychological, social, and spiritual development. This is grim news to a group of people whom psychologists are labeling, 'The Fatherless Generation.' Physically absent dads (the current experience of one-fourth of American children under 18), emotionally absent dads, and abusive dads are impacting daughters as well as sons.
"God as Father designed earthly fathers to model His loving care through personal involvement, warmth, discipline, and wise direction and counsel toward maturity. Where these are lacking in a daughter's life, profound effects occur. As difficult as that may be to face, that process is the only way to emotional and spiritual wholeness. It requires a sometimes painful look back and honest assessment of the dad of the past. It means coming to terms with who he really was, who he wasn't, and what can be done about it now. Through God's restoring process, daughters will be challenged to embrace the One perfect Father who is always there and allow His life-changing truth and power to 'make all things new'." -- Publisher

*Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, ISBN: 0852341369. A Christian classic.
"Ryle, like his great masters, has no easy way to holiness to offer us, and no 'patent' method by which it can be obtained; but he invariably produces that 'hunger and thirst after righteousness' which is the only indispensable condition to being 'filled'." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"Newly typeset edition from Evangelical Press with preface done by J.I. Packer. Complete and unabridged." -- GCB
Holiness, J.C. Ryle
http://archive.org/details/HolinessJcRyle

*Sowell, Thomas A Conflict of Visions, ISBN: 9780465002054 0465002056.
"Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or for centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. The analysis of this pattern is the purpose of A CONFLICT OF VISIONS. Its theme is that the enduring political controversies of the past two centuries reflect radically different visions of the nature of man. Issues as diverse as criminal justice, income distribution, or war and peace repeatedly show those with one vision lining up on one side and those with another vision lining up on the other.
"Dr. Thomas Sowell describes A CONFLICT OF VISIONS as 'the culmination of thirty years of work in the history of ideas' -- a field in which he established his professional reputation years before writing any of his well-known books on ethnicity and other social issues. Dr. Sowell and his books have received a number of awards and honors, and have been translated into several languages. He has been a consultant to three administrations of both parties, as well as scholar-in-residence at three "think tanks." He is now a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute in Stanford, California." -- Publisher

*Swanson, Andrew, Whom Shall I Marry? ISBN: 0851516882 9780851516882.
"Andrew Swanson writes with sensitivity on the struggles and difficulties young people from various cultures face in regard to the choice of a life mate. He writes about the ways in which God guides and directs those whose central desire is to do his will." -- Publisher

Swartley, Dick, and Anne Swartley, Right Start Premarital Program (R.H. and A.L. Swartley, 1993), (for further information contact the authors, 487 Glenwyth Rd., Wayne, PA, 19087-5304).
"Detailed instruction manuals for setting up a mentoring program in a local church to handle premarital counseling. Includes three notebooks, one for prospective couples, one for mentors, and for the pastor or counselor overseeing the premarital counseling.

Terkelsen, Helen E., Counseling the Unwed Mother.

Terkelsen, Helen E., I'm Going to Have a Baby and I'm not Married, ISBN: 0800619943.

Vincent, Thomas (1634-1678), Christ the Best Husband: or An Invitation of Young Women Unto Christ. Delivered in a Sermon to Young Women, 1672.

*Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), The Doctrine of Repentance, ISBN: 0851515215. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essentials to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.
"Few better guides have existed in this or any other language. . . . He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twentieth century." -- Publisher
The Doctrine of Repentance,Thomas Watson
http://archive.org/details/TheDoctrineOfRepentance
The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson
http://ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Repentance%20by%20T%20Watson.pdf
The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson
http://books.google.com/books?id=V1QCAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson (excerpts)
http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/drepenti.htm

Whitefield, George (1714-1770), Christ the Best Husband: Or an Earnest Invitation to Young Women to Come and see Christ, preached to a Society of Young Women in Fetter-Lane.
http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/whitefie.htm

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Couples: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197133 9781558197138.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Newlyweds: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion (Bible Promises to Treasure), ISBN: 0805493913 9780805493917.

Wilson, P. Bunny, Liberated by Submission, ISBN: 1565077202 9781565077201. Alternate title: LIBERATED THROUGH SUBMISSION.
Submission is the whole thing, submission to God, the Ultimate Judge, Lawgiver, Holiness, and submission to others. The caveat -- everyone tries to play god, and thus interferes with what God is doing, thus the need for discerning submission.
"LIBERATED THROUGH SUBMISSION has given me the boldness to stand up and say that my desire is to be a submitted wife and the reasons why. Before I read this book, I sat silently when other women exploded about the forbidden 's' word. The Bible tells us clearly to submit and I did, as an act of obedience to God, however, I did not like it. As a result of reading Bunny's book, not only do I want to submit, but I recognize that I cannot afford not to. I am now 'Liberated' because submission allows me to step back and watch God move. . . !" -- Reader's Comment

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Bible promises, Sanctification, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Men and Women, Singleness, Christian liberty, Men, women and god, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Problem solving in marriage, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Counseling the family, Biblical counsel by subject, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Child abuse, Fatherlessness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abstinence, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Westminster media, Works of Jay Adams, and Audio cassettes, CCEF speakers, Child abuse, Sexual wholeness, Marriage, Singleness, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Homosexuality, lesbianism, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer (lgbtq), Cowardice, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Works by and for women, The new age and women, Self, Self-denial, The occult, Sorcery, Women and the new age, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unforgiveness, Domestic duties, Duties of the Christian, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
http://www.ccef.org/
Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
Telephone: 215.884.7676

Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West)
http://www.ibcd.org/

Institute for Nouthetic Counseling
"Study Biblical Counseling with Dr. Jay Adams."
http://www.nouthetic.org

Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) Library
http://www.nanc.org/Resources/NANC-Library



Marriage

See the Theological Notes: "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "Body and Soul, Male and Female" at Genesis 2:7 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "Marriage and Divorce," at Malachi 2:16 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. (Psalm 127:1a)

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. (Ephesians 5:31)

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4)

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Ephesians 5:21,22,25)

And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:28)

Many marriages have been healed by a commitment to Christ first and to each other second. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus had Never Been Born, p. 140

The only way for man and wife, and family, and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness through Christ Jesus. See: THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, OR HOW SHALL MAN BE JUST WITH GOD? Horatius Bonar.

God's promises to married persons deepens their love for each other.

As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two. -- Thomas Adams

Woman takes her being from man, man takes his well-being from woman. -- Thomas Adams

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:30,31)
Religion [holiness -- compiler] is the root of happiness. Piety has charms which abide in all their freshness when mere fleshly beauty has given place to the wrinkles of old age. May the new household be founded in prayer, built up in holiness, and crowned with the divine blessing. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Proverbs 31:30,31 in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 778

Adams, Jay E., A Counseling Seminar: A 12-tape [audio file], Album for Laymen and Pastors Covering the Basic Reasons, Methods and Purpose of Nouthetic Counseling as Based on the Scriptures.
Contents: Hope and counseling (3 tapes), [audio files] -- Christian forgiveness (2 tapes), [audio files] -- Change (2 tapes), [audio files] -- The husband (2 tapes), [audio files] -- The wife (2 tapes), [audio files] -- Questions and answers.
Search the series "Jay Adams Tape Library" in WorldCat (OCLC) for a listing of 21 audio tapes [audio files].

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Marriage and Family Life: Purpose of Companionship, Cleaving (part 1), (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA401 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Marriage and Family Life (part 2): Headship, Husband's Helper, Submission (part 2) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA402 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Marriage and Family Life (part 3): Discipline, Motivation, Good for Evil (part 3) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA403 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., The Role of Husband in the Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JAR01 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Role-play and Critique (part 3) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
"Wife's Husband Dies; Mother's Baby Born Deformed; Pregnant Unwed Daughter."
Audio cassette JA212 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Role-play and Critique (part 4) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
"Husband Wants Wife-Swapping."
Audio cassette JA213 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., The Role of Father in the Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JAR02 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., The Role of Husband in the Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JAR01 [audio file].

Baxter, Richard, A Breviate of the Life of Margaret, the Daughter of Francis Charlton of Apply in Shropshire Esq.; and Wife of Richard Baxter. For the use of all, but especially of their Kindred. There is also Published the Character of her Mother, truly described in her Published Funeral Sermon. Reprinted at her Daughter's Request, called 'The Last Word of a Believer, His passing-prayer, recommending his departing Spirit to Christ, to be received by him.

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians how to use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (less the J.I. Packer's Foreword, but searchable with an OCR-based index), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition (including the J.I. Packer Introduction), as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007.
The best digital format of the reprint by George Virtue is included on the Puritan Hard Drive. It has an OCR scan in the background, meaning one can search the entire volume and copy text into another document. It also has a computer generated indexed from the OCR scan which is, of course, in Baxter's vocabulary.
A PDF image scan only of the same edition is available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. So it is useful if the reader wants to become acquainted with the book. Text can be searched, but can not be copied into another document. This particular Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix which is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file (without an OCR scan in the background), is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition), feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages), is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God), merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle), and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), are less detailed works and are found in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
"Ptacek in FAMILY WORSHIP: BIBLICAL BASIS, HISTORICAL REALITY, CURRENT NEED (pp. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous 'nonconformists,' in what is know as the 'great ejection,' in 1662, 'Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. 'Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled 'Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God.
"Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- Publisher
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
A summary of currently (2012) available publications.
http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, The Mother's Catechism, The Catechizing of Families, and The Poor Man's Family Book. Available in Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360 9781877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Poor Man's Family Book: 1. Teaching him how to Become a True Christian, 2. How to Live as a Christian, Towards God, Himself and Others, in all his Relations, Especially in His Family, 3. How to die as a Christian in Hope and Comfort, and so to be Glorified With Christ for Ever: In Plain Familiar Conferences Between a Teacher and a Learner. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, ['Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men'], 'The Reformed Pastor' 'Poor Man's Family Book,' 'The Catechizing of Families,' and 'The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Beeke, Joel, Calling of a Christian Husband, MP3 file. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Beeke, Joel, Calling of a Christian Wife (MP3). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Berry, Jo, How to Live With an Unbeliever, ISBN: 0310426227 9780310426226.
"This little booklet of 60 pages is excerpted from the author's BELOVED UNBELIEVER. Basic scriptural principles are used to show wives of unbelievers how to be a good 'helper,' act on 1 Peter 3, deal with decision making, raise children in the Lord, and love their husbands into the kingdom." -- GCB

Bilezikian, Gilbert, Beyond Sex Roles: A Guide for the Study of Female Roles in the Bible, ISBN: 0801008859 9780801008856.

Bouma, Mary LaGrand, Creative Homemaker, ISBN: 087123078X 9780871230782.

Case, Thomas (1598-1682), The Excellent Woman, a Sermon Preached at the Funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Scott, Dec. 16, 1658. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"THE EXCELLENT WOMAN examines the book of Proverbs to teach of the value and character of the virtuous woman. In the forward Dr. William Sprague writes, 'This is a work that will bear to be read more than once, and each successive reading will be likely to reveal some new gem of thought, which, in the general mass of excellence, had been overlooked before. It is a book suitable for the husband to present to his wife, the mother to her daughter, and the brother to his sister; and the more widely it is circulated, the better for the country and the world'." -- Publisher

Defoe, Daniel, Conjugal Lewdness or Matrimonial Whoredom: A Treatise Concerning the use and Abuse of the Marriage bed (1727), ISBN: 0820110132 9780820110134. Available in WORKS OF DANIEL DEFOE on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Defoe, Daniel, The Family-instructor. In Three Parts; I. Relating to Fathers and Children. II. To Masters and Servants. III. To Husbands and Wives. 4th edition, 1717, 2 volumes.

Ellis, Charles, and Norma Ellis, Heirs Together of Life: Daily Bible Readings for Husbands and Wives, ISBN: 0851513115 9780851513119.
"Short discussions on almost 200 passages from the Bible, Genesis through Revelation in sequence. Each selection is related to marriage and the home. Designed as a devotional to be used by husband and wife together." -- GCB

*Engelsma, David, Marriage, the Mystery of Christ and the Church, ISBN: 0825425190 9780825425196.
"Engelsma is a pastor in the Protestant Reformed Church, and also is editor of their paper, The Standard Bearer. The chapters in this book were preached as sermons in the author's church at Loveland, Colorado. Engelsma sees the corruption of the sacred institution of marriage as being a cause of myriads of the evils that abound in our day. He says, 'There is the bitter misery of soul that shatters those who have been unfaithful and that leads to drink, drugs, nervous breakdown, and even suicide. . . . The author does a good job of expounding Ephesians 5:31,32, 'This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.' He explains that this 'mystery' has to do with the intimacy and oneness of a truly married couple. And this typifies the 'underlying reality of the union of Christ with His Church'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

*Hardisty, Margaret, Forever my Love: What Every man Should Know About his Wife, ISBN: 0890810117 9780890810118.
"Excellent book for husbands on learning to live with their wives in understanding." -- Robert B. Somerville

Hunt, Angela Everett, Loving Someone Else's Child, ISBN: 0842338632 9780842338639.
"Angela Hunt and her husband, Gary, are two of the most sensitive and caring people I know. Angie's book is written out of her own experience and is much needed in our fractured culture. It will be a blessing to all in need of assurance that parenting is more than biology." -- Cal Thomas

*Garland, Diana S. Richmond, and David E. Garland, Beyond Companionship: Christians in Marriage, ISBN: 0664240186 9780664240189.
"After carefully examining New Testament sources, the authors conclude that truly Christian marriage must be a companionship of equal persons. But they go further, affirming that companionship is not enough, because Christian marriage must be an active partnership of equals working together to fulfill the divine purpose." -- David and Vera Mace

*Gill, John (1697-1771), Exposition of the Book of Solomon's Song: Commonly Called Canticles: Wherein the Authority of it is Established and Vindicated, Against Objections Both Ancient and Modern.
"A full, devotional, typological exposition in which the writer stresses the relationship of Christ to the believer. Originally published in 1776." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Guernsey, Dennis B., Thoroughly Married.
"A clear delineation of the way in which a proper understanding of the Bible's teaching on marriage contributes toward the development of a stable life-style, a healthier sex life, and a happier home." -- Cyril J. Barber

Grimm, Robert, Love and Sexuality.
"A Biblically sound view of sex and marriage." -- Cyril J. Barber

Harris, J. Gordon, Biblical Perspectives on Aging: God and the Elderly, ISBN: 9780789035370 0789035375.
"The elderly are frequently an embarrassment to their children who do not know what to do with them. Often the responsibility for their care is placed upon one family member or they are placed in a retirement home. This book will be an important reference work and resource guide for those who seek a connection between the Biblical text and the needs of their parents." -- Cyril J. Barber

Hurley, James B., Women's Role in the Church, MP3 (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

Hurley, James B., Christ as the Husband, The Church as the Bride.

Hurley, James B., Headship and Submission in Ephesians 5.

*Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), Learning to Live With the People You Love, ISBN: 0883681900 9780883681909.
Love "is sharing life together in a way that brings glory to God and enriches the lives of every family member."
Dr. Kennedy says no book he has written has brought so many comments as this one.
Read this in conjunction with Dr. Kennedy's 6-message audio cassette [audio file], series "Secrets of Successful Marriages," the audio cassette [audio file], message "Why Some Marriages Fail and Others Succeed," and the 4-message audio cassette [audio file], series "The Christian Marriage Series."

*Knight, George W., and Wayne A. Grudem, The Role Relationship of Men and Women: New Testament Teaching, ISBN: 0802473695 9780802473691.
"One of the best works of its kind. Treats all the New Testament passages that perplex modern minds. Because so much confusion has arisen over whether or not kephale means 'source' or 'authority,' an appendix by Wayne Grundem has been added in which that issue is discussed at length. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
Contains material useful in counseling.

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

Mack, Wayne, Developing Deeper Unity in Marriage (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation),
A series of six audio CDs, MP3s.

*Mack, Wayne, How to Develop Deep Unity in the Marriage Relationship: A How To Manual for Christian Growth and Development. Alternate title: STRENGTHENING YOUR MARRIAGE, and ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS ONE, ISBN: 0875523331 9780875523330.
"Eight units cover the basics of marital unity: God's purpose for marriage; wife's responsibilities; husband's responsibilities; communication; finances; sex; raising children; family religion. Each chapter has about 10 pages of outlined teaching followed by Bible study, self-analysis, and personalized response and application." -- David Powlison
"A manual to be used by husband and wife together. Step-by-step lessons, with appropriate exercises, take a couple through all the important scriptural aspects of marriage. Extremely helpful . . . very practical." Three units of this work are now available. Contains material useful in counseling.

Mack, Wayne, Strengthening Your Marriage. Alternate title: HOW TO DEVELOP DEEP UNITY IN THE MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP: A HOW TO MANUAL FOR CHRISTIAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, ISBN: 0875523331 9780875523330.
"Eight units cover the basics of marital unity: God's purpose for marriage; wife's responsibilities; husband's responsibilities; communication; finances; sex; raising children; family religion. Each chapter has about 10 pages of outlined teaching followed by Bible study, self-analysis, and personalized response and application."

Miles, Herbert J., Sexual Happiness in Marriage.
"Ranks as one of the most practical and helpful treatments on the subject. Examines attitudes and techniques essential to sexual harmony and happiness in marriage, and provides needful correctives to some of the abuses of marriage." -- Cyril J. Barber

Miles, Herbert Jackson, and Fern Harrington Miles, Husband-Wife Equality, ISBN: 0800709063 9780800709068.

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Husband and Father as Spiritual Leader. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), The Puritan Style of Love and Marriage, (part 1 and 2), (audio files). Available from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), The Role of Woman in the Home. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation),
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

*Murray, John (1898-1975), Principles of Conduct, ISBN: 0802811442 9780802811448.
"This is a far-ranging book with a recurring emphasis on the majestic moral demands of Scripture and the relation of the Gospel to those demands. Scripture teaching is lucidly brought to bear on vital ethical issues such as marriage, work as a calling, capital punishment, the sanctity of truth, and the fear of God. Undoubtedly this is the foremost contemporary book in the field." -- William J. Grier

*Perkins, William (1558-1602), Christian Oeconomie, or, A Short Survey of the Right Manner of Erecting and Ordering a Familie According to the Scriptures first written in Latine by the author M.W. Perkins; And now set forth in the vulgar tongue for more common vse and benefit by Tho. Pickering . . . 1609, ISBN: 0921148623. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
See: "Christian oeconomie, or, A short survey of the right manner of erecting and ordering a familie according to the Scriptures."

Piper, Otto A., The Biblical View of Sex and Marriage.
"After discussing the Biblical view of sex, the writer proceeds to elaborate on the standards which he deems to be necessary for an adequate sexual life. He then discusses the objectives of marriage in the light of the Scriptures." -- Cyril J. Barber

Price, Greg L., Christian Education in the Home: Help! My Daughter Wants to Date, 25 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #11.
"Contrasts the non-covenantal pagan view of dating with the covenantal Christian view of Biblical courtship. Shows how the world has insidiously invaded the church (through music, TV, movies, godless public education, etc.), and how this has impacted the raising of our children. Includes a lengthy list of questions for interviewing prospective suitors and an appendix on the Biblical role of women. A very practical, unique item, laying the foundation for blessed biblical marriages." -- Publisher
See also: Price, Greg L., Dating or Courtship: Which is Biblical? (1/2), an audio file. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Price, Greg L., The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family, an ongoing MP3 and video series. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#1) "The Divine Institution of Marriage."

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#2) "Preparing for Marriage 1/2," contains advanced teaching on courtship.

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#3) "Preparing for Marriage 2/2," contains advanced teaching on courtship.

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#4) "Husband's Role and Duty 1/2"

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#5) "Husband's Role and Duty 2/2"

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#6) "Wife's Role and Duty 1/2"

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#7) "Wife's Role and Duty 2/2"

*Price, Greg L., Peacemakers at War With Sin, audio cassette [audio file]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Focusing on Matthew 5:9, Blessed are the peacemakers, Price demonstrate what this portion of Scripture means by contrasting it with what it does not mean. Using this 'Turretin-like' method of proclaiming the truth some surprising results are often mined from God's Word, and this sermon is no exception. Special attention is given to marriage and family relationships, but how this verity applies to the church and the state is also covered -- the United Nations receiving its share of scathing rebukes for the false, anti-Christian peace it promotes. Mere external 'peace' and 'obedience' are condemned as Price sets his sights on promoting classic Puritan experimental heart Christianity. Showing that true peace only consists in reconciliation based on God's truth, the peacemaker's Scripture refers to are often judged by the carnal and disaffected to be the greatest trouble makers -- the Lord Jesus Christ being the prime example. He hated and fought against idolatry, covenant breaking and all other violations of God's law (as the greatest peacemaker that ever lived), to such an extent that those who desired the peace of the world tortured and murdered him. Prophets and wise men since have often fared no better in seeking to set forth the only true peace. Biblical peace is not based on compromise, pragmatism or the removal of Biblical (Reformation) landmarks, it is seen in this sermon to be based on truth and faithfulness. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4). Heresy, the false ecumenical movement of mystery Babylon, Calvin on schism, unity and numerous other points are all addressed. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27) -- Publisher
Peacemakers at War With Sin,
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=101005105926

Price, Greg L., Wives and Biblical Submission, audio file. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"The Covenanter view of authority and submission set forth with special application to husbands and wives. Directed primarily to the ladies of the covenant (but containing a good deal of exhortation to husbands), this is about as practical a sermon as you will hear. There was good reason why Puritan families were so strong and why divorce was unheard of among these Calvinists; much of it (as the listener will certainly notice), can be traced back to what Price sets forth in this sermon. If you desire a godly family and a marriage relationship analogous to that which Christ enjoys with his bride (the church), you will be pleased with the strong, uncompromising (and yet loving), biblical stand set forth here. A Price classic!" -- Publisher

Poythress V., Marriage and Singleness; Marriage (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette VP105 [audio file].

Swindoll, C.R., Commitment: The key to Marriage, ISBN: 0930014650 9780930014650.
Contains material useful in counseling.
We believe that desirelessness on the part of both man and woman are also an important ingredient to successful marriages.
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
(James 1:14,15)

Talley, James, and Leslie H. Stobbe, Reconcilable Differences: Mending Broken Relationships, ISBN: 0840731965 9780840731968.
"Designed to help troubled couples regain harmony through understanding. Points the way to defusing areas of conflict, and recommends steps that will help couples rekindle lost love and reestablish lost unity. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Is it possible for a couple whose marriage is in serious trouble or a couple who is already divorced to restore harmony -- and even love -- to their relationship? Jim Talley believes it is. RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES shows why reconciliation is worth the effort and provides practical, biblical advice on how to resolve conflicts and develop a relationship based on mutual love, respect, and trust." -- Publisher

Vincent, Thomas (1634-1678), and Don Kistler, The Good Work Begun in the day of Grace Performed Until the day of Christ: With, Christ the Best Husband, an Invitation to Young Women Unto Christ, and The Best Gift, God's Call Upon Young men for Their Hearts, ISBN: 1573580821 9781573580823.

Welch, Ed, Co-Dependency (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF34 [audio file].

Welch, Edward T., When People are big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man, ISBN: 0875526004 9780875526003.
"Overly concerned about what people think of you? Welch uncovers the spiritual dimension of people-pleasing and points the way through a true knowledge of God, ourselves, and others." -- Publisher

Whitefield, George (1714-1770), Christ the Best Husband: Or an Earnest Invitation to Young Women to Come and see Christ, preached to a Society of Young Women in Fetter-Lane.
http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/whitefie.htm

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Couples: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197133 9781558197138.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Men: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 080549328X 9780805493283.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Moms: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197117 9781558197114.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Newlyweds: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion (Bible Promises to Treasure), ISBN: 0805493913 9780805493917.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Parents, ISBN: 1558197125 9781558197121.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Women: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493298 9780805493290.

*Zacharias, Ravi, Has Christianity Failed you? ISBN: 9780310269557 0310269555.
Ravi Zacharias considers this to be his most important book.
"HAS CHRISTIANITY FAILED YOU? is for you, if you have struggled to understand what exactly it is you believe. Acclaimed apologist Ravi Zacharias explores the hard questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. In his landmark new book, he addresses the struggle he hears from both skeptics and Christians: Has Christianity failed us? And can irrefutable charges be brought against it by skeptics and disappointed believers alike?
"In 2006, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) held an open forum at the Fox Theater in Atlanta to address the subject: 'Has Christianity Failed you?' Tickets were sold for the event and -- to the complete surprise of everyone -- the event was sold out with a capacity crowd of over 5,000. People lined up offering to buy tickets from folks in line for higher prices. Before the event, an RZIM cameraman walked the streets and asked people if they had rejected the faith they held at one time. One answered that, because of a Christian's rejection of his gay lifestyle he had done just that. Another answered that she had left her faith because she had fallen into adultery and could never live it down in the church. Others had their own reasons. Some said it was just intellectually untenable in an age of reason. They chose to come to the event to judge if there were adequate answers. It is estimated that for every one person who writes a letter or attends an event, there are one thousand who agree. If the Atlanta crowd was any indication, the question is real and troubling. Why is it that many live with silent doubt, many leaving the 'evangelical fold' for something else? Is there something wrong with the message, the communicator, the hearer . . . or is it all three? It's time to ask the hard questions of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and why it seems as though God has made it so hard to continue believing. In fact, the son of a prominent U.S. Senator phoned me with that very question. 'Why has God made it so hard to believe in Him?' Such skepticism is not just representative of the hostile; it also represents many honest questioners. This book attempts to lay out the response to those within as well as those outside the Christian faith, so as to understand what it is we believe, and why it is so hard to do so. More to the point: Why it is actually so hard to deny God and still make sense out of life? In the end the answers should be both felt and real, with the added truth that God is nearer than you think. He desires that we sense Him very near to us, and not distant. But closeness comes at a cost just as any relationship of love and commitment does.
"For over thirty-five years, Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and numerous universities internationally. He is listed as a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most recent works include WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST, A MEMOIR; THE GRAND WEAVER, AN EXPLORATION OF GOD'S INTENTION IN BOTH THE ORDINARY AND THE STARTLING ELEMENTS OF LIFE; AND THE END OF REASON, A REBUTTAL OF THE CLAIMS OF THE SO-CALLED NEW ATHEISTS. His weekly radio program, 'Let My People Think,' is broadcast on 1,692 stations worldwide, and his weekday program, 'Just Thinking,' is on 412. He is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and reside in Atlanta." -- Publisher
Has Christianity Failed you? (part 2 of 2), by Ravi Zacharias
"There are an awful lot of Christians walking around these days who are disappointed with their faith. They've been hurt by the church or other believers and it's affected their walk with God."
Includes rare, frank, and wise commentary on the institution of marriage.
http://www.rzim.org/resources/listen/letmypeoplethink.aspx?archive=1&pid=1911
Has Christianity Failed you? Ravi Zacharias' conversation with Danielle DuRant
"You have to have variety in your devotional life, in your relational life, in your church life. And it is important to remain balanced -- to keep physically healthy, to keep your viewing life enchanted so that you're looking at the right things."
http://www.rzim.org/just-thinking/has-christianity-failed-you/

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Men, women, and god, Friendship, Happiness, holiness, Christ our example, Ecclesiastes, Husband not a believer (women), Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Gratuitous sex, a cause of violence, Reconciliation of relationships, Communication, Problem solving in marriage, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Marital counseling, Biblical counsel by subject, Counseling the family, Husband not a believer, The fatherhood of god, Works of Jay Adams, Abuse, Adultery, Divorce, Family, Love and counseling problems, Men and Women, Parenting, Femininism, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Secret Societies and Ungodly Alliance, Works of martha finley, and so forth and so on.
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Family Worship

God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and cause his face to shine upon us: That they way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. (Psalm 67:1,2)

See the Theological Notes: "Body and Soul, Male and Female" at Genesis 2:7 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "God's Covenant of Grace" at Genesis 12:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Greatness of God," at 1 Chronicles 29:11 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Christian Family," at Ephesians 5:22 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Family reformation is the easiest and the most likely way to a common reformation; at least to send many souls to heaven and train up multitudes for God, if it reach not to national reformation. -- Richard Baxter

Family worship was also, to the Puritans, vitally important. Every home should be a church, with the head of the house as its minister. Daily and indeed twice daily, the Puritans recommended, the family as a family should hear the word read, and pray to God. Sunday by Sunday, the family should seek to pool the profiting of its members from the public ordinances; day by day, its members should seek to encourage each other in the way of God. Parents must teach their children the Scriptures; all members of the household must be given time and a place to pray. Thus, informally, but conscientiously, the worship and service of God in the home must be carried on. -- J.I. Packer

Be sure that you keep up family religion; especially in the careful education of youth. Read the Scriptures and good books, and call upon God, and sing his praise; and recreate youth with reading the history of the church, and the lives of holy men and martyrs: instruct them in catechisms and fundamentals. . . . Above all, live in love to God and man . . . -- Richard Baxter

"The practice of family worship has done more for comprehensive Reformation than any other means available to man."

All Christians employ themselves in David's Psalms more frequently than in any other part of the Old or New Testament. The grace of the Holy Ghost hath so ordered it that they should be sung every night and day . . . Many who know not a letter can say David's Psalms by heart. . . . where men converse with God, David is the first, the midst, and the last. -- Chrysostom

*Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), Family Worship: A Biblical Duty, 1847. Alternate title: THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP, ISBN: 1573580813 9781573580816. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
First printed in 1847 by the Presbyterian Board of Education.
"No minister in our church was a more accomplished scholar. The pulpit was his appropriate sphere." -- Charles Hodge
"It would be almost impossible to overemphasis the importance of daily family worship. It is a blessed privilege for those who have known it as children and/or adults. It is foundational to any lasting revival or reformation. It is a duty commanded by God in Scripture, and to neglect it is, without a doubt, sinful. The Westminster Divines made it clear, in their amazing Directory for Family Worship, that obstinacy in the sin of neglecting family worship should lead where there are faithful elders to the head of the offending house being 'suspended and debarred from the Lord's supper.' This book gives the nature, warrant, and history of family worship in easy to read large print." -- Publisher
"The author's goal is 'extending the domestic worship of God's people and especially in arousing the children of the covenant to honor the God of their fathers.' To fulfill this purpose, Alexander traces family worship from Eden on through the Old and New Testaments and church history. The universal voice of the Church, in its best periods, has been in favor of family worship. . . .' He demonstrates that family worship is a means of intellectual improvement: 'True piety improves the understanding. . . .' " -- Robert H. Duvall

*Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), Family Worship: its Influence Over all of Life. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"Some have postulated that the Reformation would have fizzled out in no time had it not been for the faithful men who led their families in daily worship. Nothing is more calculated to enhanced and abet all other spiritual duties than daily family worship. It will curtail divorce and domestic violence, both of which were unheard of among the Puritans because of their love for the use of the means of grace within this setting, and help lead many individuals and ultimately nations to Christ. This book covers the influence of family worship on the individual piety of parents and children. It shows it to be a means of intellectual improvement and a bond of domestic harmony and love. Men, if you really want to change the world, start with your own immediate sphere of influence and responsibility. Preparing your own heart before the Lord and instituting daily family worship will do more good than most can imagine! This is your commanded duty." -- Publisher

*Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), and B.M. Palmer, The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects: An Essay in two Parts, 2 volumes, 551 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (Alexander and Palmer), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, 25.
"If you are interest in family matters, you will look long and hard to find a book that matches this one. It is actually two books bound under one cover. Palmer's THE FAMILY, IN ITS CIVIL AND CHURCHLY ASPECTS (1876) and Alexander's THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP (1847)." -- Publisher

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians how to use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (less the J.I. Packer's Foreword, but searchable with an OCR-based index), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition (including the J.I. Packer Introduction), as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007.
The best digital format of the reprint by George Virtue is included on the Puritan Hard Drive. It has an OCR scan in the background, meaning one can search the entire volume and copy text into another document. It also has a computer generated indexed from the OCR scan which is, of course, in Baxter's vocabulary.
A PDF image scan only of the same edition is available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. So it is useful if the reader wants to become acquainted with the book. Text can be searched, but can not be copied into another document. This particular Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix which is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file (without an OCR scan in the background), is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition), feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages), is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God), merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle), and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), are less detailed works and are found in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
"Ptacek in FAMILY WORSHIP: BIBLICAL BASIS, HISTORICAL REALITY, CURRENT NEED (pp. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous 'nonconformists,' in what is know as the 'great ejection,' in 1662, 'Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. 'Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled 'Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God.
"Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- Publisher
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
A summary of currently (2012) available publications.
http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, ['Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men'], 'The Reformed Pastor' 'Poor Man's Family Book,' 'The Catechizing of Families,' and 'The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Baxter, Richard, A paraphrase on the New Testament, with notes, doctrinal and practical, fitted to the use of religious families, . . . By the late Rev. Mr. Richard Baxter. . . . Blackburn, 1798.

Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), Personal and Family Fasting and Humiliation. Alternate title: A MEMORIAL CONCERNING PERSONAL AND FAMILY-FASTING AND HUMILIATION, PRESENTED TO SAINTS AND SINNERS. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON, VOL. 11), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON, VOL. 11), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #6.

Carr, S. Wallace, The Bible and the Christian Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Family Reformation Promoted: In a Sermon on Joshua, chap. 24. ver. 15. [Joshua 24:15], and by Short Catechismes Fitted for the Three-fold Relations in a Family of 1. Children and Parents, 2. Servants and Masters, 3. Husband and Wife.

Chambers, Humphrey, and Samuel Man, A Divine Ballance to Weigh Religious Fasts in: Applyed to Present vse, in a Sermon Preached Before the Honourable House of Commons, in S. Margarets Westminster at their Publique Fast, Sept. 27. 1643, James 3:18.

D'Aubigné, J.H. Merle (1794-1872), Family Worship: Motives and Directions for Domestic Piety. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Davies, Samuel (1723-1761, editor), et al., The Godly Family: A Series of Essays on the Duties of Parents and Children, ISBN: 1877611735 9781877611735, 341 pages.
"Gary Ezzo has collected 16 essays and sermons from 17th and 18th century pastors on ordering a godly home. The book is divided into four section: 1) The Importance of Family Religion, 2) The Duties of Parents, 3) The Duties of Children, 4) The Eternal Family. . . . All of these have been retypeset and updated for easier reading." -- Publisher
"The necessity and excellence of family religion / by Samuel Davies -- The great duty of family religion / by George Whitefield -- A plain and serious address on the important subject of family religion / by Philip Doddridge -- Parental duties illustrated / by Samuel Worcester -- The duties of parents towards their children / by Henry Venn -- Disciplining children / by Arthur Hildersham -- On the method of instructing children / by Henry Venn -- Four sermons on the religious education of children / by Philip Doddridge -- Blessings consequent upon parental fidelity / by Thomas Houston -- The duties of children to their parents / by Samuel Stennett -- The duties of children / by Henry Venn -- Heaven considered as a family / by Samuel Stennett."

Davies, Samuel (1723-1761), The Necessity and Excellence of Family Religion. Available in THE GODLY FAMILY: A SERIES OF ESSAYS ON THE DUTIES OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"Promotes daily family worship based on an indirect application of 1 Tim. 5:8, 'But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel'." -- Publisher

*Davies, Samuel (1723-1761), Sermons on the Most Useful and Important Subjects, Adapted to the Family and Closet by the Rev. Samuel Davies, A.M. Late President of the College at Princeton in New-Jersey. In Three Volumes. . . . To Which Are Prefixed, A Sermon on the Death of Mr Davies, by Samuel Finley, D.D. and Another Discourse on the Same Occasion, Together With an elegiac Poem to the Memory of Mr Davies, by Thomas Gibbons, D.D.

Derham, A. Morgan (editor), Time for the Family, 2 volumes (Wayne, PA [Scripture Union, 150 Strafford Avenue, Wayne 19087]: Scripture Union), ISBN: 0854219870 9780854219872.
"Each volume provides six full months of Bible readings, prayers, and activity material in a lively and readable form. Designed to take just ten minutes a day."

*De Graaf, Simon Gerrit, Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes (Scarsdale, NY [Westminster Discount Book Service, P.O. Box 125H, Scarsdale 10583]: Westminster Discount Book Service, 1977). Translated from the Dutch by H. Evan Runner and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. A Christian classic.
"A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible . . . an invaluable resource for teachers, ministers, and parents." -- Christianity Today
"In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: 'Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him. . . .'
"This renewed insight into Biblical revelation is the perspective undergirding De Graaf's treatment of all Bible stories. It makes his book a unique presentation of God's revelation of Himself in the covenant and keeps his interpretations of the stories from degenerating into mere moralizing. Religion is not morality." -- H. Evan Runner
"I highly recommend this book. One of the best books available." -- R.C. Sproul

Flavel, John (1628-1691), A Warning Against Backsliding, False Worship and False Teachers. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
"Exposes the subtlety of false worship and false teachers and counsels all Christians to remove themselves from under ministries that practice such things. Promotes family religion and house gatherings in times of great declension and apostasy (such as ours)." -- Publisher

*Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), A Church in the House: A Sermon Concerning Family Religion, 1704. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Family worship is presently one of the most powerful weapons in a Christian parents arsenal of truth. Read this Puritan sermon and see why! In time past, when the churches saw the family as 'little churches' within the church, elders saw to it that family worship was practiced daily and that offenders against this Godly order were censured. Daily family worship is a monumental blessing on the one hand and a serious sin of omission, when not practiced, on the other. Though Kevin Reed was speaking of public worship in the following quotation, the directive can easily be applied to family worship also. Reed notes, 'heads of households you husbands and fathers -- it is incumbent on you to lead your family in the narrow path which leads to life. Compromise in worship is a form of apostasy, which teaches children that we love family approval more than obedience to Christ . . . You have no right to set aside biblical principles of worship.' (John Knox the Forgotten Reformer, p. 99). Furthermore, Ptacek has written that, 'the role of the head of the family was given the highest possible status by Matthew Henry. In a 1704 sermon on family religion, Henry followed Cawdrey in arguing that the head of the family holds all of the offices of Christ with respect to his household: prophet, priest and king. Henry's design for family religion is based on the exercise of these three offices. As a prophet the head of the family teaches doctrine through the reading of Scripture and catechizing. The head's priestly office is expressed in praying for his family. His exercise of discipline reflects the office of king, both in encouraging godly behaviour and discouraging sinful practices. Although Matthew Henry was the best known Puritan preacher of his time, he asserted without fear of controversy that his view of the role of the head of the family was one in which all agree.' (Family Worship, pp. 52-53). For parents, and especially fathers, this may be one of the most important works you will ever read. When family worship is practiced faithfully (and the responsibility for this rests with the head of the house primarily, and the elders of the church secondarily -- through encouragement, help and discipline of the unfaithful), nations and generations to come will be greatly influenced to bow humbly before the Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him alone!" -- Publisher

Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), Family Religion: Principles for Raising a Godly Family, ISBN: 1845503139 9781845503130.
"Be not Christians upon your knees, and unbelievers in your shops. While you seem saints in your devotions, prove not yourselves sinners in your conversations. Having begun the day in the fear of God, be in that fear all day long. Let the example you set in your families be throughout good, and by it teach them not only to read and pray, for this is half their work, but by it teach them to be meek and humble, sober and temperate, loving and peaceable, just and honest; so shall you adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour; and those who will not be won by the Word, shall be won by your conversation. Your family worship is an honour to you, see to it that neither you nor yours be in anything a disgrace to it." -- Matthew Henry in Family Religion, p. 60

Howe, John (1630-1705), The Obligations From Nature and Revelation to Family-religion and Worship Represented and Pressed in six Sermons.

*Manton, Thomas (1620-1677), Family Worship: Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Alternate title: DIRECTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONCERNING SECRET AND PRIVATE WORSHIP AND MUTUAL EDIFICATION FOR CHERISHING PIETY, FOR MAINTAINING UNITY AND AVOIDING SCHISM AND DIVISION (1646). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #11.
"Manton was a covenanted English Presbyterian (he swore the Solemn League and Covenant). He was also chosen to write the 'Epistle to the Reader' in THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH, 1647 [sic], which speaks volumes as to his credibility among the preachers and scholars of his day." -- Publisher
Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and Larger and Shorter Catechisms
http://www.swrb.com//newslett/actualnls/famworship.htm

Palmer, B.M., The Family in its Offices of Instruction and Worship, 1876. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"The author notes that 'from the earliest period in the history of the Church, the duty of family instruction has been emphasized as the most important of all agencies in perpetuating the knowledge of Divine truth' (emphasis added). Furthermore, he writes, 'each pious household is a separate fibre of those roots by which the Church of the living God takes hold upon the earth, and preserves its existence in a sinful world.' It is especially important that fathers study material like this, for if they will not lead their families in instruction and daily family worship, they have, for all intents and purposes, denied the faith. For when 1 Timothy 5:8 states, But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel, it should be taken to heart. Even if this verse refers specifically to the material aspects of life, how much more important are the spiritual duties? This book should be a great encouragement to those entrusted with these most important spiritual duties and privileges!" -- Publisher

Palmer, Samuel, A Collection of Family-prayers From the Devotional Writings of Baxter . . . and Others. With various occasional forms, London, 1783.

Palmer, Samuel (1741-1813), The Covenanters Catechisme, or, A Brief and Familiar Analysis and Exposition of the Covenant: First delivered in sundry sermons to a particular congregation, and now resolved into questions and answers for the more publike good, 1644.

*Price, Greg L., Family Worship, series of audio files. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"A great introduction to the duty and privilege of daily family worship with much 'how to' instruction from Scripture. Family worship has always been a major component of all true revivals. Among the Old Testament people of God, in the days of the Apostles, during the great Reformations that took place in the 16th and 17th centuries, at the founding of the American colonies, and wherever there is a love for the Truth, daily family worship has been a sign of faithfulness to God. When it is practiced faithfully, daily family worship is one of the great blessings of covenant life; when it is ignored or set aside, it is a serious sin which has devastating consequences (and evidences and lack of true spirituality)." -- Publisher
Family Worship by Greg Price (1 of 2)
http://sphynx.idontknow.com/swrb/family.ram

*Pride, Mary, All the Way Home: Power for Your Family to be its Best, ISBN: 0891074651 9780891074656.
"ALL THE WAY HOME is the long-awaited sequel to Mary Pride's revolutionary book, THE WAY HOME. Building on the theme of the home as the center of life, this book will change your ideas on what is possible for families today. More than a problem-solving manual, this text helps families do it right from the start." -- Publisher
"Reading Mary's book has reassured me that all scripture is valid even today. It's a pity every woman by age 15 has not been made to study these concepts, fully understand her God given role in life and how exciting it truly can be. Now if we women of today would just pick up the baton and run the race, as Mary has clearly outlined for us in her book, God would bless our families and children again. If you are hungry to see God's hand in your life, Mary has written a beautiful book calling women back to the place God prepared for us in the beginning. Buy this and let the rebuke and encouragement draw you back to the 66 books that make up our Bible and guide our lives in the path God has laid out for us as women." -- Reader's Comment
"If you are a Christian woman who needs help redefining your purpose in life because you don't have children, BUY this book. If you are a wife and/or mother who is tired of society (NC17 and violent media, TV, video, music, etc.), defining you . . . . and you/your children's wants and needs, this is the book for you too." -- Reader's Comment

*Ptacek, Kerry, Family Worship: Biblical Basis, Historical Reality, Current Need.
"The practice of family worship has done more for the comprehensive Reformation than any other means available to man. A revival of this Biblically ordained practice should be studied, prayed for, and implemented throughout all lands, at the earliest possible date. If you are serious about your faith and you would love to see the Earth full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9), then this is as good a place to start as any. . . .
"A splendid contemporary examination, full of encouragement and help in regard to this sacred duty of daily family worship. Covers God's covenants with families, looks at house churches in history, the Reformation period, American history, causes for decline in family worship, etc. Notes that 'family worship continued in the early centuries of the history of Christ's church and was revived in the Reformation, especially among Puritans and Scottish Presbyterians. The early settlers of the thirteen colonies brought family worship with them from Scotland, England, France and other countries of the Reformation. Family worship was the norm among American Presbyterians until the middle of the 19th century.' Chapters 1-6 treat Old Testament and New Testament passages relevant to family worship. Chapters 7-8 cover family worship in church history. Chapters 9-10 survey the rise and decline of family worship in America and the last two chapters argue for a revival of this practice. Explains, in easy to understand terms, not only the great spiritual benefits of family worship, but how to begin, how often it should be done, and what you should do -- according to Scripture. Regarding the sacred stewardship parents have been given by God, over their childrens lives, family worship and Christian education are basic to covenantal faithfulness to Christ. This is one of the most important books published on the family in some time. Priced as low as possible, with the hope of widest possible distribution; it is well laid out, easy to read and suitable for group or individual study. Parents, teachers and Pastors please don't miss this one!" -- Publisher

*Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, The Book of Psalms for Singing, ISBN: 1884527108 9781884527104.
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, The Book of Psalms for Singing: Tune Library (Pittsburgh, PA: Crown & Covenant Publications), a CD-ROM or MP3 [audio files].
See also: McBurney, Charles, Improving Our Praise: Four Studies in Congregational Singing Using the Book of Psalms for Singing, a video [DVD] seminary.

*Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, 4 volumes.
"The new 4-volume set is a preacher's handbook to the enduring truths of the Gospels. It is also a wonderful personal or family devotional guide to this portion of Scripture. Written by one of the greatest men of the Church of England in the late 1800's." -- GCB

*Smith, B.M., Family Religion, or the Domestic Relations as Regulated by Christian Principles (1859). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"Smith's family was greatly influenced by Samuel Davies. Smith himself was a friend of R.L. Dabney. As the editor notes, the importance of this book is seen in the fact that 'reform of the family would soon diffuse itself throughout the whole constitution of society, a higher tone of morals would be inspired, and not only would the moral influence of the church be enlarged, but the stability and security of the state would be perpetuated.' Or as the DIRECTORY FOR FAMILY WORSHIP, appended to the Westminster Confession, so wisely points out, 'besides the public worship in congregations, mercifully established in this land in great purity, it is expedient and necessary that secret worship of each person alone, and private worship of families, be pressed and set up; that, with national reformation, the profession and power of godliness, both personal and domestic, be advanced.' This was a prize winning essay, covering, in depth, the family and its duties." -- Publisher

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Devotional Bible: Selected Passages From the Word of God With Running Comments, ISBN: 0852343434 0852340583. Alternate title: Originally published under the title, THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON'S MORNING AND EVENING DEVOTIONS FROM THE BIBLE.
"For anyone who wants to restore daily devotions on an individual or family basis, SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is the perfect answer. One can read through this book in a year when morning and evening devotions are maintained. . . .
"The gist of the entire Bible is found between the covers of this book. . . . some verses [and chapters], were omitted in whole or in part, but they are always summarized in such a way that the narrative or teaching remains clear. The emphasis is always on Scripture . . ." -- Publisher
Commenting on typology is a way to convince piers of the reality and immediacy of the Gospel. The concise, succinct, erudite comments point again and again to parallels in Scripture to the life and work of Christ. For example, see the comments on the life of Joseph, on the first Passover, and on God's provision of manna for Israel in the wilderness.
This work, by a modern Puritan, is preeminently practical. Spurgeon emphasizes application of Scripture to everyday life. Key verses appear at the top of each page.
Spurgeon's discerning mind has captured essential and profound lessons. He brings together Old and New Testament passages with similar lessons. Here is little known insight that should not be ignored or overlooked.
The Bible is full of wisdom on human behavior, real psychology, and Spurgeon points out these lessons everywhere.
The text is the Authorized King James Version.
A footnote at the bottom of page 643 (Baker Book House edition), states "In this reading the first five notes are from Lange's Commentary. All through the work we have gathered from every available source." Looking at other works by Spurgeon, for example, THE TREASURY OF DAVID, and knowing that he had a huge library, it could be expected he selected freely from the works of other authors. Poetry has been added after the Bible selection and notes. It would appear the notes and poetry have not been documented for practical purposes, to make the book seamless and uncluttered. It is a drawback, however, to not know which notes and poetry was from Spurgeon's pen and which he selected from other authors.
The Interpreter: Spurgeon's Devotional Bible
"THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON DEVOTIONAL BIBLE contains the text of the entire Bible, along with Spurgeon's reflections on nearly every verse. This Bible, arranged topically instead of canonically, allows readers to experience the text of Scripture along with Charles Spurgeon himself. His commentary illuminates the texts, and provides notes on interpretation and application of the Bible. The Logos Bible Software edition of THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE was originally published in London by Passmore and Alabaster from 1869-1887." -- Publisher
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C.H. Spurgeon wrote, among other things:

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), The Treasury of David, 3 volumes, ISBN: 0917006259 9780917006258. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"The most important and practical work of the ages on the Psalter." -- Dr. Philip Schaff
"Spurgeon's own exposition appears under each verse; after that you'll find 'explanatory notes and quaint sayings' (illuminating quotes from Spurgeon's contemporaries as well as from the great Puritan expositors of the 17th and 18th centuries). Each Psalm closes with a short section of 'Hints to Preachers'." -- CBD
Recommended for daily devotions.
The Treasury of David
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.php
The Treasury of David (1881)
http://archive.org/details/thetreasuryofdav00spuruoft

*Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), [completed and first printed in 1646, approved by the Assembly, August 27, 1647, Session 23 -- compiler] (Glasgow, Scotland: Free Presbyterian Publication [133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE], 1994), ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound), and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Among the ten greatest works in the English language. Available (THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also available (THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
The Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, With the Scripture Proofs at Large: Together With The sum of Saving Knowledge (contained in the Holy Scriptures, and held forth in the said Confession and Catechisms), and Practical use Thereof, Covenants National and Solemn League, Acknowledgment of Sins and Engagement to Duties, Directories, Form of Church-government, &c. of Public Authority in the Church of Scotland, With Acts of Assembly and Parliament, Relative to, and Approbative of the Same (1757) [the original version of 1646, prior to the changes of the "American Version" of 1789 -- compiler]
http://archive.org/details/confessionofscot00chur
" 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington. (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, p. 345).
"Concerning The Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms.' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431).
"THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION, and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- Publisher
This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

  1. "To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families"
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p005-to_head_of_families.html
  2. "Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader"
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p005-to_head_of_families.html
  3. THE CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
  4. THE LARGER CATECHISM with Scripture proofs written out
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
  5. THE SHORTER CATECHISM with Scripture proofs written out
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
  6. THE SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE
    http://www.reformed.org/master/index.html?mainframe=/documents/sum/sum.html
  7. "The National Covenant"
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p345-nat_covenant.html
  8. "The Solemn League and Covenant"
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p355-solemn_league.html
  9. "A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein"
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/covenants/scotland_covenant_renewal_1648.html
  10. THE DIRECTORY FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p369-direct_pub_worship.html
  11. THE FORM OF PRESBYTERIAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p395-form_presby_gov.html
  12. "The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification"
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. See the following resources:
  1. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS AS A CREED
    http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
  2. "The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms." Alternate title: SCRIPTURE INDEX TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press CD. Also available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
  3. Bordwine, James, A GUIDE TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS: CONFESSION OF FAITH AND LARGER CATECHISM, ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the CONFESSION and the LARGER CATECHISM.
  4. WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM WITH PROOF TEXTS
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
  5. THE SHORTER CATECHISM WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS
    Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    THE SHORTER CATECHISM
    Free downloadable PDF file.
    http://www.greenvillepresbyterian.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/shorter-catechism.pdf
  6. Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
  7. Commentaries on the Westminster Standards Including the Westminster Confession of Faith, The Larger Catechism, and The Shorter Catechism
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cwswcsc
  8. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), (The Westminster Standards), and Related Works: A Study Guide
    http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
  9. The Scottish Covenanted Reformation continued the work of The Westminster Assembly. David Steel (1803-1887), is considered to be one of the most faithful Covenanter ministers in America. Notice that the citation following is an authorized, complete edition of their final TESTIMONY.
    Reformed Presbytery in North America (Steelite), David Steele (1803-1887), John Thorburn (1730?-1788), John Courtass (d. 1795), et al., ACT, DECLARATION, AND TESTIMONY, FOR THE WHOLE OF THE COVENANTED REFORMATION, AS ATTAINED TO, AND ESTABLISHED IN, BRITAIN AND IRELAND; PARTICULARLY BETWIXT THE YEARS 1638 AND 1649, INCLUSIVE. AS, ALSO, AGAINST ALL THE STEPS OF DEFECTION FROM SAID REFORMATION, WHETHER IN FORMER OR LATER TIMES, SINCE THE OVERTHROW OF THAT GLORIOUS WORK, DOWN TO THIS PRESENT DAY (1876), (Philadelphia, PA: Printed by Rue and Jones, 1876).
    This is a new edition of the Ploughlandhead Testimony of 1761. It was the subordinate standard of the original "Steelite" Reformed Presbytery that was constitutes in 1840.
    https://archive.org/details/actdeclarationte00refo
  10. Church and State
    Works listed here discuss the decline of the influence of Calvinism and the Covenanted Reformation in Great Britain and the United States. The various alterations to the Westminster Standards are also discussed.
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#churchstate
  11. Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

*Westminster Assembly of Divines (1643-1652), The Directory for Family Worship, (1646) and The Directory for the Publick Worship of God (1645). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"It doesn't get any better than this! These are the documents approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in her purest days. Reproduced in large print for easy reading. The DIRECTORY FOR FAMILY WORSHIP lays out the Biblical path to piety and uniformity in secret and private (family) worship, for godly edification. THE DIRECTORY FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP aimed at fulfilling the Reformation goals of covenanted uniformity in religion between the churches of Christ in the kingdoms of Scotland, England and Ireland. 'Behind its production lay extensive discussion of the proper application of the Puritan regulative principle reducing elements of acceptable worship to what is prescribed or necessarily deducible from Scripture alone. . . . It contains perhaps the finest brief description of expository preaching to be found in the English language.' (Nigel Cameron, editor, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 864). During the days of the Second Reformation Gillespie notes that 'the parliament heath also, by their ordinance dated the 23d of August 1645, imposed the DIRECTORY OF WORSHIP under certain mulcts and penalties to be inflicted upon such as do not observe it, or preach or write against it.' ('Miscellany Questions' in Gillespie's Works, p. 87). Oh, for the days of comprehensive, full-orbed, God honoring Reformation like that again! An indispensable document for those who are Presbyterian's. However, it can also be very helpful to all those who seek to worship the LORD in spirit and in truth, regardless of denominational affiliation. These two fine historic documents have yet to be equalled in terms of the intent and purpose for which they were originally produced." -- Publisher
The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification (1646)
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/the-directory-for-family-worship-approved-by-the-general-assembly-of-the-church-of-scotland-for-piety-and-uniformity-in-secret-and-private-worship-and-mutual-edification
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

Wooden, Keith, Teaching Children to Pray, ISBN: 0310544815 9780310544814.
"Here is a book for all parents. Children don't just know how to pray, you have to show them. This book is a good place to start." -- GCB

See also: Christ jesus the lord, God, Music, Praise, Prayer, Psalms in worship, Regulative principle of worship, the directory for family worship, Rejoicing, Thanksgiving, Teaching/training children, Parenting, Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Follow-up, Gospel tracts, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Small groups, Small group evangelism, Small groups as healing agents, Small group resources, Sorcery, The occult, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1646, 1668-1672, 2823

Related WebLinks

The Covenant Family Fellowship
A number of citations from historic Reformed folk: John Knox, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, etc., covering the period from 100 AD to 1912 AD regarding family worship.
http://covenantfamily.nfshost.com/

The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification (1646)
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/the-directory-for-family-worship-approved-by-the-general-assembly-of-the-church-of-scotland-for-piety-and-uniformity-in-secret-and-private-worship-and-mutual-edification

Family Worship, The Christian Home, Family Alter, Family Devotion
An online library of articles.
http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org/

J.H. Merle D'Aubigne's Discourse on Family Worship
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/jh-merle-daubignes-discourse-on-family-worship

John L. Girardeau's Sermon on Family Religion
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/john-l-girardeaus-sermon-on-family-religion

Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and Larger and Shorter Catechisms
http://www.swrb.com//newslett/actualnls/famworship.htm
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

NetHymnal The Cyber Hymnal
Here is musical accompaniment from your computer for personal or family devotions in the home. Tunes may be identified here that can be used with THE SCOTTISH METRIC PSALTER.
"This site has over 4,800 Christian hymns and Gospel songs from many denominations. You'll find lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures, history, and more. To use the site effectively, you'll need speakers, a sound card, and a browser that supports JavaScript and XHTML, and can play MIDI files.
"This worship and teaching resource is provided as a public service."
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/

Philip Doddridge's Letter on Family Worship
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/philip-doddridges-letter-on-family-worship

The Religious Nurture of Children: The Reformed Faith in its Ethical Consequences in the Family, John Macleod (1872-1948)
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-reformed-faith-in-its-ethical-consequences-in-the-family.php

S.G. Winchester's Book on the Importance of Family Religion
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/sg-winchesters-book-on-the-importance-of-family-religion

Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html



Personal and Family Finances, Family Businesses

See: Personal and Family Finances, Family Businesses
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr6ch.html#pffnncs



Marital Counseling, Marriage Counseling

*Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home, ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
"His [Adam's], approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, 'A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- Publisher
"Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB
A study guide is available.
Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE).
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Solving Marriage Problems: Biblical Solutions for Christian Counselors.
"Marriage and family problems are the number one counseling problem. Too many times Christian counselors combine worldly ideas, from purely secular sources, with the Bible. Adams tries a purely Biblical approach which assumes that God speaks authoritatively on marriage." -- GCB
Includes bibliographical references.
"Practical training for counselors in how to understand and solve marriage problems. What are the basics of the biblical view of marriage? What sorts of problems destroy marriages?: [1] unbiblical concepts ('problems of error'); [2] sinful living patterns ('problems of practice']; [3] relationships with others (e.g., companions, in-laws, children, former spouse); [4] general influences in society. Gives methods for discovering and solving problems." -- David Powlison

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians how to use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (less the J.I. Packer's Foreword, but searchable with an OCR-based index), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition (including the J.I. Packer Introduction), as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007.
The best digital format of the reprint by George Virtue is included on the Puritan Hard Drive. It has an OCR scan in the background, meaning one can search the entire volume and copy text into another document. It also has a computer generated indexed from the OCR scan which is, of course, in Baxter's vocabulary.
A PDF image scan only of the same edition is available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. So it is useful if the reader wants to become acquainted with the book. Text can be searched, but can not be copied into another document. This particular Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix which is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file (without an OCR scan in the background), is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition), feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages), is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God), merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle), and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), are less detailed works and are found in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
"Ptacek in FAMILY WORSHIP: BIBLICAL BASIS, HISTORICAL REALITY, CURRENT NEED (pp. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous 'nonconformists,' in what is know as the 'great ejection,' in 1662, 'Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. 'Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled 'Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God.
"Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- Publisher
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
A summary of currently (2012) available publications.
http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, ['Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men'], 'The Reformed Pastor' 'Poor Man's Family Book,' 'The Catechizing of Families,' and 'The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Bilezikian, Gilbert, Beyond Sex Roles: A Guide for the Study of Female Roles in the Bible, ISBN: 0801008859 9780801008856.

*Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course I: The Self-Confrontation Syllabus for Biblical Counseling Training, ISBN: 1878114018 9781878114013 and Course I: Self-Confrontation Tapes (10 cassette tapes), [audio file], (Rancho Mirage, CA: Biblical Counseling Foundation).
"Contains 24 weekly lessons intended to move a person through the change process personally as the foundation for working on becoming a counselor (Matthew 7:1-5). Intended for Sunday school and other classes or personal study. The first eight lessons lay the biblical foundation for change. The grace of the God in the gospel of Jesus Christ is spring of all true change, and it prompts a self-confrontation: 'Man's way is oriented to self: to please self, to comfort self, to rely on self, to fulfill self, to forgive self, to exalt self, and to love self. . . . [God's way], emphasizes that you are to live for Him.' The next thirteen lessons treat particular problem areas: selfishness, anger, interpersonal conflict, marriage and family, depression, fear, life-dominating sins. The final three lessons summarize and set the foundation for Course II, Biblical Counseling Training." -- David Powlison
"Helps Christians solve their personal problems Biblically and equips laymen and women to counsel others Biblically within the church." Particularly valuable for its system of identifying root problems in counseling cases. Some of the material presented is from various writings by Jay E. Adams. The audio cassette tape [audio file], series by John Broger is designed to accompany the course and includes practical examples.
Biblical Counseling Foundation
http://bcfministries.org

Douglas, Edward, and Sharon Douglas The Blended Family: Achieving Peace and Harmony in the Christian Home, ISBN: 1577361792 9781577361794.
"This book can give anyone married, single, remarried, or engaged a biblical view and understanding of what Christ wants to do in our homes. The authors do an exceptional job at directing the reader to God's plan and provision for marriage and family. . . . THE BLENDED FAMILY encourages trust in Christ and the word of God as the blueprint for building a strong family. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

*Eyrich, Howard, Three to Get Ready: Premarital Counseling Manual, ISBN: 1885904169 9781885904164.
"Eyrich has significantly expanded and reworked his program for conducting seven sessions of premarital counseling. Covers basics of biblical marriage, self-awareness of personal traits, communication, money, sex, wedding details. 'Some people will read this manual and ask, "What is a pastor doing discussing life insurance, budgeting, or sex?" The answer is simple. He is responsible for the spiritual welfare of his flock. . . . Life is the legitimate domain of the spiritual counselor.' Contains numerous questionnaires and personal inventories to xerox and use in counseling." -- David Powlison
"A manual on premarital counseling presenting a step-by-step guide through the major areas to be covered. Chock full of practical advice. Jay Adams says: 'Here it is! The premarital counseling guide you have been waiting for'."

Johnson, Rex, At Home With Sex, ISBN: 0882076396 9780882076393.
"It is a great young married curriculum and can be used to help parents to educate their own children. . . . A study guide, overhead projection masters, and course outlines and suggestions are available." -- Publisher

*Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), Learning to Live With the People You Love, ISBN: 0883681900 9780883681909.
Love "is sharing life together in a way that brings glory to God and enriches the lives of every family member."
Dr. Kennedy says no book he has written has brought so many comments as this one.
Read this in conjunction with Dr. Kennedy's 6-message audio cassette [audio file], series "Secrets of Successful Marriages," the audio cassette [audio file], message "Why Some Marriages Fail and Others Succeed," and the 4-message audio cassette [audio file], series "The Christian Marriage Series."

L'Abate, Luciano, and Bess L'Abate, How to Avoid Divorce, ISBN: 0804211183 9780804211185.

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

*Mack, Wayne, How to Develop Deep Unity in the Marriage Relationship: A How To Manual for Christian Growth and Development. Alternate title: STRENGTHENING YOUR MARRIAGE, and ONE PLUS ONE EQUALS ONE, ISBN: 0875523331 9780875523330.
"Eight units cover the basics of marital unity: God's purpose for marriage; wife's responsibilities; husband's responsibilities; communication; finances; sex; raising children; family religion. Each chapter has about 10 pages of outlined teaching followed by Bible study, self-analysis, and personalized response and application." -- David Powlison
"A manual to be used by husband and wife together. Step-by-step lessons, with appropriate exercises, take a couple through all the important scriptural aspects of marriage. Extremely helpful . . . very practical." Three units of this work are now available. Contains material useful in counseling.

Mayo, Mary Ann, A Christian Guide to Sexual Counseling: Recovering the Mystery and the Reality of "One Flesh," ISBN: 0310359902 9780310359906.
"A book to equip pastors and counselors for the task of helping couples understand and deal with sexual problems in a marriage."
Includes bibliography.

Morris, James Kenneth, Marriage Counseling: A Manual for Ministers
"A helpful manual containing the tried and tested methods used when counseling couples in conflict. Covers the entire counseling process in detail from the first interview to intermittent follow-ups. Of inestimable value." -- Cyril J. Barber

Pellauer, Mary D., Barbara Chester, and Jane Boyajian (editors), Sexual Assault and Abuse: A Handbook for Clergy and Religious Professionals, ISBN: 0060665076 9780060665074.
"Illustrated with case histories this book, primarily by women (only two chapters are by men), helps counselors and therapists recognize the patterns of sexual assault and sexual abuse. From this premise the gears are switched and the contributors discuss the reasons for violence in our milieu, and the threat this poses to children, teens, and adults." -- Cyril J. Barber

Pitt, Theodore K., Premarital Counseling Handbook for Ministers, ISBN: 0817010718 9780817010713.
Includes bibliography.

Powlison, David, Paul David Tripp, and Edward T. Welch, Domestic Abuse: How to Help, ISBN: 087552687X 9780875526874.

Powlison, David, and John Yenchko, Pre-engagement: Five Questions to ask Yourselves, ISBN: 0875526799 9780875526799.

Powlison, David, Renewing Marital Intimacy: Closing the gap Between You and Your Spouse, 23 pages, ISBN: 9781934885345 1934885347.

Preston, John (1587-1628), Sinnes Overthrow: or, A Godly and Learned Treatise of Mortification: Wherein is excellently handled; First, the generall doctrine of mortification: and Then particularly, how to mortifie fornication. Uncleannesse. Evill concupiscence. Inordinate affection. And covetousnesse. All being the substance of severall sermons upon Colos. 3.5 [Colossians 3:5]. Mortifie therefore your members, &c. Delivered by that late faithfull preacher, and worthie instrument of Gods glorie, John Preston, Dr. in Divinitie, chaplin in ordinarie to his Majestie, master of Emanuell Colledge in Cambridge, and sometimes preacher of Lincolns-Inne, 1635, ISSN: 00279358.

Price, Greg L., Christian Education in the Home: Help! My Daughter Wants to Date, 25 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #11.
"Contrasts the non-covenantal pagan view of dating with the covenantal Christian view of Biblical courtship. Shows how the world has insidiously invaded the church (through music, TV, movies, godless public education, etc.), and how this has impacted the raising of our children. Includes a lengthy list of questions for interviewing prospective suitors and an appendix on the Biblical role of women. A very practical, unique item, laying the foundation for blessed biblical marriages." -- Publisher
See also: Price, Greg L., Dating or Courtship: Which is Biblical? (1/2), an audio file. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Rassieur, Charles L., Pastor, Our Marriage is in Trouble: A Guide to Short-term Counseling, ISBN: 0664250335 9780664250331 .
Includes bibliography.

Swindoll, C.R., Commitment: The key to Marriage, ISBN: 0930014650 9780930014650.
Contains material useful in counseling.
We believe that desirelessness on the part of both man and woman are also an important ingredient to successful marriages.
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
(James 1:14,15)

Wheat, Ed, Before the Wedding Night: Pre-Marriage Counsel, 2 audio files.

Yoder, Andrew, Counseling and Human Sexuality: Foundations of a Biblical Approach,

*Zacharias, Ravi, Has Christianity Failed you? ISBN: 9780310269557 0310269555.
Ravi Zacharias considers this to be his most important book.
"HAS CHRISTIANITY FAILED YOU? is for you, if you have struggled to understand what exactly it is you believe. Acclaimed apologist Ravi Zacharias explores the hard questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. In his landmark new book, he addresses the struggle he hears from both skeptics and Christians: Has Christianity failed us? And can irrefutable charges be brought against it by skeptics and disappointed believers alike?
"In 2006, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) held an open forum at the Fox Theater in Atlanta to address the subject: 'Has Christianity Failed you?' Tickets were sold for the event and -- to the complete surprise of everyone -- the event was sold out with a capacity crowd of over 5,000. People lined up offering to buy tickets from folks in line for higher prices. Before the event, an RZIM cameraman walked the streets and asked people if they had rejected the faith they held at one time. One answered that, because of a Christian's rejection of his gay lifestyle he had done just that. Another answered that she had left her faith because she had fallen into adultery and could never live it down in the church. Others had their own reasons. Some said it was just intellectually untenable in an age of reason. They chose to come to the event to judge if there were adequate answers. It is estimated that for every one person who writes a letter or attends an event, there are one thousand who agree. If the Atlanta crowd was any indication, the question is real and troubling. Why is it that many live with silent doubt, many leaving the 'evangelical fold' for something else? Is there something wrong with the message, the communicator, the hearer . . . or is it all three? It's time to ask the hard questions of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and why it seems as though God has made it so hard to continue believing. In fact, the son of a prominent U.S. Senator phoned me with that very question. 'Why has God made it so hard to believe in Him?' Such skepticism is not just representative of the hostile; it also represents many honest questioners. This book attempts to lay out the response to those within as well as those outside the Christian faith, so as to understand what it is we believe, and why it is so hard to do so. More to the point: Why it is actually so hard to deny God and still make sense out of life? In the end the answers should be both felt and real, with the added truth that God is nearer than you think. He desires that we sense Him very near to us, and not distant. But closeness comes at a cost just as any relationship of love and commitment does.
"For over thirty-five years, Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and numerous universities internationally. He is listed as a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most recent works include WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST, A MEMOIR; THE GRAND WEAVER, AN EXPLORATION OF GOD'S INTENTION IN BOTH THE ORDINARY AND THE STARTLING ELEMENTS OF LIFE; AND THE END OF REASON, A REBUTTAL OF THE CLAIMS OF THE SO-CALLED NEW ATHEISTS. His weekly radio program, 'Let My People Think,' is broadcast on 1,692 stations worldwide, and his weekday program, 'Just Thinking,' is on 412. He is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and reside in Atlanta." -- Publisher
Has Christianity Failed you? (part 2 of 2), by Ravi Zacharias
"There are an awful lot of Christians walking around these days who are disappointed with their faith. They've been hurt by the church or other believers and it's affected their walk with God."
Includes rare, frank, and wise commentary on the institution of marriage.
http://www.rzim.org/resources/listen/letmypeoplethink.aspx?archive=1&pid=1911
Has Christianity Failed you? Ravi Zacharias' conversation with Danielle DuRant
"You have to have variety in your devotional life, in your relational life, in your church life. And it is important to remain balanced -- to keep physically healthy, to keep your viewing life enchanted so that you're looking at the right things."
http://www.rzim.org/just-thinking/has-christianity-failed-you/

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Forgiveness, Bible promises, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, Sanctification, Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Men and Women, Christian liberty, Men, women and god, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Problem solving in marriage, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Counseling the family, Biblical counsel by subject, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Child abuse, Fatherlessness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abstinence, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Westminster media, Works of Jay Adams, and Audio cassettes, CCEF speakers, Child abuse, Sexual wholeness, Marriage, Singleness, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Homosexuality, lesbianism, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer (lgbtq), Cowardice, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Works by and for women, The new age and women, Self, Self-denial, The occult, Sorcery, Women and the new age, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unforgiveness, Domestic duties, Duties of the Christian, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

Justifying Faith
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

Respect Incorporated (formerly Sex Respect)
http://www.sexrespect.com/main.html

True Love Waits
http://www.truelovewaits.com/



Domestic Duties

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

Adams, Jay E., The Role of Husband in the Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JAR01 [audio file].

Adams, Richard, What are the Duties of Parents and Children; and How are They to be Managed According to Scripture? 1674. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This Puritan author writes, 'My business is not to discuss the entity of relations in their foundation and terms, which the philosopher is conversant about; but to discourse (on) the efficacy of the chiefest in Christian practice; that is, to inquire into the nature and management of those reciprocal offices betwixt parents and children, which if well discharged according to the sense of the divine oracles, do contribute most to the happiness of human society, and give reputation to the communion of saints.' And that 'their children may continue, and their seed shall be established before' them (Psalm 102:28)." -- Publisher

Bilezikian, Gilbert, Beyond Sex Roles: A Guide for the Study of Female Roles in the Bible, ISBN: 0801008859 9780801008856.

Candlish, Robert S., The Relative Duties of Home Life.

Cleaver, Robert, Roger Carr, Robert Cawdry, and John Dod, A Godly Forme of Houshold Gouernment: For the Ordering of Priuate Families, According to the Direction of Gods Word. Whereunto is adioyned in a more particular manner, the seuerall duties of the husband towards his wife: and the wiues dutie towards her husband: the parents dutie towards their children; and the childrens towards their parents: the masters dutie towards his seruants; and also the seruants dutie towards their masters. First gathered by R.C. and now newly perused, amended, and augmented, by Iohn Dod and Robert Cleuer.
Duties of Husband and Wife, John Dod and Robert Cleaver
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/duties-of-husband-and-wife.php

*Davies, Samuel (1723-1761, editor), et al., The Godly Family: A Series of Essays on the Duties of Parents and Children, ISBN: 1877611735 9781877611735, 341 pages.
"Gary Ezzo has collected 16 essays and sermons from 17th and 18th century pastors on ordering a godly home. The book is divided into four section: 1) The Importance of Family Religion, 2) The Duties of Parents, 3) The Duties of Children, 4) The Eternal Family. . . . All of these have been retypeset and updated for easier reading." -- Publisher
"The necessity and excellence of family religion / by Samuel Davies -- The great duty of family religion / by George Whitefield -- A plain and serious address on the important subject of family religion / by Philip Doddridge -- Parental duties illustrated / by Samuel Worcester -- The duties of parents towards their children / by Henry Venn -- Disciplining children / by Arthur Hildersham -- On the method of instructing children / by Henry Venn -- Four sermons on the religious education of children / by Philip Doddridge -- Blessings consequent upon parental fidelity / by Thomas Houston -- The duties of children to their parents / by Samuel Stennett -- The duties of children / by Henry Venn -- Heaven considered as a family / by Samuel Stennett."

Gouge, William (1578-1653), Of Domesticall Duties Eight Treatises. I. An Exposition of That Part of Scripture out of Which Domesticall Duties are Raised. . . . VIII. Duties of Masters. Available (MP3 format), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
Notes: An expansion of the sermon on Ephesians in his "An exposition of the whole fifth chapter of S. Johns Gospell".

Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), The Fellowship Prayer-meeting: The Institution, Nature, History, and Advantages of Select Christian Fellowship, With Directions for Conducting Social Religious Exercises. Also available in WORKS (OF THOMAS HOUSTON), DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL, volume 2. Available (THE FELLOWSHIP PRAYER-MEETING), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), Learning to Live With the People You Love, ISBN: 0883681900 9780883681909.
Love "is sharing life together in a way that brings glory to God and enriches the lives of every family member."
Dr. Kennedy says no book he has written has brought so many comments as this one.
Read this in conjunction with Dr. Kennedy's 6-message audio cassette series [audio file], "Secrets of Successful Marriages," the audio cassette [audio file], message "Why Some Marriages Fail and Others Succeed," and the 4-message audio cassette [audio file], series "The Christian Marriage Series."

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), The Role of Woman in the Home. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

*Perkins, William (1558-1602), Christian Oeconomie, or, A Short Survey of the Right Manner of Erecting and Ordering a Familie According to the Scriptures first written in Latine by the author M.W. Perkins; And now set forth in the vulgar tongue for more common vse and benefit by Tho. Pickering . . . 1609, ISBN: 0921148623. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
See: "Christian oeconomie, or, A short survey of the right manner of erecting and ordering a familie according to the Scriptures."

Price, Greg L., The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family, an ongoing MP3 and video series. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#1) "The Divine Institution of Marriage"

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#2) "Preparing for Marriage 1/2," contains advanced teaching on courtship.

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#3) "Preparing for Marriage 2/2," contains advanced teaching on courtship.

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#4) "Husband's Role and Duty 1/2"

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#5) "Husband's Role and Duty 2/2"

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#6) "Wife's Role and Duty 1/2"

The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#7) "Wife's Role and Duty 2/2"

Wilson, Alex, Your Green Home: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly new Home, ISBN: 9780865715554 0865715556.

See also: Parenting, Motherhood, Fatherhood, Counseling children, Men and women, Family management, Counseling the family, Home schooling, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Duties of the Christian, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 735, 1623-1625, 1627, 1630, 3861, 3865

Related WebLinks

Duties of Husband and Wife, John Dod and Robert Cleaver
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/duties-of-husband-and-wife.php



Problem Solving in Marriage

And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:28)

Prayer together with your spouse daily is the single most helpful thing to bring your hearts together and to bless your marriage. Alternate day-by-day praying for a few of your burdens, and then pray for your spouses burdens.

*Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home, ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
"His [Adam's], approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, 'A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- Publisher
"Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB
A study guide is available.
Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE).
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

*Adams, Jay E., From Forgiven to Forgiving: Discover the Path to Biblical Forgiveness, ISBN: 1879737124 9781879737129.
"For the 'average Christian,' to shed light on all aspects of forgiveness seeking and granting, and to counter erroneous views. How do forgiven persons -- God's children -- become forgiving persons? Defines, illustrates, motivates and challenges people to deal with forgiveness issues biblically. Clear thinking is essential: 'Labels are important not only as signs of the thing they signify but also as signposts that point to solutions to the problems they categorize.' Tackles unbiblical concepts such as forgiving self, forgiving God, apologizing, 'forgive and forget'." -- David Powlison
"A detailed look at forgiveness from the Bible. He finds that much of what passes for Biblical teaching on this subject just plain misses the mark." -- GCB

Adams, Jay E., Questions and Answers: What is Marriage? Marriage and Family Problems (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA104 [audio file].

Bloem, Diane Brummel and Robert C. Bloem, A Workshop on Bible Marriages, ISBN: 0310213916 9780310213918.

Bloem, Diane Brummel and Robert C. Bloem, A Woman's Workshop on Bible Marriages: Leader's Manual, ISBN: 0310214017 9780310214014.

Bloem, Diane Brummel and Robert C. Bloem, A Woman's Workshop on Bible Marriages: Student's Manual, ISBN: 0310213916 9780310213918.

*Bower, Robert K., Solving Problems in Marriage: Guidelines for Christian Couples, ISBN: 0802813380 9780802813381.
"Spells out ways in which husbands and wives can find solutions to the problems which arise in the normal course of everyday living. Practical." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Bromiley, Geoffrey W., God and Marriage, ISBN: 080281851X 9780802818515.
"Brief and to the point, these chapters deal with the Trinity and note how each member of the Godhead affects the marriage of the Christian couple and contributes toward it stability." -- Cyril J. Barber

Case, Thomas (1598-1682), The Excellent Woman, a Sermon Preached at the Funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Scott, Dec. 16, 1658. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"THE EXCELLENT WOMAN examines the book of Proverbs to teach of the value and character of the virtuous woman. In the forward Dr. William Sprague writes, 'This is a work that will bear to be read more than once, and each successive reading will be likely to reveal some new gem of thought, which, in the general mass of excellence, had been overlooked before. It is a book suitable for the husband to present to his wife, the mother to her daughter, and the brother to his sister; and the more widely it is circulated, the better for the country and the world'." -- Publisher

Douglas, Edward, and Sharon Douglas The Blended Family: Achieving Peace and Harmony in the Christian Home, ISBN: 1577361792 9781577361794.
"This book can give anyone married, single, remarried, or engaged a biblical view and understanding of what Christ wants to do in our homes. The authors do an exceptional job at directing the reader to God's plan and provision for marriage and family. . . . THE BLENDED FAMILY encourages trust in Christ and the word of God as the blueprint for building a strong family. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

Gray, Edward P., Counseling to the Heart: A Training Program to Equip Women to Counsel Women (Covenant Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1990).
"This thesis describes a women-counseling-women program in the context of a local congregation. The program uses a counseling methodology based on a Biblical understanding of the heart. . . . Practical and theological implications of the program are presented. The thesis develops a Biblical foundation for counseling in the areas of marriage and divorce and presents case studies to show how the concept of heart counseling can be applied. . . ." -- RIM

Greene, Lawrence J., Learning Disabilities and Your Child: A Survival Handbook, ISBN: 0893343242 9780893343248. Alternate title: KIDS WHO HATE SCHOOL.
"Learning disabilities don't have to stand in the way of your child's success.
"A learning disability can be at the root of your child's resistance, failure, and low self-esteem. It's no wonder that children with learning disabilities have difficulties both at home and at school, difficulties that are reflected in poor performance records.
"Lawrence J. Greene, a pioneer in the field of learning disabilities and the Executive Director of the Developmental Learning Center in San Jose, California, for seventeen years, shares his knowledge and experience in compassionate and understanding terms. He explains how to diagnose learning disabilities ranging from dyslexia and hyperactivity to language disorders and tuning out -- and how they might affect your child. He offers helpful advice on choosing the right school or program for your child and on getting the support you need. Anecdotes, where parents and children speak out, as well as step-by-step programs that you can begin right now, make this unique book a vital guide for parents and teachers of learning disabled children." -- Publisher

Hallowell, Edward M. and John J. Ratey, Delivered From Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life With Attention Deficit Disorder, ISBN: 0345442318 9780345442314.
"Medication? Maybe. Marry the right person and find the right job? A must if you are an adult suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). So say psychiatrists Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, authors of the influential DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION, published in 1994. In their new book, DELIVERED FROM DISTRACTION, Hallowell and Ratey survey the current medical landscape concerning ADD, combining their own clinical observations with the latest research to paint a much more complex and, in many ways, positive picture of the condition than has generally been presented.
"Hallowell and Ratey embrace the idea that success in life comes more from playing to your strengths than overcoming your weaknesses. In the case of a person with ADD (child or adult), these strengths often include unusually high levels of creativity, charisma, intelligence, and energy. The authors insist that, while medication and other treatments can sometimes work wonders in reducing limitations, surrounding yourself with people who promote these positive traits, be they in your personal or professional life, is the single most important element to living well with ADD. As both Hallowell and Ratey are not only experts in the field, but "ADDers" themselves, the tips and stories they share for how to do so are fresh, funny, and far more helpful than tired arguments over drugs verse no drugs or whether there's even such a thing as ADD at all." -- Patrick Jennings
Hallowell Center and Hallowell Connections
The Hallowell Center was founded by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Worry/Anxiety, and Child Learning Disabilities.
http://www.drhallowell.com/

Horner, Bob, and Jan Horner, Resolving Conflict in Your Marriage, ISBN: 9781602003279 1602003270.

Horner, Bob, and Jan Horner, Resolving Conflict in Marriage (Leader's Guide), ISBN: 084998341X 9780849983412.

Horner, Bob, and Jan Horner, Resolving Conflict in Marriage (Study Guide), ISBN: 084998338X 9780849983382.
"Six lessons covering: areas of potential conflict, develop transparency, listening skills, confront, forgiveness, blessing, and grow together." -- GCB

*Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), Learning to Live With the People You Love, ISBN: 0883681900 9780883681909.
Love "is sharing life together in a way that brings glory to God and enriches the lives of every family member."
Dr. Kennedy says no book he has written has brought so many comments as this one.
Read this in conjunction with Dr. Kennedy's 6-message audio cassette [audio file], series "Secrets of Successful Marriages," the audio cassette [audio file], message "Why Some Marriages Fail and Others Succeed," and the 4-message audio cassette [audio file], series "The Christian Marriage Series."

L'Abate, Luciano, and Bess L'Abate, How to Avoid Divorce, ISBN: 0804211183 9780804211185.

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

Luther, Martin (1483-1546), and Walter Lynne (translator), A VVatch-vvord for VVilfull VVomen. An excellent pithie dialogue betvveene two sisters, of contrary dispositions: the one a vertuous matrone: fearing God: the other a vvilfull husvvife: of disordered behauioure. Wherein is righte Christianly discoursed, what singuler commodity commeth by vertuous education, as otherwise what torment to a quiet man, a skowlding [and] vndiscrete woman is. Alternate title: FRUTEFUL PREDICATION OR SERMON OF D. MART. LUTH. CONCERNYNGE MATRIMONY, 1581.

Mack, Wayne A., and Strengthening Ministries International, Mack Counseling Observations, 2002, DVD series (Strengthening Ministries International [Center Valley, PA]), distributed by Audubon Press, Laurel, MS.

Mack, Wayne A., Family and Marital Problems, ISBN: 0875523579 9780875523576.

Mack, Wayne A., How to Develop Deep Unity in the Marriage Relationship. Unit III. One Plus one Equals one.

Mack, Wayne A., In-laws: Married With Parents, ISBN: 9781596381704 1596381701.

Mack, Wayne A., and Deborah Howard, "It's not Fair!": Finding Hope When Times are Tough, ISBN: 9781596381124 1596381124.
"With wonderful insight and clarity, Wayne Mack explores the difficult issue of how to reconcile God's justice with His sovereignty. He shines the bright light of Scripture on some of the toughest questions of all, and then carefully explores the answers in a way that is easy to follow and truly helpful." -- Publisher

Mack, Wayne A., Maximum Impact: Living and Loving for God's Glory, ISBN: 9781596382046 159638204X.

Mack, Wayne A., Personal and Interpersonal Problems.

Mack, Wayne A., Preparing for Marriage God's way, ISBN: 1563220199 9781563220197.

*Mack, Wayne, Special Marriage Problems (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
A series of five audio cassettes [audio file].

Mack, Wayne A., You can Resolve Interpersonal Conflicts, ISBN: 0801061032 9780801061035.

McNair, Mac, and Amy McNair, Ten Principles for a Successful Marriage: Practical Lessons From the Ten Commandments, ISBN: 1581820224 9781581820225.
"Nearly everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments, and most people can even name a few of them. Through fifty-five years of marriage Mac and Amy McNair have drawn from them the following guidelines for living together:

"A simply written, deeply personal look at marriage, TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE is a recounting of the principles that have guided the authors in their own marriage. While at first these insights may seem like simple common courtesy and common sense, the McNairs have found a great deal of profundity in this very simplicity. Inspired by the Ten Commandments, TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE is an intensely practical, time-tested guide to happy, successful living that could be applied to other areas of life as well.
"Mac McNair is a former career Air Force officer, professor at North Carolina State University, and director of aerospace programs at the Pentagon. Currently president of McNair Associates, a management consulting firm, he also is chairman of the Executive Leadership Foundation, which seeks to apply Judeo-Christian ethics in business and society. He also is co-author of the leadership development program for the U.S. Attorney General's office. Amy McNair, a homemaker, teaches classes with Mac on the principles of successful marriage. They live near Atlanta, Georgia." -- Publisher

*Murray, John (1898-1975), Principles of Conduct, ISBN: 0802811442 9780802811448.
"This is a far-ranging book with a recurring emphasis on the majestic moral demands of Scripture and the relation of the Gospel to those demands. Scripture teaching is lucidly brought to bear on vital ethical issues such as marriage, work as a calling, capital punishment, the sanctity of truth, and the fear of God. Undoubtedly this is the foremost contemporary book in the field." -- William J. Grier

*Foster, David Kyle, Sexual Healing: God's Plan for the Sanctification of Broken Lives: A Reference Manual for Ministering to Those Trapped in Sexual Sin and Brokenness, ISBN: 0830737154 9780830737154 0830737340 9780830737345.
This is a unique work and the best resource known to the compiler offering biblical counsel for healing sexual brokenness. See: "Foundations" and "Divine Intent for Sexuality" for a biblical explanation of the spiritual significance of sexuality. These two chapters alone make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Includes chapters, study guides, and exercises for Root sources for improper sexual development, Sexual identity confusion, Child sex abuse, Sexual addition, Pornography, Masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism, Why people remain in sexual sin and bondage, Failure and self-condemnation, A comprehensive game plan for sexual healing, and so forth.
Includes bibliography and index.
Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

Adams, Jay E., Questions and Answers: What is Marriage? Marriage and Family Problems (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA104 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Role-play and Critique (part 1); Wife Abandoned; Potential Suicide (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA210 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Role-Play and Critique (part 2); Wife Won't Speak; Homosexuality; Wife With Cancer (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA211 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Solving Marriage Problems: Biblical Solutions for Christian Counselors.
"Marriage and family problems are the number one counseling problem. Too many times Christian counselors combine worldly ideas, from purely secular sources, with the Bible. Adams tries a purely Biblical approach which assumes that God speaks authoritatively on marriage." -- GCB
Includes bibliographical references.
"Practical training for counselors in how to understand and solve marriage problems. What are the basics of the biblical view of marriage? What sorts of problems destroy marriages?: [1] unbiblical concepts ('problems of error'); [2] sinful living patterns ('problems of practice']; [3] relationships with others (e.g., companions, in-laws, children, former spouse); [4] general influences in society. Gives methods for discovering and solving problems." -- David Powlison

*Adams, Jay E., What do You do When Your Marriage Goes Sour? Alternate title: YOU CAN SWEETEN A SOUR MARRIAGE, ISBN: 0875520480 9780875520483.
"Love is not first a feeling, because God commands love: to wife, to neighbor, even to enemy. You must learn how to give. You must forgive: a promise not to use it against the person, not to talk to others, not to dwell on it yourself. The husband is responsible to take initiative in love." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., You can Sweeten a Sour Marriage, ISBN: 0801000963 9780801000966. Alternate title: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR MARRIAGE GOES SOUR.
"Love is not first a feeling, because God commands love: to wife, to neighbor, even to enemy. [with conditions -- compiler]. You must learn how to give. You must forgive: a promise not to use it [a wrong -- compiler], against the person, not to talk to others, not to dwell on it yourself. The husband is responsible to take initiative in love." -- David Powlison

Chesser, Barbara, 21 Myths That Can Wreck Your Marriage, ISBN: 0849931614 9780849931611 0849908205 9780849908200.

Cushenberry, Donald C., Coping With Life After Your Mate Dies, ISBN: 0801057655 9780801057656.
"For Donald and Rita Cushenbery, practical wisdom for grieving and getting on with life came from personal experience. Each has lost a spouse, grieved, and eventually found new life. This book brings comfort and helps survivors face decisions." -- Publisher

Dallas, Joe, Desires in Conflict: Answering the Struggle for Sexual Identity, ISBN: 0736912118 9780736912112.
"This book offers a workable approach to sexual and emotional sanctification illuminating the power of God's Grace at work in the sincerely repentant soul." -- GCB
Joe Dallas operates Genesis Counseling in Orange County, California, and is president of Exodus International, an organization that has helped countless thousands out of homosexuality. For more information write to the "Truths That Transform" radio program and ask for the "Joe Dallas Actions Sheet."

Friesen, DeLoss David, and Ruby M. Friesen, RCC, Vol. 19: Counseling and Marriage, ISBN: 084990501X 9780849905018.
Includes bibliographical references.

Harvard, Allen, and Margaret Harvard, Death and Rebirth of a Marriage.
"A true-to-life story about a marriage on the rocks . . . until God stepped in." -- Cyril J. Barber

Lutz, Ron, Marital Crisis and Church Discipline, MP3. Available on Earl Cook, Ronald E. Lutz, and the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, 1987 Alumni Conference, 2 MP3 files (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
"Notes: Features the professional counseling staff of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation."

*Mack, Wayne, A Homework Manual for Biblical Counseling, Vol. I: Personal and Interpersonal Problems, ISBN: 0875523560 9780875523569.
"The counseling session is not the 'magic hour,' and this gives homework assignments that can help with a wide range of problems. Covers about 35 problems, from 'Anger' and 'Anxiety,' through 'Communication' and 'Changing Sinful Thought Patterns,' to 'Vocation' and 'Work.' Typical assignments contain Bible studies, self-analysis questions, brief teachings, and plans to solve problems with a biblical course of action." -- David Powlison

*Mack, Wayne, A Homework Manual for Biblical Counseling, Vol. II: Family and Marital Problems, ISBN: 0875523579 9780875523576.
"Homework covering a wide range of marital and child-rearing issues: communication, finances, data gathering (e.g., 'Rate Your Marriage' and 'Log Lists'), ways to show love, how parents provoke children to wrath, principles of bringing up children God's way. Includes teaching outlines, self-evaluation forms and questions, plans for biblical change, Bible studies." -- David Powlison
"These are tested and proven books and are most helpful for study and assignments. Great refreshers and topical studies in areas dealt with most often." -- CCEF

*Mack, Wayne, A Homework Manual for Biblical Counseling, Vol. II: Family and Marital Problems, ISBN: 0875523579 9780875523576.
"Homework covering a wide range of marital and child-rearing issues: communication, finances, data gathering (e.g., 'Rate Your Marriage' and 'Log Lists'), ways to show love, how parents provoke children to wrath, principles of bringing up children God's way. Includes teaching outlines, self-evaluation forms and questions, plans for biblical change, Bible studies." -- David Powlison
"These are tested and proven books and are most helpful for study and assignments. Great refreshers and topical studies in areas dealt with most often." -- CCEF

McNair, Mac, and Amy McNair, Ten Principles for a Successful Marriage: Practical Lessons From the Ten Commandments, ISBN: 1581820224 9781581820225.
"Nearly everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments, and most people can even name a few of them. Through fifty-five years of marriage Mac and Amy McNair have drawn from them the following guidelines for living together:

"A simply written, deeply personal look at marriage, TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE is a recounting of the principles that have guided the authors in their own marriage. While at first these insights may seem like simple common courtesy and common sense, the McNairs have found a great deal of profundity in this very simplicity. Inspired by the Ten Commandments, TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE is an intensely practical, time-tested guide to happy, successful living that could be applied to other areas of life as well.
"Mac McNair is a former career Air Force officer, professor at North Carolina State University, and director of aerospace programs at the Pentagon. Currently president of McNair Associates, a management consulting firm, he also is chairman of the Executive Leadership Foundation, which seeks to apply Judeo-Christian ethics in business and society. He also is co-author of the leadership development program for the U.S. Attorney General's office. Amy McNair, a homemaker, teaches classes with Mac on the principles of successful marriage. They live near Atlanta, Georgia." -- Publisher

Powlison, David, Renewing Marital Intimacy: Closing the gap Between You and Your Spouse, 23 pages, ISBN: 9781934885345 1934885347.

Strom, Kay Marshall, In the Name of Submission: A Painful Look at Wife Battering, ISBN: 0880701633 9780880701631.
"A very sensitive book. The author confronts the harsh reality in the best possible way. She assesses the complex personal, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas facing the victim of abuse and offers sage suggestions to ensure her personal safety and that of any children. Practical. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber
"This is the first book with a Christian perspective that I read which gave a basis for ending my abusive marriage. . . . A must for any woman who questions her husband's controlling, isolating or abusive behavior, especially if she is a Christian and believes in the sanctity of marriage." -- Reader's Comment

Talley, James, and Leslie H. Stobbe, Reconcilable Differences: Mending Broken Relationships, ISBN: 0840731965 9780840731968.
"Designed to help troubled couples regain harmony through understanding. Points the way to defusing areas of conflict, and recommends steps that will help couples rekindle lost love and reestablish lost unity. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Is it possible for a couple whose marriage is in serious trouble or a couple who is already divorced to restore harmony -- and even love -- to their relationship? Jim Talley believes it is. RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES shows why reconciliation is worth the effort and provides practical, biblical advice on how to resolve conflicts and develop a relationship based on mutual love, respect, and trust." -- Publisher

Tripp, Paul, When Things go From bad to Worse (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF08 [audio file].

Welch, Edward T., Living With an Angry Spouse: Help for Victims of Abuse, ISBN: 9781934885352 1934885355.

*Zacharias, Ravi, Has Christianity Failed you? ISBN: 9780310269557 0310269555.
Ravi Zacharias considers this to be his most important book.
"HAS CHRISTIANITY FAILED YOU? is for you, if you have struggled to understand what exactly it is you believe. Acclaimed apologist Ravi Zacharias explores the hard questions about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. In his landmark new book, he addresses the struggle he hears from both skeptics and Christians: Has Christianity failed us? And can irrefutable charges be brought against it by skeptics and disappointed believers alike?
"In 2006, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) held an open forum at the Fox Theater in Atlanta to address the subject: 'Has Christianity Failed you?' Tickets were sold for the event and -- to the complete surprise of everyone -- the event was sold out with a capacity crowd of over 5,000. People lined up offering to buy tickets from folks in line for higher prices. Before the event, an RZIM cameraman walked the streets and asked people if they had rejected the faith they held at one time. One answered that, because of a Christian's rejection of his gay lifestyle he had done just that. Another answered that she had left her faith because she had fallen into adultery and could never live it down in the church. Others had their own reasons. Some said it was just intellectually untenable in an age of reason. They chose to come to the event to judge if there were adequate answers. It is estimated that for every one person who writes a letter or attends an event, there are one thousand who agree. If the Atlanta crowd was any indication, the question is real and troubling. Why is it that many live with silent doubt, many leaving the 'evangelical fold' for something else? Is there something wrong with the message, the communicator, the hearer . . . or is it all three? It's time to ask the hard questions of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and why it seems as though God has made it so hard to continue believing. In fact, the son of a prominent U.S. Senator phoned me with that very question. 'Why has God made it so hard to believe in Him?' Such skepticism is not just representative of the hostile; it also represents many honest questioners. This book attempts to lay out the response to those within as well as those outside the Christian faith, so as to understand what it is we believe, and why it is so hard to do so. More to the point: Why it is actually so hard to deny God and still make sense out of life? In the end the answers should be both felt and real, with the added truth that God is nearer than you think. He desires that we sense Him very near to us, and not distant. But closeness comes at a cost just as any relationship of love and commitment does.
"For over thirty-five years, Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and numerous universities internationally. He is listed as a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most recent works include WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST, A MEMOIR; THE GRAND WEAVER, AN EXPLORATION OF GOD'S INTENTION IN BOTH THE ORDINARY AND THE STARTLING ELEMENTS OF LIFE; AND THE END OF REASON, A REBUTTAL OF THE CLAIMS OF THE SO-CALLED NEW ATHEISTS. His weekly radio program, 'Let My People Think,' is broadcast on 1,692 stations worldwide, and his weekday program, 'Just Thinking,' is on 412. He is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and reside in Atlanta." -- Publisher
Has Christianity Failed you? (part 2 of 2), by Ravi Zacharias
"There are an awful lot of Christians walking around these days who are disappointed with their faith. They've been hurt by the church or other believers and it's affected their walk with God."
Includes rare, frank, and wise commentary on the institution of marriage.
http://www.rzim.org/resources/listen/letmypeoplethink.aspx?archive=1&pid=1911
Has Christianity Failed you? Ravi Zacharias' conversation with Danielle DuRant
"You have to have variety in your devotional life, in your relational life, in your church life. And it is important to remain balanced -- to keep physically healthy, to keep your viewing life enchanted so that you're looking at the right things."
http://www.rzim.org/just-thinking/has-christianity-failed-you/

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Bible promises, Sanctification, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Men and Women, Christian liberty, Men, women and god, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Problem solving in marriage, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Biblical counsel by subject, Counseling the family, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Incest, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Child abuse, Fatherlessness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abstinence, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Westminster media, Works of Jay Adams, and Audio cassettes, CCEF speakers, Child abuse, Sexual wholeness, Marriage, Singleness, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Homosexuality, lesbianism, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer (lgbtq), Cowardice, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Works by and for women, The new age and women, Self, Self-denial, The occult, Sorcery, Women and the new age, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unforgiveness, Domestic duties, Duties of the Christian, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1658-1661, 1642, 3733, 4152

Related WebLinks

Biblical Principles for Solving Problems in the Family
http://www.reformed.com/pub/marriage.htm

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation Resources Audio Archives
http://www.wts.edu/resources/login.html/

Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org



Spouse an Unbeliever

For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy hunband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife? (1 Corinthians 7:16)

*Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home, ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
"His [Adam's], approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, 'A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- Publisher
"Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB
A study guide is available.
Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE).
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Multiple Persons; Unbeliever Doesn't Leave; Discipling Children; Obesity and Fatness, six audio cassettes or MP3s, (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation).
Audio cassette JA505 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Winning Your Unsaved Husband (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA404 [audio file].

Berry, Jo, Beloved Unbeliever: Loving Your Husband Into the Faith, ISBN: 0310426219 9780310426219.
"This book offers new hope for the thousands of Christian wives married to unbelieving husbands. It gives guidance on communicating with your husband, determining spiritual priorities, and showing Christian behavior at home without alienating your husband. Suited for individual and group study." -- Publisher
"This ten-session book on 'loving a husband into the faith' can be used one-on-one or in a small group study." -- Publisher

Davis, Linda, How to be the Happy Wife of an Unsaved Husband, ISBN: 0883681897 9780883681893.
"In a tactful and personal way, Davis confronts the delicate and sometimes difficult issues raised when a believing woman is married to an unbelieving husband. From a strong Biblical perspective, the spiritual issues are forthrightly addressed. The man's point of view is well represented in this book." -- GCB

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Husband not a believer (women), Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5:281, 1177, 1633, 1750, 3908



Birth Control

See: Birth Control
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2chb.html#bcontrol



Abortion and the Sanctity of Life

See: Abortion and the Sanctity of Life
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2chb.html



Post-abortion Counseling

Post-abortion Counseling
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#postac

See also: Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.



Stillborn and Miscarriage

Rank, Maureen, Free to Grieve: Miscarriage and Stillbirth, ISBN: 0871238063 9780871238061.
"Combining her own personal experience with extensive research, Maureen Rank offers guidance to the grieving and help in looking toward the future.
"The author, herself the survivor of four miscarriages, believes that healing can begin when these basic principles are recognized: "Along with the sorrow of miscarriage and stillbirth come the inevitable questions: 'Why did this happen?' 'Can the problem be remedied?' and 'Should we try again?' Avoiding cold, purely medical technicalities, this book faces these questions squarely and explores options for treatment and emotional healing.
"Written from a Christian perspective and including the latest in medical technology, this book is an important resource for pastors and counselors.
"Comfort, encouragement, and sound advice for those who have suffered the losses of miscarriage and stillbirth." -- Publisher

Rue, Nancy, Handling the Heartbreak of Miscarriage, ISBN: 0898401291 9780898401295.
"An intelligent response to the private agony over a baby who didn't make it to birth. In the three decades since my own lost babies I have never read a more thorough and sensitive treatment of this common, yet always unique, experience of desolation." -- Jeanne W. Hendricks



Infertility, Barreness, Childlessness

Bassett, William T., Counseling the Childless Couple.

Stephenson, Lynda, Give us a Child: Coping With the Personal Crisis of Infertility, ISBN: 0060675918 9780060675912.
"Covers such topics as: your emotions when you can't have children, what are the treatments for infertility, what you should know about the new, high-tech procedures, and how to keep your marriage strong during this crisis." -- GCB

Stigger, Judith, Coping With Infertility, ISBN: 0806619562 9780806619569.
"A guide for couples, families, and counselors."

Strom, Kay Marshall, The Complete Adoption Handbook, ISBN: 0310574617 9780310574613.
"She does not 'sugar coat' adoption like it's the TV sitcom, 'The Brady Bunch,' but weaves in accounts of actual families as they made their way through adoption. Though not a technical reference book like THE ADOPTION RESOURCE BOOK by Lois Gilman (by the way, is an invaluable adoption tool), Kay Strom makes you stop and evaluate your motivations before you jump into adoption. I highly recommend this book to any Christian since she does not 'push' any particular 'religious affiliation' when she encourages one to seek the Lord for His guidance. -- Reader's Comment

Regenmorter, John Van, Sylvia Van Regenmorter, and Joe S. McIlhaney Dear God, Why Can't We Have a Baby?: A Guide for the Infertile Couple, ISBN: 0801093015 9780801093012.
"A Reformed pastor and his wife struggled with the infertility problem for eight years. After much ignorant advice this couple squarely faced the problem. In these pages you will find questions, answers, and sound advice. Dr. McIlhaney's comments come mainly from his book, 1250 HEALTH-CARE QUESTIONS WOMEN ASK." -- GCB

Vergin, Leslie, Infertility: A Guide for Pastoral Care and Counseling,

Ebel, Frank J., The Christian's Filial Relationship to God

Gardner, Michelle, Adoption as a Ministry, Adoption as a Blessing, ISBN: 1579215815 9781579215811.

See also: The fatherhood of god, Fatherhood, Filial love (love toward parents), Adoption of children, Infertility, barrenness (women), and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1660



Adoption of Children

Melina, Lois R., Raising Adopted Children: A Manual for Adoptive Parents, ISBN: 0060960396 9780060960391.
This book "is important reading before, during, and after adopting [a child]. By replacing the myth of adoption with the realistic issues involved, it offers parents valuable insights into how to deal openly and honestly with themselves, as well as with the emotional and psychological needs of their child." -- Betty Jean Lifton

Strom, Kay Marshall, The Complete Adoption Handbook, ISBN: 0310574617 9780310574613.
"She does not 'sugar coat' adoption like it's the TV sitcom, 'The Brady Bunch,' but weaves in accounts of actual families as they made their way through adoption. Though not a technical reference book like THE ADOPTION RESOURCE BOOK by Lois Gilman (by the way, is an invaluable adoption tool), Kay Strom makes you stop and evaluate your motivations before you jump into adoption. I highly recommend this book to any Christian since she does not 'push' any particular 'religious affiliation' when she encourages one to seek the Lord for His guidance. -- Reader's Comment

See also: Parenting, Sharing christ with your children, Women and parenting, Children of divorce, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1654



Sexual Relationship

See: Sexual Relationship
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2chb.html#sex



Counseling for Sex Related Problems, Illegitimacy

Illegitimate births have increased 400 percent since 1963, the historical date that marks the beginning of the sexual revolution. [Medical Institute for Sexual Health, 1990 figures]. Nearly 40 percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 were delivered by unwed mothers, according to data released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Percent of all births to unmarried women: 40.7 percent. -- Data are for the U.S., 2012. Source: Births: Final Data for 2012, Table C (See link to statistics below.)

17th century Puritans were keenly aware of the social consequences of illegitimacy. (See: sexual brokenness, poverty, prostitution, sexually transmitted diseases, fatherlessness, soul-violence, abortion, child abuse, violence related to sexual sin, increased crime, illiteracy, and so forth, and so on). During the ten year Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, all manner of adultery and fornication was against the law. Suspected violators were tried on the charge "For Uncondoned Carnal Knowledge." The acronym for this legal charge has been a vulgarity for immoral sex for the last 360 years.

Young men and women need to understand that they only get ONE CHANCE at sexual relationship. By definition a man can become "one flesh" with only one woman. Our first love is our only chance to become "one flesh" with a spouse. Promiscuity is a hopeless effort to know oneness again.

The Destructiveness of Sexual Immorality
No sin that a person commits has more built-in pitfalls, problems, and destructiveness than sexual sin. It has broken more marriages, shattered more homes, caused more heartache and disease, and destroyed more lives than alcohol and drugs combined. It causes lying, stealing, cheating, and killing, as well as bitterness, hatred, slander, gossip, and unforgiveness.
The dangers and harm of sexual sin are nowhere presented more vividly and forcefully than in Proverbs. The lips of an adulteress drip honey, and smoother than oil is her speech (Proverbs 5:3). The basic truth applies to a prostitute or to any other woman who tries to seduce a man. It also applies to a man who tries to seduce a woman. The point is that sexual allurement is extremely enticing and powerful. It seems nice, enjoyable, and good. It promises nothing but pleasure and satisfaction. But what it ends up giving is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two -- edged sword. Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of Sheol. She does not ponder the path of life; her ways are unstable, she does not know it. (vv. 4-6 [Proverbs 4-6])
The first characteristic of sexual sin is deceit. It never delivers what it promises. It offers great satisfaction but gives great disappointment. It claims to be real living but is really the way to death.
Illicit sexual relationships are always unstable. Nothing binds those involved except the temporary and impersonal gratification of physical impulses. That is poor cement.
Another tragedy of sexual sin is that often those involved do not know it is unstable, do not realize perhaps for a long time that their relationship cannot be lasting. Thus they fall deeper and deeper into the pit of their doomed relationship, which makes the dissolution all the more devastating and painful.
Those who consider all sex to be basically evil, however, are as far from the truth as those who consider all sex to be basically good and permissible. God is not against sex. He created and blessed it. When used exclusively within marriage, as the Lord intends, sex is beautiful, satisfying, and stabilizing. Let your fountain be blessed, Scripture says, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. Be exhilarated always with her love (Proverbs 5:18-19).
The Bible's advice for avoiding sexual involvement outside marriage is simple: stay as far away as possible from the persons and places likely to get you in trouble. Keep your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house (Proverbs 5:8). When repeatedly enticed by Potiphar's wife, Joseph refused not only to lie beside her but even to be with her (Genesis 39:10). When she tried to force him into adultery and grabbed his coat, he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside (v. 12 [Genesis 39:12]). It was not the time for argument or explanation but for flight. When we unavoidably get caught in such a situation, the only sensible thing to do is to get away from it as quickly as we can. Passion is not rational or sensible, and sexually dangerous situations should be avoided or fled, not debated. -- John MacArthur in Christian Liberty, 1 Corinthians 6

Our virginity before marriage is a great possession.
Soon teenage daughters and sons will be sent off to college. Away from home for the first time, they will be on their own, separated from parental guidance and protection. They will be alone and eager for quick acceptance.
Girls and young men should understand that virginity is probably the most important gift and possession that we have, next to spiritual regeneration, that is, knowing Christ. The godless are blind to this fact, and often are in severe denial about sexual purity. (Colossians 3:4,5). Lose of virginity throws us into bondage, and into submission to this Fallen World. It is a stealing of our souls. Our first love is our only love. Once we have sexual relations with another, then we are never the same again.
True femininity is to know and to understand that God has a special design and plan for your life. It guarantees that a girl will know true oneness with the man of God's choosing for a partner in her life. Being a virgin until marriage assures us that God's design for our lives will be fulfilled. One of the strategies used by the principalities and powers is to rob us of our virginity. (Ephesians 6:12). Some other strategies of the Adversary are: childhood sexual abuse, incest (the "boot camp" for prostitution), high school peer pressures, exclusive "clubs," gangs, drunkenness (especially in the company of the opposite sex), cults and cultic beliefs, the cultural influence from a godless secular humanism and its acceptance of sexual sin, the occult, sorority (and fraternity), pledging, rushing, hazing, and initiation, and so forth, and so on.
Lose of virginity is a powerful "socializing influence" in the wrong sense. It conforming us to this fallen world. It can be seen as a conditioning for later life, when we will be expected to submit in the workplace to big corporations, to political parties, and to the influence of secular and secularized institutions.
Of course, one is not able "to glorify God and enjoy him fully for ever" when under bondage. To lead a chaste, moral life, by the help of God, is to glorify God. That is beyond all comparison to the idolatry, of the secular humanistic world -- looking to man for our good.
Of course, nothing can separate those who are true to Christ from the salvation and forgiveness found in the Gospel. (Romans 8:37-39). But Christian girls (and young men), should bear in mind that the sexual sins of our youth can bear a life long influence, even after we are forgiven.
We should be on guard against the "emotionally blackmail" of the world. We should resist the temptation to become "joiners," by "selling out" to their destructive lies. (Matthew 16:24-26). Ignorance of sexual morality is a sure sign of hypocracy. (Mark 7:20-23)

*Bork, Robert H., Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline, ISBN: 0060391634 9780060391638.
"Spurned for a seat on the Supreme Court, Bork has become a cogent commentator on U.S. culture and politics. Here he has the former in mind, although, in his eyes, one bane of American culture since the 1960s has been the politicization of nearly everything. Bork blames the twin thrusts of modern liberalism -- radical individualism and radical egalitarianism -- for the cultural decay he finds in an increasingly obscene pop culture, rising illegitimacy and long-term welfare dependency, dangerous leniency with violent offenders, abortion and euthanasia, feminist lies and intimidation, legalized racial discrimination (affirmative action), dumbed-down education, anti-religious bias in the courts and the press, and socially disintegrative multiculturalism. Before and after several chapters on how liberalism produces those maladies, Bork discusses the circumstances that allow liberalism to circumvent democracy: liberalism predominates among opinion-molding intellectuals, foundation executives, university professors, and bureaucrats. Most damagingly, Bork says, the federal judiciary is rotten with liberalism and has become the instrument with which unpopular liberal measures are forced upon the public. Bork cannot see that anything systemic can be done to change the judiciary. Rather, he sees hope for democracy in the resurgence of religion and the determination of religious people to influence public policy. Forthright and magisterial, this is a fine summary of "social conservativism," one those who want to understand that position should read first." Ray Olson, from Booklist
"Robert H. Bork received his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Chicago. He has been a partner at a major law firm, taught constitutional law as the Alexander M. Bickell Professor of Public Law at the Yale law school, served as Solicitor General and as Acting Attorney General of the United States and served as a United States Court of Appeals judge. Author of the bestselling The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law, he and his wife live in Washington DC, where he is the John M. Olin Scholar in Legal Studies at the American Enterprise Institute." -- Publisher

*Eyrich, Howard, Three to Get Ready: Premarital Counseling Manual, ISBN: 1885904169 9781885904164.
"Eyrich has significantly expanded and reworked his program for conducting seven sessions of premarital counseling. Covers basics of biblical marriage, self-awareness of personal traits, communication, money, sex, wedding details. 'Some people will read this manual and ask, "What is a pastor doing discussing life insurance, budgeting, or sex?" The answer is simple. He is responsible for the spiritual welfare of his flock. . . . Life is the legitimate domain of the spiritual counselor.' Contains numerous questionnaires and personal inventories to xerox and use in counseling." -- David Powlison
"A manual on premarital counseling presenting a step-by-step guide through the major areas to be covered. Chock full of practical advice. Jay Adams says: 'Here it is! The premarital counseling guide you have been waiting for'."

*Foster, David Kyle, Sexual Healing: God's Plan for the Sanctification of Broken Lives: A Reference Manual for Ministering to Those Trapped in Sexual Sin and Brokenness, ISBN: 0830737154 9780830737154 0830737340 9780830737345.
This is a unique work and the best resource known to the compiler offering biblical counsel for healing sexual brokenness. See: "Foundations" and "Divine Intent for Sexuality" for a biblical explanation of the spiritual significance of sexuality. These two chapters alone make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Includes chapters, study guides, and exercises for Root sources for improper sexual development, Sexual identity confusion, Child sex abuse, Sexual addition, Pornography, Masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism, Why people remain in sexual sin and bondage, Failure and self-condemnation, A comprehensive game plan for sexual healing, and so forth.
Includes bibliography and index.
Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

Jackson, Mark, Newborn Child Murder: Women, Illegitimacy and the Courts in Eighteenth-Century England . . . ISBN: 0719046076 9780719046070.
Of course, abortion is not unprecedented. Furthermore it is not unprecedented for man's law to be lenient toward mothers who murder their own children.
"Includes trials of eighteenth-century child murder cases."

Mayo, Mary Ann, A Christian Guide to Sexual Counseling: Recovering the Mystery and the Reality of "One Flesh," ISBN: 0310359902 9780310359906.
"A book to equip pastors and counselors for the task of helping couples understand and deal with sexual problems in a marriage."
Includes bibliography.

Putnam, Bill, Daddy, I'm Pregnant, ISBN: 0880702044 9780880702041.
Counsel from a father who had his 14 year old daughter tell him she was pregnant.

Rassieur, Charles L., The Problem Clergymen Don't Talk About, ISBN: 0664247903 9780664247904.
The problem is the danger of sexual involvement with female counselees. Includes bibliographical references.

Smith, Robert D., Biblical Principles of Sex, 51 pages, ISBN: 1889032395 9781889032399.

Storey, Duane, Sandy Kulkin, Mary Ann Mayo, and Mayo Kulkin, Body and Soul: A Married Couple's Guide to Discovering and Understanding our Unique Sexual Personalities, ISBN: 0880707429 9780880707428.
"Combining helpful self-tests with seasoned counsel, the authors show how you and your partner can develop a relationship that is deeply fulfilling -- both physically and emotionally with Body and Soul." -- Publisher

Swindoll, C.R., Commitment: The key to Marriage, ISBN: 0930014650 9780930014650.
Contains material useful in counseling.
We believe that desirelessness on the part of both man and woman are also an important ingredient to successful marriages.
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
(James 1:14,15)

Terkelsen, Helen E., Counseling the Unwed Mother.

Terkelsen, Helen E., I'm Going to Have a Baby and I'm not Married, ISBN: 0800619943.

Yoder, Andrew, Counseling and Human Sexuality: Foundations of a Biblical Approach,

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MGTP: Sexual Immorality, Carnality

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Cardinal Apologizes Over Abuse Claims. Church to Pay Record Amount to Victims of Clergy, by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press, Posted: 2007-07-16
"LOS ANGELES (July 16) -- After a whirlwind weekend, the negotiations that produced a landmark $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse are moving from the cathedral to the courthouse.
http://news.aol.com/story/_a/cardinal-apologizes-over-abuse-claims/20070714212509990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

Catholic sex Abuse Cases
"According to Donald Cozzens, "by the end of the mid 1990s, it was estimated that more than half a billion dollars had been paid in jury awards, settlements and legal fees." This figure grew to about one billion dollars by 2002.[46] Roman Catholics spent $615 million on sex abuse cases in 2007.[47]"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_sex_abuse_cases

Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States (05/2006)
Comprehensive documented statistics on legal abortions performed in the Unites States compiled by the Guttmacher Institute.
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

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Respect Incorporated (formerly Sex Respect)
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True Love Waits
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Unmarried Childbearing
"Percent of all births to unmarried women: 40.7 percent. . . .
"Data are for the U.S., 2012. Source: Births: Final Data for 2012, Table C."
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/unmarry.htm



Gratuitous Sex, a Cause of Violence

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Parenting

See the Theological Notes: "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "Angels," at Zechariah 1:9 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "The Christian Family," at Ephesians 5:22 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psalm 127:3)

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:4-6)

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:40)

Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 9:37)

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 18:16)

At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.
And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people.
And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child.
(1 Kings 14:1-3), (Bad men cannot help respecting God's true messengers. Why did not Jeroboam go to the prophets of the calves? The ungodly and those who follow false religions lose all confidence in their notions in times of necessity, and begin to look about them for better comfort. Ahijah's word had been powerful with the king before, and therefore he sent to him again. Many a sinner has a something in his conscience which bears witness to the Lord's minister, for his word has in former times been full of power.)
Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,
And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;
But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:
(1 Kings 14:7-9), (Therefore the Lord declared that there should be no sons left of the family of Jeroboam, and none to perpetuate his name and race. The whole family was devoted to utter destruction and erasure from among the households of Israel. God knows how to punish as well as how to bless.)
And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;
And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahijah the prophet.
(1 Kings 14:17,18), (Upon this incident Matthew Henry remarks: "Those are good in whom are good things towards the Lord God of Israel; good inclinations, good intentions, good desires towards him. Where there is but some good thing of that kind, it will be found; God who seeks it sees it, be it never so little, and is pleased with it. A little grace goes a great way with great folks. It is so rare to find princes well affected to religion, that when they are so, they are worthy of double honour. Pious dispositions are in a peculair manner amiable and acceptable when they are found in those that are young. The divine image in miniature has a peculair lustre and beauty in it. A good child in the house of Jeroboam is a miracle of divine grace: to be there untainted is like being in the firey furnace unhurt, unsinged. Observe the care taken of him: he only of all Jeroboam's family shall be buried, and shall be lamented, as one that lived desired. Those that are distinguished by the divine grace shall be distinguished by the divine providence." In this family we trust there are some who have in them hopefuly signs of grace: let such be encouraged by observing that the Lord notices the smallest measure of grace which may be found in any one of us.) -- Matthew Henry commenting on 1 Kings 14:1-31

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.
(1 Corinthians 13)

Word: "disease;" Meaning; "disturb;" Sample location: "Luke 8:49" -- from the "Glossary," 1599 Geneva Bible. Tolle Lege edition

DISEASE, n. Dizeze. [dis and ease].
1. In its primary sense, pain, uneasiness, distress, and so used by Spenser; but in this sense, obsolete.
2. The cause of pain or uneasiness . . . disorder; any state of a living body in which the natural functions of the organs are interrupted or disturbed . . . The first effect of disease is uneasiness or pain, and the ultimate effect is death. . . .
3. A disordered state of the mind or intellect, by which the reason is impaired.
4. In society, vice; corrupt state of morals. Vices are called moral diseases. A wise man converses with the wicked, as a physician with the sick, not to catch the disease, but to cure it.
5. Political or civil disorder, or vices in a state; any practice which tends to disturb the peace of society, or impede or prevent the regular administration of government.
The instability, injustice and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished. -- 1846 edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language
DISEASE, v.t. dizeze.
1. To interrupt or impair any or all the natural and regular functions of the several organs of a living body [i.e. robbing a neighbor of sleep -- compiler]; to afflict with pain or sickness to make morbid . . .
2. To interrupt or render imperfect the regular functions of the brain, or of the intellect; to disorder; to derange.
3. To infect; to communicate disease to, by contagion.
4. To pain; to make uneasy. -- 1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

In total, even after accounting for overlap in a number of these statistics, about one-third of our children are now diagnosed with some significant mental or physical disorder." -- Michael Gurian in Nurture the Nature

Biblical counselors report that parental neglect, rejection, or abuse are the most frequent complaints of counselees.

Transgression beyond a certain point ends responsibility. Thus, in the law of the delinquent son (Deut. 21:18-21 [Deuteronomy 21:18-21]), the parents' responsibility to provide for and protect their son ended with the son's delinquency; their duty and their moral responsibility then became denunciation of and separation from their son.
As previously noted, responsibility is not a one-way street. The responsibility of parents for a child ends when that child refuses to submit to the godly authority and discipline of the parents.
The same is true of the responsibility of children for their parents. Again, it is not a one-way street. . . . Another illustration: a mother, a militant liberal or modernist in religion, made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, both devout, orthodox believers. The mother regarded the family's faith, church, and family worship with contempt, belittled it to her grandchildren and daily ridiculed her daughter for her 'ignorant, reactionary' faith. Having denied openly the authority of her son-in-law, and having denied the faith of the family, she had forfeited any right to its care and protection. The family's patient suffering was not godly. Because responsibility is a two-way street, the mother had the duty to respect the family's faith, her son-in-law's authority, and her daughter's devotion.
Thus, we may say that, not only does transgression beyond a certain point end responsibility, but fourth, if responsibility is maintained beyond that point it becomes a robbery. Where a juvenile delinquent is tolerated or protected, or a lawless parent allowed to be an affront to the family's faith and authority, the other members of the family are robbed of their due. Unconditional honor and service are due to God alone, not to man. St. Paul's admonition is 'Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.' (Rom. 13:7 [Romans 13:7]). No relationship between man and man can be absolutized. We have no absolute bond which ties us unconditionally to any man, either to obey or to love him. Marriage is dissolved by certain transgressions. The parent's duty to the child is nullified by his incorrigible conduct. The child's duty to the parent is limited by his prior obedience to God and the maintenance of God's law-order. In every human relationship, the only absolute is God's law, not man's relationship.
Fifth, not only does the absolutizing of a human relationship involve theft, in that the indulgence of a delinquent family or society member is the robbing of another, but it also involves theft God-ward as well as man-ward. It is an infraction of God's order to indulge evil. It involves robbing one person of his due in order to reward or indulge another, and this means also the violation of God's order to continue man's disorder.
To repeat again, responsibility is not a one-way street. If the ox, an animal of limited intelligence, is accountable for his acts, then every man in his station is also responsible. In every relationship, there is responsibility on every side by every person.
Modern man is hostile to responsibility; he replaces responsibility with sensitivity, sensitivity being defined as awareness of humanity. Thus, a rebellious nun of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters defies authority and declares, 'These men (church officials), have no right to make a judgment when they don't know us.' (Terrence Shea, "A Community Divided. Dissent Nuns now Face a Bigger Split -- With Rome Itself," The National Observer, Monday, November 17, 1969, p. 14). This nun had entered an order requiring authority but had refused to submit to it. Her freedom to leave and establish her own way of life was not in question. She denied the principle of any responsibility beyond that which she owed to herself. (483, 484) -- Rousas John Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law, pp. 481-484

Adams, Dan, The Child Influencers: Restoring the Lost Art of Parenting, ISBN: 0962634905 9780962634901.
"Dan Adams does a great job focusing on the needs of our children and how we as parents can and should meet those needs. It is not the responsibility of the church, YMCA, day-care center, or public school to meet those needs. As parents, we need to take seriously the God given responsibility we have been given and determine to be the main influence in our children's lives. The result of our efforts can either be rewards for a job well done, or grief from a rebellious child that was not properly guided. This book contains many insights on how to spend quantity time, not just quality time, with our children and gives many ideas on how to turn the TV set off and get our children to enjoy reading alone as well as reading together as a family, and build memories as a family that will be the root system that the child will need to withstand the "winds" later in life." -- Reader's Comment

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

*Adams, Jay E., From Forgiven to Forgiving: Discover the Path to Biblical Forgiveness, ISBN: 1879737124 9781879737129.
"For the 'average Christian,' to shed light on all aspects of forgiveness seeking and granting, and to counter erroneous views. How do forgiven persons -- God's children -- become forgiving persons? Defines, illustrates, motivates and challenges people to deal with forgiveness issues biblically. Clear thinking is essential: 'Labels are important not only as signs of the thing they signify but also as signposts that point to solutions to the problems they categorize.' Tackles unbiblical concepts such as forgiving self, forgiving God, apologizing, 'forgive and forget'." -- David Powlison
"A detailed look at forgiveness from the Bible. He finds that much of what passes for Biblical teaching on this subject just plain misses the mark." -- GCB

Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God, ISBN: 0896362361 9780896362369.
"About 'the causes and effects of rivalry among brothers and sisters in Christ and what can be done about it. . . .' 'Sibling rivalry in the household of faith -- just like at home -- is due entirely to sin.' Other supposed causes are not causes but occasions for our self-centered human nature to act. The Holy Spirit gives practical guidance in His Word for solving rivalry and conflict through repentance, faith and obedience." -- David Powlison

Adams, Richard, What are the Duties of Parents and Children; and How are They to be Managed According to Scripture? 1674. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This Puritan author writes, 'My business is not to discuss the entity of relations in their foundation and terms, which the philosopher is conversant about; but to discourse (on) the efficacy of the chiefest in Christian practice; that is, to inquire into the nature and management of those reciprocal offices betwixt parents and children, which if well discharged according to the sense of the divine oracles, do contribute most to the happiness of human society, and give reputation to the communion of saints.' And that 'their children may continue, and their seed shall be established before' them (Psalm 102:28)." -- Publisher

Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Evangelical Truth: Practical Sermons for the Christian Home, ISBN: 1932474544 9781932474541.

Block, Mary Ann, No More Ritalin: Treating ADHD Without Drugs, ISBN: 1575661268 9781575661261 9781575662398,

Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), The Fearful Shame and Contempt of Those Professed Christians, who Neglect to Raise up Spiritual Children to Jesus Christ: Being the substance of two sermons, preached, the one after the ordination of Mr. Ebenezer Brown at Inverkeithing; and the other after a sacramental occasion, at Whitburn.

*Campbell, Ross, How to Really Love Your Child, ISBN: 0882077511 9780882077512.
"This book is unique. It rightly assumes that almost all parents love their children, but few know how to express that love so their children feel and understand it. It tends to lean exclusively toward the relationship without considering discipline, and at times downplays rebellious behavior. But it remains a standard on relationship building." -- GCB

Campbell, Ross, How to Really Love Your Teenager, ISBN: 0882073419 9780882073415.

Christenson, Evelyn, What Happens When we Pray for our Families, ISBN: 0896935418 9780896935419.
LEADER'S GUIDE available.
"When women pray, wonderful things happen -- and Evelyn Christenson knows it from experience! Now she looks back over her 50 years of marriage to reveal prayer secrets that will help you pray effectively for your family. When illness or tragedy strikes, when family relationships are fractured, when children stray -- prayer can make a difference! "Christenson shows you how to hang on in faith and wait for what God will do . . ." -- CBD

Clark, Kristen, Girl Defined: God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity, ISBN: 9780801008450 080100845X.
"Presents a Christian perspective on femininity and female identity, maintaining that women should derive their feelings of self-worth and dignity from the teachings of Jesus Christ and a trust in God's love." -- Publisher
"GIRL DEFINED answered questions such as, 'What does it mean to be a woman? How should a career fit into our lives? Is one gender more valuable than the other? Is my sole purpose just to grow up, get married, and have kids?' . . . .
"It challenged the thinking of girls at any stage of life, and stood up to cultural norms to see what the Bible really says. "One of my favorite . . . . quotes, 'God designed us to function best when we're paddling together for a cause greater than ourselves.' . . .
"And another favorite . . . quote that sums up one of the central themes of the entire book, 'Helping others is foundational in God's design for womanhood.' . . .
I've been following Kristen and Bethany's blog, girldefined.com, for quite some time now, and have loved their posts about what biblical womanhood looks like. This book was a fantastic summarization of everything they blog about -- from gender roles, to beauty, to identity, to culture, and relationships." -- Reader's Comment

Cook, Earl, Bringing up Your Children (part 1) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF09 [audio file].

Cook, Earl, Bringing up Your Children (part 2) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF12 [audio file].

Cook, Earl, Bringing up Your Children (part 3); Q&A (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF15 [audio file].

Cook, Earl, Christian Parenting (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
An 8-tape series [audio files] hosted by James Klukow. Over 45 ten-minute devotionals on the 'how tos' of raising Godly children.

Cook, Earl, Counseling Children (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette AC881 [audio file].

Cook, Earl, Fathers: Don't Provoke Your Children (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF06 [audio file].

Dabney, Robert L. (1820-1898), Parental Obligation, a tract. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

*Davies, Samuel (1723-1761, editor), et al., The Godly Family: A Series of Essays on the Duties of Parents and Children, ISBN: 1877611735 9781877611735, 341 pages.
"Gary Ezzo has collected 16 essays and sermons from 17th and 18th century pastors on ordering a godly home. The book is divided into four section: 1) The Importance of Family Religion, 2) The Duties of Parents, 3) The Duties of Children, 4) The Eternal Family. . . . All of these have been retypeset and updated for easier reading." -- Publisher
"The necessity and excellence of family religion / by Samuel Davies -- The great duty of family religion / by George Whitefield -- A plain and serious address on the important subject of family religion / by Philip Doddridge -- Parental duties illustrated / by Samuel Worcester -- The duties of parents towards their children / by Henry Venn -- Disciplining children / by Arthur Hildersham -- On the method of instructing children / by Henry Venn -- Four sermons on the religious education of children / by Philip Doddridge -- Blessings consequent upon parental fidelity / by Thomas Houston -- The duties of children to their parents / by Samuel Stennett -- The duties of children / by Henry Venn -- Heaven considered as a family / by Samuel Stennett."

*Davis, John Jefferson, The Christian's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choosing the Best for You and Your Baby From Conception to Delivery, ISBN: 0891073914 9780891073918.
"A needed book! An important book! Nothing else like it from a distinctly Christian position. Covers what to expect, prenatal diagnosis, nutrition and beauty tips, delivery methods, hospital procedures, family size, contraception, infant bonding, breast feeding, and more." -- GCB

*Decker, Barbara Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising From the Book of Proverbs, King James Version.
"An indispensable tool for parenting, this book arranges the proverbs into over 70 realistic, helpful topics. A sampling of topics covered include: trust in God, obedience, honesty, anger, self-control, temper, arguing, boasting, complaining, love, friendship, happiness, discretion, faithfulness, stewardship, work and many more." -- Publisher
An accompanying book, A COLORING BOOK OF BIBLE PROVERBS is 'a 30-page coloring book illustrating various passages from the Book of Proverbs. Can be used with or without the above hardback book'." -- GCB

De Witt, John Richard (John R. DeWitt), Amazing Love: The Parable of the Prodigal Son, ISBN: 085151328X 9780851513287.
A professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Seminary in Jackson.

Doner, Colonel V., The Responsible Parent's Guide to TV: A Noted Expert Looks at Television's Role in Changing our Children's Values, ISBN: 0910311501 9780910311502.
"Drawn from scientific surveys, expert opinion, and insightful commentary the evidence indicates the media has become the cutting edge of a new anti-family revolution."

Dreizler, Carl, and Phil Phillips, Fun Things to do With Your Kids: The Family Book of Games, Hobbies, Trips and Activities, ISBN: 088365895X 9780883658956.
"A collection of simple, practical activities gives kids a good reason to turn off the television and spend time with their families -- putting together a photo album, visiting nearby historic spots, 'adopting' a grandparent -- and helps turn values and life skills into family fun." -- Publisher

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many." (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness"), may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man [Human Nature, Total Depravity])" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"), tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

Gurian, Michael, Nurture the Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child's Unique Core Personality, ISBN: 078798633X 9780787986339.
"Negative stress, in contrast, is something we need to be very careful about, especially with our children. In the most general terms, as experts at the University of Maryland Medical School wrote recently, "When these symptoms persist, you are at risk for serious health problems. This kind of stress can exhaust your immune system. Recent research demonstrates that 90 percent of illness is stress-related." When stress goes beyond the stimulating (positive stress), and becomes debilitating (negative stress), symptoms fall into three categories: physical, emotional, and relational." -- Publisher
Resist the Latest Parenting Fads, Says New Book NURTURE THE NATURE Encourages Parents to Determine Their Child's Core Personality
"Increasingly, the minds of our children are growing up to be antisocial. Children diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder now number in the millions. As the Carnegie-Mellon survey notes, our primary social response to the new antisocial nature of children has not been to rethink how we raise them, but rather to expand punishment and incarceration systems. A Department of Justice study reports that at our present rates of incarceration, one in twenty babies born in the United States today will spend some part of life incarcerated. As of 2004, 1 in every 138 U.S. residents was in prison."
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/NewYearNewYou/story?id=3119291&page=1

Hendricks, Howard G., The Encyclopedia of Christian Parenting, ISBN: 0800712765 9780800712761.
Includes bibliography.

Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), Family Religion: Principles for Raising a Godly Family, ISBN: 1845503139 9781845503130.
"Be not Christians upon your knees, and unbelievers in your shops. While you seem saints in your devotions, prove not yourselves sinners in your conversations. Having begun the day in the fear of God, be in that fear all day long. Let the example you set in your families be throughout good, and by it teach them not only to read and pray, for this is half their work, but by it teach them to be meek and humble, sober and temperate, loving and peaceable, just and honest; so shall you adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour; and those who will not be won by the Word, shall be won by your conversation. Your family worship is an honour to you, see to it that neither you nor yours be in anything a disgrace to it." -- Matthew Henry in Family Religion, p. 60

Huggins, Kevin, Parenting Adolescents, ISBN: 0891095799 9780891095798.
"Examines the many ties between rearing mature, Christlike kids, and developing maturity, wisdom, and Christlikeness in your own life." -- Publisher

Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), The Divine Commendation of Abraham: or, Parental Duties, and the Blessings Resulting From Their Faithful Performance. Alternate title: PARENTAL DUTIES. Also available in WORKS, DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL, volume 1. Available (WORKS, DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (WORKS, DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), Parental Duties. Alternate title: THE DIVINE COMMENDATION OF ABRAHAM: OR, PARENTAL DUTIES, AND THE BLESSINGS RESULTING FROM THEIR FAITHFUL PERFORMANCE [see citation above]. Available in WORKS, DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL, volume 1.

*Hunt, Gladys M., Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative use of Books in Family Life, revised edition, ISBN: 0310263816 9780310263814.
"The imaginative use of books in family life. Offers warm, practical advice on how to instill a love for reading in children. Extensive bibliography grouped according to ages.
"HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART, now in its third edition, is one of the best guides to children's books available. It is for parents who know the value of reaching their children with good books. A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers. This edition includes an indexed and updated 85-page list of the best children's favorites, HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART opens new worlds of reading possibilities for children and parents alike. Are you concerned about building whole children -- children who are alive emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually? Then this book can help. Gladys Hunt deeply believes in the potential of books to assist in this building process. Her tastes are broad, her advice is rooted in experience, and her suggestions will enrich the cultural life of any home.
"Gladys Hunt is a popular and well-known writer. Among her many books are READ FOR YOUR LIFE and several volumes of the FISHERMAN BIBLE STUDY GUIDE SERIES. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan." -- Publisher
"There's got to be a reason a book is in its 50th printing! This book is both motivational and informative. I wrote it to encourage parents to read aloud to their children -- and to keep on reading together long after children can read for themselves. Few things bind people together as much as sharing a good book. Without ever leaving your home, you can go on fantastic adventures, meet the same people, laugh at the ridiculous together, weep together over the plight of your favorite characters and learn life lessons from the bravery or foolishness of your main characters! Everyone who has ever read a ripping good story wants to share it with someone else. C.S. Lewis was right when he said that any book worth reading at 10 should be worth reading at 50. That means as you read with your children you get to catch up on all the stories you missed when you were growing up. Reading together gives you a reservoir of experiences from which to examine life and to figure out how to live it. And the bibliography at the end of the book introduces you to books your children should have the opportunity to read Take it to the library with you." -- Gladys Hunt

Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), The Divine Commendation of Abraham: or, Parental Duties, and the Blessings Resulting From Their Faithful Performance. Alternate title: PARENTAL DUTIES. Also available in WORKS, DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL, volume 1. Available (WORKS, DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (WORKS, DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

*Kesler, Jay, Ron Beers, and Lavonne Neff (editors), Parents and Children: A Guide to Solving Problems and Building Relationships, ISBN: 0896938093 9780896938090.
"Over 70 Christian leaders give practical advice on parents and children. Almost 700 double-column pages." -- GCB

Ikeler, Bernard, Parenting Your Disabled Child, ISBN: 0664240445 9780664240448.
"Assesses the process of healing that occurs 'after one is willing to share the pain with others, rather than suffer in isolation.' Anyone who has directly experienced or lived in a family with a disability will find this must reading. It provided me, as a professional, with valuable new insight into dealing with my disabled parents." -- Robin Line

Lester, Andrew D., When Children Suffer: A Sourcebook for Ministry With Children in Crisis, ISBN: 0664213278 9780664213275.
"Focuses on the significant crises in childhood. Treats issues like unresolved grief, unnecessary fear, lack of trust, a low sense of worth, distorted ideas about the person of God and the world in which they live. Well-done; makes a valuable contribution." -- Cyril J. Barber

Lewis, Margie M., and Gregg Lewis, The Hurting Parent: Help and Hope for Parents of Prodigals, ISBN: 9780310286615 0310286611,

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

Mack, Wayne, Developing Effective Parenting (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
A series of seven audio cassettes [audio files].

*Mack, Wayne, A Homework Manual for Biblical Counseling, Vol. II: Family and Marital Problems, ISBN: 0875523579 9780875523576.
"Homework covering a wide range of marital and child-rearing issues: communication, finances, data gathering (e.g., 'Rate Your Marriage' and 'Log Lists'), ways to show love, how parents provoke children to wrath, principles of bringing up children God's way. Includes teaching outlines, self-evaluation forms and questions, plans for biblical change, Bible studies." -- David Powlison
"These are tested and proven books and are most helpful for study and assignments. Great refreshers and topical studies in areas dealt with most often." -- CCEF

Meyer, Jerome Sydney, The Big Book of Family Games: The Most Complete Treasury of Fun-filled Games and Activities for Family and Friends, ISBN: 0883650495 9780883650493.

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996), Finding Healthy Self-Esteem Through Being Completely Forgiven (Quality Living Series. Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown, 19046]: World Harvest, 1987).
"Do you feel inadequate? That you need to do more or be better in order to be happy and fulfilled? You may not realize it, but your biggest problem is . . . you don't feel completely forgiven."
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Husband and Father as Spiritual Leader in the Home. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

Kesler, Jay, and Virginia R. Mollenkott, The Condition of the Family in America Today and our Priorities for the 90's, an audio recording [audio file].

Petty, Jim, Family Priorities for the 90s (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF20 [audio file].

Petty, Jim, Focusing Love (part 1) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF19 [audio file].

Petty, Jim, Focusing Love (part 2) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF21 [audio file].

Petty, Jim, Helps for Family Leaders (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF05 [audio file].

Petty, Jim, Money, Ambition and the Christian Family (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF10 [audio file].

*Ray, Bruce A., Jay Adams (foreword), Withhold not Correction, ISBN: 0875524001 9780875524009.
"If children were animals then behavioral manipulation would be appropriate. If children were innocent then diverting them into other activities when they are angry or selfish would be appropriate. But children bear the image of God, distorted by sin and correctable by the Gospel. 'The tablet is not blank: it's filled with sin.' Therefore child-rearing is a process of correction and reorientation, and it must be guided by Scripture. Contrary to how it is often viewed, 'discipline is not hate; discipline is love.' Lays out eight principles for biblical correction of children. Closes with a 'Parents' Topical Reference' to Bible passages on two dozen issues relevant to children." -- David Powlison
"This is an exceptional book for the parent who seriously searches the Word of God for His will in rearing children. His constant aim is to display the Scripture bearing on his subject in order to 'bring our children into a subordinate relationship to the living God.' He uses often the term, Biblical discipline, and he applies this not only to the use of the rod to correct, but also the use of prayer with the child, the constant attention to shaping the child's character, etc. He quotes from many good authors, such as Charles Bridges and Charles Hodge. Very good!" -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Richards, Larry, You the Parent, ISBN: 0802498329 9780802498328.

Robbins, Alexandra, The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids, ISBN: 1401302017 9781401302016.
"A look at the world of teens [the author went to high school in the Washington metropolitan area where pressures to achieve are particularly intense. -- compiler], who face unbearable pressure to succeed explores such issues as intense stress, sports rage, parental guilt, the study drug black market, and the cutthroat college admissions process, as well as their impact on young people." -- Publisher
"THE OVERACHIEVERS is overall a great book, being very informative and providing much insight into what really goes on in the educational system. Every page keeps you wanting more, and the shockingly true facts that this book is replete with only add to this feeling. Alexandra Robbins is a fantastic investigative journalist, and she has done an excellent job documenting the struggles and challenges in the lives of multiple students. [case studies -- compiler]. Not only are the stories of the students interesting and engaging, but they each reflect a major flaw in the American educational system.
"In short, THE OVERACHIEVERS is a great book and should not be missed." -- Reader's Comment

Rushford, Patricia H., Caring for Your Sick Child, ISBN: 0800752112 9780800752118.
"A practical handbook discussing prevention of illnesses and diseases. Deals alphabetically with a variety of ailments from 'Abdominal Pain' to 'Whooping Cough.' Provides practical counsel on the symptoms, home treatment, and when to call the doctor. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Sawin, Margaret M., Family Enrichment With Family Clusters, ISBN: 0817008306 9780817008307.
"One of the most important books to be published in recent years. Shows how small groups operating in the church can strengthen family ties." -- Cyril J. Barber

Sears, William, Christian Parenting and Child Care, ISBN: 0840732279 9780840732279.
"Few resources take the reader from the first weeks of pregnancy through the child's growing years. This one does. Each chapter is crammed with practical information, including the importance of sharing responsibilities and the need for both father and mother to become involved in the process of child-rearing. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

Shaw, I., Christian Family Matters, ISBN: 1850490201 9781850490203.

Spock, Benjamin (1903-1998), and Mary Morgan, Spock on Spock: A Memoir of Growing up With the Century, ISBN: 0394578139 9780394578132.
"Spock married Mary Morgan, whom he collaborated with to write his book."
"Dr. Spock's book BABY AND CHILD CARE was a runaway success and remains a best-seller today. With over 50 million copies in print, it has become one of the world's best selling non-fiction publications (second only to the Bible in that category)." -- Publisher
Spock was considered the "father of permissiveness." However, when writing this book, he confessed, "The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all."
"The weight of evidence suggests that ultimately Spock's ideas have not helped to produce more secure and well-adjusted children and adults. He saw the need for morals and values, but he failed to recognize that they stem from a godly perspective. What he never understood is that the positive changes he sought are simply unachievable on the basis of humanism." -- John Meakin and Kae Tattersall
"We went to Dr. Spock to find out how to rear children and produced the most rebellious generation of kids this country has ever seen. . . . I think that since we believe that "this is my Father's world," we ought to go to God and find out how He would like to have His world run." -- D. James Kennedy

*Sprague, William B., Lectures to Young People, ISBN: 0873779479. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This great evangelistic tool provides parents a faithful means of presenting Gospel truth to their young people." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

Tripp, Paul David, Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, ISBN: 0875526055 9780875526058.

Tripp, Paul, War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles, 4 DVDs. Alternate title: "GETTING TO THE HEART OF COMMUNICATIONS." (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

Tripp, Paul, Parenting. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF33 [audio file].

Tripp, Paul, Understanding Your Job Description as a Parent (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF16 [audio file].

Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

Tripp, Paul, Shepherding a Child's Heart: Teenage Years, part: 13 of 15 (audio file), (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Lecture by Paul Tripp, pastor and author of SHEPHERDING A CHILD'S HEART.

Tripp, Paul, and Edward T. Welch, Grace Parenting in the 90's, 4 audio files.

Welch, Ed, Parenting (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF29 [audio file].

Welch, Ed, Using the Gospel in Your Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF07 [audio file].

Whitehead, John, The Rights of Religious Persons in Public Education, ISBN: 0891077375 9780891077374.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Grandparents: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 080549331X 9780805493313.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Newborns: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493328 9780805493320.

Wooden, Keith, Teaching Children to Pray, ISBN: 0310544815 9780310544814.
"Here is a book for all parents. Children don't just know how to pray, you have to show them. This book is a good place to start." -- GCB

Wynn, John Charles, How Christian Parents Face Family Problems.
"Contains sane counsel for troubled parents, and includes a Christian approach to child-rearing. Nontechnical." -- Cyril J. Barber

Yates, John, and Susan Yates, What Really Matters at Home: Eight Crucial Elements for Building Character in Your Family, ISBN: 1561211052 9781561211050 0849934168 9780849934162. Alternate title: RAISING KIDS WITH CHARACTER THAT LASTS.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Domestic duties, Adoption, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Problem solving with children, Counseling children, Sex education, Protecting children from dangers, Preparing children for the world, Counseling the family, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Protecting children from dangers, Courtship, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1574, 1575, 1624, 1625, 1629-1672, 3971-3976

Related WebLinks

Americans Agree: Kids are not Being Prepared for Life
"According to a new survey from The Barna Group, however, there is one issue on which most adults agree: the nation's children are not being adequately prepared for life."
http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/197-americans-agree-kids-are-not-being-prepared-for-life

The Influence of a Godly Mother, a sermon by D. James Kennedy
"What is a mother's influence on society? Motherhood has been de-valued by our secular society. What you don't hear is how much influence mothers really have on the course of human events. James Kennedy brings light to the powerful influence of a Godly Mother on The Coral Ridge Hour."
Children who do not bond with their mother often have difficulty bonding with others in society.
http://www.truthinaction.org/sermon/INFLUENCE%20OF%20A%20GODLY%20MOTHER-1994-THE_110912.pdf

Martha Finley, Wikipedia entry
Lists Elsie books that are online at Project Gutenberg.
"Martha Finley (1828-1909), was a teacher and author of numerous works, the most well known being the 28 volume Elsie Dinsmore series which was published over a span of 38 years. The daughter of Presbyterian minister Dr. James Brown Finley and his wife and cousin Maria Theresa Brown Finley, she was born on April 26th, 1828 in Chillicothe, Ohio. Finley wrote many of her books under the pseudonym Martha Farquharson. She died in 1909 in Elkton, Maryland, where she moved in 1876.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Finley

The Religious Nurture of Children: The Reformed Faith in its Ethical Consequences in the Family, John Macleod (1872-1948)
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-reformed-faith-in-its-ethical-consequences-in-the-family.php

Society for Parent-Controlled Christian Schools in Scotland, John Murray (1898-1975)
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/society-for-parent-controlled-christian-schools-in-scotland.php



Fatherhood

The fathers! vex not your children, lest they be discouraged. (Colossians 4:21, YLTHB)

Remember that you have a charge of the souls in your family, and are as a priest and teacher in your own house; and therefore see that you keep them to the constant worshipping of God, especially on the Lord's day, in public and private; and that you teach them the things that concern their salvation (as in afterward directed). And pray for them daily, as well as for yourselves. -- Richard Baxter

Life is ever fragrant in a home when a father, loving his Heavenly Father and striving to please Him in all his ways, so orders his home life as to give his children a beautiful conception of love, sympathy, and protection of the Father above. The greatest responsibility of any father is to reflect the character of God. -- from Lockyer, All the Promises of the Bible

The attack of the modern world system upon boys, manhood, fathers, the family, and the church is really an attack on man's God ordanined role to protect their families, subordinates, and society from evil.

He who is the father of a host of spiritual children is unquestionably happy. He can answer all opponents by pointing to souls who have been saved by his means. Converts are emphatically the heritage of the Lord, and the reward of the preacher's soul travail. By these, under the power of the Holy Ghost, the city of the church is both built up and watched, and the Lord has the glory of it. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on verse 5 of Psalm 127 [Psalm 127:5], in The Treasury of David

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., The Role of Father in the Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JAR02 [audio file].

*Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), Family Worship: A Biblical Duty, 1847. Alternate title: THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP, ISBN: 1573580813 9781573580816. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
First printed in 1847 by the Presbyterian Board of Education.
"No minister in our church was a more accomplished scholar. The pulpit was his appropriate sphere." -- Charles Hodge
"It would be almost impossible to overemphasis the importance of daily family worship. It is a blessed privilege for those who have known it as children and/or adults. It is foundational to any lasting revival or reformation. It is a duty commanded by God in Scripture, and to neglect it is, without a doubt, sinful. The Westminster Divines made it clear, in their amazing Directory for Family Worship, that obstinacy in the sin of neglecting family worship should lead where there are faithful elders to the head of the offending house being 'suspended and debarred from the Lord's supper.' This book gives the nature, warrant, and history of family worship in easy to read large print." -- Publisher
"The author's goal is 'extending the domestic worship of God's people and especially in arousing the children of the covenant to honor the God of their fathers.' To fulfill this purpose, Alexander traces family worship from Eden on through the Old and New Testaments and church history. The universal voice of the Church, in its best periods, has been in favor of family worship. . . .' He demonstrates that family worship is a means of intellectual improvement: 'True piety improves the understanding. . . .' " -- Robert H. Duvall

*Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), Family Worship: its Influence Over all of Life. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"Some have postulated that the Reformation would have fizzled out in no time had it not been for the faithful men who led their families in daily worship. Nothing is more calculated to enhanced and abet all other spiritual duties than daily family worship. It will curtail divorce and domestic violence, both of which were unheard of among the Puritans because of their love for the use of the means of grace within this setting, and help lead many individuals and ultimately nations to Christ. This book covers the influence of family worship on the individual piety of parents and children. It shows it to be a means of intellectual improvement and a bond of domestic harmony and love. Men, if you really want to change the world, start with your own immediate sphere of influence and responsibility. Preparing your own heart before the Lord and instituting daily family worship will do more good than most can imagine! This is your commanded duty." -- Publisher

Armerding, Hudson T., The Heart of Godly Leadership, ISBN: 0891076751 9780891076759.
"A former Wheaton College president brings a seasoned scriptural perspective to the subject of godly leadership, giving Biblical examples relating to delegating authority, handling success, and passing leadership on to the next generation. Tackles family, church, and society." -- GCB

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Poor Man's Family Book: 1. Teaching him how to Become a True Christian, 2. How to Live as a Christian, Towards God, Himself and Others, in all his Relations, Especially in His Family, 3. How to die as a Christian in Hope and Comfort, and so to be Glorified With Christ for Ever: In Plain Familiar Conferences Between a Teacher and a Learner. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, ['Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men'], 'The Reformed Pastor' 'Poor Man's Family Book,' 'The Catechizing of Families,' and 'The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Cook, Earl, Fathers: Don't Provoke Your Children (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF06 [audio file].

Dalbey, Gordon, Father and Son: The Wound, The Healing, the Call to Manhood, ISBN: 0840734506 9780840734501.

Davis, Phil, The Father I Never Knew: Finding the Perfect Parent in God, ISBN: 0891096124 9780891096122.
"Painful memories or inadequate parenting examples often rob Christians of a healthy, Biblical framework for understanding what it really means to be God's child. THE FATHER I NEVER KNEW provides an abundance of rich images and stirring analogies on God's unfailingly committed, secure, and intimate parenting." -- Publisher

Defoe, Daniel, The Family-instructor. In Three Parts; I. Relating to Fathers and Children. II. To Masters and Servants. III. To Husbands and Wives. 4th edition, 1717, 2 volumes.

Engstrom Ted W., with Norman B. Rohrer, The Fine Art of Mentoring: Passing on to Others What God has Given to You, ISBN: 0943497639 9780943497631.
"In this book the authors guide you through a careful understanding of the principles of 'mentoring' -- leading another person to Christian maturity, then helping him to understand the importance of leading someone else. An important book for today!" -- GCB

Farris, Michael P., What a Daughter Needs From her Dad: How a man Prepares his Daughter for Life, ISBN: 0764228706 9780764228704. Alternate title: HOW A MAN PREPARES HIS DAUGHTERS FOR LIFE.
"WHAT A DAUGHTER NEEDS FROM HER DAD pulls no punches, offering simple yet powerful techniques to help you be the kind of dad your daughter desperately needs. Michael Farris's insights will give you day-to-day strategies that can build character and spiritual strength in you growing daughter from infancy through the turbulent teens years and on into adulthood. Instead of glossing over common father-daughter conflicts that may arise, Farris offers solid, practical advice." -- Publisher

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many." (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness"), may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man [Human Nature, Total Depravity])" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"), tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

Flavel, John (c. 1630-1691), Husbandry Spiritualized: or, The Heavenly use of Earthly Things, in Which Husbandmen are . . . (1824). Also available in THE WORKS OF JOHN FLAVEL.
http://archive.org/details/husbandryspirit00flavgoog

Gangel, Kenneth O., and Jeffrey S Gangel, Fathering Like the Father: Becoming the dad God Wants You to be, ISBN: 0801064325 9780801064326.

Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), The Catechising of Youth and Christ's Favour to Little Children Displayed (1713). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"The two sermons noted above form foundational teaching that every family should be aware of and practice. A faithful ministry and faithful parents, who catechize their children daily, will do more for true Reformation and godliness than just about any other means to this end. Here Henry also adds simple questions to each question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism to help explain it to beginners. Very practical!" -- Publisher
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

James, John Angell (1785-1859), The Christian Father's Present to His Children.
"This is a wonderful book by an early 19th century preacher in England encouraging fathers as they lead in their homes. Most of his writings had to do with the pastoral ministry; but this book is for fathers. The main tenet of the book is that the best gift fathers can give to their children is a godly upbringing in the fear and admonition of the Lord, firm but loving discipline to restrain evil in them, and to build a moral conscience into their children, so that even if God does not save them, their punishment will be less." -- Publisher

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Husband and Father as Spiritual Leader in the Home. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

Rank, Maureen Dealing With the Dad of Your Past, ISBN: 0871236222 9780871236227.
"Practical, biblical counsel for every woman.
"Although fathers are not the only determining influence in their daughters' lives, it is true that their impact at times may be the most ignored. Current research shows that a girl's relationship with her father is absolutely critical to her psychological, social, and spiritual development. This is grim news to a group of people whom psychologists are labeling, 'The Fatherless Generation.' Physically absent dads (the current experience of one-fourth of American children under 18), emotionally absent dads, and abusive dads are impacting daughters as well as sons.
"God as Father designed earthly fathers to model His loving care through personal involvement, warmth, discipline, and wise direction and counsel toward maturity. Where these are lacking in a daughter's life, profound effects occur. As difficult as that may be to face, that process is the only way to emotional and spiritual wholeness. It requires a sometimes painful look back and honest assessment of the dad of the past. It means coming to terms with who he really was, who he wasn't, and what can be done about it now. Through God's restoring process, daughters will be challenged to embrace the One perfect Father who is always there and allow His life-changing truth and power to 'make all things new'." -- Publisher

Strom, Kay Marshall, Making Friends With Your Father: A Book for Daughters, ISBN: 0310548918 9780310548911.
"Looks at how your father has affected you, how your father influences your choice of men, how to deal with problem fathers, and much more." -- GCB

Strom, Kay Marshall, Making Friends With Your Mother, ISBN: 0310532515 9780310532514.

Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Dads: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197109 9781558197107.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Filial love (love toward parents), Mentoring (women), Discipleship, Christian life, Family worship, Protecting children from dangers, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Preparing children for the world, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Sharing christ with your children, Sexual relationship, Sex education, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Counseling the family, Problem solving with children, Motherhood, Parenting, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Teens and parents, Courtship, Home schooling, Public schools, Christian scholarship, Manhood, Men, women, and god, The fatherhood of God, Finding the perfect parent in God, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Appendix c: psychology and psychiatry, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 359, 1624, 1625, 1629-1672

Related WebLinks

The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification (1646)
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/the-directory-for-family-worship-approved-by-the-general-assembly-of-the-church-of-scotland-for-piety-and-uniformity-in-secret-and-private-worship-and-mutual-edification

Effects of Fatherlessness, US DATA
http://fatherhood.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.massey.ac.nz/%7EKBirks/gender/econ/nodad.htm

National Fatherhood Initiative
http://fatherhood.org/



Motherhood

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, and so forth, and so on.)
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
(Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12), (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 2:4)

Arndt, Elise, A Mother's Touch, ISBN: 0882071017 9780882071015.
"A mother-teacher in you home, you prepare you children for life. No one can replace your love and care in their early years. And no one else can teach them, as you can, of Jesus' love and his world." -- GCB

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Catechizing of Families, ISBN: 1877611360. Alternate title: THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES: A TEACHER OF HOUSHOLDERS HOW TO TEACH THEIR HOUSHOLDS: USEFUL ALSO TO SCHOOL-MASTERS AND TUTORS OF YOUTH: FOR THOSE THAT ARE PAST THE COMMON SMALL CHATECHISMS [SIC], AND WOULD GROW TO A MORE ROOTED FAITH, AND TO THE FULLER UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THAT IS COMMONLY NEEDFUL TO A SAFE, HOLY, COMFORTABLE AND PROFITABLE LIFE. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Mother's Catechism: Or, A Familiar Way of Catechising of Children, in the Knowledge of God, Themselves, and the Holy Scriptures. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.

*Baxter, Richard, The Mother's Catechism, and The Catechizing of Families in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4, ISBN: 0840791011 9780840791016.
"Here are distinctively Christian perspective on everything from pregnancy and childbirth through rewarding grandmothering -- all from an experienced parent and pediatrician! -- CBD

Lush, Jean, and Pam W. Vredevelt, Mothers and Sons: Raising Boys to be Men, ISBN: 0800786823 9780800786823.
"This is a great book on building emotional, spiritual, and sexual stability in your son. It provides ways to create a healthy home atmosphere and to teach your son how to work, how to be successful, how to take whining out of work, etc. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

*Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Woman's Role in the Home (part 1) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette CMR03 [audio file].
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

*Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Woman's Role in the Home (part 2) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette CMR04 [audio file].

Nash, Ronald H., When a Baby Dies: Answers to Comfort Grieving Parents, ISBN: 0310225566 9780310225560.

Owen, Pat H., Idea Book for Mothers, ISBN: 0842315586 9780842315586.

Rischer, Carol, Insights for Young Mothers, ISBN: 0890814856 9780890814857.

Rushford, Patricia H., Caring for Your Sick Child, ISBN: 0800752112 9780800752118.
"A practical handbook discussing prevention of illnesses and diseases. Deals alphabetically with a variety of ailments from 'Abdominal Pain' to 'Whooping Cough.' Provides practical counsel on the symptoms, home treatment, and when to call the doctor. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

Sprague, William Buell, The Excellent Woman as Described in the Book of Proverbs.

Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Moms: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 1558197117 9781558197114.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Fatherhood, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1624, 1625, 1629-1672, 4073

Related WebLinks

Covenanted Motherhood, a sermon by Greg Price on Matthew 12:46-50
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=19013812

The Influence of a Godly Mother, a sermon by D. James Kennedy
"What is a mother's influence on society? Motherhood has been de-valued by our secular society. What you don't hear is how much influence mothers really have on the course of human events. James Kennedy brings light to the powerful influence of a Godly Mother on The Coral Ridge Hour."
Children who do not bond with their mother often have difficulty bonding with others in society.
http://www.truthinaction.org/sermon/INFLUENCE%20OF%20A%20GODLY%20MOTHER-1994-THE_110912.pdf



Sharing Christ With Your Children

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 24,25)

See the Theological Notes: "Angels," at Zechariah 1:9 in The Reformation Study Bible.

But when once they are renewed by the Spirit of Christ, they are the charge of all the blessed Trinity, and under God the charge of angels: living or dying they are safe; for the eternal God is their portion and defense. -- Richard Baxter

Considering how prevalent a parent's love for their child is, that love can only compound the parent's suffering in Hell when they recognize that, because of them, their child also is suffering there with them.

A Biblical Counselor tells the story of his high school son who attended church regularly with the family, but with little or no enthusiasm.
His father entered into a deal with his son to memorize verses of Scripture. The conditions: the father would select the verse, the son would memorize the verse, the father could request that he recite any verse at any time, each time he recited a verse correctly his father would pay him $5.00 (about 1976), if he failed to recite a verse correctly (word for word with the book, chapter, and verse), then he paid his father $5.00.
At first he memorized just for the money. Later he began requesting more verses. His father selected verses bearing on events in his son's life at the moment. As the number of verses grew, the father was able to request verses to be recited that spoke to the specific needs of the moment. By the time of his graduation from high school he had over 100 verses of Scripture committed to memory. The son then went to Columbia Seminary and is now a pastor. (For those who do not immediately see, this is a practical way to purchase the soul of a child, spouse, or neighbor for Christ before they barter it for a "mess of pottage.")

It is time that I now showed you how this same fight is carried on ON EARTH. Amongst men in these lower places of conflict saints overcome through the blood of the Lamb by their testimony to that blood. Every believer is to bear witness to the atoning sacrifice and its power to save. He is to tell out the doctrine; he is to emphasize it by earnest faith in it; and he is to support it and prove it by his experience of the effect of it. You cannot all speak from the pulpit, but you can all speak for Jesus as opportunity is given you. Our main business is to bear witness with the blood in the power of the Spirit. To this point we can all testify. You cannot go into all manner of deep doctrines or curious points, but you can tell to all those round about you that "There is life in a look at the Crucified One." You can bear witness to the power of the blood of Jesus in your own soul. If you do this, you will overcome men in many ways. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Catechizing of Families, ISBN: 1877611360. Alternate title: THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES: A TEACHER OF HOUSHOLDERS HOW TO TEACH THEIR HOUSHOLDS: USEFUL ALSO TO SCHOOL-MASTERS AND TUTORS OF YOUTH: FOR THOSE THAT ARE PAST THE COMMON SMALL CHATECHISMS [SIC], AND WOULD GROW TO A MORE ROOTED FAITH, AND TO THE FULLER UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THAT IS COMMONLY NEEDFUL TO A SAFE, HOLY, COMFORTABLE AND PROFITABLE LIFE. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Mother's Catechism: Or, A Familiar Way of Catechising of Children, in the Knowledge of God, Themselves, and the Holy Scriptures. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.

*Baxter, Richard, The Mother's Catechism, and The Catechizing of Families in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Includes: POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK, THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES, and THE MOTHER'S CATECHISM.
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

stst Dr. Joel Beeke at SermonAudio Dr. Joel R. Beeke is Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, and editor of the Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth. http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.%5EJoel%5EBeeke stst Beeke, Joel, Bringing our Children to Christ or are we Hindering our Children? Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=411091044509

*[Bible], The Reformation Study Bible: The Word That Changes Lives -- the Faith That Changed The World, New King James Version (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, March 2001), ISBN: 0785258523 9780785258520. Previously published under the title New Geneva Study Bible: Bringing the Light of the Reformation to Scripture (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995), ISBN: 0840710917 9780840710918.
"The NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE offers a restatement of Reformation truth for Christians today. The first Geneva Bible was a pivotal force in the Reformation. Using the everyday language of its time, it opened the pages of Scripture to readers and provided helpful notes to assist them in understanding its message. It became the family Bible of the English people, and was the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to the New World. Since that time a multitude of English translations and study Bibles have appeared, but none of these has incorporated a summary of Reformed theology." -- Thomas Nelson Publishers
Also available in digital format from Logos Bible Software.
Geneva Bible Notes: Reviews of the 1599 and the 1672 editions of the Notes, and of the Reformation Study Bible
http://www.lettermen2.com/geneva.html
Readers of THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE should also be familiar with the Geneva Bible Notes, The Westminster Family of Documents, the doctrine of the Mediatorial Dominion of Jesus Christ, and the literature of the Covenanted Reformation.
The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards), and Related Works: A Study Guide
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
The Covenanted Reformation of Scotland Author/Title Listing
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.html#crsstl
Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, William L. Roberts D.D.
http://archive.org/details/ReformedPresbyterianCatechism

*Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 2 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
" 'Two large volumes of over 1300 pages! Boston's work is the most comprehensive reference set ever penned on The Westminster Shorter Catechism. Concerning The Shorter Catechism, A.F. Mitchell states '. . . it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (The Westminster Assembly (1643-1652) . . . ). The Shorter Catechism is the 'king of the catechisms' for shear power of expression, combining logical cogency with succinctness. Boston's exposition is unrivalled; there is nothing else like it. Here you have the cream of Puritan catechisms married to the cream of clear Puritan exposition! This is likely Boston's most important work. A set that will meet numerous needs, ranging from use in family worship, Christian education and personal study, to sermon preparation -- and for help in settling debated questions on the Presbytery floor. A one-of-a-kind set of books that will serve your family for generations to come!" -- Publisher
"It is worth while to be a Shorter Catechism boy. They grow to be men. And better than that, the are exceedingly apt to grow to be men of God." -- B.B. Warfield
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

Boykin, Caroline, The Well-versed Family: Raising Kids of Faith Through Do-able Scripture Memory, ISBN: 1598867687 9781598867688.

Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), The Fearful Shame and Contempt of Those Professed Christians, who Neglect to Raise up Spiritual Children to Jesus Christ: Being the substance of two sermons, preached, the one after the ordination of Mr. Ebenezer Brown at Inverkeithing; and the other after a sacramental occasion, at Whitburn.

*Bunyan, John (1628-1688), The Pilgrim's Progress, complete and unabridged. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
Said to be "the greatest book, other than Scripture, which an Englishman has given to mankind." -- GCB
The Banner of Truth Trust publication is recommended. It is facsimile reprinted from the unabridged edition of 1895 published by John C. Nimmo, Ltd. containing the original marginal notes and Scripture references and illustrated with etchings by William Strang.
"Bunyan had better insight into the human heart than modern psychology; namely, because he did not study man apart from his Creator and apart from his deep inward problem." -- Ernest Reisinger
The Pilgrim's Progress
http://www.ccel.org/b/bunyan/pilgrims_progress/title.html
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan [audio files]
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Christiana's Journey: La Peregrina, ISBN: 9780951003527 0951003526. Alternate title: CHRISTIANA'S JOURNEY: OR THE PILGRIM'S PROGRES THE SECOND PART FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME: DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM; WHEREIN IS DISCOVERED THE MANNER OF HIS SETTING OUT; HIS DANGEROUS JOURNEY; AND SAFE ARRIVAL AT THE DESIRED COUNTRY. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
This is part two of PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and is usually bound with PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.
Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html

*Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Craig John Lovik, Tim Lundeen, and Oasis Audio (firm), The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which is to Come, ISBN: 9781441622846 1441622845. A Christian classic.
"The entire book, virtually unabridged -- rewritten for the modern ear by Jim Pappas and brought to life by 77 actors with original music and sound effects -- is now available on audio cassette [audio file]." -- GCB
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan [audio files]
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

Calvin, John (1509-1564), Catechism of the Church of Geneva: Being a Form of Instruction for Children in the Doctrine of Christ. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1. Available in CALVIN'S SELECTED WORKS, TRACTS AND LETTERS.

Carr, S. Wallace, The Bible and the Christian Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

Cook, Earl, Raising Godly Children (Psalm 13) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF11 [audio file].

*Cotton, John (1584-1652, editor), and The Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), New England Primer: Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English. To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
"THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was the first textbook ever printed in America and was used to teach reading and Bible lessons in our schools until the twentieth century. In fact, many of the Founders and their children learned to read from THE PRIMER. This pocket-size edition is an historical reprint of the 1777 version used in many schools during the Founding Era." -- Publisher
"THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was one of the greatest books ever published. It went through innumerable editions; it reflected in a marvelous way the spirit of the age that produced it, and contributed, perhaps more than any other book except the BIBLE, to the molding of those sturdy generations that gave to America its liberty and its institutions.
"The Founding Fathers of this country and other Americans learned to read from this little treasure. There is much that we can learn about them and the way they thought by examining its contents. The true study of history should incorporate the study of what motivated people to do the things they did. This reprint makes for great classroom discussion. It makes for an excellent addition to any American History class at all grade levels and all ages. It is pocket-size, and kids and adults love it. I highly recommend it!" -- Reader's Comment
"WEBSTER'S BLUE-BACKED SPELLING BOOK and the NEW ENGLAND PRIMER were basic, foundational textbooks used in the schools of our Republic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
"These two textbooks prove our founding fathers expected moral truths to be taught in every school subject." -- Reader's Comment
Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), SHORTER CATECHISM; Cotton, John (1584-1652), The New-England Primer Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English: To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism (1777)
http://archive.org/details/newenglandprimer00west

*Davies, Samuel (1723-1761, editor), et al., The Godly Family: A Series of Essays on the Duties of Parents and Children, ISBN: 1877611735 9781877611735, 341 pages.
"Gary Ezzo has collected 16 essays and sermons from 17th and 18th century pastors on ordering a godly home. The book is divided into four section: 1) The Importance of Family Religion, 2) The Duties of Parents, 3) The Duties of Children, 4) The Eternal Family. . . . All of these have been retypeset and updated for easier reading." -- Publisher
"The necessity and excellence of family religion / by Samuel Davies -- The great duty of family religion / by George Whitefield -- A plain and serious address on the important subject of family religion / by Philip Doddridge -- Parental duties illustrated / by Samuel Worcester -- The duties of parents towards their children / by Henry Venn -- Disciplining children / by Arthur Hildersham -- On the method of instructing children / by Henry Venn -- Four sermons on the religious education of children / by Philip Doddridge -- Blessings consequent upon parental fidelity / by Thomas Houston -- The duties of children to their parents / by Samuel Stennett -- The duties of children / by Henry Venn -- Heaven considered as a family / by Samuel Stennett."

*De Graaf, Simon Gerrit, Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes (Scarsdale, NY [Westminster Discount Book Service, P.O. Box 125H, Scarsdale 10583]: Westminster Discount Book Service, 1977). Translated from the Dutch by H. Evan Runner and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. A Christian classic.
"A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible . . . an invaluable resource for teachers, ministers, and parents." -- Christianity Today
"In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: 'Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him. . . .'
"This renewed insight into Biblical revelation is the perspective undergirding De Graaf's treatment of all Bible stories. It makes his book a unique presentation of God's revelation of Himself in the covenant and keeps his interpretations of the stories from degenerating into mere moralizing. Religion is not morality." -- H. Evan Runner
"I highly recommend this book. One of the best books available." -- R.C. Sproul

*Decker, Barbara Proverbs for Parenting: A Topical Guide for Child Raising From the Book of Proverbs, King James Version, ISBN: 0961860839.
"An indispensable tool for parenting, this book arranges the proverbs into over 70 realistic, helpful topics. A sampling of topics covered include: trust in God, obedience, honesty, anger, self-control, temper, arguing, boasting, complaining, love, friendship, happiness, discretion, faithfulness, stewardship, work and many more." -- Publisher
An accompanying book, A COLORING BOOK OF BIBLE PROVERBS is 'a 30-page coloring book illustrating various passages from the Book of Proverbs. Can be used with or without the above hardback book'." -- GCB

*Fennema, Jack, Nurturing Children in the Lord: A Study Guide for Teachers on Developing a Biblical Approach to Discipline.
Sharing Christ with your children. Contains material useful in counseling.
"Such a clear-cut and Biblical approach clearly demonstrates that parents along with teachers, and NOT secular psychology, can do an excellent job of discipline if they follow the guidelines of the Word of God. . . . This 1977 book has proven its worth." -- GCB

*Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, a pen name, 1828-1909), Anna Hand, the Meddlesome Girl, 1868.

*Finley, Martha, Annandale: A Story of the Times of the Covenanters, 1858.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Aunt Hetty's Fowls or, Harry at the Farm, 1876.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Aunt Ruth, or, Persecuted not Forsaken, 1857.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), The Broken Basket, 1870.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Brookside Farm-house: From January to December: For the Little Folks, 1865.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Clouds and Sunshine, or, The Faith Brightened Pathway, 1859.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Ella Clinton, or, By Their Fruits ye Shall Know Them, 1856.

*Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson [Galic for Finley], a pen name), (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 4-book set (Holly Hall Publications, 1997), ISBN: 1888306351 9781888306354.
"Originally written in the late 1800's for girls and young women, the Elsie Dinsmore books were bestsellers for over thirty years. When we are introduced to Elsie in the first book she is a sweet and humble eight-year-old whose great desire in life is to be reunited with her father, whom she has never met. Her faith and her obedience to God's commandments uphold her in the great troubles she often faces, and the drama to which we are spectators is as timely for today's girls as it was for the young ladies of the 19th century. A new edition of one of GCB's best sellers, the series offers Christian values and character building examples through stories that are compelling, heartwarming, and enduring. Ages 10 and up." -- GCB
"The Elsie Books -- 28 in all -- are some of the most widely read children's stories ever written. When they first came out more than a hundred years ago, the publisher could scarcely keep them in stock . . ." -- Publisher
"Altogether Miss Finley's novels sold more than 28,000,000 copies in the last century. This made them among the best-selling novels of all time . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
ClassicReader.com
http://www.classicreader.com/
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com
See: Christian Fiction
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr11ch.html

*Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson], (1828-1909), Book 1: Elsie Dinsmore, ISBN: 158182064X 9781581820645. (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries), ISBN: 1888306319.
"Set amid the sweet blossoms of a southern mansion, this timeless classic delves into the heart of Elsie -- by all counts, an extraordinary little girl. Share in Elsie's quest for love from her earthly father as it leads to a mature understanding of the love of her Father in Heaven. Join Elsie as she suffers through endless hours of scrutiny from Miss Day, her mean-spirited school teacher, taunting from her mischievous young Uncle Arthur, and scoldings from a cold-hearted father she so desires to please -- all with the peace and quiet countenance that comes from knowing she is God's child. This, the first of the heart-warming Elsie Books, will both challenge and inspire you." -- Publisher
Elsie Dinsmore: Book 1, Martha Finley
http://archive.org/details/elsiedinsmore00ferqgoog
ClassicReader.com
http://www.classicreader.com/
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com
See: Christian Fiction
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr11ch.html

*Finley, Martha, Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327. (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many." (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness"), may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man [Human Nature, Total Depravity])" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"), tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

Book 3: Elsie's Girlhood, ISBN: 1888306335 9781888306330.
"Elsie's father marries her beloved Miss Rose, and after a time, Elsie acquires a younger brother and sister. Growing into a beautiful young lady who adores her father and accords him unquestioning obedience, Elsie falls in love with Bromly Egerton, a man who turns out to be a deceiving, gambling reprobate. Heartbroken, the loss affects her health as well as her spirit, and the Dinsmores decide that a sojourn in Europe is the solution. An unexpected encounter in Naples sets the stage for a romance that surprises almost everyone." -- Publisher
Elsie's Girlhood (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=9963

Book 4: Elsie's Womanhood, ISBN: 1888306343 9781888306347.
"As Elsie and her father prepare for her marriage to John Travilla, Elsie moves to Viamede, her mother's childhood home in Louisiana. Overseeing the plantation, Elsie observes the treatment of the slaves and strives to bring them into an awareness of God's love for them. As Mr. and Mrs. Travilla start their life together, Elsie's old boyfriend tries to bring it all to a tragic end. In a fit of jealous rage, he unsuccessfully attempts to shoot the newly married couple. Happy with her life with her new husband, Elsie experiences the wonderful joys of motherhood. Join Elsie as she moves into a wonderful and exciting new phase of her life." -- Publisher
Elsie's Womanhood (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14874

Book 5: Elsie's Motherhood, ISBN: 1888306386 9781888306385.
"Knowing the blessings that have attended her dependence on God all her life, Elsie is careful to inculcate the teaching of the Scriptures in her children from the moment they can understand right from wrong." -- Publisher
Elsie's Motherhood (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14566

Book 6: Elsie's Children, ISBN: 1888306394 9781888306392.
"Are Elsie's children paragons? No, they are beset with the same trials and tribulations as others, but they have a godly mother and father who are ever ready to point out their errors, and to give them scriptural answers. It is no wonder that they grow up to be wonderful witnesses to Christ, also." -- Publisher
Elsie's Children (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14875

Book 7: Elsie's Widowhood, ISBN: 1888306408 9781888306408.
"Elsie's husband was 15 years older, so it was not a surprise that a day would come when she would have to go alone without his dear presence. As could be expected, all accepted it as the will of God, and they set out to grow in grace because of being left without their beloved husband and father." -- Publisher

Book 8: Grandmother Elsie, ISBN: 1888306416 9781888306415.
Grandmother Elsie (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14883

Book 9: Elsie's New Relations, ISBN: 1581821018 9781581821017.
Elsie's New Relations: What They Did and how They Fared at Ion (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14909

Book 10: Elsie at Nantucket, ISBN: 1581821026 9781581821024.
Elsie at Nantucket (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14379

Book 11: The Two Elsies, ISBN: 1581821042 9781581821048.
The Two Elsies (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=13379

Book 12: Kith and Kin, ISBN: 1581821050 9781581821055.
Elsie's Kith and Kin (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14488

Book 13: Elsie's Friends at Woodburn, ISBN: 1581821077 9781581821079.

Book 14: Elsie's Christmas (Christmas With Grandma Elsie), ISBN: 1581821085 9781581821086.
Christmas With Grandma Elsie (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14534

Book 15: Elsie and the Raymonds, ISBN: 1581821107 9781581821109.

Book 16: Yachting With the Raymonds, ISBN: 1581821115 9781581821116.

Book 17: Elsie's Vacation (and After Events), ISBN: 1581821131 9781581821130.
Elsie's Vacation and After Events (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=18058

Book 18: Elsie at Viamede, ISBN: 158182114X 9781581821147.

Book 19: Elsie at Ion, ISBN: 1581821719 9781581821710.

Book 20: Elsie at the World's Fair, ISBN: 1581821727 9781581821727.
Elsie at the World's Fair (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14910

Book 21: Elsie's Journey on Inland Waters, ISBN: 1581821743 9781581821741.

Book 22: Elsie at Home, ISBN: 1581821751 9781581821758.
Elsie at Home (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=17496

Book 23: Elsie on the Hudson, ISBN: 1581821778 9781581821772.

Book 24: Elsie in the South, ISBN: 1581821786 9781581821789.

Book 25: Elsie's Young Folks (in Peace and War), ISBN: 1581821808 9781581821802.

Book 26: Elsie's Winter Trip, ISBN: 1581821816 9781581821819.

Book 27: Elsie and Her Loved Ones, ISBN: 1581821832 9781581821833

Book 28: Elsie and Her Namesakes, ISBN: 1581821840 9781581821840.


*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Little Patience, 1868.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Marion Harvie, a Tale of Persecution in the Seventeenth Century, 1857.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Maud's two Homes, 1868.

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), The Peddler of La Grave, 1875.

*Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, a pen name, 1828-1909), The Mildred Series: A Companion Series of the "Elsie" Books, a 7-book series (New York, NY: A.L. Burt Company, 1876, and Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 1: Mildred Keith (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries), ISBN: 1581822278 9781581822274.

Book 2: Mildred at Roselands, ISBN: 1581822286 9781581822281.

Book 3: Mildred and Elsie.

Book 4: Mildred's Married Life and a Winter With Elsie Dinsmore.

Book 5: Mildred at Home, ISBN: 1581822316 9781581822311.

Book 6: Mildred's Boys and Girls, ISBN: 1581822324 9781581822328.

Book 7: Mildred's New Daughter, ISBN: 1581822332 9781581822335.


*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Martha Finley Ultimate Collection -- 35+ Novels in one Volume, an eBook, ISBN: 8026867130 9788026867135.
This carefully crafted eBook: "MARTHA FINLEY ULTIMATE COLLECTION - 35+ NOVELS IN ONE VOLUME (INCLUDING THE COMPLETE ELSIE DINSMORE SERIES & MILDRED KEITH COLLECTION) is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Elsie Dinsmore Series: Elsie Dinsmore; Elsie's Holidays at Roselands; Elsie's Girlhood; Elsie's Womanhood; Elsie's Motherhood; Elsie's Children; Elsie's Widowhood; Grandmother Elsie; Elsie's New Relations; Elsie at Nantucket; Two Elsies; Elsie's Kith and Kin; Elsie's Friends at Woodburn; Christmas with Grandma Elsie; Elsie and the Raymonds; Elsie Yachting with the Raymonds; Elsie's Vacation; Elsie at Viamede; Elsie at Ion; Elsie at the World's Fair; Elsie's Journey on Inland Waters; Elsie at Home; Elsie on the Hudson; Elsie in the South; Elsie's Young Folks; Elsie's Winter Trip; Elsie and Her Loved Ones; Elsie and Her Namesakes; Mildred Keith Series: Mildred Keith; Mildred at Roselands; Mildred and Elsie; Mildred's Married Life; Mildred at Home; Mildred's Boys and Girls; Mildred's New Daughter; Other Novels: Edith's Sacrifice; Ella Clinton; Signing the Contract and What it Cost; The Thorn in the Nest; and The Tragedy of Wild River Valley.
"Martha Finley (1828-1909) was a teacher and author of numerous works, the most well-known being the 28-volume Elsie Dinsmore Series which was published over a span of 38 years." -- Publisher

Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), The Catechising of Youth and Christ's Favour to Little Children Displayed (1713). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"The two sermons noted above form foundational teaching that every family should be aware of and practice. A faithful ministry and faithful parents, who catechize their children daily, will do more for true Reformation and godliness than just about any other means to this end. Here Henry also adds simple questions to each question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism to help explain it to beginners. Very practical!" -- Publisher
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

Hill, Harold, Bible Answers for King's Kids
Compiled by Gretchen Zimmer Black with Irene Burk Harrell.

*Hoeksema, Herman Believers and Their Seed: Children in the Covenant,

James, John Angell (1785-1859), The Christian Father's Present to His Children, ISBN: 1877611700 9781877611704.
"This is a wonderful book by an early 19th century preacher in England encouraging fathers as they lead in their homes. Most of his writings had to do with the pastoral ministry; but this book is for fathers. The main tenet of the book is that the best gift fathers can give to their children is a godly upbringing in the fear and admonition of the Lord, firm but loving discipline to restrain evil in them, and to build a moral conscience into their children, so that even if God does not save them, their punishment will be less." -- Publisher

Klaus, Sandra, Ten to Grow on: Teaching the Ten Commandments to Today's Children, ISBN: 0310540615 9780310540618.
"For ages 8-12. Introduction to each commandment, modern-day story which illustrates the commandment, discussion questions, memory verse activities, song suggestions, classroom activities, and reproducible puzzles." -- GCB

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996), Finding Healthy Self-Esteem Through Being Completely Forgiven (Quality Living Series. Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown, 19046]: World Harvest, 1987).
"Do you feel inadequate? That you need to do more or be better in order to be happy and fulfilled? You may not realize it, but your biggest problem is . . . you don't feel completely forgiven."
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Johnson, Ron, Joseph W. Hinkle, and Charles M. Lowry, Oikos: A Practical Approach to Family Evangelism, ISBN: 0805462341 9780805462340.

*Price, Greg L., Bringing our Children to Christ. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8.

Richards, Lawrence O., It Couldn't Just Happen: Faith Building Evidences for Young People, ISBN: 0849907152 9780849907159 0849935830 9780849935831.
"An incredible book. Makes the study of astronomy and biology fascinating. Uses information from these disciplines to present the awesome wonder of creation in terms that will captivate teens (as well as those who teach them). Highly recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

Anonymous, The Psalter: or, Psalms of David: With the Proverbs of Solomon, and Christ's Sermon on the Mount: Being an Introduction for Children to the Reading of the Holy Scriptures: Carefully Copied From the Holy Bible. With the Proverbs of Solomon, and Christ's Sermon on the Mount: Being an Introduction for Children to the Reading of the Holy Scriptures: Carefully Copied From the Holy Bible, 1784.

Masters, Lavonne, The Bible Verse Book, ISBN: 0840732295 9780840732293.
"Presents five steps to help children memorize the Scriptures and understand and apply those verses to their lives." -- GCB

Merrill, Dean, and Grace Merrill, Together at Home: 100 Proven Ways to Nurture Your Child's Faith, ISBN: 0840759932 9780840759931.
"An encyclopedia of action-ideas. Creative discussions which will especially help the parents of 6-12 year olds. Nuts and bolts stuff for becoming a family by doing things together." -- GCB

Murphy, Elspeth Campbell, God, You Fill us up With Joy: Psalm 100 for Children, ISBN: 1555130372 9781555130374.
Illustrated by Jane E. Nelson.

*Palmer, Peter, Manning De V. Lee, and Jay P. Sr. Green (editor), The Children's Bible Story Book, ISBN: 1878442899 9781878442895.
Said to be the best of the Bible story books.

Phillips, Phil, and Syvelle Phillips, Helping Your Children Walk With God, ISBN: 0840791380 9780840791382.

*Tripp, Theodore A., and David Powlison Shepherding a Child's Heart, ISBN: 0966378601 9780966378603.
"Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life. SHEPHERDING A CHILD'S HEART gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing." -- Publisher

*Reimer, Kathie, 1001 Ways to Introduce Your Child to God, ISBN: 0842347577 9780842347570.
"Creative ideas to help children develop godly attitudes and healthy ways of thinking." -- Publisher

*Rogers, Judy, Judy Rogers Tapes (Jackson, MS [Judy Rogers Tapes, 5125 Robinson Road, Jackson 39204]: Judy Rogers Tapes).
"Judy Rogers' tapes are one of a kind. Biblically concerned parents should obtain them at all costs!" -- Jay E. Adams

Shop Judy Rogers Music Online
http://www.judyrogers.com/catalog.php?item=4&ret=judyrogers.com%2Fcatalog.php%3Fpage%3D1%26item%3D6

*Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), The Duties of Parents, ISBN: 1583391703 9781583391709. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"Ryle said something which is as true in our day as it was in his. Without proper instruction children will not grow up to be good followers of Christ. This small book is a strong encouragement and exhortation to all parents to train up their children in the way of truth." -- GCB
The Duties of Parents
http://archive.org/details/J.C.RyleKindleBooks

*Schoolland, Marian M., Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings, ISBN: 0802851207 9780802851208.
Contains material useful in counseling.

*Spotts, Dwight, and David Veerman, Reaching Out to Troubled Youth, ISBN: 0896932966 9780896932968.
"A very important book that those who work with children and youth will find extremely helpful. The material is arranged topically, shows evidence of extensive research, and provides helpful quotations of relevant material. A valuable resource." -- Cyril J. Barber
"This double-column book is a resource tool offering facts, figures, case studies, and practical advice for reaching out to young people who hurt. Advice is offered on how to: communicate, discipline, share the hope of the Gospel, and how to deal with special problems like substance abuse, child abuse, and homosexuality." -- GCB

*Sprague, William B., Lectures to Young People, ISBN: 0873779479. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This great evangelistic tool provides parents a faithful means of presenting Gospel truth to their young people." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Come Ye Children: A Book on the Christian Training of Children, ISBN: 0686168402 9781845505127 1845505123. Alternate title: COME YE CHILDREN PRACTICAL HELP TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS.
"In this book Spurgeon provides valuable aid for parents, teachers and youth leaders on the subject of training children." -- GCB
"A book for parents and teachers on the Christian training of children as well as the evangelization of children called by the grace of God. Contains such chapters as: "Fed my Lambs -- How to Do It," "Do Not Hinder the Children," "Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven," "The Child Timothy and His Teachers," and "Abijah's 'Some Good Thing'." -- Gospel Mission
Come Ye Children, by C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/cyc.php

*Spurgeon, Charles Haddon (1834-1892), A Good Start: A Book for Young Men and Women, ISBN: 1573580082 9781573580083.
"Spurgeon at his best for young people!
"Teaches the character forming age that faithful warning, wise counsel, and sympathetic admonition are particularly valuable. Spurgeon aims to lead them to Christ and to encourage and stimulate them in their aspirations after nobility." -- Reader's Comment

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Jesus Christ Himself (Ephesians 2:20). A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
"Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life?
"You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

Tallach, John, They Shall be Mine, ISBN: 0851513204 9780851513201.
"A book for young people. He tells about men and women from all over the world who have proved themselves to be faithful followers of the Lord." -- GCB

Trumbull, Henry Clay, Hints on Child Training, ISBN: 188393401X 9781883934019.
"This book has been called the 'single best volume on the subject of child training ever written.' . . . This is the 1890 writing by the author setting forth the same time-tested and proven methods that have helped to raise children for over 100 years." -- Publisher

Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

*Vos, Catherine, Child's Story Bible, ISBN: 0802850111 9780802850119.
"Since the CHILDREN'S BIBLE STORY BOOK by Peter Palmer is presently out of print [notice it is again in print as of February 2002 -- compiler], this by Vos is undoubtedly the best of the Bible story books. She is sound in her doctrine, restrains her imaginative additions to the Biblical record, and shows an understanding of the mind of a child." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Parents themselves don't often model personal devotions because so much of the Bible is difficult to understand. Read this every night and I guarantee you'll understand your own Bible much better, and have the best basic biblical overview possible! Vos doesn't water down the Bible stories -- even some of the gory details -- but in a respectful, careful manner she presents nearly every bible story. We LOVE this book!" -- Reader's Comment

Watson, Carol, and Ann Baum (contributor), 365 Children's Prayers: Prayers old and new for Today and Every day, ISBN: 0745914543 9780745914541 0745917216 9780745917214 074591912X 9780745919126 0732400104 9780732400101.
"This is a wondrous book on praying for it offers 365 prayers -- most written by children. The prayers cover topical issues and are separated into six easy to follow categories. I have purchased many copies of this book over the years for use as gifts, for use in Sunday School, and I have two copies for personal use. An excellent choice!" -- Reader's Comment

Welch, Ed, Using the Gospel in Your Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF07 [audio file].

White, William R. (compiler), Stories for the Journey: A Sourcebook for Christian Storytellers, ISBN: 0806623640 9780806623641.
Includes bibliography.

Witherspoon, Thomas D., Children of the Covenant.

Wooden, Keith, Teaching Children to Pray, ISBN: 0310544815 9780310544814.
"Here is a book for all parents. Children don't just know how to pray, you have to show them. This book is a good place to start." -- GCB

See also: Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Words of Christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Filial love (love toward parents), Works of Martha Finley, Christian fiction, Apologetics, Believer's Position in Christ and Sonship, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Evangelism, Other works on the gospel, Peer counseling, one-on-one evangelism, Cross of Christ, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, Teaching children, Grace of God, Holiness, Justification and sanctification, Knowing Christ, Prayer, Priesthood of believers, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, False gospels, Resources for students, Revival, Sharing christ with your children, Small group evangelism, Spiritual warfare, Student resources, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1671, 4140

Related WebLinks

Apostles Creed
http://www.reformed.org/documents/apostles_creed.html

Bible Presbyterian Church Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
http://shortercatechism.com/

Catechism for Young Children: An Introduction to the Shorter Catechism
http://www.reformed.org/documents/cat_for_young_children.html

Child Evangelism Fellowship
http://www.cefonline.com/

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Dare to be a Daniel
"Did you know that most people come to faith in Jesus Christ before the age of 18? What better way to reach the next generation than through their classmates and friends who already believe.
"Dare to Be a Daniel is a new training program from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) to help equip boys and girls ages 9 to 14 to share their faith in Jesus with others. Through a printed booklet, a CD-ROM, this fun, interactive Web site, and other tools, youth are given simple steps they can use when telling others about Christ. We are also developing a 13-week Sunday school curriculum based on this program."
http://www.daretobeadaniel.com/

The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification (1646)
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/the-directory-for-family-worship-approved-by-the-general-assembly-of-the-church-of-scotland-for-piety-and-uniformity-in-secret-and-private-worship-and-mutual-edification

A Guide for Young Christians John W. Robbins
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=125

Judy Rogers Music Online
http://www.judyrogers.com/testimonials.html

Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://www.biblestudytools.com/search/?q=Christ%2C+Prayers+of&s=References&rc=CON&rc2=NTB

The Religious Nurture of Children: The Reformed Faith in its Ethical Consequences in the Family, John Macleod (1872-1948)
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/the-reformed-faith-in-its-ethical-consequences-in-the-family.php

Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

Small Children's Catechism
http://www.reformed.org/documents/child_cat.html

Welch, Ed, Using the Gospel in Your Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF07 [audio file].

Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html

Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

Works by Martha Finley
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr4ch.html#wbmfinleywo



Filial Love (Love Toward Parents

The Elsie Books 28-book series by Martha Finley, in its original, unmodernized text is probably the best fictional model of the Christain family ever written.
Likewise, the example of Elsie's life is one of the best models for Christian girls.
Filial love, the love of a child for their parents, is one of the themes of the series.
Recommended for ages 10 and up. Martha Finley wrote them originally for girls, but they are enjoyed by boys and adults alike.
Notice the original text of this series is becoming available free in Project Gutenberg e-text. We have added links to the e-text as of May 2007.

Ebel, Frank J., The Christian's Filial Relationship to God

*Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson [Galic for Finley], a pen name), (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 4-book set (Holly Hall Publications, 1997), ISBN: 1888306351 9781888306354.
"Originally written in the late 1800's for girls and young women, the Elsie Dinsmore books were bestsellers for over thirty years. When we are introduced to Elsie in the first book she is a sweet and humble eight-year-old whose great desire in life is to be reunited with her father, whom she has never met. Her faith and her obedience to God's commandments uphold her in the great troubles she often faces, and the drama to which we are spectators is as timely for today's girls as it was for the young ladies of the 19th century. A new edition of one of GCB's best sellers, the series offers Christian values and character building examples through stories that are compelling, heartwarming, and enduring. Ages 10 and up." -- GCB
"The Elsie Books -- 28 in all -- are some of the most widely read children's stories ever written. When they first came out more than a hundred years ago, the publisher could scarcely keep them in stock . . ." -- Publisher
"Altogether Miss Finley's novels sold more than 28,000,000 copies in the last century. This made them among the best-selling novels of all time . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Elsie Dinsmore: Book 1, Martha Finley
http://archive.org/details/elsiedinsmore00ferqgoog
ClassicReader.com
http://www.classicreader.com/
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com
See: Christian Fiction
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr11ch.html

Book 1: Elsie Dinsmore, ISBN: 158182064X 9781581820645.
"Set amid the sweet blossoms of a southern mansion, this timeless classic delves into the heart of Elsie -- by all counts, an extraordinary little girl. Share in Elsie's quest for love from her earthly father as it leads to a mature understanding of the love of her Father in Heaven. Join Elsie as she suffers through endless hours of scrutiny from Miss Day, her mean-spirited school teacher, taunting from her mischievous young Uncle Arthur, and scoldings from a cold-hearted father she so desires to please -- all with the peace and quiet countenance that comes from knowing she is God's child. This, the first of the heart-warming Elsie Books, will both challenge and inspire you." -- Publisher
Elsie Dinsmore: Book 1, Martha Finley
http://www.hshangout.com/elsie.html
Elsie Dinsmore (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=6440

*Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness"), may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man [Human Nature, Total Depravity])" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"), tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

Book 3: Elsie's Girlhood, ISBN: 1888306335 9781888306330.
"Elsie's father marries her beloved Miss Rose, and after a time, Elsie acquires a younger brother and sister. Growing into a beautiful young lady who adores her father and accords him unquestioning obedience, Elsie falls in love with Bromly Egerton, a man who turns out to be a deceiving, gambling reprobate. Heartbroken, the loss affects her health as well as her spirit, and the Dinsmores decide that a sojourn in Europe is the solution. An unexpected encounter in Naples sets the stage for a romance that surprises almost everyone." -- Publisher
Elsie's Girlhood (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=9963

Book 4: Elsie's Womanhood, ISBN: 1888306343 9781888306347.
"As Elsie and her father prepare for her marriage to John Travilla, Elsie moves to Viamede, her mother's childhood home in Louisiana. Overseeing the plantation, Elsie observes the treatment of the slaves and strives to bring them into an awareness of God's love for them. As Mr. and Mrs. Travilla start their life together, Elsie's old boyfriend tries to bring it all to a tragic end. In a fit of jealous rage, he unsuccessfully attempts to shoot the newly married couple. Happy with her life with her new husband, Elsie experiences the wonderful joys of motherhood. Join Elsie as she moves into a wonderful and exciting new phase of her life." -- Publisher
Elsie's Womanhood (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14874

Rank, Maureen Dealing With the Dad of Your Past, ISBN: 0871236222 9780871236227.
"Practical, biblical counsel for every woman.
"Although fathers are not the only determining influence in their daughters' lives, it is true that their impact at times may be the most ignored. Current research shows that a girl's relationship with her father is absolutely critical to her psychological, social, and spiritual development. This is grim news to a group of people whom psychologists are labeling, 'The Fatherless Generation.' Physically absent dads (the current experience of one-fourth of American children under 18), emotionally absent dads, and abusive dads are impacting daughters as well as sons.
"God as Father designed earthly fathers to model His loving care through personal involvement, warmth, discipline, and wise direction and counsel toward maturity. Where these are lacking in a daughter's life, profound effects occur. As difficult as that may be to face, that process is the only way to emotional and spiritual wholeness. It requires a sometimes painful look back and honest assessment of the dad of the past. It means coming to terms with who he really was, who he wasn't, and what can be done about it now. Through God's restoring process, daughters will be challenged to embrace the One perfect Father who is always there and allow His life-changing truth and power to 'make all things new'." -- Publisher

Strom, Kay Marshall, Making Friends With Your Father: A Book for Daughters, ISBN: 0310548918 9780310548911.
"Looks at how your father has affected you, how your father influences your choice of men, how to deal with problem fathers, and much more." -- GCB

Strom, Kay Marshall, Making Friends With Your Mother, ISBN: 0310532515 9780310532514.

See also: The fatherhood of god, Adoption into god's family, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Fatherhood, Fatherlessness, Christian fiction (for all the Elsie books), Works of martha finley, Finding the perfect parent in god, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 3971-3974

Related WebLinks

Christian Fiction (for all the Elsie books)
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr11ch.html

Elsie Book Reviews
http://www.amazon.com/Elsie-Dinsmore-Original-Classics-Book/dp/158182064X

Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com

Martha Finley, Wikipedia entry
Lists Elsie books that are online at Project Gutenberg.
"Martha Finley (1828-1909), was a teacher and author of numerous works, the most well known being the 28 volume Elsie Dinsmore series which was published over a span of 38 years. The daughter of Presbyterian minister Dr. James Brown Finley and his wife and cousin Maria Theresa Brown Finley, she was born on April 26th, 1828 in Chillicothe, Ohio. Finley wrote many of her books under the pseudonym Martha Farquharson. She died in 1909 in Elkton, Maryland, where she moved in 1876.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Finley

Works by Martha Finley
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr4ch.html#wbmfinleywo



Teaching/Training Children

Give instruction to a youth about his way,
Even when he is old he turneth not from it.
(Proverbs 22:6, YLTHB)

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 18:16)

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. (Colossians 1:9)

Let it be the principal part of your care and labour in all their educations, to make holiness appear to them the most necessary, honourable, gainful, pleasant, delightful, amiable state of life; and to keep them from apprehending it either as needless, dishonourable, hurtful, or uncomfortable. Especially draw them to the love of it, by representing it as lovely. And therefore begin with that which is easiest and most grateful to them (as the history of the Scripture, and the lives of the martyrs, and other good men, and some short, familiar lessons). For though in restraining them from sin, you must go to the highest step at first, and not think to draw them from it by allowing them the least degree; (for every degree disposeth to more, and none is to be allowed, and a general reformation is the easiest as well as absolutely necessary); yet in putting them upon the practice of religious duties, you must carry them on by degrees, and put them at first upon no more than they can bear; either upon the learning or doctrines too high and spiritual for them, or upon such duty for quality or quantity as is over-burdensome to them; for if you once turn their hearts against religion, and make it seem a slavery and a tedious life to them, you take the course to harden them against it. And therefore all children must not be used alike. . . . -- Richard Baxter

A Biblical Counselor tells the story of his high school son who attended church regularly with the family, but with little or no enthusiasm.
His father entered into a deal with his son to memorize verses of Scripture. The conditions: the father would select the verse, the son would memorize the verse, the father could request that he recite any verse at any time, each time he recited a verse correctly his father would pay him $5.00 (about 1976), if he failed to recite a verse correctly (word for word with the book, chapter, and verse), then he paid his father $5.00.
At first he memorized just for the money. Later he began requesting more verses. His father selected verses bearing on events in his son's life at the moment. As the number of verses grew, the father was able to request verses to be recited that spoke to the specific needs of the moment. By the time of his graduation from high school he had over 100 verses of Scripture committed to memory. The son then went to Columbia Seminary and is now a pastor. (For those who do not immediately see, this is a practical way to purchase the soul of a child, spouse, or neighbor for Christ before they barter it for a "mess of pottage.")

*Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home, ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
"His [Adam's], approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, 'A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- Publisher
"Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB
A study guide is available.
Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE).
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

Adams, Richard, What are the Duties of Parents and Children; and How are They to be Managed According to Scripture? 1674. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This Puritan author writes, 'My business is not to discuss the entity of relations in their foundation and terms, which the philosopher is conversant about; but to discourse on the efficacy of the chiefest in Christian practice; that is, to inquire into the nature and management of those reciprocal offices betwixt parents and children, which if well discharged according to the sense of the divine oracles, do contribute most to the happiness of human society, and give reputation to the communion of saints.' And that 'their children may continue, and their seed shall be established before' them (Psalm 102:28)." -- Publisher

Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), The Stuff of Life: Forty-two Brief Talks on Daily Duty and Religion.

Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Turn but a Stone Addresses to Children.

*Andreola, Karen, A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning, ISBN: 1889209023 9781889209029.
"A thorough chapter-by-chapter overview of the inspiring teaching principles of Christian educator Charlotte Mason, this book reveals the practical day by day method of how to teach the Charlotte Mason way. The author offers friendly advice, and humor, along with the joys and struggles of real homeschool life. The book covers education, parenting, homeschooling and lots of encouraging advice for mothers." -- Publisher

*Andreola, Karen, Beautiful Girlhood, ISBN: 1883934028 9781883934026.
"The book deals primarily with the Christian character development, moral virtues, and manners of pre-teen and teenage girls. It is one of the best-selling titles in the homeschooling community." -- Publisher

Banks, Robert J., and R. Paul Stevens (editors), The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity: An A-to-Z Guide to Following Christ in Every Aspect of Life, ISBN: 083081454X 9780830814541.

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Catechizing of Families Alternate title: THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES: A TEACHER OF HOUSHOLDERS HOW TO TEACH THEIR HOUSHOLDS: USEFUL ALSO TO SCHOOL-MASTERS AND TUTORS OF YOUTH: FOR THOSE THAT ARE PAST THE COMMON SMALL CHATECHISMS [SIC], AND WOULD GROW TO A MORE ROOTED FAITH, AND TO THE FULLER UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THAT IS COMMONLY NEEDFUL TO A SAFE, HOLY, COMFORTABLE AND PROFITABLE LIFE, ISBN: 1877611360. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, The Mother's Catechism, The Catechizing of Families, and The Poor Man's Family Book. Available in Baxter, Richard, THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4, 1877611360 9781877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Mother's Catechism: Or, A Familiar Way of Catechising of Children, in the Knowledge of God, Themselves, and the Holy Scriptures. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Poor Man's Family Book: 1. Teaching him how to Become a True Christian, 2. How to Live as a Christian, Towards God, Himself and Others, in all his Relations, Especially in His Family, 3. How to die as a Christian in Hope and Comfort, and so to be Glorified With Christ for Ever: In Plain Familiar Conferences Between a Teacher and a Learner. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.

Beeke, Joel, Catechising our Children (MP3). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 2 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
" 'Two large volumes of over 1300 pages! Boston's work is the most comprehensive reference set ever penned on The Westminster Shorter Catechism. Concerning The Shorter Catechism, A.F. Mitchell states '. . . it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (The Westminster Assembly (1643-1652) . . . ). The Shorter Catechism is the 'king of the catechisms' for shear power of expression, combining logical cogency with succinctness. Boston's exposition is unrivalled; there is nothing else like it. Here you have the cream of Puritan catechisms married to the cream of clear Puritan exposition! This is likely Boston's most important work. A set that will meet numerous needs, ranging from use in family worship, Christian education and personal study, to sermon preparation -- and for help in settling debated questions on the Presbytery floor. A one-of-a-kind set of books that will serve your family for generations to come!" -- Publisher
"It is worth while to be a Shorter Catechism boy. They grow to be men. And better than that, the are exceedingly apt to grow to be men of God." -- B.B. Warfield
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), A Christian Philosophy of Education, ISBN: 1891777068.
"The first edition of this book was published in 1946. It sparked the contemporary interest in Christian schools. Dr. Clark has thoroughly revised and updated it, and it is needed now more than ever. Its chapters include: The need for a world-view, The christian world-view, The alternative to christian theism, Neutrality, Ethics, The christian philosophy of education, Academic matters, Kindergarten to university.
"This is a complete statement of the need for and purpose of a Christian education by one of the leading Christian educators of the twentieth century. The book is completely indexed and may be studied with profit by both teachers and students . . .
"Three appendices are included as well: The relationship of public education to christianity, A protestant world-view, and Art and the gospel." -- The Trinity Foundation

*Cotton, John (1584-1652, editor), and The Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), New England Primer: Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English. To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
"THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was the first textbook ever printed in America and was used to teach reading and Bible lessons in our schools until the twentieth century. In fact, many of the Founders and their children learned to read from THE PRIMER. This pocket-size edition is an historical reprint of the 1777 version used in many schools during the Founding Era." -- Publisher
"THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was one of the greatest books ever published. It went through innumerable editions; it reflected in a marvelous way the spirit of the age that produced it, and contributed, perhaps more than any other book except the BIBLE, to the molding of those sturdy generations that gave to America its liberty and its institutions.
"The Founding Fathers of this country and other Americans learned to read from this little treasure. There is much that we can learn about them and the way they thought by examining its contents. The true study of history should incorporate the study of what motivated people to do the things they did. This reprint makes for great classroom discussion. It makes for an excellent addition to any American History class at all grade levels and all ages. It is pocket-size, and kids and adults love it. I highly recommend it!" -- Reader's Comment
"WEBSTER'S BLUE-BACKED SPELLING BOOK and the NEW ENGLAND PRIMER were basic, foundational textbooks used in the schools of our Republic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
"These two textbooks prove our founding fathers expected moral truths to be taught in every school subject." -- Reader's Comment
Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), SHORTER CATECHISM; Cotton, John (1584-1652), The New-England Primer Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English: To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism (1777)
http://archive.org/details/newenglandprimer00west

Dedrick, William, and Colleen Dedrick, The Little Book of Christian Character and Manners, ISBN: 188830622X 9781888306224.
"Are you looking for a brief and thoroughly Biblical book on training children from a Reformed perspective? The sections on eating habits, table manners, cleanliness, self-restraint, quietness, and industry are among the most helpful. You will want to use this as a 'working handbook' to read and re-read in training your children." -- Publisher

*De Graaf, Simon Gerrit, Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes (Scarsdale, NY [Westminster Discount Book Service, P.O. Box 125H, Scarsdale 10583]: Westminster Discount Book Service, 1977). Translated from the Dutch by H. Evan Runner and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. A Christian classic.
"A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible . . . an invaluable resource for teachers, ministers, and parents." -- Christianity Today
"In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: 'Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him. . . .'
"This renewed insight into Biblical revelation is the perspective undergirding De Graaf's treatment of all Bible stories. It makes his book a unique presentation of God's revelation of Himself in the covenant and keeps his interpretations of the stories from degenerating into mere moralizing. Religion is not morality." -- H. Evan Runner
"I highly recommend this book. One of the best books available." -- R.C. Sproul

Du Plessis, Susan, and Jan Strydom, The Creators of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) on Trial: And of Youth Violence, the Drug Culture, Teen-age Promiscuity, the Wave of Teen Suicides and Illiteracy, ISBN: 1919751076 9781919751078.

Du Plessis, Susan, and Jan Strydom, The Myth of ADHD and Other Learning Disabilities: Parenting Without Ritalin, ISBN: 1563841800 9781563841804.
"If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or some other behavior disorder, be careful. This diagnosis might be false. . . . The authors of this book explain how parents can teach their children the skills of concentration and self-control without drugging them into submission. Book jacket." -- Publisher
Contents:

1. A Frog in a Pot 13
2. The Myth of ADHD 22
3. The "Smart Pill" 39
4. Man Must Learn to Be Human 47
5. Questions Most Frequently Asked 59
6. The Decomposition of Society 68
7. The Soulless Roots of Psychology and Psychiatry 92
8. The Revolt against Morals 110
9. Chaos in the Classroom 130
10. The "Heart" of Psychology and Psychiatry 151
11. Man Is More Than an Animal 167
12. Training for Self-discipline and Self-restraint 191
13. The Other Side of the Coin 207
14. The Keys to the Kingdom 216
15. The Stratified Nature of Learning 228
16. The Road That Conquers Death 242
17. The "Religion" of Modern Man 254
18. Questions and Answers on Discipline 264
19. From Theories to Practice / Susan du Plessis 281.
Fitzpatrick, Elyse, More Than Bread: A Workbook for Women who Struggle With Eating (San Diego, CA: CCEF West [now Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship]). Available from Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, 3495 College Ave., San Diego, CA, 92115; 619-582-5554.
"A workbook that addresses ungodly eating habits, both the obvious behaviors and the typical motives of the heart that produce such behavior. Addresses three main categories of sinful eating: overeating, anorexia, and bulimia." -- David Powlison
Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West)
http://www.ibcd.org/

Froehlich, Mary Ann, Music Education in the Christian Home: How to Nurture the Musician in Your Child, ISBN: 1568570317 9781568570310.
" 'Music is a wonderful gift from God and an appreciation for music should have its roots in the home, but knowing where and how to begin, and what to include can often make the task less than appealing,' says the author. Helps parents to understand the importance and role of music in worship, gives an overview of music history, tells how to encourage your child musically, and discusses the role of church and school." -- GCB

Fugate, J. Richard, What the Bible Says About Child Training, 2nd edition, ISBN: 1888306513 9781888306514.
"Saturated with sound biblical support, the book opens with the God-ordained concepts of creation, authority, leadership, and obedience. Fugate then links these biblical concepts to the responsibility of parents in parenting and the child's respect of authority. The author then shows how our children's response to physical authorities (parents, teachers, government), will influence his or her response to the authority of God and His Word. This book is a must for anyone striving to be a godly parent and praying for the salvation of their children! Every new Christian parent should own one!" -- Reader's Comment

Fulbright, Robert G., New Dimension in Teaching Children, ISBN: 0805449175 9780805449174.
"This is a book designed to assist teachers in guiding their pupils into a real-life involvement with Jesus Christ." -- Cyril J. Barber

Goertzel, Victor, Mildred George Goertzel, Ted George Goertzel, and Ariel Hansen, Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More Than Seven Hundred Famous Men and Women: The Complete Original Text, ISBN: 0910707561 9780910707565 091070757X 9780910707572 (OCoLC)690828797.
This work shows how God uses adversity in life to draw out the best in individuals. Authors and subjects are, for the most part, secular.
A "newly published, updated, and expanded second edition of Ted Goertzel and Ariel Hanzen's CRADLES OF EMINENCE: CHILDHOODS OF MORE THAN 700 FAMOUS MEN AND WOMEN features the childhood biographies of more than 700 outstanding personalities. These sketches of the formative years of distinguished individuals reveal amazing insights into factors that can contribute to greatness, particularly in todays demanding and ever-changing world. Fascinating to read in its own right, and a wealth of anecdotal information about the youthful struggles of truly remarkable people including Alfred Hitchcock, Oprah Winfrey, Helen Keller, The Dalai Lama, Pablo Picasso, and many more." -- Reader's Comment
"This book is a fascinating look at the family patterns of eminent individuals across many generations. I couldn't put it down. If you like biographies, this is the ultimate collection of interesting stories." -- Reader's Comment "Do eminent adults have common childhood experiences? Did their parents help foster environments that could lead to eminence? Findings from [this book], reveal that eminent adults, in their childhoods, strongly disliked school but had families who valued education; had highly opinionated parents often with a dominating mother; grew up 'feeling different' from others. Readers are challenged to consider what factors will foster eminence in today's world of mass media and technological change." -- Publisher
"Victor Goertzel, a psychologist specializing in psychotherapy, was past president of the National Association for Gifted Children. Mildred George Goertzel directed a school for emotionally disturbed children. Ted George Goertzel is a professor and former chairperson in the sociology department at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. Ariel Hansen is a recent graduate from Haverford College and works in the field of science journalism." -- Publisher

Greene, Lawrence J., Learning Disabilities and Your Child: A Survival Handbook, ISBN: 0893343242 9780893343248. Alternate title: KIDS WHO HATE SCHOOL.
"Learning disabilities don't have to stand in the way of your child's success.
"A learning disability can be at the root of your child's resistance, failure, and low self-esteem. It's no wonder that children with learning disabilities have difficulties both at home and at school, difficulties that are reflected in poor performance records.
"Lawrence J. Greene, a pioneer in the field of learning disabilities and the Executive Director of the Developmental Learning Center in San Jose, California, for seventeen years, shares his knowledge and experience in compassionate and understanding terms. He explains how to diagnose learning disabilities ranging from dyslexia and hyperactivity to language disorders and tuning out -- and how they might affect your child. He offers helpful advice on choosing the right school or program for your child and on getting the support you need. Anecdotes, where parents and children speak out, as well as step-by-step programs that you can begin right now, make this unique book a vital guide for parents and teachers of learning disabled children." -- Publisher

*Gregory, John Milton, The Seven Laws of Teaching, ISBN: 0801052726 9780801052729.
"An unabridged reprint of the 1886 edition. Each principle of education is supported by Scripture, a factor alone that makes this edition an invaluable reference tool." -- Cyril J. Barber

Glaspey, Terry W., Great Books of the Christian Tradition, ISBN: 1565073568 9781565073562.
Suggestions for books and reading, including ten books to get started, lists for specific time periods, short excerpts from many authors, 100 novels for group discussion, and 100 books to read with children. -- Publisher
"Have used this book heavily to build my library of classics. It is an annotated book list divided into Christian, non-Christian, and Children's literature and by historical periods: The Ancient World, The Middle Ages, The Early Modern World (The Reformation, Renaissance), The Eighteenth Century, The Nineteenth Century, The Twentieth Century, and Contemporary Candidates for Greatness. Parents, such as myself, will greatly appreciate the separate chapter and list dedicated solely to Children's literature. I have used this chapter to collect quality books for my children.
"Glaspey gives you a short commentary on each book (and excerpts from some authors), and tells you how best to make use of the reading lists he provides. He also gives good reasons why Christians should read non-Christian books. Also provided is a list of ten books which he feels every Christian ought to know. Included are books by C.S. Lewis, Dostoevsky, Augustine, and Tozer among others.
"This is a book for Christian biblioholics to savor. It was through this book that I discovered some of my favorites such as A TESTAMENT OF DEVOTION by Thomas Kelly, and Christian authors such as Walker Percy, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Flannery O'Connor. Many books he names, Christian and non-Christian, I already knew and read, and others, such as books by Norman Geisler, I was disappointed to find missing. But overall, this is an excellent resource and one that is unique. Highly recommended." -- Reader's Comment

Guroian, Vigen Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination, ISBN: 0195117875 9780195117875.
"Guroian is a theologian who believes that the great Western fairy tales and literary fantasies can teach children to be good. He speaks as parent and teacher as much as minister. Above all, he is a reader: he knows that a good story can do far more than hours of hectoring and sermonizing to move children with the drama of good and evil. He discusses Pinocchio, The Snow Queen, Beauty and the Beast, C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, and other classics with sensitivity and depth. . . ." -- From Booklist

Hallowell, Edward M. and John J. Ratey, Delivered From Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life With Attention Deficit Disorder, ISBN: 0345442318 9780345442314.
"Medication? Maybe. Marry the right person and find the right job? A must if you are an adult suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). So say psychiatrists Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey, authors of the influential DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION, published in 1994. In their new book, DELIVERED FROM DISTRACTION, Hallowell and Ratey survey the current medical landscape concerning ADD, combining their own clinical observations with the latest research to paint a much more complex and, in many ways, positive picture of the condition than has generally been presented.
"Hallowell and Ratey embrace the idea that success in life comes more from playing to your strengths than overcoming your weaknesses. In the case of a person with ADD (child or adult), these strengths often include unusually high levels of creativity, charisma, intelligence, and energy. The authors insist that, while medication and other treatments can sometimes work wonders in reducing limitations, surrounding yourself with people who promote these positive traits, be they in your personal or professional life, is the single most important element to living well with ADD. As both Hallowell and Ratey are not only experts in the field, but "ADDers" themselves, the tips and stories they share for how to do so are fresh, funny, and far more helpful than tired arguments over drugs verse no drugs or whether there's even such a thing as ADD at all." -- Patrick Jennings
Hallowell Center and Hallowell Connections
The Hallowell Center was founded by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Worry/Anxiety, and Child Learning Disabilities.
http://www.drhallowell.com/

*Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), The Young Christian, ISBN: 0906731569 9780906731567.
"Using Paul's letter to Titus, Henry shows us in practical way how best to live as a Christian." -- GCB

Henty, G.A. Collection of Books for Boys
"Hard Bound, Soft Bound, and CD-ROM editions.
"All 99 of G.A. Henty's books are now available in print and digital formats. The CDs also includes 53 short stories by Henty and 216 short stories by his contemporaries.
"Written during the latter part of the 19th century, G.A. Henty's books were very popular and widely used in the schools of Britain and the United States during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
"While many children's adventure books that emphasize the traits of courage, high moral character, diligence, perseverance and other valuable personal virtues were written during this period, G.A. Henty's books are unique. Each adventure takes place within the setting of some important period in human history. From the fall of Jerusalem to the American Civil War, Henty's heroes live their adventures within exciting historical events. The reader learns much detailed history while he is being entertained and taught by exemplary heroes.
"Moreover, through his personal experiences and careful scholarship, Henty provides very detailed and accurate accounts of history.
"While one might read a section of a history book concerning, for example, the conquering of Mexico by Spain, most such accounts are dry and shallow in comparison with Henty's tale of the primary happenings and of the way of life of the people caught up in those events.
"From the French Revolution to the Great Plague of London, from the Crusades to the American Civil War, Henty readers learn in-depth history, superior vocabulary and literary techniques, and the advantages of high personal character -- while they are being entertained by a master storyteller.
"The Robinson Books Henty Collection is outstanding reading for any person -- young or old, regardless of educational background."
http://www.henty.com/

Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), Youthful Devotedness; or, The Youth of the Church Instructed in the Duties of Practical Religion. Available (WORKS: DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL, volume 2 only), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (WORKS: DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL, volume 2 only), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

Hunter, Emily, Christian Charm Course: Student's Manual, ISBN: 0890815089 9780890815083.
"Aimed at young girls, this popular study book has been used by countless homeschool families to teach young girls good manners and godly behavior. With practical guidelines for grooming, dress, politeness, conversation skills, and spiritual growth, this book will help children integrate inner beauty with outer beauty." -- Publisher

Hunter, Emily, and Wayne Hunter, Man in Demand, ISBN: 0890815100 9780890815106.
See also: MAN IN DEMAND: STUDENT TRAINING MANUAL.
"Aimed at boys, MAN IN DEMAND has been used by countless homeschool families to teach young boys good manners and Godly behavior. With practical guidelines for grooming, dress, politeness, conversation skills, and spiritual growth, the books will help children integrate inner beauty with outer beauty." -- Publisher

Hunter, Wayne, and Emily Hunter, Man in Demand: Student Training Manual, ISBN: 0890815100 9780890815106.

Klaus, Sandra, Ten to Grow on: Teaching the Ten Commandments to Today's Children, ISBN: 0310540615 9780310540618.
"For ages 8-12. Introduction to each commandment, modern-day story which illustrates the commandment, discussion questions, memory verse activities, song suggestions, classroom activities, and reproducible puzzles." -- GCB

Lewis, Paul, 40 Ways to Teach Your Child Values: Honesty, Managing Money, Making Good Choices, Controlling TV, Courage, ISBN: 0310216990 9780310216995.

*Lopez, Diane D., and Elizabeth Laraway Wilson, Teaching Children: A Curriculum Guide to What Children Need to Know at Each Level Through Grade six, ISBN: 0891074899 9780891074892.
"Diane Lopez is principal of Bethany Christian School, Sierra Madre, California. This is a unique curriculum guide for grade levels K through 6. It is an excellent educational approach which naturally integrates a Christian world view and scriptural principles. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"If you have not read FOR THE CHILDREN'S SAKE or Karen Andreola's A CHARLOTTE MASON COMPANION, which cover the same ideas in more depth, they would be a good introduction to the educational principles of Charlotte Mason." -- Reader's Comment

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

*Maffet, Gregory J., Biblical Schools for Covenant Children, ISBN: 0941221008 9780941221009.
Introduction by Jay Adams.

McPherson, Gary, The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development, ISBN: 0198530315 9780198530312

Murphy, Elspeth Campbell, God, You Fill us up With Joy: Psalm 100 for Children, ISBN: 1555130372 9781555130374.
Illustrated by Jane E. Nelson.

Owen, John (1616-1683), The Primer: Or, an Easie way to Teach Children the True Reading of English. With a Necessary Catechisme, to instruct youth in the grounds of Christian religion. Also choice places of Scripture for that purpose. Composed by John Owen, minister of the Gospel. Approved and allowed by a committee of Parliament, 1652.

*Perks, Stephen C., The Christian Philosophy of Education Explained, ISBN: 0951889907 9780951889909.
"The editor of Calvinism Today magazine has written a book which, in the words of Samuel L. Blumenfeld, demonstrates with simplicity the cogent argument that the Christian and humanist world views are mutually exclusive, and that it is 'treason against God' to put children in the hands of non-believers for their education. Every Christian parent should read this challenging, forthright, insightful book before deciding where and how to educate his or her children." -- GCB

*Pink, Michael, Tough Questions, Straight Answers "A great topical arrangement of Scriptures on modern subjects that our children bump up against everyday. Just Bible passages. Highly recommended." -- GCB

Potter, William, The Boy's Guide to the Historical Adventures of G.A. Henty (Vocabulary of a Warrior), ISBN: 1929241151 9781929241156.
"This unique book charts Henty's works of historical fiction chronologically and provides both a plot summary and an historical overview of over 70 of his classic tales." -- Publisher
"HOME EDUCATORS: If you are trying to put together a history-based curriculum, this volume is very helpful! You can gauge which time periods in your student's course of study need some bolstering up (or livening up), and search in this book for the proper Henty novel to introduce. For example, to bulk up our study on 'Ancient Times,' I needed a novel about Hannibal. This terrific reference book tells me to get Henty's 'The Young Carthaginian' to meet that requirement.
"Another problem it solves is that sometimes a history-based curriculum can get predictable. Everyone seems to be covering the same things and the only variance is how deeply they're studied. This guide covers all of Henty's books and makes it easy to locate his books on obscure subjects and events which you can tantalize your children with. Children seem to love citing these forgotten tales and bedazzling their peers and family with them!
"This volume will also prove invaluable to PEOPLE EDUCATING THEMSELVES. As an adult who is battling her 'learning gaps,' I just page through this reference until I find something that doesn't ring ANY bells! By reading a Henty, I enjoy a terrific adventure (which I can later discuss with my children), educate myself and, if I want to, pursue the subject more deeply later on." -- Reader's Comment
"G.A. Henty wrote around 144 books. Many of the books revolve around a fictional character who interacts with real persons from that historical period. Heroism, honor, courage, and leadership are integral characteristics of the main protagonists. I have trouble putting down a Henty story. I highly recommend this resource." -- Reader's Comment

*Reimer, Kathie, 1001 Ways to Introduce Your Child to God, ISBN: 0842347577 9780842347570.
"Creative ideas to help children develop godly attitudes and healthy ways of thinking." -- Publisher

*Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), The Duties of Parents, ISBN: 1583391703 9781583391709. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"Ryle said something which is as true in our day as it was in his. Without proper instruction children will not grow up to be good followers of Christ. This small book is a strong encouragement and exhortation to all parents to train up their children in the way of truth." -- GCB
The Duties of Parents
http://archive.org/details/J.C.RyleKindleBooks

Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Come Ye Children: A Book on the Christian Training of Children, ISBN: 0686168402. Alternate title: COME YE CHILDREN PRACTICAL HELP TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS.
"In this book Spurgeon provides valuable aid for parents, teachers and youth leaders on the subject of training children." -- GCB
"A book for parents and teachers on the Christian training of children as well as the evangelization of children called by the grace of God. Contains such chapters as: "Fed my Lambs -- How to Do It," "Do Not Hinder the Children," "Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven," "The Child Timothy and His Teachers," and "Abijah's 'Some Good Thing'." -- Gospel Mission
Come Ye Children, by C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/cyc.php

*Spurgeon, Charles Haddon (1834-1892), A Good Start: A Book for Young Men and Women, ISBN: 1573580082 9781573580083.
"Spurgeon at his best for young people!
"Teaches the character forming age that faithful warning, wise counsel, and sympathetic admonition are particularly valuable. Spurgeon aims to lead them to Christ and to encourage and stimulate them in their aspirations after nobility." -- Reader's Comment

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Jesus Christ Himself (Ephesians 2:20). A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
"Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life?
"You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

*Spurgeon, Charles Haddon (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Catechism: A Puritan Catechism.
Spurgeon's Catechism: A Puritan Catechism
http://storage.cloversites.com/northpointecommunitychurch1/documents/Spurgeon_Catechism.pdf

Strydom, Jan, Susan du Plessis, and Benetta Strydom, The Bible's way to Victory Over ADHD and Other Childhood Challenges
"A free online book, providing sound answers on preventing and overcoming behavioral, emotional and learning problems, including ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Conduct Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome."
http://www.audiblox2000.com/onlinebook/index.htm
E-mail: benetta@mweb.co.za

Sturkie, Joan, and Siang-Yang Tan, Advanced Peer Counseling in Youth Groups: Equipping Your Kids to Help Each Other With the Tough Issues, ISBN: 0310373018 9780310373018.

Sturkie, Joan, and Siang-Yang Tan, Peer Counseling in Youth Groups: Equipping Your Kids to Help Each Other, ISBN: 031054081X 9780310540816.

*Thompson-Iserbyt, Charlotte The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: A Chronological Paper Trail, ISBN: 0966707109 9780966707106.
"This book is the book to have. Every concerned parent in America should invest in a copy. It's the encyclopedia, in year date order, of just what has been going on in America in the public school system for years and years. It holds answers to many unanswered questions. Years of research at our fingertips and it's the size of a telephone book. It's the best inside look. It's honest, official documentation, undisputable evidence. If every parent were to read this, we could right a terrible wrong being done in public schools today. The fact she was once a Senior Policy Advisor for the US Department of Education weighs a lot on the books credibility factor." -- Reader's Comment

Trumbull, Henry Clay, Hints on Child Training, ISBN: 188393401X 9781883934019.
"This book has been called the 'single best volume on the subject of child training ever written.' . . . This is the 1890 writing by the author setting forth the same time-tested and proven methods that have helped to raise children for over 100 years." -- Publisher

Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

Venning, Ralph, Learning in Christ's School: Babes, Children, Youth, and Fathers, ISBN: 0851517641 9780851517643.

*Vincent, Thomas (1634-1678), Shorter Catechism Explained From Scripture. Alternate title: THE SHORTER CATECHISM OF THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY EXPLAINED AND PROVED FROM SCRIPTURE, ISBN: 085151314X. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Forty Puritans including John Owen, Thomas Manton, Thomas Brooks and Thomas Watson recommended this useful volume as a very worth aid for family instruction. This volume gives parents very simple explanations to take their children through the Westminster Shorter Catechism."
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons Upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

*Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism, ISBN: 0851511449. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"The first book published by the Trust, this has been one of the best sellers and consistently the most useful and influential of our publications . . . It deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian faith . . . It is based on the Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism, in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer. This catechism is unsurpassed for its 'terse exactitude of definition' and 'logical elaboration' of the fundamentals. . . . Watson conveys his thorough doctrinal and experimental knowledge of the truth in such an original, concise, pithy, pungent, racy, rich, and illustrative style that he is rightly regarded as the most readable of the Puritans." -- Publisher
"As an introduction to Puritan theology, as a short and sweet course in Christian doctrine, as devotional reading, and as a preacher's gold-mine, Watson's work can hardly be praised too highly." -- J.I. Packer.
"Contains Watson's exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, excluding the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments." -- GCB
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
http://www.shortercatechism.com/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html?page_id=205
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Alternate title: SCRIPTURE INDEX TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
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Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), A Body of Practical Divinity Sermons on the Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly, also Select Sermons on Various Subjects, Together with The Art of Divine Contentment, and Christ's Various Fulness (1859)
http://archive.org/details/bodyofpracticald00watsuoft
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996), ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

Whitecross, John, The Shorter Catechism Illustrated, ISBN: 1932474080 9781932474084.
The Shorter Catechism Illustrated, John Whitecross
http://www.shortercatechism.com/resources/whitecross/wsc_wh_001.html
Illustrations of the Shorter Catechism for children and youth (1864), Jonathan Cross [Whitecross -- compiler]
http://archive.org/details/illustrationsoft01crosuoft

Wileman, William, John Calvin: His Life, his Teaching, and his Influence.
Both juvenile and adult reading. Available in THE COMPLETE JOHN CALVIN COLLECTION offered by Ages Software (now defunct).
"The following pages contain an attempt to set forth in a readable and attractive form the principal features of a great life.
"While thus recording facts, the aim of the writer has been to give an honest and impartial view of those living truths of God that are commonly associated with the name of Calvin.
"He has also kept in view a desire to write what should be worthy of the attention of our young people, who are warmly invited to read what God did in days of old. -- Preface

Wonderly, Gustava M., Training Children: From the Beginning as "Unto the Lord."

Wooden, Keith, Teaching Children to Pray, ISBN: 0310544815 9780310544814.
"Here is a book for all parents. Children don't just know how to pray, you have to show them. This book is a good place to start." -- GCB

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Creeds, confessions and catechisms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Parenting, Family worship, Christian fiction, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Parenting, Fatherhood, Motherhood, Physiological problems, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Disciplining children, Counseling children, Creeds, catechisms and confessions, Homeschooling, Christian fiction (The elsie books by martha finley), Ethics, Abstinence, Preparing children for the world, Protecting children from dangers, Teaching/training children, Christian life, Discipleship, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Problem solving with children, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, and so forth, and so on.
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Counsel for Young Men

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

On the contrary, he charges them with gross and voluntary ignorance, as if he had said that, by their madness, they brought down destruction on themselves. The meaning therefore is, that the people perished because they despised instruction . . . .
Hence we draw a useful doctrine; namely, that the source of all our calamities is, that we do not allow ourselves to be taught by the word of God, and this is what the Prophet chiefly intended that we should observe. . . .
So then it is a true statement, that the reason why the people endure such a variety of afflictions is, that they are ignorant of God, and will not allow themselves to be taught by him. -- Calvin commenting on Isaiah 5:13

Young men and women need to understand that they only get ONE CHANCE at sexual relationship. By definition a man can become "one flesh" with only one woman. Our first love is our only chance to become "one flesh" with a spouse. Promiscuity is a hopeless effort to know oneness again.

The selection of Scripture verses that follow are suggested as appropriate for young men to memorize. They may be viewed in their context with commentary at CrossWalk.com.
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Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:23)

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:31,32)

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:21)

For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. (Acts 15:28,29) -- From a letter written by the Apostles after they had consulted together, and declared to the church at Antioch

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. (Psalm 27:10)

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. (Ecclesiastes 12:1 1)

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (Psalm 119:9)

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
(Hosea 4:6,7)

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. (Psalm 25:14)

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:7,8)

This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
(Acts 4:11,12)

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalm 51:17)

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. -- (Jeremiah 17:5)

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:10)

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
and wither as the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
(Psalm 37:1)

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
(John 2:15-17)

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3)

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
(Colossians 3:23,24)

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:2)

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, verses associated with The Trinity Foundation)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. (Psalm 17:4)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:4)

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 54:17)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:40)

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (Corinthians 5:18)

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
(Acts 5:38,39)

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
(Ephesians 3:20,21)

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, and so forth, and so on.)
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
(Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12), (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)

The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. (Zephaniah 3:5)

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5)

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. (Jeremiah 17:7)

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 26:18)

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(Ephesians 4:1-3)

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. (Proverbs 16:32)

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (1 Peter 2:17)

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:16)

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)

He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat. (Proverbs 28:25)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22,23)

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. (Ecclesiastes 3:14)

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:34,35)

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Counsels of the Aged to the Young.

Allchin, Ronald A., Sr., Ripening Sonship: "A Wise Father's Counsel to His Son," A Study in Proverbs for Sons (Cudahy, Wisconsin: Reminder Printing, 1994), 129 pages plus Appendix. Available from the author, 862 Thornton Lane, Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
"This workbook from the Proverbs is for fathers and sons to work through together. A dozen lessons tackle important areas of life: wisdom, companions, relation to parents, relations with women, the tongue, knowledge of Christ the Lord." -- David Powlison

*Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, 1681.
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Anderson, Wayne J., How to Understand Sex: Guidelines for Students.

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, The Mother's Catechism, The Catechizing of Families, and The Poor Man's Family Book. Available in Baxter, Richard, THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4, 1877611360 9781877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Warning and Advice to all, Especially to Young Persons. Being the Gift of the Author, Richard Baxter. London, 1708.

Bilezikian, Gilbert, Beyond Sex Roles: A Guide for the Study of Female Roles in the Bible, ISBN: 0801008859 9780801008856.

Brooks, Thomas (1608-1680), Apples of Gold for Young Men and Women, and, A Crown of Glory for Old Men and Women. Or, the happiness of being good betimes, and the honour of being an old disciple. Clearly and fully discovered, and closely and faithfully applied. Also, the young man's objections answered, and the old man's doubts resolved. In The Works of Thomas Brooks, 1886 (1:167-284). Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS) on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"On whether the sins of God's true people will be brought into judgment, see chapter 5 (1:220-24)."

Clare, Austin, Our Example: Twelve Studies of the Characer of Our Lord, Drawn From His Precepts and Practice, for the Formation of the Christian Character.

Clare, Austin, The Young Man's Book of Piety: A Practical Manual of Christian Duties for the Formation of the Manly Character.

Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), The Young Christian, ISBN: 0906731569 9780906731567.
"Using Paul's letter to Titus, Henry shows us in practical way how best to live as a Christian." -- GCB

Henty, G.A., G.A. Henty Collection of Books for Boys
"Hard Bound, Soft Bound, and CD-ROM editions.
"All 99 of G.A. Henty's books are now available in print and digital formats. The CDs also includes 53 short stories by Henty and 216 short stories by his contemporaries.
"Written during the latter part of the 19th century, G.A. Henty's books were very popular and widely used in the schools of Britain and the United States during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
"While many children's adventure books that emphasize the traits of courage, high moral character, diligence, perseverance and other valuable personal virtues were written during this period, G.A. Henty's books are unique. Each adventure takes place within the setting of some important period in human history. From the fall of Jerusalem to the American Civil War, Henty's heroes live their adventures within exciting historical events. The reader learns much detailed history while he is being entertained and taught by exemplary heroes.
"Moreover, through his personal experiences and careful scholarship, Henty provides very detailed and accurate accounts of history.
"While one might read a section of a history book concerning, for example, the conquering of Mexico by Spain, most such accounts are dry and shallow in comparison with Henty's tale of the primary happenings and of the way of life of the people caught up in those events.
"From the French Revolution to the Great Plague of London, from the Crusades to the American Civil War, Henty readers learn in-depth history, superior vocabulary and literary techniques, and the advantages of high personal character -- while they are being entertained by a master storyteller.
"The Robinson Books Henty Collection is outstanding reading for any person -- young or old, regardless of educational background." -- Publisher
http://www.henty.com/
Gutenberg, Project
http://www.gutenberg.org/
ClassicReader.com
http://www.classicreader.com/
G.A. Henty, Wikipedia article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._A._Henty

Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), Youthful Devotedness; or, The Youth of the Church Instructed in the Duties of Practical Religion. Available (WORKS: DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL, volume 2 only), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (WORKS: DOCTRINAL AND PRACTICAL, volume 2 only), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

Hunter, Emily, and Wayne Hunter, Man in Demand, ISBN: 0890815100 9780890815106.
See also: MAN IN DEMAND: STUDENT TRAINING MANUAL.
"Aimed at boys, MAN IN DEMAND has been used by countless homeschool families to teach young boys good manners and Godly behavior. With practical guidelines for grooming, dress, politeness, conversation skills, and spiritual growth, the books will help children integrate inner beauty with outer beauty." -- Publisher

Hunter, Wayne, and Emily Hunter, Man in Demand: Student Training Manual, ISBN: 0890815100 9780890815106.

James, John Angell (1785-1859), Addresses to Young Men, ISBN: 1877611972 9781877611971.
"James, the author of FEMALE PIETY, one of our bestselling books, also wrote this one for young men. Though the situations about which he wrote in the 19th century may be a bit outdated, the biblical principles and insights he brings out are as relevant today as they were a thousand years ago." -- Publisher

*Lawson, George, Lectures on the History of Joseph.

Look Magazine, The Decline of the American Male.

McKnight, William John, A Study in Standards: Meant to be a Companion-piece to THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S MANUAL.

McKnight, William John, and Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, The Young People's Manual Setting Forth in Plain Terms What we of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America Believe and why we Believe it, 1929.
The Young People's Manual
http://books.google.com/books?id=Cm1gHAAACAAJ&dq=The+Young+People's+Manual&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JRa5ULajAcW7iwKwyoDoCA&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAg

Plumer, William S. (William Swan, 1802-1880), A Friendly Letter to a Young man.

Powlison, David, and John Yenchko, Pre-engagement: Five Questions to ask Yourselves, ISBN: 0875526799 9780875526799.

Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Thoughts for Young Men: An Exhortation Directed to Those in the Prime of Life, ISBN: 1879737094 9781879737099.
Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)
http://www.iserv.net/~mrbill/espan/young01.html

*Schlink, Bernhard, and Carol Brown Janeway (translator), The Reader -- A Novel, 218 pages, ISBN: 0307454894 9780307454898.
This is primarily a study of the guilt of the German society over the holocaust. Interwoven with that theme it shows the long term consequences in a man's life of youthful sexual sin.
Weinstein Company Home Entertainment, The, Stephen Daldry (director), David Hare, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, The Reader, 124 min., DVD.
"Based on the book DER VORLESER by Bernhard Schlink. Originally released as a motion picture in 2008. Special features: deleted scenes; Adapting a timeless masterpiece: making The reader; A conversation with David Kross and Stephen Daldry; Kate Winslet on the art of aging Hanna Schmitz; A new voice: a look at composer Nico Muhly; Coming to grips with the past: production designer Brigitte Broch; theatrical trailer." -- Publisher

Sprague, William B., Letters of Practical Subjects to a Daughter.
"The counsel of this book is applicable to sons as well as daughters. . . . here is a 19th century Solomon intent upon imparting to his child a wisdom and sanctified common sense akin to the Proverbs." Publisher

Sprague, William B., Letters to Young Men Founded on the History of Joseph.
"Applies truth from Joseph's life to those of young men centuries later." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

*Sprague, William B., Lectures to Young People, ISBN: 0873779479. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This great evangelistic tool provides parents a faithful means of presenting Gospel truth to their young people." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

Sprague, William B., Letters to Young Men Founded on the History of Joseph, ISBN: 1573580082 9781573580083.
"Spurgeon at his best for young people!
"Teaches the character forming age that faithful warning, wise counsel, and sympathetic admonition are particularly valuable. Spurgeon aims to lead them to Christ and to encourage and stimulate them in their aspirations after nobility." -- Reader's Comment

Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Come Ye Children: A Book on the Christian Training of Children,,ISBN: 0686168402. Alternate title: COME YE CHILDREN PRACTICAL HELP TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT JESU.
"In this book Spurgeon provides valuable aid for parents, teachers and youth leaders on the subject of training children." -- GCB
"A book for parents and teachers on the Christian training of children as well as the evangelization of children called by the grace of God. Contains such chapters as: "Fed my Lambs -- How to Do It," "Do Not Hinder the Children," "Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven," "The Child Timothy and His Teachers," and "Abijah's 'Some Good Thing'." -- Gospel Mission
Come Ye Children, by C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/cyc.php

Venning, Ralph, Learning in Christ's School: Babes, Children, Youth, and Fathers, ISBN: 0851517641 9780851517643.

*Vincent, Thomas (1634-1678), The Best Gift, or God's Call Upon Young men for Their Hearts. Delivered in a Sermon to Young men. By Thomas Vincent, Minister Sometime of Maudlins Milkstreet, London, 1672.

*Vincent, Thomas (1634-1678), Words of Advice to Young men Delivered in two Sermons at two Conventions of Young men, the one Decemb. 25, 1666, the other Decemb. 25, 1667.

Williams, Daniel (1643?-1716), The Vanity of Childhood and Youth Wherein the Depraved Nature of Young People is Represented and Means for Their Reformation Proposed: Being some sermons preached in Hand-Alley at the request of several young men, to which is added a catechism for youth, 1691.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Christ our example, The Shorter Catechism, Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Manhood, Christian character, Men, women, and god, Teens and sex, Teaching/training children, Discipleship, Christian life, Premarital counsel, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Abstinence, Counseling children, Protecting children from danger, Preparing children for the world, Christian scholarship, Home schooling, Public education, Counsel for young women, Spiritual warfare, Parenting, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, and so forth and so on.
TCRB5: 3966-3967, *4312 (Practical Helps for Young People and Christian Workers Generally)

Related WebLinks

Respect Incorporated (formerly Sex Respect)
http://www.sexrespect.com/main.html

Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

True Love Waits
http://www.truelovewaits.com/

A Warrior and a Gentleman: G.A. Henty and the True Meaning of Manhood, Curtis Todd Adams
Curtis, age 14, was the winner of "G.A. Henty Essay Contest Winners 2003," a contest sponsored by Vision Forum
"True Christian masculinity is a fine balance of seasoned leaders hip (the tireless warrior), and selfless servanthood (the considerate gentleman). A man comprised of only one of these sides does not function as a true man ought to since his tough side is not counterbalanced with a caring side. Nineteenth century author, G.A. Henty, provides examples of masculine imbalance in too-tough characters such as the Jackson father and son (WITH LEE IN VIRGINIA), and the Spanish Inquisitors (UNDER DRAKE'S FLAG), and in too-soft characters such as the cowardly Robert Rivers (A KNIGHT OF THE WHITE CROSS). . . . The heroes of G.A. Henty's novels are characterized by conquering difficult obstacles with fortitude and compassion, thereby portraying a godly vision of manhood. . . ." -- Curtis Todd Adams
http://www.visionforum.com/hottopics/essaycontests/henty2003/adams.aspx



Counsel for Young Women

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. (Psalm 27:10)

Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. (Psalm 48:11)

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)

For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. (Acts 15:28,29) -- From a letter written by the Apostles after they had consulted together, and declared to the church at Antioch

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)

Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Counsels of the Aged to the Young.

*Andreola, Karen, Beautiful Girlhood, ISBN: 1883934028 9781883934026.
"The book deals primarily with the Christian character development, moral virtues, and manners of pre-teen and teenage girls. It is one of the best-selling titles in the homeschooling community." -- Publisher

Barnes, Emilie, Michal Sparks (illustrator), and Anne Christian Buchanan (contributor), A Little Book of Manners: Etiquette for Young Ladies, ISBN: 1565076788 9781565076785.
"Aimed at girls six to ten, this book introduces children to basic good manners, explaining the 'whys' as well as the 'hows' and stressing a loving attitude over simply following rules. Like LET'S HAVE A TEA PARTY, this book is written from the point of view of Emilie Marie, a little girl who is basically Emilie as a child -- passing along information Emilie has learned as an adult." -- Publisher

*Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, 1681.
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, The Mother's Catechism, The Catechizing of Families, and The Poor Man's Family Book. Available in Baxter, Richard, THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4, 1877611360 9781877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Warning and Advice to all, Especially to Young Persons. Being the Gift of the Author, Richard Baxter. London, 1708.

Brooks, Thomas (1608-1680), Apples of Gold for Young Men and Women, and, A Crown of Glory for Old Men and Women. Or, the happiness of being good betimes, and the honour of being an old disciple. Clearly and fully discovered, and closely and faithfully applied. Also, the young man's objections answered, and the old man's doubts resolved. In The Works of Thomas Brooks, 1886 (1:167-284). Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS) on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"On whether the sins of God's true people will be brought into judgment, see chapter 5 (1:220-24)."

Clare, Austin, Our Example: Twelve Studies of the Characer of Our Lord, Drawn From His Precepts and Practice, for the Formation of the Christian Character.

Clare, Austin, The Young Lady's Book of Piety: A Practical Manual of Christian Duties for the Formation of the Female Character.

Clare, Austin, The Young Lady's Sunday Book: A Practical Manual of the Christian Duties of Piety, Benevolence and Self-government. Prepared With Particular Reference to the Formation of the Female Character. "By the author of THE YOUNG LADY'S BOOK OF PIETY, THE YOUNG MAN'S BOOK OF PIETY: A PRACTICAL MANUAL OF CHRISTIAN DUTIES FOR THE FORMATION OF THE MANLY CHARACTER, THE YOUNG LADY'S BOOK OF PIETY: A PRACTICAL MANUAL OF CHRISTIAN DUTIES FOR THE FORMATION OF THE FEMALE CHARACTER, and OUR EXAMPLE: TWELVE STUDIES OF THE CHARACER OF OUR LORD, DRAWN FROM HIS PRECEPTS AND PRACTICE, FOR THE FORMATION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHARACTER.

Clark, Kristen, Girl Defined: God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity, ISBN: 9780801008450 080100845X.
"Presents a Christian perspective on femininity and female identity, maintaining that women should derive their feelings of self-worth and dignity from the teachings of Jesus Christ and a trust in God's love." -- Publisher
"GIRL DEFINED answered questions such as, 'What does it mean to be a woman? How should a career fit into our lives? Is one gender more valuable than the other? Is my sole purpose just to grow up, get married, and have kids?' . . . .
"It challenged the thinking of girls at any stage of life, and stood up to cultural norms to see what the Bible really says. "One of my favorite . . . . quotes, 'God designed us to function best when we're paddling together for a cause greater than ourselves.' . . .
"And another favorite . . . quote that sums up one of the central themes of the entire book, 'Helping others is foundational in God's design for womanhood.' . . .
I've been following Kristen and Bethany's blog, girldefined.com, for quite some time now, and have loved their posts about what biblical womanhood looks like. This book was a fantastic summarization of everything they blog about -- from gender roles, to beauty, to identity, to culture, and relationships." -- Reader's Comment

Elliot, Elisabeth, Trusting God in a Twisted World, ISBN: 0800753038 9780800753030.
Counsel on many subjects.

Fiddler, Carol, and Elisabeth Elliot, A Girl of Beauty: Developing Character in Young Girls, ISBN: 0847414280 9780847414284.
"Addresses up-to-date issues girls face daily.
"Family therapists are noting that children as young as 8, 9, and 10 are obsessed with their bodies and that this excessive focus hinders the normal growth and development of children. Modern psychologists are saying that we need to teach our children how to navigate through modern culture because they are, for the first time in history, learning how to behave from watching TV personae rather than real people.
"Dealing with up-to-date issues that girls face today, this book is short, concise, and user-friendly for your fast-paced life. It covers topics girls deal with on a daily basis including: truthfulness, loyal friendships, contentment, life ambition, gossip, competition, outlook/attitude and more.
"This book is for those who feel the pull of the world on their daughters or the special girl in their life and want a tool to aid in the teaching and training of girls in good, solid, godly character. The message that all they need to get through life is image and outward beauty is faulty and shortsighted.
"Children, especially girls, need guidance and direction to counter this message. The recent trend for high school girls is cosmetic surgery to fix their 'flaws' in hopes of finding security in themselves. Unfortunately this temporary fix will not satisfy them. They need to develop themselves as a whole person, full of godly character that gives them value as a complete person, beyond the surface exterior. Their security needs to be found not in temporary outward appearance, but in the development of inward qualities that are lasting. This book is a relationship-building book for parents and their daughters in understanding the heart of God for their identity and 'whole-ness' as a person.
"There is great versatility in using the book. Feedback I have received from those who have used it found it a fun reference for a mom/daughter Bible study. One particular group met once a week in the summer with a different mom/daughter team in charge of the fun events (roller blades, water balloons, etc.), and teaching the character topic. Another mom offered it as an after school group to all the girls in her daughter's school class and it has built camaraderie in the group. They meet once a month. One gal used it as a camp counselor for her cabin devotions.
"A GIRL OF BEAUTY is a book you'll want to use over and over again (thick, high quality pages, spiral bound). Each time you go through it, something different and new comes out in discussion and application. We never stop learning and growing! Enjoy!" -- Carol Fiddler, the author

*Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson [Galic for Finley], a pen name), (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 4-book set (Holly Hall Publications, 1997), ISBN: 1888306351 9781888306354.
"Originally written in the late 1800's for girls and young women, the Elsie Dinsmore books were bestsellers for over thirty years. When we are introduced to Elsie in the first book she is a sweet and humble eight-year-old whose great desire in life is to be reunited with her father, whom she has never met. Her faith and her obedience to God's commandments uphold her in the great troubles she often faces, and the drama to which we are spectators is as timely for today's girls as it was for the young ladies of the 19th century. A new edition of one of GCB's best sellers, the series offers Christian values and character building examples through stories that are compelling, heartwarming, and enduring. Ages 10 and up." -- GCB
"The Elsie Books -- 28 in all -- are some of the most widely read children's stories ever written. When they first came out more than a hundred years ago, the publisher could scarcely keep them in stock . . ." -- Publisher
"Altogether Miss Finley's novels sold more than 28,000,000 copies in the last century. This made them among the best-selling novels of all time . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Elsie Dinsmore: Book 1, Martha Finley
http://archive.org/details/elsiedinsmore00ferqgoog
ClassicReader.com
http://www.classicreader.com/
Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
http://www.mantlemin.com
See: Christian Fiction
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr11ch.html

*James, John Angell (1785-1859), Female Piety or the Young Woman's Friend and Guide Through Life to Immortality, ISBN: 1573581038 9781573581035.
"This is another in a series of books on the family. By the author of THE CHRISTIAN FATHER'S PRESENT TO HIS CHILDREN, this is James' book on raising a godly daughter. He deals with early piety, the elevation of women by the gospel, the importance of personal religion, and how to be a good wife and mother. This is a book every parent should read to their daughters. Here is a book that girls should read to know what to become, and boys should read to know what to look for! There is a foreword by Mrs. Edna Gerstner." -- Publisher

Powlison, David, and John Yenchko, Pre-engagement: Five Questions to ask Yourselves, ISBN: 0875526799 9780875526799.

Sprague, William B., Letters of Practical Subjects to a Daughter, ISBN: 0873779479. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This great evangelistic tool provides parents a faithful means of presenting Gospel truth to their young people." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

*Spurgeon, Charles Haddon (1834-1892), A Good Start: A Book for Young Men and Women, ISBN: 1573580082 9781573580083.
"Spurgeon at his best for young people!
"Teaches the character forming age that faithful warning, wise counsel, and sympathetic admonition are particularly valuable. Spurgeon aims to lead them to Christ and to encourage and stimulate them in their aspirations after nobility." -- Reader's Comment

Venning, Ralph, Learning in Christ's School: Babes, Children, Youth, and Fathers, ISBN: 0851517641 9780851517643.

Vincent, Thomas (1634-1678), Christ the Best Husband: or An Invitation of Young Women Unto Christ. Delivered in a Sermon to Young Women, 1672.

Whitefield, George (1714-1770), Christ the Best Husband: Or an Earnest Invitation to Young Women to Come and see Christ, preached to a Society of Young Women in Fetter-Lane.
http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/whitefie.htm

Wise, Daniel, The Young Lady's Counselor, or, Outlines and Illustrations of the Sphere, the Duties and the Dangers of Young Women, 1860.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Christ our example, Womanhood (women), Motherhood, Men, women, and god, Teens and sex, Christian character, Counsel for young men, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Abstinence, Christian fiction (and The Elsie books by Martha Finley), and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 381, 3968, *4312 (Practical Helps for Young People and Christian Workers Generally)

Related WebLinks

Girl Defined
https://www.girldefined.com/

A Guide for Young Christians John W. Robbins
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=125

Respect Incorporated (formerly Sex Respect)
http://www.sexrespect.com/main.html

Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

Ruth Bell Graham a Lifetime Pilgrimage
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=BILLYGRAHAM02

Ruth Bell Graham Memorial Site
http://bgea.org/rbg_default.asp

True Love Waits
http://www.truelovewaits.com/

Virtuousreality.com, A Website for All Women
http://www.virtuousreality.com/



Disciplining Children

*Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home, ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
"His [Adam's], approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, 'A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- Publisher
"Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB
A study guide is available.
Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE).
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's Christian Living in the Home.
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

*Ray, Bruce A., Jay Adams (foreword), Withhold not Correction, ISBN: 0875524001 9780875524009.
"If children were animals then behavioral manipulation would be appropriate. If children were innocent then diverting them into other activities when they are angry or selfish would be appropriate. But children bear the image of God, distorted by sin and correctable by the Gospel. 'The tablet is not blank: it's filled with sin.' Therefore child-rearing is a process of correction and reorientation, and it must be guided by Scripture. Contrary to how it is often viewed, 'discipline is not hate; discipline is love.' Lays out eight principles for biblical correction of children. Closes with a 'Parents' Topical Reference' to Bible passages on two dozen issues relevant to children." -- David Powlison
"This is an exceptional book for the parent who seriously searches the Word of God for His will in rearing children. His constant aim is to display the Scripture bearing on his subject in order to 'bring our children into a subordinate relationship to the living God.' He uses often the term, Biblical discipline, and he applies this not only to the use of the rod to correct, but also the use of prayer with the child, the constant attention to shaping the child's character, etc. He quotes from many good authors, such as Charles Bridges and Charles Hodge. Very good!" -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Multiple Persons; Unbeliever Doesn't Leave; Discipling Children; Obesity and Fatness, six audio cassettes or MP3s, (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation).
Audio cassette JA505 [audio file].

Black, Jeff, Helping Parents Make Discipline Work (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette AC882 [audio file].

Campbell, Ross, Kids Who Follow, Kids Who Don't, ISBN: 0896937593 9780896937598. Alternate title: HOW TO REALLY KNOW YOUR CHILD.

Cook, Earl, Blessing Children Through Discipline (part 1) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF17 [audio file].

Cook, Earl, Blessing Children Through Discipline (part 2) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF18 [audio file].

Cook, Earl, Bringing up Your Children (part 1) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF09 [audio file].

Cook, Earl, Bringing up Your Children (part 2) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF12 [audio file].

Cook, Earl, Bringing up Your Children (part 3); Q&A (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette HFTF15 [audio file].

*Fennema, Jack, Nurturing Children in the Lord: A Study Guide for Teachers on Developing a Biblical Approach to Discipline.
Sharing Christ with your children. Contains material useful in counseling.
"Such a clear-cut and Biblical approach clearly demonstrates that parents along with teachers, and NOT secular psychology, can do an excellent job of discipline if they follow the guidelines of the Word of God. . . . This 1977 book has proven its worth." -- GCB

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

Mack, Wayne A., Your Family, God's way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home. Alternate title: BUILDING YOUR FAMILY GOD'S WAY: THE ROLE OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN THE HOME, ISBN: 0875523587 9780875523583.
"Unfolds Psalm 128's vision of godly family life. Calls on a husband and father to be first and foremost a "God-fearing" man. Calls on a wife and mother to become a "fruitful vine" because of the intimacy of her relationship with God. Calls on parents to view their children as precious "olive plants." Extensive and practical discussion of communication and problem-solving principles. Contains study and application assignments for each chapter." -- David Powlison
"Mack offers Biblical insight and practical wisdom for two crucial areas of family life: communication and conflict resolution. Stories of success and application questions give hope and clear direction to all who wish to build stronger families." -- Publisher

Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Come Ye Children: A Book on the Christian Training of Children, ISBN: 0686168402. Alternate title: COME YE CHILDREN PRACTICAL HELP TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS.
"In this book Spurgeon provides valuable aid for parents, teachers and youth leaders on the subject of training children." -- GCB
"A book for parents and teachers on the Christian training of children as well as the evangelization of children called by the grace of God. Contains such chapters as: "Fed my Lambs -- How to Do It," "Do Not Hinder the Children," "Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven," "The Child Timothy and His Teachers," and "Abijah's 'Some Good Thing'." -- Gospel Mission
Come Ye Children, by C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/misc/cyc.php

See also:The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Biblical counsel by subject, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Abstinence, Parenting, Child abuse, Fatherhood, Motherhood, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Disciplining children, Counseling children, Problem solving with children, Creeds, catechisms and confessions, Homeschooling, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, Ethics, Anger, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1629, 1630, 3971, 3973

Related WebLinks

Disciplining Children
Commentary by Dennis L. Finnan.
"Witness today, the almost limitless number of young adults who have grown up under the teachings of Dr. Benjamin Spock, who for a generation past taught parents that a child must never be physically disciplined for any reason. Yes, a whole generation has since arisen by these anti-Christian humanistic teachings, to the detriment of society. Amazingly, Dr. Spock has since retracted his own approval of what he wrote, but in spite of this, his books still sell with great popularity." -- Dennis L. Finnan
The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. -- Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 -- March 15, 1998), from his autobiography
http://www.christian-parents.net/Children/C110_Disciplining_Children.htm



Problem Solving With Children

*Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home, ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
"His [Adam's], approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, 'A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- Publisher
"Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB
A study guide is available.
Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE).
"Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

*Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many" (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness"), may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man [Human Nature, Total Depravity])" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"), tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

Kesler, Jay, Ron Beers, and Lavonne Neff (editors), Parents and Children: A Guide to Solving Problems and Building Relationships, ISBN: 0896938093 9780896938090.
"Over 70 Christian leaders give practical advice on parents and children. Almost 700 double-column pages." -- GCB

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

Rank, Maureen Dealing With the Dad of Your Past, ISBN: 0871236222 9780871236227.
"Practical, biblical counsel for every woman.
"Although fathers are not the only determining influence in their daughters' lives, it is true that their impact at times may be the most ignored. Current research shows that a girl's relationship with her father is absolutely critical to her psychological, social, and spiritual development. This is grim news to a group of people whom psychologists are labeling, 'The Fatherless Generation.' Physically absent dads (the current experience of one-fourth of American children under 18), emotionally absent dads, and abusive dads are impacting daughters as well as sons.
"God as Father designed earthly fathers to model His loving care through personal involvement, warmth, discipline, and wise direction and counsel toward maturity. Where these are lacking in a daughter's life, profound effects occur. As difficult as that may be to face, that process is the only way to emotional and spiritual wholeness. It requires a sometimes painful look back and honest assessment of the dad of the past. It means coming to terms with who he really was, who he wasn't, and what can be done about it now. Through God's restoring process, daughters will be challenged to embrace the One perfect Father who is always there and allow His life-changing truth and power to 'make all things new'." -- Publisher

Strom, Kay Marshall, Making Friends With Your Father: A Book for Daughters, ISBN: 0310548918 9780310548911.
"Looks at how your father has affected you, how your father influences your choice of men, how to deal with problem fathers, and much more." -- GCB

Strom, Kay Marshall, Making Friends With Your Mother, ISBN: 0310532515 9780310532514.

Vander Goot, Mary, Healthy Emotions: Helping Children Grow, ISBN: 0801093031 9780801093036.
"This book is about the normal emotions of normal children. Its purpose is to help adults deal with children's emotions effectively." -- GCB

See also: Parenting, Child abuse, Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, and so forth, and so on.



Counseling Children

Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:1,4)

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. (Psalm 27:10)
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Accepting Retarded Children; Handling Troubles; and etc. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

Adams, Jay E., Role-play and Critique (part 3) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
"Wife's Husband Dies; Mother's Baby Born Deformed; Pregnant Unwed Daughter."
Audio cassette JA212 [audio file].

Adams, Jay E., Sex Change; Division in Eldership; Children; Suicide; Paranoia; Repression; Forgetting; Death (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JA506 [audio file].

Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God, ISBN: 0896362361 9780896362369.
"About 'the causes and effects of rivalry among brothers and sisters in Christ and what can be done about it. . . .' 'Sibling rivalry in the household of faith -- just like at home -- is due entirely to sin.' Other supposed causes are not causes but occasions for our self-centered human nature to act. The Holy Spirit gives practical guidance in His Word for solving rivalry and conflict through repentance, faith and obedience." -- David Powlison

Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Difficulty of Knowing our Faults.

Barger, Eric, From Rock To Rock: The Music of the Darkness Exposed, ISBN: 0910311617 9780910311618.
"Eric Barger, for twenty years involved in the Rock music industry, offers solid, Biblical counsel for parents and teens wondering what to do about Rock music. Includes the first Music Rating System classifying 1500 groups and artists." -- Publisher

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, The Mother's Catechism, The Catechizing of Families, and The Poor Man's Family Book. Available in Baxter, Richard, THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4, 1877611360 9781877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Warning and Advice to all, Especially to Young Persons. Being the Gift of the Author, Richard Baxter. London, 1708.

Burns, R., How to Get Students Involved in Serving Others (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette TT102 [audio file].

Byrd, Walter, RCC, Vol. 22: Counseling and Children, ISBN: 0849905974 9780849905971

Cook, Earl, Counseling Children (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette AC881 [audio file].

*Fennema, Jack, Nurturing Children in the Lord: A Study Guide for Teachers on Developing a Biblical Approach to Discipline.
Sharing Christ with your children. Contains material useful in counseling.
"Such a clear-cut and Biblical approach clearly demonstrates that parents along with teachers, and NOT secular psychology, can do an excellent job of discipline if they follow the guidelines of the Word of God. . . . This 1977 book has proven its worth." -- GCB

Greene, Lawrence J., Learning Disabilities and Your Child: A Survival Handbook, ISBN: 0893343242 9780893343248. Alternate title: KIDS WHO HATE SCHOOL (1983).
"Learning disabilities don't have to stand in the way of your child's success.
"A learning disability can be at the root of your child's resistance, failure, and low self-esteem. It's no wonder that children with learning disabilities have difficulties both at home and at school, difficulties that are reflected in poor performance records.
"Lawrence J. Greene, a pioneer in the field of learning disabilities and the Executive Director of the Developmental Learning Center in San Jose, California, for seventeen years, shares his knowledge and experience in compassionate and understanding terms. He explains how to diagnose learning disabilities ranging from dyslexia and hyperactivity to language disorders and tuning out -- and how they might affect your child. He offers helpful advice on choosing the right school or program for your child and on getting the support you need. Anecdotes, where parents and children speak out, as well as step-by-step programs that you can begin right now, make this unique book a vital guide for parents and teachers of learning disabled children." -- Publisher

Kopp, Ruth, Where has Grandpa Gone? Helping Children Cope With Grief and Loss, ISBN: 0310416116 9780310416111.

Lester, Andrew D., When Children Suffer: A Sourcebook for Ministry With Children in Crisis, ISBN: 0664213278 9780664213275.
"Focuses on the significant crises in childhood. Treats issues like unresolved grief, unnecessary fear, lack of trust, a low sense of worth, distorted ideas about the person of God and the world in which they live. Well-done; makes a valuable contribution." -- Cyril J. Barber

McElhinney, Glenn R., A Nouthetic Approach to Counseling Elementary School-age Children (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1986).
Includes bibliography.

McIlhaney, Joe S., Jr., Sexuality and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ISBN: 0801062748 9780801062742.
"Without being an alarmist, McIlhaney documents why all young adults should have an enlightened fear of STD which is spreading throughout the country like firestorm." -- GCB

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Youth Evangelism: Dealing With Depression and Suicide (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette CM101 [audio file].

Paul, James L. (editor), The Exceptional Child: A Guidebook for Churches and Community Agencies

*Schoolland, Marian M., Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings, ISBN: 0802851207 9780802851208.
Contains material useful in counseling.

*Spotts, Dwight, and David Veerman, Reaching Out to Troubled Youth, ISBN: 0896932966 9780896932968.
"A very important book that those who work with children and youth will find extremely helpful. The material is arranged topically, shows evidence of extensive research, and provides helpful quotations of relevant material. A valuable resource." -- Cyril J. Barber
"This double-column book is a resource tool offering facts, figures, case studies, and practical advice for reaching out to young people who hurt. Advice is offered on how to: communicate, discipline, share the hope of the Gospel, and how to deal with special problems like substance abuse, child abuse, and homosexuality." -- GCB

Sprague, William B., Letters on Practical Subjects to a Daughter.

Sturkie, Joan, and Siang-Yang Tan, Advanced Peer Counseling in Youth Groups: Equipping Your Kids to Help Each Other With the Tough Issues, ISBN: 0310373018 9780310373018.

Sturkie, Joan, and Siang-Yang Tan, Peer Counseling in Youth Groups: Equipping Your Kids to Help Each Other, ISBN: 031054081X 9780310540816.

*Swanson, Andrew, Whom Shall I Marry? ISBN: 0851516882 9780851516882.
"Andrew Swanson writes with sensitivity on the struggles and difficulties young people from various cultures face in regard to the choice of a life mate. He writes about the ways in which God guides and directs those whose central desire is to do his will." -- Publisher

Terkelsen, Helen E., Counseling the Unwed Mother.

Terkelsen, Helen E., I'm Going to Have a Baby and I'm not Married, ISBN: 0800619943.

Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

*Voshell, Dorothy, Whom Shall I Marry? A Question of Vital Concern to Young Christians, Their Parents and the Church, ISBN: 0875525091 9780875525099.
"Should be in every pastor's library. Excellent for counselors. Best book for those considering marriage." -- GCB

Wilson, Earl D., A Silence to be Broken: Hope for Those Caught in the Web of Incest, ISBN: 0851104975 9780851104973.
"A difficult subject is handled in a sensitive way thus providing compassion and relief for those who have been gripped with this problem. Sources of help are offered as well as what the church can do. Wilson writes with a contagious confidence in God's redemptive power, and it give us hope." -- GCB

Wynn, John Charles, How Christian Parents Face Family Problems.
"Contains sane counsel for troubled parents, and includes a Christian approach to child-rearing. Nontechnical." -- Cyril J. Barber

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Protecting children from dangers, Teaching/training children, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Problem solving with children, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sharing christ with your children, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.



Protecting Children From Dangers

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:24)

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)

Christenson, Evelyn, Battling the Prince of Darkness: Rescuing Captives From Satan's Kingdom, ISBN: 0896932516 9780896932517.
"When you study Evelyn Christenson's new book you'll learn about the recent explosion of Satanic activity, and about the Prince of the Kingdom of Darkness. But this book isn't just about problems, it's about the one and only solution -- The Lord Jesus Christ. And it's about evangelism -- the very best strategy for defeating Satan." -- Publisher
Ideal for group study.

Doner, Colonel V., The Responsible Parent's Guide to TV: A Noted Expert Looks at Television's Role in Changing our Children's Values, ISBN: 0910311501 9780910311502.
"Drawn from scientific surveys, expert opinion, and insightful commentary the evidence indicates the media has become the cutting edge of a new anti-family revolution."

*Duffy, Cathy, Government Nannies: the Cradle-to-grave Agenda of Goals 2000 and Outcome Based Education, ISBN: 1568570090 9781568570099.
"Confusing stories about Goals 2000 and outcome-based education have made the front page of every newspaper in the country. It is a tangled web of 'government-nanny' programs that invade the privacy of families and destroys the principle of individual responsibility. This book describes where we are heading under Goals 2000." -- Publisher

Grant, George, The Family Under Siege: What the New Social Engineers Have in Mind for You and Your Children, ISBN: 1556613504 9781556613500.
"As many Christian families sense their values being undermined, Grant offers a fast-paced, well-researched look at some of the major powers at work -- groups like the ACLU, NEA, National Organization of Women -- to show how new social agendas of these groups are gaining control over the most sacred areas of life." -- Publisher

*Hassan, Steven, Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery From Destructive Cults, ISBN: 0892814225 9780892814220.
Recognize the signs of destructive organizations and protect yourself from psychological manipulation.
"Remarkably useful and important. I heartily recommend this book to anyone affected by the cult experience. Hassan's work will be valuable to health professionals, clergy, attorneys, and all those involved with cults, their members, and the families whose lives they touch." -- Louis Jolyon West, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.
Chapter 4, "Understanding Mind Control," explains how to recognize mind control activities.
Includes bibliography, bibliographical footnotes, index, and an appendix of resource organizations. Recommended as a valuable reference work. A secular author.
An Understanding of Cult Mind Control
http://www.shassan.com/

Adams, Dan, The Child Influencers: Restoring the Lost Art of Parenting, ISBN: 0962634905 9780962634901.
"Dan Adams does a great job focusing on the needs of our children and how we as parents can and should meet those needs. It is not the responsibility of the church, YMCA, day-care center, or public school to meet those needs. As parents, we need to take seriously the God given responsibility we have been given and determine to be the main influence in our children's lives. The result of our efforts can either be rewards for a job well done, or grief from a rebellious child that was not properly guided. This book contains many insights on how to spend quantity time, not just quality time, with our children and gives many ideas on how to turn the TV set off and get our children to enjoy reading alone as well as reading together as a family, and build memories as a family that will be the root system that the child will need to withstand the "winds" later in life." -- Reader's Comment

Buehrer, Eric, The New Age Masquerade: The Hidden Agenda in Your Child's Classroom, ISBN: 1561210196 9781561210190.
"This is one book the New Agers will not want the public to read." -- Johanna Michaelsen
"There is a growing New Age trend sweeping public schools. This trend is known as 'global education.' Few books even touch on this dimension of New Age philosophy, yet the public schools are where our culture is the most vulnerable. Eric Buehrer presents a fully documented expos‚ of the infiltration by the New Age into the public school system. He reveals what teachers are teaching and specific examples, both from small town schools as well as from large urban districts. Must reading!" -- GCB

DeMoss, Robert G., Jr., Learn to Discern, ISBN: 0310518318 9780310518310 156121096X 9781561210961.
"Movie and record companies spend billions each year to seduce your kids. They're creative. They're smart. They know what they're doing. To protect your children read this very frank book." -- GCB

*Enroth, Ronald, Youth, Brainwashing and Extremist Cults, ISBN: 0310242711.
"Written to prepare parents and those who work with young people for the psychological, sociological, and pseudospiritual onslaughts of cultists who yearly ensnare into their totalitarian systems large numbers of America's youth. Provides timely warning." -- Cyril J. Barber

Hexham, Irving, Karla Poewe, and J.I. Packer, Understanding Cults and New Religions.
"This book is designed to help Christian laymen, pastors, youth workers, and students understand cults from a social, psychological, and religious perspective. . . ." -- GCB

Holbrook, David, The Case Against Pornography.
"Wildmon is executive Director of the National Federation for Decency. When you finish reading this book you will know why pornography must be stopped. There is a note of hope: As an American citizen you can do something about it!" -- GCB

Hyde, Margaret O., Alcohol: Drink or Drug? ISBN: 007031635X 9780070316355.

Hyde, Margaret O., Brainwashing and Other Forms of Mind Control, ISBN: 0070316392 9780070316393.

*Hyde, Margaret O., Cry Softly! The Story of Child Abuse, ISBN: 0664327230 9780664327231.
Includes bibliography and index.
"The rising tide of child abuse makes this book a must. Deals with the reasons, as well as the treatment. Provides information on 'Hotlines,' 'Suggestions for Further Reading,' and 'National Organizations Concerned With Child Abuse'." -- Cyril J. Barber

Hyde, Margaret O., Gambling: Winners and Losers, ISBN: 1562945327 9781562945329.
For grades 6-9. "In her latest book, Hyde focuses on gambling as a sociopolitical issue. The information is clearly laid out, with Hyde providing some basic historical perspective before exploring contemporary aspects of the subject. She looks briefly at gambling in both its legal and illegal forms, does some speculating on its rise among teens, and takes a look at the characteristics of a pathological gambler. Personal histories are concrete but too few and rather dry, and although Hyde does attempt to present both sides of the issue, her negative arguments are more fully developed. Turn to Edward Dolan's TEENAGERS AND COMPULSIVE GAMBLING (1994), for a much better, more detailed discussion of gambling among YAs; use this book as a general overview and a consciousness raiser. Unfortunately, the further readings are mostly adult." -- Stephanie Zvirin

Hyde, Margaret O., Sexual Abuse: Let's Talk About it, ISBN: 0664327257 9780664327255.
"Draws attention to what is becoming a 'national epidemic.' Points out how pastors may recognize the victims and deal with the trauma and anger of those who feel violated. Practical." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Discusses the sexual abuse of children, how they can protect themselves, where they can seek help, the kinds of help available, and how to increase public awareness of this problem."

Hyde, Margaret O., and Elizabeth Held Forsyth, The Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents: From Infants to Adolescents, ISBN: 0585219478 9780585219479.
For grades 7-12. "Opening with a statement that most children and adolescents never suffer sexual abuse, but for those who do, the emotional problems can be devastating, well-known YA nonfiction authors Hyde (author of SEXUAL ABUSE: LET'S TALK ABOUT IT [1987]), and Forsyth offer a clear, thorough, meticulously documented examination of the complex factors that cause the sexual abuse of young people, and they explain the need for educating people of all ages about it. The history of sexual abuse of children is covered in a chapter entitled 'From the Ancients to the Internet,' but the bulk of the book looks more specifically at such things as abuser profiles; New Jersey's Megan's Law, which is aimed at protecting communities from sex offenders; types and success records of treatment for sex offenders; the short-and long-term effects of sexual abuse on the young victims; the issue of repressed versus false memory; and abuse prevention programs. A directory of help services is included." -- Sally Estes
Margaret O. Hyde had written many books for youth guiding them through difficult subjects. Over 100 titles by Hyde are listed on Amazon.com

Hyde, Margaret O., and Elizabeth Forsyth Suicide: The Hidden Epidemic, ISBN: 0531102513 9780531102510.
"This third, updated edition explores the history, realities, and causes of suicide, and includes a list of prevention and intervention agencies. Thorough and useful. Bibliography." -- Publisher

Hyde, Margaret O., VD: The Silent Epidemic, ISBN: 0070316376 9780070316379 0070316384 9780070316386.

Kjos, Berit, Your Child and the New Age, ISBN: 089693795X 9780896937956.

Maddux, Bob, The Fantasy Explosion.
"This book will make you aware of how you and your family are being exploited by pornography and teenage sex films, music videos, occult films, toys, soap operas and romantic novels, role-playing games, and comic books. The book will challenge you to new and creative action by offering positive suggestions." -- GCB

Mawyer, Martin, Silent Shame: The Alarming Rise of Child Sexual Abuse and How to Protect Your Children From It, ISBN: 0891074198 9780891074199.
"This informative study provides an in-depth profile of sexual abusers -- their methods, motivations, strategies, hangouts -- so that parents can understand what makes a child vulnerable to their overtures. This work provides practical steps to take to prevent children from becoming victims of sexual abuse." -- GCB

Medved, Michael, Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War Against Traditional Values, ISBN: 0060924357 9780060924355.
"The author exposes the attacks by the motion picture industry, television, and music stars against the church and Christians. He expresses our frustrations. He not only suggests a way out for Hollywood, but also concrete suggestions for concerned citizens who want to protect themselves and their children." -- GCB

Medved, Michael and Diane Medved Saving Childhood: Protecting our Children From the National Assault on Innocence, ISBN: 0060932244 9780060932244.
"The Medveds speak for many when they say that too much of present-day U.S. culture is inimical to childhood. And it isn't just a matter of trash TV for the former PBS-TV movie reviewer and his psychologist spouse. Other culprits are sensationalized news in all media; profane and violent amusements of all sorts; too early, too explicit sex education; fostering self-esteem at the expense of learning; dire, one-sided presentation to children of such large problems as environmental degradation; gangs and other bad peer groups; and parents spending too much time at work and not enough with their kids. Nor does that exhaust the Medveds' bill of indictable particulars that, they say, together tend to make children unnecessarily fearful, cynical, and sad. Indeed, two-thirds of their lively, heartfelt book consists of their analysis of the national assault on innocence. In the remaining third, and drawing heavily upon their parenting of two daughters and a son, all still under 12, they discuss how to maintain children's innocence for its proper duration by providing psychological security, encouraging children's sense of wonder, and inculcating optimism. Chief among specific actions they advise is -- ironically enough, coming from a former TV 'star' -- to stop watching the tube and to read instead, especially to the kids. An honorable addition to the strain of child-advocacy literature that runs from Marie Winn's CHILDREN WITHOUT CHILDHOOD (1981) to Dana Mack's ASSAULT ON PARENTHOOD (1997)." -- Ray Olson, from Booklist August 19, 1998
"SAVING CHILDHOOD offers parents and grandparents practical strategies to cope with a society that seems perversely determined to frighten and corrupt its young. Cultural critic and popular radio host Michael Medved and his wife, psychologist Diane Medved, argue that in a mistaken effort to curb problems plaguing its youth, our culture has changed from protecting childhood as a precious time of growth to hammering even the smallest youngsters with a grim, harsh, and menacing view of the world. The Medveds systematically present unassailable scientific evidence, moving anecdotes, and personal experiences of raising their three young children to explain the attack from four primary directions -- media, schools, peers, and even well-intentioned parents themselves.
"In a unique analysis, the Medveds define innocence not as ignorance but as the result of three components -- security, a sense of wonder, and optimism. They empower parents and all who care about childhood with concrete, easily accomplished means to fend off the assault, as well as advice for handling hurdles such as the Internet, television, peer pressure, and the plague of pessimism. SAVING CHILDHOOD enables us to restore and maintain for our children imagination, confidence, and hope for the future." -- Publisher

Michaelsen, Johanna, Like Lambs to the Slaughter: Your Child and the Occult, ISBN: 0890816174 9780890816172.
"Great resource for parents worried about their kids and the occult in society and schools."
"Johanna Michaelsen takes the concerned parent into the world of the innocent child by exploring and exposing the growing power of the occult in the lives of our children." -- Publisher
"Although a bit out of date by now (It was written in the 80s), Michaelsen's LIKE LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER provides signposts for occult influences on children that every parent should be aware of. Contrary to some of the other reviews on this page, what Michaelsen points out is both true and alarming. One may call it paranoid to consider cartoons such as the Smurfs occultic in content, but when the Smurfs feature Gargamel standing in the middle of a pentagram calling down a curse in the name of Beelzebub -- others would call it discerning. If you can get this book, get it. Though out of date, it will be helpful to you as you raise your children. I hope Michaelsen updates her work soon." -- Reader's Comment

*Morey, Robert, How to Keep Your Kids Drug Free, ISBN: 092570301X 9780925703019.
"We can highly recommend this title as the best book on the subject we offer." -- GCB

Phillips, Phil, Dinosaurs: The Bible, Barney and Beyond, ISBN: 0914984594: 9780914984597.
"In-depth look at evolution, creation science, and dinosaurs in the media and toys." -- Publisher

Phillips, Phil, Halloween and Satanism, ISBN: 091498411X 9780914984115.
"Is Halloween for children or is there a definite link between Halloween and Satanism? What about 'Trick or treat,' 'Jack-o-laterns,' and 'bobbing for apples?' Do you read horoscopes? Do you play with Ouija board? Are you involved with Tarot Cards? Do you 'dabble' with tea-leaf reading, Scrying (Crystal) Palmistry? Good luck charms? If you answered yes to any of those then you have a 'link' to the occult." -- Publisher

Phillips, Phil, Saturday Morning Mind Control, ISBN: 0840795815 9780840795816.
"Just a little harmless cartoon-watching? No, says Phillips. Today's cartoons and children's TV shows -- along with their spinoff toys, books, and movies -- endanger a child's developing social skills, motor coordination, and world view. 'Mind control' is not far off the mark!
"Phillips (author of TURMOIL IN THE TOYBOX), examines what TV really teaches children and outlines what parents can do to minimize its influence." -- CBD

Phillips, Phil, 52 Things for Your Kids to do Instead of Watching TV, ISBN: 0840796382 9780840796387.
"I have read all of Mr. Phillips' books, and they all reflect a massive amount of research and dedication to exposing so-called kids' shows or toys for what they really are: ways for Satan to infiltrate young kids' minds and desensitize them to violence and occult. Of course there are good toys and shows out there, but you really have to hunt for them. To help you with that, I would recommend Mr. Phillips' other book which describes the 52 best toys and games for kids. . . ." -- Reader's Comment

Phillips, Phil, Turmoil in the Toybox, ISBN: 0914984047 9780914984047.
"A shocking expos‚ of the toy and cartoon industry that unmasks the New Age. Occult, violent, and Satanic influences that have invaded the once innocent toy box. The author also explains the importance of play, and how toys can enhance or stunt a child's development." -- GCB

Reisman, Judith, Crafting Gay Children, a study.
"Social researcher Dr. Judith Reisman says that the incidence of homosexuals molesting children is 40 times greater than the number of heterosexuals who molest children. In her study, 'Crafting Gay Children,' Reisman notes that heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by 44 to 1 in our culture. She also points out that 17-24 percent of boys are being abused by age 18 and 25 percent of girls.
"In a 1991 population study by the Department of Commerce, statistics showed that 8 million girls were abused by age 18 by heterosexual men -- a ratio of 1 victim to 11 adult men. However, 6-8 million boys were abused by age 18 by 1-2 million adult homosexuals -- a ratio of 3-5 victims for every homosexual adult male.
"Dr. Reisman concludes that the Boy Scouts organization is correct to ban homosexuals from membership because of the high rate of molestations committed by homosexual males. To read more on this, go to: http://bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=11002

*Reisman, Judith A., Soft Porn Plays Hardball, ISBN: 091031165X 9780910311656.
"Reisman demonstrates the tragic effects of 'soft porn' on women, children, and the family." -- GCB

Richman, Sheldon, Separating School and State: How to Liberate America's Families, ISBN: 0964044714.
"Sheldon Richman presents us with a fascinating story here. Why were public schools first founded? Because people were illiterate? No. Records from colonial times show that literacy rates were higher than they are now in some places. There were all kinds of instructors, schools, schoolmasters, tutors, and self-taught leaders like Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton, at the time of the American Revolution. There was tremendous resistance, well into the 20th century against government-owned, operated, and controlled "free schools." And no wonder. We now have an established school system that manifests all the problems the Founders saw inherent in an established church. The arguments the promoters gave are presented here, and some of then are pretty scary. The goals of the public school founders had more to do with the state's interests, than children's or family's interests. The idea was to indoctrinate children with the morality preferred by "politically correct" officials of the time. Compulsory laws came in when labor unions wanted to keep kids from competing for jobs. The opponents give their side here, too. Like a lot of people, I did not know much about the history of public schools before I started reading books like this one. I have come to agree with this author. This is an excellent argument for freedom of education, and giving control back to families and parents." -- Reader's Comment

Sanders, Bill, Tough Turf: A Teen Survival Manual, ISBN: 0800752120 9780800752125.
"Written for teenagers by a man who specializes in young people. He covers drinking, drugs, peer-pressure, and building a positive self-image." -- GCB

Sciacca, Fran, Generation at Risk: What Legacy are the Baby-boomers Leaving Their kids? ISBN: 089066174X 9780890661741.
"For those who want to understand what is happening to the younger generation and why and how we should respond." -- GCB

Seabolt, Dorothy, Occult Abuse of Youth: A Guide to Protecting Children.

Thoburn, Robert L., The Children Trap: The Biblical Blueprint for Education.
"One of today's outstanding educators sees the peril our children are in. What can Christians do to avert even greater problems in the future? Why do so many Christians still believe that the public schools are neutral concerning Christianity? What should true education consist of?" -- GCB

Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

Weldon, John, and James Bjornstad, Playing With Fire: Dungeons and Dragons, Tunnels and Trolls, Chivalry and Sorcery and Other Fantasy Games, ISBN: 0802404251 9780802404251.
Exposes the danger of the fantasy game Dungeons and Dragons.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Bible promises, Sanctification, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Casuistry and conscience, Sharing christ with your children, Sexual relationship, Sex education, Protecting children from dangers, Teaching/training children, Problem solving with children, Ethics, Preparing Children for the World, Home schooling, Teaching/training children, Counsel to young men, Counsel to young women, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Anger, Parenting, Child abuse, Mind control, intimidation, and coercion, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Suicide, Gambling, Abstinence, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Spiritual warfare, Resources for students, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 143, 1671

Related WebLinks

Family Watchdog
This national website tracks sexual offenders in your area.
"Enter an address below to view a map of registered sex offenders near you."
While this is much needed data, and we commend efforts thus far, this map will not include the following sexual offenders who should (when known), be publicly identified until they repent of their sexual crimes:
  1. sexual offenders who have not been caught, tried, and convicted (the arrest/conviction ratio for all offenses was approximately 100/25 in the mid 90s);
  2. sexual offenders who have violated parole;
  3. sexual offenders who have failed to report their address or address change;
  4. sexual offenders using an alias (The FBI "believes 1 in 6 persons with a criminal record may be using alias names and identification." -- U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, OTA-TCT-497);
  5. sexual offenders who have been convicted on some other charge;
  6. ex-convicts and inmates who have committed sodomy in prison;
  7. offenders guilty of raping their spouse and the offense has gone unreported;
  8. wives who deliberately commit adultery as part of a "pre-planned divorce," that is, who married with plans to divorce for financial gain;
  9. offenders guilty of unreported incest;
  10. offenders guilty of unreported date rape;
  11. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses when drunk or under the influence of drugs;
  12. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses with mutual consent;
  13. individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous (who are frequently ex-convicts, mentally ill, and/or mentally retarded, and prefer to be identified as alcoholics to avoid the social stigma of the other categories), or other related 10-Step addiction treatment programs who have committed unreported sexual offenses with other members, or while being a sponsor of another member;
  14. individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous and related 10 Step codependent treatment programs who use the programs as vehicles to find new sexual partners;
  15. offenders who have committed unreported sexual offenses with other members of Alcoholics Anonymous or other related 10-Step addiction treatment programs while in a codependent relationship with another member;
  16. members of Sex Addicts Anonymous who have committed unreported sexual offenses;
  17. prostitutes still at-large in society;
  18. offenders who frequent prostitutes;
  19. men and women who are self-employed in the "sex industry" (professionals deliberately practicing prostitution within the business community);
  20. individuals employed in the pornography industry, including child pornography;
  21. individuals addicted to pornography or child pornography;
  22. individuals guilty of unreported sodomy and homosexuality;
  23. unreported homosexual pedophiles ("Homosexuals are over represented in child sex offenses: Individuals from the 1 to 3 percent of the population that is sexually attracted to the same sex are committing up to one-third of the sex crimes against children." -- Timothy J. Dailey, Ph.D. in "Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse");
  24. offenders guilty of unreported rape;
  25. offenders guilty of unreported fornication;
  26. offenders guilty of unreported adultery;
  27. offenders living in licentious cohabitation;
  28. offenders who are mentally retarded and promiscuous;
  29. offenders who have sever mental illness and are promiscuous;
  30. offenders with AIDS disease;
  31. offenders with any of the 30 other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States;
  32. individuals who dabble in, or actively participate in satanic cults, or related destructive cults that practice sexual rituals;
  33. offenders who are licensed mental health care professionals (Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Psych Nurses, Medical Doctors, Counselors, Priests, Pastors, and Churchmen, and so forth), who become sexually involved with their patients, clients, counselees, or church members;
  34. individuals in the legal profession who judged in favor of legalized abortion or who aided in the legal process;
  35. individuals participating in organized crime who run and profit from most of the abortion clinics in the United States;
  36. medical professionals who perform abortions;
  37. men who have paid for abortions performed on their daughters;
  38. men who have paid for abortions performed on their sexual partners;
  39. mothers who have aborted children from their wombs (any of the 43 million abortions performed in the United States since Roe vs. Wade in 1973), [56 million American babies from 1973 to 2014, annual rate continues at 1.2 million babies a year.];
  40. individuals in the drug industry who developed "the morning after pill;"
  41. druggists who sell "the morning after pill;"
  42. women who have used "the morning after pill;"
  43. and so forth, and so on.
http://www12.familywatchdog.us/

Generation Rescue
"The incidence of autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 in the 1970s to 1 in 150 today, an increase of over 6,000 percent. Many more children have been diagnosed with other neurodevelopmental disorders all considered to be on the same spectrum including Asperger's, ADHD/ADD, speech delay, and many other developmental delays and learning disabilities.

During these investigations, numerous scientists from around the globe have testified before the committee, and have presented credible peer-reviewed research studies that indicated a direct link between the exposure of mercury, a widely known neurotoxin, and the increasing incidences of autism." -- Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN), Chairman, Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, U.S. Congress, Head of Three Year Congressional Investigation into Mercury In Medicine, September 8, 2004
http://www.generationrescue.org/

A Redneck Resolution Against Self-destruction
http://www.lettermen2.com/redneck.html



Preparing Children for the World

See the Theological Notes: "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes: "God's Covenant of Grace" at Genesis 12:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

*Adams, Jay E., From Forgiven to Forgiving: Discover the Path to Biblical Forgiveness, ISBN: 1879737124 9781879737129.
"For the 'average Christian,' to shed light on all aspects of forgiveness seeking and granting, and to counter erroneous views. How do forgiven persons -- God's children -- become forgiving persons? Defines, illustrates, motivates and challenges people to deal with forgiveness issues biblically. Clear thinking is essential: 'Labels are important not only as signs of the thing they signify but also as signposts that point to solutions to the problems they categorize.' Tackles unbiblical concepts such as forgiving self, forgiving God, apologizing, 'forgive and forget'." -- David Powlison
"A detailed look at forgiveness from the Bible. He finds that much of what passes for Biblical teaching on this subject just plain misses the mark." -- GCB

Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Mother's Catechism: Or, A Familiar Way of Catechising of Children, in the Knowledge of God, Themselves, and the Holy Scriptures. Available in The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4.

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, The Mother's Catechism, The Catechizing of Families, and The Poor Man's Family Book. Available in Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360 9781877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Black, Thom, Lynda Stephenson, and Mary Chambers, Born to Fly: How to Discover and Encourage Your Child's Natural Gifts, ISBN: 0310402816.

*Campbell, Ross, How to Really Love Your Child, ISBN: 0882077511 9780882077512.
"This book is unique. It rightly assumes that almost all parents love their children, but few know how to express that love so their children feel and understand it. It tends to lean exclusively toward the relationship without considering discipline, and at times downplays rebellious behavior. But it remains a standard on relationship building." -- GCB

Farris, Michael P., What a Daughter Needs From her Dad: How a man Prepares his Daughter for Life, ISBN: 0764228706 9780764228704. Alternate title: HOW A MAN PREPARES HIS DAUGHTERS FOR LIFE.
"WHAT A DAUGHTER NEEDS FROM HER DAD pulls no punches, offering simple yet powerful techniques to help you be the kind of dad your daughter desperately needs. Michael Farris's insights will give you day-to-day strategies that can build character and spiritual strength in you growing daughter from infancy through the turbulent teens years and on into adulthood. Instead of glossing over common father-daughter conflicts that may arise, Farris offers solid, practical advice." -- Publisher

Fortune, Don, and Kathie Fortune, Discover Your Children's Gifts: A Parent's Handbook to Recognize and Develop Your Children's God-Given Gifts, ISBN: 0800791517 9780800791513.
"Every child is blessed with extraordinary, unique gifts from God. Now you can encourage your children to become more fruitful adults by learning how to recognize and nurture each child's individual spiritual gifts. Through age-related tests ranging from pre-school through the teenage years, the sensitive, caring authors show you how to understand your children better and develop their unique abilities." -- Publisher
Includes a 13-week study guide.

Garborg, Rolf, Gary Smalley (foreword), and John Trent (foreword), The Family Blessing: A Simple Parental act That will Help Your Children Feel Loved and Cherished, ISBN: 0849907810 9780849907814. Alternate title: THE FAMILY BLESSING: CREATING A SPIRITUAL COVERING FOR YOUR FAMILY'S FUTURE.
"Explains exactly what it means not only to have a regular 'blessing time' in your home, but also to make affirmation and encouragement the basis of all your communications." -- Publisher

Harris, Gregg, The Home and Family Business Workshop: A Complete Workshop for Parents and Teens on how to Start a Successful Business for Your Family.
This series of seven audio cassette tapes [audio files], includes: The Biblical Basis for Your Family Business, How to Start Your Family Business, The Marks of Truly Christian Business People, Home Banking and Other Strategies to Avoid Debt, Proven Business Ideas You Can Start Immediately, How to Find and Keep Your Customers, and How to Manage Yourself and Your Time.

Kesler, Jay, Raising Responsible Kids: Ten Things You can do now to Prepare Your Child for a Lifetime of Independence. Alternate title: RAISING RESPONSIBLE KIDS: HOW TO GUIDE YOUR CHILD TOWARD INDEPENDENT ADULTHOOD, ISBN: 1561210528 9781561210527 0380719762 9780380719761.
"If you wait until your child is ready for his diploma before you teach him/her responsible independence, you have waited too long. The teaching of responsibility comes gradually through specific lessons and experience. Here is help for parents in accomplishing this task -- by starting right now." -- GCB

Klaus, Sandra, Ten to Grow on: Teaching the Ten Commandments to Today's Children, ISBN: 0310540615 9780310540618.
"For ages 8-12. Introduction to each commandment, modern-day story which illustrates the commandment, discussion questions, memory verse activities, song suggestions, classroom activities, and reproducible puzzles." -- GCB

*Lucas, J.R., Parenting of Champions: Raising Godly Children in an Evil Age, ISBN: 094349785X 9780943497853.
"The evils of our culture are attacking our families from every side -- with the biggest guns aimed straight at our children. . . . First step is for parents to set a championship example, to actually become what they want their children to become." -- GCB
"This is one of the most honest, courageous parenting books you will ever read." -- CRM

Martin, Walter, Seven Campus Curses, an audio file.
"The seven most common objections to the Christian Faith are dealt with in a hard-hitting, fast-moving expository on the existence of God, miracles, creation, Biblical inspiration, and other issues crucial to the faith." -- Publisher

Norris, Bill, What the Bible Says About Growing Old, ISBN: 0899002587 9780899002583.

Paul, James L. (editor), The Exceptional Child: A Guidebook for Churches and Community Agencies

*Sawin, Margaret M., Family Enrichment With Family Clusters, ISBN: 0817008306 9780817008307.
"One of the most important books to be published in recent years. Shows how small groups operating in the church can strengthen family ties." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Words of Warning for Daily Life.

Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

Yates, John, and Susan Yates, What Really Matters at Home: Eight Crucial Elements for Building Character in Your Family, ISBN: 1561211052 9781561211050 0849934168 9780849934162. Alternate title: RAISING KIDS WITH CHARACTER THAT LASTS.

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Protecting children from danger, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The ten commandments: the moral law, The commandments of christ, Knowing god, Trusting god, The all-sufficiency of christ, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Protecting children from dangers, Teaching/training children, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, Problem solving with children, Idolatry, Sexual relationship, Spiritual Adultery (Spiritual Whoredom/Harlotry), Covetousness, greed, selfishness, Theft, Rebellion and lawlessness: wickedness, demonic possession, substance abuse, abnormal behavior, insanity, mental illness, mental retardation, Anger, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Sanctification, The covenant faithfulness of god, The Lordship of jesus christ, Christ's kingdom, Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms, Sexual relationship, Abstinence, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Covenant Theology and Covenanting, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, The covenanted reformation, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, Covenanted reformation short title listing, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The works of c. gregg singer, The one and the many, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Conspiracy and corruption, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Politics, Politics, Conspiracy and corruption, The aged, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

Americans Agree: Kids are not Being Prepared for Life
"According to a new survey from The Barna Group, however, there is one issue on which most adults agree: the nation's children are not being adequately prepared for life."
http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/197-americans-agree-kids-are-not-being-prepared-for-life

Girl Defined
https://www.girldefined.com/

Virtuoursreality.com, A Website for All Women
http://www.virtuousreality.com/



Single Parenting

Jones, Robert D., Single Parents: Daily Grace for the Hardest Job, ISBN: 9781934885277 1934885274.

Peppler, Alice S., Single Again -- This Time With Children: A Christian Guide for the Single Parent, ISBN: 0806619104 9780806619101.

Smith, Virginia W., The Single Parent, ISBN: 0800751051 9780800751050.

Wilde, Gary, Bible Wisdom for Single Parents, ISBN: 0781400724 9780781400725.

Womack, Charles R., Ministry to Single Parents Through a Small Growth Group Setting.

Worth, Jill, and Christine Tufnell, Journey Through Single Parenting, ISBN: 0340651903 9780340651902.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Being single (women), Parenting, Child abuse, Singleness, Women and parenting, Singleness, Personal finance, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

Girl Defined
https://www.girldefined.com/

Virtuoursreality.com, A Website for All Women
http://www.virtuousreality.com/



Christian Literature for Boys and Girls

The Elsie Books 28-book series in its original unmodernized text probably models the Christain family better than any other fiction. Likewise, the example of Elsie's life is one of the best models for Christian girls.
Notice the original text of this series is becoming available free in Project Gutenberg e-text. We have added links to the e-text as of May 2007.

Aprile, Michael Dante, and the Aprile Family, The Character of Elsie Dinsmore (Plano, TX [Utmost Enterprises, PO Box 940205, Plano, 75094-0205]: Utmost Enterprises), ISBN: 1581822014 9781581822014.
An e-text book on CD-ROM.
"This book was written by members of the Aprile family who desire, as did Elsie, to follow the Godly character traits, exemplified by Jesus Christ, in their everyday walk. . . . In this book, we have attempted to show, through Elsie's eyes, how a person, whose will is to follow the Lord, is able to take up the cross and follow Him.
"You will find that this book is good for instruction and illustration in the teaching of thirty-eight Character Traits to your children. This book can serve as a supplement to your current curriculum or some creative people might find ways to use it as a curriculum itself." -- The Aprile Family
The Character of Elsie Dinsmore (excerpts)
http://www.utmost-way.com/tcoed.htm

Beers, V. Gilbert, and Samuel Butcher, Precious Moments Bedtime Stories, ISBN: 0801009596 9780801009594.

Beers, V. Gilbert, and Samuel Butcher, Precious Moments Stories From the Bible, ISBN: 0801043115 9780801043116. Alternate title: GOOD NEWS FOR CHILDREN.

Beers, V. Gilbert (text), and Samuel J. Butcher (illustrations), Precious Moments: Through-the-Day Stories, ISBN: 0801009928 9780801009921.
"Brief story-poems heighten our awareness of the special features of wake-up time, mail time, chore time, family time, and other such times of the day, highlighting God's role in all aspects of our lives.
"Here's a delightful collection of fantasy, daydreams, sleepytime tales . . . stories just right for daytime snuggle times or evening tuck-in routines. Spend some golden moments with your child reading and chuckling over happy, upbeat poems and stories. . . . the delicate, sensitive, and appealing Precious Moments drawings are often a story-within-astory and offer a strong, pleasant combination of text and illustration." -- Publisher

Beers, V. Gilbert, and Samuel Butcher, Precious Moments Through-the-Year Stories, ISBN: 0801009731 9780801009730.
These are short stories for pre-school children.

Bridge, Stephanie Marie, Puritan Fairy Tales: Short Stories and Poems for Young and Old.

Bouma, Ralph, et al., The Children's Classics, a series of Christian classics for children selected by Ralph Bouma.
"Each of these classics, which teach character, exalt Christ, and honor God's Word in a refreshing manner not found in more modern books . . ." -- GCB
These works were originally printed in the 18th and 19th centuries and are filled with Godly principles which build character. Triangle Press has rewritten them in children's language and proper English. Write requesting a complete listing of titles.

Bible Truths for Little Children, 5 volumes.
  • Bouma, Ralph, Family Focus on Christ,
  • Godliness Is Great Gain, ISBN: 9781583390511 1583390510.
  • Little Daisy and the Swearing Class
  • Little Medicine Carrier
  • A Little Rebel Becomes a Saint, ISBN: 9781583390566 1583390561.
  • Roses and Thorns and Prison Roses, ISBN: 158339057X 9781583390573.
  • Bouma, Ralph, Short Devotions: 100 Messages for Daily Life,
  • Bouma, Ralph, Spiritual Wrestling, ISBN: 1583390170.
  • Baird, E. Thompson, Theobold the Iron-Hearted, ISBN: 9781583390580 1583390588.
  • The Weed With an Ill Name.
  • Tampering With Temptation, ISBN: 1583390596 9781583390597.
  • More, Hannah, The Bible in the Wall, ISBN: 9781583390535 1583390537.
  • The Reward of Childhood Truth; and, The Story of Little Mary's First and Last Falsehood, ISBN: 9781583390603 158339060X.
  • *Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, a pen name, 1828-1909), Annandale: A Story of the Times of the Covenanters, 1858.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Anna Hand, the Meddlesome Girl, 1868.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Aunt Hetty's Fowls or, Harry at the Farm, 1876.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Aunt Ruth, or, Persecuted not Forsaken, 1857.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), The Broken Basket, 1870.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Brookside Farm-house: From January to December: For the Little Folks, 1865.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Clouds and Sunshine, or, The Faith Brightened Pathway, 1859.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Ella Clinton, or, By Their Fruits ye Shall Know Them, 1856.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Little Patience, 1868.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Marion Harvie, a Tale of Persecution in the Seventeenth Century, 1857.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Maud's two Homes, 1868.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), The Peddler of La Grave, 1875.

    *Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson], (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 28-book series (Nashville, TN: Cumberland House Publishers).
    New sets of the 28-book series of Elsie Books are now available in the book trade (July 2003). Cumberland House has reprinted the originals in soft cover. These are not abridged or modernized. Steet price for the entire set is $120, individual books, $4.50. See:
    Elsie Dinsmore Books
    http://www.lvbaptist.org/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=BHCP&Category_Code=ED
    and Christian Book Distributors (CBD)
    http://www.christianbook.com/

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 28-book series, hardbound (New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1868-1905).

    *Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson [Galic for Finley], a pen name), (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 4-book set (Holly Hall Publications, 1997), ISBN: 1888306351 9781888306354.
    "Originally written in the late 1800's for girls and young women, the Elsie Dinsmore books were bestsellers for over thirty years. When we are introduced to Elsie in the first book she is a sweet and humble eight-year-old whose great desire in life is to be reunited with her father, whom she has never met. Her faith and her obedience to God's commandments uphold her in the great troubles she often faces, and the drama to which we are spectators is as timely for today's girls as it was for the young ladies of the 19th century. A new edition of one of GCB's best sellers, the series offers Christian values and character building examples through stories that are compelling, heartwarming, and enduring. Ages 10 and up." -- GCB
    "The Elsie Books -- 28 in all -- are some of the most widely read children's stories ever written. When they first came out more than a hundred years ago, the publisher could scarcely keep them in stock . . ." -- Publisher
    "Altogether Miss Finley's novels sold more than 28,000,000 copies in the last century. This made them among the best-selling novels of all time . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    Elsie Dinsmore: Book 1, Martha Finley
    http://archive.org/details/elsiedinsmore00ferqgoog
    ClassicReader.com
    http://www.classicreader.com/
    Mantle Ministries (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Series)
    http://www.mantlemin.com
    See: Christian Fiction
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr11ch.html

    *Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson], (1828-1909), Book 1: Elsie Dinsmore, ISBN: 158182064X 9781581820645. (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries), ISBN: 1888306319.
    "Set amid the sweet blossoms of a southern mansion, this timeless classic delves into the heart of Elsie -- by all counts, an extraordinary little girl. Share in Elsie's quest for love from her earthly father as it leads to a mature understanding of the love of her Father in Heaven. Join Elsie as she suffers through endless hours of scrutiny from Miss Day, her mean-spirited school teacher, taunting from her mischievous young Uncle Arthur, and scoldings from a cold-hearted father she so desires to please -- all with the peace and quiet countenance that comes from knowing she is God's child. This, the first of the heart-warming Elsie Books, will both challenge and inspire you." -- Publisher
    Elsie Dinsmore: Book 1, Martha Finley
    http://www.hshangout.com/elsie.html
    Elsie Dinsmore (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=6440

    *Finley, Martha, Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands, ISBN: 9781888306323 1888306327.
    "When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher
    On an even more serious note, one moral of this story is the broader life and death struggle between Truth and Falsehood (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism," "Epistemology," "Christian Scholarship"). The consequence of conflict of will is death of the "One," or war of the "Many." (see Rushdoony, The One and the Many). Conflict of will (see "Will and Recalcitrance," "Rebellion and Lawlessness"), may begin when one individual (see "The Doctrine of Man [Human Nature, Total Depravity])" or corporate body (see "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"), tries to usurping authority over another (see "Power," "Authority") -- tries to control and possess them (see "Tyranny," "Slavery"). The means of control may be either outward or occult (see "The Occult and Spiritism"): deceit, repression or suppression of the truth, replacing moral and ethical absolutes with relativism (see "Ethics," "Medical Ethics"), unfaithfulness to the highest ethical standards (see "The Ten Commandments," "The Holy Bible"), apostasy, spiritual whoredom (see "Idolatry," "Jeremiah"), invocation of the demonic, idolatry, ungodly alliance and secret societies (see "Carnality and Flesh Pleasing," "Justice, Judgment, God's Final Judgment, The Great White Throne Judgment, The Day of the Lord"), attempts to take authority over another politically or by mental malpractice (see "Selection of Covenant Heads for Positions of Leadership"), "making up their own rules (see "Absolute Truth and Relativism)," ignoring or changing constitutional or creedal documents, unjust laws for the accumulation of wealth and power, indebtedness, disenfranchisement, denial of freedom (see "God the Author of Freedom"), soul-stealing, possessiveness, physical seduction and whoredom, political economic or sexual enslavement (see "Sexual Relationship"), and so forth, and so on.
    This abuse, this soul-violence, quenches the Holy Spirit (see Owen, "God's Presence With a People the Spring of Their Prosperity; With Their Special Interest in Abiding in Him"). If either side is immovable, then death is the consequence (see "Soteriology," "The Atonement," "The Blood of Christ," "Hell" and "Heaven").
    How are conflicts of will resolved? By submission to the Absolute Truths of God's word, the great common denominator (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). All this bears a strain of the Gospel (see "Book-length Presentations of the Free Offer of The Gospel Message of Salvation and the Life to Come: The Means of Grace," "The Westminster Confession of Faith").
    Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

    Book 3: Elsie's Girlhood, ISBN: 1888306335 9781888306330.
    "Elsie's father marries her beloved Miss Rose, and after a time, Elsie acquires a younger brother and sister. Growing into a beautiful young lady who adores her father and accords him unquestioning obedience, Elsie falls in love with Bromly Egerton, a man who turns out to be a deceiving, gambling reprobate. Heartbroken, the loss affects her health as well as her spirit, and the Dinsmores decide that a sojourn in Europe is the solution. An unexpected encounter in Naples sets the stage for a romance that surprises almost everyone." -- Publisher
    Elsie's Girlhood (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=9963

    Book 4: Elsie's Womanhood, ISBN: 1888306343 9781888306347.
    "As Elsie and her father prepare for her marriage to John Travilla, Elsie moves to Viamede, her mother's childhood home in Louisiana. Overseeing the plantation, Elsie observes the treatment of the slaves and strives to bring them into an awareness of God's love for them. As Mr. and Mrs. Travilla start their life together, Elsie's old boyfriend tries to bring it all to a tragic end. In a fit of jealous rage, he unsuccessfully attempts to shoot the newly married couple. Happy with her life with her new husband, Elsie experiences the wonderful joys of motherhood. Join Elsie as she moves into a wonderful and exciting new phase of her life." -- Publisher
    Elsie's Womanhood (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14874

    Book 5: Elsie's Motherhood, ISBN: 1888306386 9781888306385.
    "Knowing the blessings that have attended her dependence on God all her life, Elsie is careful to inculcate the teaching of the Scriptures in her children from the moment they can understand right from wrong." -- Publisher
    Elsie's Motherhood (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14566

    Book 5: Elsie's Motherhood, ISBN: 1888306386 9781888306385.
    "Knowing the blessings that have attended her dependence on God all her life, Elsie is careful to inculcate the teaching of the Scriptures in her children from the moment they can understand right from wrong." -- Publisher
    Elsie's Motherhood (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14566

    Book 7: Elsie's Widowhood, ISBN: 1888306408 9781888306408.
    "Elsie's husband was 15 years older, so it was not a surprise that a day would come when she would have to go alone without his dear presence. As could be expected, all accepted it as the will of God, and they set out to grow in grace because of being left without their beloved husband and father." -- Publisher

    Book 8: Grandmother Elsie, ISBN: 1888306416 9781888306415.
    Grandmother Elsie (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14883

    Book 9: Elsie's New Relations, ISBN: 1581821018 9781581821017.
    Elsie's New Relations: What They Did and how They Fared at Ion (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14909

    Book 10: Elsie at Nantucket, ISBN: 1581821026 9781581821024.
    Elsie at Nantucket (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14379

    Book 11: The Two Elsies, ISBN: 1581821042 9781581821048.
    The Two Elsies (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=13379

    Book 12: Kith and Kin, ISBN: 1581821050 9781581821055.
    Elsie's Kith and Kin (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14488

    Book 13: Elsie's Friends at Woodburn, ISBN: 1581821077 9781581821079.

    Book 14: Elsie's Christmas (Christmas With Grandma Elsie), ISBN: 1581821085 9781581821086.
    Christmas With Grandma Elsie (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14534

    Book 15: Elsie and the Raymonds, ISBN: 1581821107 9781581821109.

    Book 16: Yachting With the Raymonds, ISBN: 1581821115 9781581821116.

    Book 17: Elsie's Vacation (and After Events), ISBN: 1581821131 9781581821130.
    Elsie's Vacation and After Events (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=18058

    Book 18: Elsie at Viamede, ISBN: 158182114X 9781581821147.

    Book 19: Elsie at Ion, ISBN: 1581821719 9781581821710.

    Book 20: Elsie at the World's Fair, ISBN: 1581821727 9781581821727.
    Elsie at the World's Fair (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14910

    Book 21: Elsie's Journey on Inland Waters, ISBN: 1581821743 9781581821741.

    Book 22: Elsie at Home, ISBN: 1581821751 9781581821758.
    Elsie at Home (Gutenberg text)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=17496

    Book 23: Elsie on the Hudson, ISBN: 1581821778 9781581821772.

    Book 24: Elsie in the South, ISBN: 1581821786 9781581821789.

    Book 25: Elsie's Young Folks (in Peace and War), ISBN: 1581821808 9781581821802.

    Book 26: Elsie's Winter Trip, ISBN: 1581821816 9781581821819.

    Book 27: Elsie and Her Loved Ones, ISBN: 1581821832 9781581821833

    Book 28: Elsie and Her Namesakes, ISBN: 1581821840 9781581821840.

    *Finley, Martha (aka Martha Farquharson, a pen name, 1828-1909), The Mildred Series: A Companion Series of the "Elsie" Books, a 7-book series (New York, NY: A.L. Burt Company, 1876, and Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

    Book 1: Mildred Keith (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries), ISBN: 1581822278 9781581822274.

    Book 2: Mildred at Roselands, ISBN: 1581822286 9781581822281.

    Book 3: Mildred and Elsie.

    Book 4: Mildred's Married Life and a Winter With Elsie Dinsmore.

    Book 5: Mildred at Home, ISBN: 1581822316 9781581822311.

    Book 6: Mildred's Boys and Girls, ISBN: 1581822324 9781581822328.

    Book 7: Mildred's New Daughter, ISBN: 1581822332 9781581822335.

    *Finley, Martha (1828-1909), Martha Finley Ultimate Collection -- 35+ Novels in one Volume, an eBook, ISBN: 8026867130 9788026867135.
    This carefully crafted eBook: "MARTHA FINLEY ULTIMATE COLLECTION - 35+ NOVELS IN ONE VOLUME (INCLUDING THE COMPLETE ELSIE DINSMORE SERIES & MILDRED KEITH COLLECTION) is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Elsie Dinsmore Series: Elsie Dinsmore; Elsie's Holidays at Roselands; Elsie's Girlhood; Elsie's Womanhood; Elsie's Motherhood; Elsie's Children; Elsie's Widowhood; Grandmother Elsie; Elsie's New Relations; Elsie at Nantucket; Two Elsies; Elsie's Kith and Kin; Elsie's Friends at Woodburn; Christmas with Grandma Elsie; Elsie and the Raymonds; Elsie Yachting with the Raymonds; Elsie's Vacation; Elsie at Viamede; Elsie at Ion; Elsie at the World's Fair; Elsie's Journey on Inland Waters; Elsie at Home; Elsie on the Hudson; Elsie in the South; Elsie's Young Folks; Elsie's Winter Trip; Elsie and Her Loved Ones; Elsie and Her Namesakes; Mildred Keith Series: Mildred Keith; Mildred at Roselands; Mildred and Elsie; Mildred's Married Life; Mildred at Home; Mildred's Boys and Girls; Mildred's New Daughter; Other Novels: Edith's Sacrifice; Ella Clinton; Signing the Contract and What it Cost; The Thorn in the Nest; and The Tragedy of Wild River Valley.
    "Martha Finley (1828-1909) was a teacher and author of numerous works, the most well-known being the 28-volume Elsie Dinsmore Series which was published over a span of 38 years." -- Publisher

    *De Graaf, Simon Gerrit, Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes (Scarsdale, NY [Westminster Discount Book Service, P.O. Box 125H, Scarsdale 10583]: Westminster Discount Book Service, 1977). Translated from the Dutch by H. Evan Runner and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. A Christian classic.
    "A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible . . . an invaluable resource for teachers, ministers, and parents." -- Christianity Today
    "In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: 'Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him. . . .'
    "This renewed insight into Biblical revelation is the perspective undergirding De Graaf's treatment of all Bible stories. It makes his book a unique presentation of God's revelation of Himself in the covenant and keeps his interpretations of the stories from degenerating into mere moralizing. Religion is not morality." -- H. Evan Runner
    "I highly recommend this book. One of the best books available." -- R.C. Sproul

    *Haan, Sheri, Precious Moments Storybook Treasury, ISBN: 0801044588 9780801044588. Combines two title: PRECIOUS MOMENTS BIBLE STORIES (by Sheri Dunham Haan), and PRECIOUS MOMENTS BEDTIME STORIES (formerly titled GOOD NEWS FOR CHILDREN), (by Samuel J. and Jon David Butcher, Debbie Ann and Steven Craig Wiersma).
    "This is a delightful book aimed at pre-schoolers, and, of course, to the adults who read to their children. It is in very large print, with unique water color illustrations from Sam Butcher. There is some scene-setting to attract the attention of the child, and then there is a paraphrased version of what the Bible says. Yet despite this, and the simplified language, the stores are sound. Doctrines are taught without flinching. Sin is identified as sin, lying as lying. It is remarkably well done. It makes an ideal gift book for grandparents, parents, or children." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Haycock, Ruth, Encyclopedia of Bible Truths, in one volume, 443 pages (Colorado Springs, CO: Association of Christian Schools International, c1993). Former title: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIBLE TRUTHS FOR SCHOOL SUBJECTS (Purposeful Design Publications, 1979), in four volumes.
    Volume 1: Social Studies, 129 pages
    Volume 2: Language, Arts/English, 85 pages
    Volume 3: Science/Mathematics, 107 pages
    Volume 4: Fine Arts/Health, 116 pages
    "This comprehensive index to the Bible is the fruit of a life's dedication and study by Dr. Ruth Haycock. Because a wide variety of subjects are covered and defined in light of Scripture, this tool will become your constant companion as you answer questions, prepare lessons, do research, and lead topical studies." -- Publisher
    "With this unique resource you can help your students understand how God's Word relates to every subject. Whether the topic is Geography or Geometry, Literature or Law, this book establishes the fundamental connection between each discipline and the truth of the Scriptures. Originally published in four separate paperbacks, it is now available in a single, hardback edition. It can be used for lesson preparation, research, project completion, more!" -- GCB
    "Dr. Haycock's work is listed in the current ACSI product catalog for $25 for ACSI member schools. You can obtain a copy by calling the order department in Colorado Springs (800) 367-0798. This is still a very popular item at our conventions and for schools in the accreditation process." -- Bill Wilson
    May be purchased in Great Britain from:
    Homeschool
    http://www.homeschool.co.uk/

    *Vos, Catherine, Child's Story Bible, ISBN: 0802850111 9780802850119.
    "Since the CHILDREN'S BIBLE STORY BOOK by Peter Palmer is presently out of print [notice it is again in print as of February 2002 -- compiler], this by Vos is undoubtedly the best of the Bible story books. She is sound in her doctrine, restrains her imaginative additions to the Biblical record, and shows an understanding of the mind of a child." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "Parents themselves don't often model personal devotions because so much of the Bible is difficult to understand. Read this every night and I guarantee you'll understand your own Bible much better, and have the best basic biblical overview possible! Vos doesn't water down the Bible stories -- even some of the gory details -- but in a respectful, careful manner she presents nearly every bible story. We LOVE this book!" -- Reader's Comment

    *Hunt, Gladys M., Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative use of Books in Family Life, revised edition, ISBN: 0310263816 9780310263814.
    "The imaginative use of books in family life. Offers warm, practical advice on how to instill a love for reading in children. Extensive bibliography grouped according to ages.
    "HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART, now in its third edition, is one of the best guides to children's books available. It is for parents who know the value of reaching their children with good books. A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers. This edition includes an indexed and updated 85-page list of the best children's favorites, HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART opens new worlds of reading possibilities for children and parents alike. Are you concerned about building whole children -- children who are alive emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually? Then this book can help. Gladys Hunt deeply believes in the potential of books to assist in this building process. Her tastes are broad, her advice is rooted in experience, and her suggestions will enrich the cultural life of any home.
    "Gladys Hunt is a popular and well-known writer. Among her many books are READ FOR YOUR LIFE and several volumes of the FISHERMAN BIBLE STUDY GUIDE SERIES. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan." -- Publisher
    "There's got to be a reason a book is in its 50th printing! This book is both motivational and informative. I wrote it to encourage parents to read aloud to their children -- and to keep on reading together long after children can read for themselves. Few things bind people together as much as sharing a good book. Without ever leaving your home, you can go on fantastic adventures, meet the same people, laugh at the ridiculous together, weep together over the plight of your favorite characters and learn life lessons from the bravery or foolishness of your main characters! Everyone who has ever read a ripping good story wants to share it with someone else. C.S. Lewis was right when he said that any book worth reading at 10 should be worth reading at 50. That means as you read with your children you get to catch up on all the stories you missed when you were growing up. Reading together gives you a reservoir of experiences from which to examine life and to figure out how to live it. And the bibliography at the end of the book introduces you to books your children should have the opportunity to read Take it to the library with you." -- Gladys Hunt

    *Palmer, Peter, Manning De V. Lee, and Jay P. Sr. Green (editor), The Children's Bible Story Book, ISBN: 1878442899 9781878442895.
    Said to be the best of the Bible story books.

    Potter, William, The Boy's Guide to the Historical Adventures of G.A. Henty (Vocabulary of a Warrior), ISBN: 1929241151 9781929241156.
    "This unique book charts Henty's works of historical fiction chronologically and provides both a plot summary and an historical overview of over 70 of his classic tales." -- Publisher
    "HOME EDUCATORS: If you are trying to put together a history-based curriculum, this volume is very helpful! You can gauge which time periods in your student's course of study need some bolstering up (or livening up), and search in this book for the proper Henty novel to introduce. For example, to bulk up our study on 'Ancient Times,' I needed a novel about Hannibal. This terrific reference book tells me to get Henty's 'The Young Carthaginian' to meet that requirement.
    "Another problem it solves is that sometimes a history-based curriculum can get predictable. Everyone seems to be covering the same things and the only variance is how deeply they're studied. This guide covers all of Henty's books and makes it easy to locate his books on obscure subjects and events which you can tantalize your children with. Children seem to love citing these forgotten tales and bedazzling their peers and family with them!
    "This volume will also prove invaluable to PEOPLE EDUCATING THEMSELVES. As an adult who is battling her 'learning gaps,' I just page through this reference until I find something that doesn't ring ANY bells! By reading a Henty, I enjoy a terrific adventure (which I can later discuss with my children), educate myself and, if I want to, pursue the subject more deeply later on." -- Reader's Comment
    "G.A. Henty wrote around 144 books. Many of the books revolve around a fictional character who interacts with real persons from that historical period. Heroism, honor, courage, and leadership are integral characteristics of the main protagonists. I have trouble putting down a Henty story. I highly recommend this resource." -- Reader's Comment

    Peretti, Frank E., Cooper Kids Adventure Series, ISBN: 1581346913 9781581346916.
    "These four Indiana Jones-style adventures about archaeologist Dr. Jake Cooper and his two young teens, Jay and Lila, teach kids sound values -- while keeping them glued to their seats! The slipcased softcover set includes THE DOOR IN THE DRAGON'S THROAT, ESCAPE FROM THE ISLAND OF AQUARIUS, THE TOMBS OF ANAK, and TRAPPED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA." -- CBD
    Frank Peretti has written many other pieces of juvenile fiction.

    *Pink, Michael, Tough Questions, Straight Answers "A great topical arrangement of Scriptures on modern subjects that our children bump up against everyday. Just Bible passages. Highly recommended." -- GCB

    Pride, Mary, Baby Doe, ISBN: 0943497949 9780943497945.
    Juvenile fiction.

    White, William R. (compiler), Stories for the Journey: A Sourcebook for Christian Storytellers, ISBN: 0806623640 9780806623641.
    Includes bibliography.

    *Wilson, Elizabeth, and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (foreword), Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children's Literature, ISBN: 0891074414 9780891074410.
    "At last here is a book that will help parents open up the wonderful world of reading for their children! Here are books that embody the ideals of traditional values and a Christian world view. Only books that really catch and hold children's attention, that are finely written, and that reflect basic Biblical values have been chosen." -- GCB
    "This book is arranged by subject and reading level. There is a good variety of choices, and the books listed have all been evaluated to be wholesome and reinforce proper priorities, human relationships and good attitudes. There are wonderful classic books and newer books also. My child has enjoyed every title we have read from the booklists. -- Reader's Comment

    Wilson, Elizabeth, Choosing Children's Books (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Two audio cassettes [audio files].

    Wilson, Elizabeth, Living Books (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.) Two audio cassettes [audio files].

    See also: Christian biography, Christian fiction, Sharing christ with your children, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, Home schooling, Some complementary works, and so forth, and so on.



    Family

    See the Theological Notes: "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "The Local Church," at Revelation 2:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes: "The Christian Family," at Ephesians 5:22 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:14,15)

    God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and cause his face to shine upon us: That they way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. (Psalm 67:1,2)

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 67, C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps067.php

    God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (Psalm 68:6)

    Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. (Psalm 127:1)

    For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:50)

    But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

    The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, and so forth, and so on.)
    And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
    To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
    That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
    (Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12), (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

    And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:28)

    See the Theological Notes: "The Christian Family," at Ephesians 5:22 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    All bonds are easily broken and cast away (by the soul at least, if not by the body), which are not perceived to be divine. -- Richard Baxter

    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
    Having a good conscience. . .
    (1 Peter 3:15, 16a)
    Oh how highly we are to be concerned that our conscience be tender, and yet how little care is taken of it! What has become of the authority of conscience, when your thoughts and your passions, when your eyes and your ears and your appetite and your tongue are left unbridled and unconquered? When every servant is set up to be master, to bear rule in you, where is your conscience? When your soul is no better kept, what poverty and leanness is growing on it, what a starveling it is both in grace and peace, eaten out with lust, evaporated into vanity, sunk into sensuality, your spirit even transubstantiated into perishing flesh, ready to die away, because you have not had a tender conscience. If you have not better kept your covenant with God, when you have not performed the duties you have vowed, when your hours of prayer are so short, your sabbaths such wintry, cold days, where has your conscience been? When your God is so shamefully neglected, never hears from you even when you have nothing else to do; yea, when your corn, your cattle, your pleasures, your friends (even those you vowed to renounce), are invited into your heart to steal it away from Heaven, then where is your conscience? When you lie asleep and allow God's enemies to sow tares in your field; when you are being a busy-body in other men's affairs, while your own vineyard is not being kept; when both your heart and your house are so much out of order, where is your conscience? When you leave your wife and your children and your servants to do all that is right in their own eyes; when you take care more for your possessions than for your sons and daughters, ready to die for lack of instruction, where is your conscience? And if you have no conscience, then where is your covenant? And if you have no covenant, then where is your God and your peace? -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on I Peter 3:15,16a [1 Peter 3:15,16a], quoted in Morning and Evening II: A Second Year of Daily Devotions by C.H. Spurgeon, May 28, p. 149 found in Devotional Classics of C.H. Spurgeon

    The Elsie Books 28 book set, in its original, unmodernized text, probably models the Christain family better than any other fiction. Likewise, the example of Elsie's life is one of the best models for Christian girls.

    Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God, ISBN: 0896362361 9780896362369.
    "About 'the causes and effects of rivalry among brothers and sisters in Christ and what can be done about it. . . .' 'Sibling rivalry in the household of faith -- just like at home -- is due entirely to sin.' Other supposed causes are not causes but occasions for our self-centered human nature to act. The Holy Spirit gives practical guidance in His Word for solving rivalry and conflict through repentance, faith and obedience." -- David Powlison

    *Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), and B.M. Palmer, The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects: An Essay in two Parts, 2 volumes, 551 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (Alexander and Palmer), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, 25.
    "If you are interest in family matters, you will look long and hard to find a book that matches this one. It is actually two books bound under one cover. Palmer's THE FAMILY, IN ITS CIVIL AND CHURCHLY ASPECTS (1876) and Alexander's THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP (1847)." -- Publisher

    *Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), Family Worship: A Biblical Duty, 1847. Alternate title: THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP, ISBN: 1573580813 9781573580816. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
    First printed in 1847 by the Presbyterian Board of Education.
    "No minister in our church was a more accomplished scholar. The pulpit was his appropriate sphere." -- Charles Hodge
    "It would be almost impossible to overemphasis the importance of daily family worship. It is a blessed privilege for those who have known it as children and/or adults. It is foundational to any lasting revival or reformation. It is a duty commanded by God in Scripture, and to neglect it is, without a doubt, sinful. The Westminster Divines made it clear, in their amazing Directory for Family Worship, that obstinacy in the sin of neglecting family worship should lead where there are faithful elders to the head of the offending house being 'suspended and debarred from the Lord's supper.' This book gives the nature, warrant, and history of family worship in easy to read large print." -- Publisher
    "The author's goal is 'extending the domestic worship of God's people and especially in arousing the children of the covenant to honor the God of their fathers.' To fulfill this purpose, Alexander traces family worship from Eden on through the Old and New Testaments and church history. The universal voice of the Church, in its best periods, has been in favor of family worship. . . .' He demonstrates that family worship is a means of intellectual improvement: 'True piety improves the understanding. . . .' " -- Robert H. Duvall

    *Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), Family Worship: its Influence Over all of Life. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
    "Some have postulated that the Reformation would have fizzled out in no time had it not been for the faithful men who led their families in daily worship. Nothing is more calculated to enhanced and abet all other spiritual duties than daily family worship. It will curtail divorce and domestic violence, both of which were unheard of among the Puritans because of their love for the use of the means of grace within this setting, and help lead many individuals and ultimately nations to Christ. This book covers the influence of family worship on the individual piety of parents and children. It shows it to be a means of intellectual improvement and a bond of domestic harmony and love. Men, if you really want to change the world, start with your own immediate sphere of influence and responsibility. Preparing your own heart before the Lord and instituting daily family worship will do more good than most can imagine! This is your commanded duty." -- Publisher

    *Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), and B.M. Palmer, The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects: An Essay in two Parts, 2 volumes, 551 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (Alexander and Palmer), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, 25.
    "If you are interest in family matters, you will look long and hard to find a book that matches this one. It is actually two books bound under one cover. Palmer's THE FAMILY, IN ITS CIVIL AND CHURCHLY ASPECTS (1876) and Alexander's THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP (1847)." -- Publisher

    Barna, George, The Future of the American Family, ISBN: 0802428991 9780802428998.
    "George Barna uses tons of well-interpreted statistics to outline what church leaders and concerned parents need to know about the impact on families of different influence agents, ways families can cope with negative influences, and ideas on what families might do to effectively anticipate and respond to future stress points." -- CBD

    DeBardeleben, Martha Graves, and Jay Adams (foreword), Fear's Answers: Case History in Nouthetic Counseling, ISBN: 087552236X 9780875522364.
    " 'It was the summer of 1970. I had already discarded my faith in psychology as the source of truth and remedy for the human dilemma. I was more and more finding in God's Word the answers. I was introduced to Jay Adams and his systematizing of Scripture as it applies to the problems of everyday living. I was thrilled to find that Dr. Adams' discoveries both paralleled and went far beyond my own.' Then in 1978 a 78 year old woman with pain, fear, depression, manipulation, hallucinations comes to live with the author. They speak biblically about pride, anger, fear, self-centeredness and lack of trust in God, instead of saying she needs her delusions and is too old for truth. 'What was most crucial in her recovery was that because she had a loving Savior, she could dare face the truth about herself'." -- David Powlison

    Defoe, Daniel, The Family-instructor. In Three Parts; I. Relating to Fathers and Children. II. To Masters and Servants. III. To Husbands and Wives. 4th edition, 1717, 2 volumes.

    Howse, Brannon, Reclaiming a Nation at Risk: The Battle for Your Faith, Family and Freedoms.

    *Howe, John (1630-1705), Of Charity in Reference to Other Men's Sins, 1 Corinthians 13:5, 1681. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "According to James Darling's CYCLOPAEDIA BIBLIOGRAPHICA, John Howe was one of the faithful English Puritan ministers who was ejected from his church in 1662. Darling adds that 'The late Robert Hall said that he had learned more from John Howe than from any other author he had ever read, and that there is an astonishing magnificence in his conceptions.' (p. 1560)
    "This book is about Christians' attitudes towards the sins of other people. For example, Howe notes that some people are happy to see others sin because it makes them feel superior to those people. But it is itself sinful for a Christian to feel this way. 'What is it now to rejoice in another man's sin? Think what it is, and how impossible it is to be where the love of God hath any place. What to be glad that such a one is turning a man into a devil! A reasonable immortal soul, capable of Heaven, into a fiend of Hell! To be glad that such a soul is tearing itself off from God, is blasting its own eternal hopes, and destroying all its possibilities of a future well-being! Blessed God! How repugnant is this to Charity?' (p. 18)
    'One would think them indeed but half men, and scarce any Christians, that can allow themselves so inhumane, and unhallowed a pleasure, as rejoicing in another's sin!
    'Tis very unworthy of a man to take pleasure in seeing his fellow-man turning beast. There is little in it of the ingenuity that belongs to humane nature, to delight in the harms of others; much less of the prudence, to make sport of a common mischief.' (p. 54)
    "Rather than rejoicing over the sins of others, Christians should mourn over the sin and pray for the repentance of the offender.
    "In some cases, however, charity and duty will require separation from the offender. 'We are to decline their society: i.e. when their heinous guilt appears, and while their repentance appears not. Scripture is so plain, and copious to this purpose, that it would suppose them very ignorant of the Bible, for whom it should be needful to quote texts. We must avoid them for our own sake, that we be not infected, nor be partakers in their sin, and guilt. For theirs (and so charity requires it), that they may be ashamed, which may be the means of their reduction and salvation: And (which is most considerable), for the honour of the Christian religion, that it may be vindicated, and rescued from reproach, as much as in us lies.' (pp. 41-42)
    "In this respect Christians have an infallible example. 'The great God is our example, who refuses the fellowship of apostate persons, yea and churches: Departs, and withdraws his affronted Glory. It is pure, and declines all taint'." (p. 42) -- Publisher
    Howe, John (1630-1705), The Whole Works of the Rev. John Howe, M.A., With a Memoir of the Author (1822), vol. 1 of 8.
    http://archive.org/details/wholeworksofrevj01howeuoft

    *Hunt, Gladys M., Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative use of Books in Family Life, revised edition, ISBN: 0310263816 9780310263814.
    "The imaginative use of books in family life. Offers warm, practical advice on how to instill a love for reading in children. Extensive bibliography grouped according to ages.
    "HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART, now in its third edition, is one of the best guides to children's books available. It is for parents who know the value of reaching their children with good books. A good book is a gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight, and adventure. But children don't stumble onto the best books by themselves. They need a parent's help. Author Gladys Hunt discusses everything from how to choose good books for your children to encouraging them to be avid readers. This edition includes an indexed and updated 85-page list of the best children's favorites, HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART opens new worlds of reading possibilities for children and parents alike. Are you concerned about building whole children -- children who are alive emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually? Then this book can help. Gladys Hunt deeply believes in the potential of books to assist in this building process. Her tastes are broad, her advice is rooted in experience, and her suggestions will enrich the cultural life of any home.
    "Gladys Hunt is a popular and well-known writer. Among her many books are READ FOR YOUR LIFE and several volumes of the FISHERMAN BIBLE STUDY GUIDE SERIES. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan." -- Publisher
    "There's got to be a reason a book is in its 50th printing! This book is both motivational and informative. I wrote it to encourage parents to read aloud to their children -- and to keep on reading together long after children can read for themselves. Few things bind people together as much as sharing a good book. Without ever leaving your home, you can go on fantastic adventures, meet the same people, laugh at the ridiculous together, weep together over the plight of your favorite characters and learn life lessons from the bravery or foolishness of your main characters! Everyone who has ever read a ripping good story wants to share it with someone else. C.S. Lewis was right when he said that any book worth reading at 10 should be worth reading at 50. That means as you read with your children you get to catch up on all the stories you missed when you were growing up. Reading together gives you a reservoir of experiences from which to examine life and to figure out how to live it. And the bibliography at the end of the book introduces you to books your children should have the opportunity to read Take it to the library with you." -- Gladys Hunt

    James, John Angell (1785-1859), A Help to Domestic Happiness, ISBN: 1573580058 9781573580052.
    "This is James' book on how to rightly order the family, which originated from sermons preached on Ephesians. James emphasizes that the chief end of every Christian parent must be the spiritual interests, religious character, and eternal salvation of their children. Here is just one quote from the book that will give an idea of its content and depth: "The secret of happiness lies folded up in the leaves of the Bible, and is carried in the bosom of religion." -- Publisher

    M'Crie, Thomas, John Owen, and Ralph Erskine, Calvinistic Family Library: Devoted to the Republication of Standard Calvinistic Works.

    Powlison, David, and Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Institute, What is a Dysfunctional Family? 5 MP3 files.

    *Wilson, Carl W., Our Dance has Turned to Death: But we can Renew the Family and Nation! ISBN: 0842347828 9780842347822.
    "A substantive account of the major causes of America's national decline and what each family can do about it. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Andrew, James O., Family Government: A Treatise on Conjugal, Parental, and Filial Duties, 1847.

    Bension-von der Ohe, Elizabeth, and Valmari M. Mason, An Annotated Bibliography of U.S. Scholarship on the History of the Family, ISBN: 0404616062 9780404616069.
    "Comprehensive annotated bibliographies are worth their weight in gold. This one is extensive and covers virtually all aspects of marriage and family living. Included are dissertations, journal articles, book reviews, and replicated research. D.Min. students will find this an invaluable resource." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Chartier, Jan, and Myron Chartier, Caring Together: Faith, Hope and Love in Your Family, ISBN: 0664240194 9780664240196.
    "This book is written by a Christian couple, both seminary professors, with two children, who affirm that true spirituality can be found and expressed in ordinary, everyday life. They claim that the teaching of the Bible can be fully practiced in a modern family -- and they tell us, in detail, how to do it." -- David and Vera Mace

    Christenson, Evelyn, What Happens When we Pray for our Families, ISBN: 0896935418 9780896935419.
    LEADER'S GUIDE available.
    "When women pray, wonderful things happen -- and Evelyn Christenson knows it from experience! Now she looks back over her 50 years of marriage to reveal prayer secrets that will help you pray effectively for your family. When illness or tragedy strikes, when family relationships are fractured, when children stray -- prayer can make a difference! "Christenson shows you how to hang on in faith and wait for what God will do . . ." -- CBD

    Christenson, Larry, The Christian Family.
    Contains material useful in counseling.

    Cleaver, Nancy, The Treasury of Family Fun; Indoor and Outdoor Activities, Ideas and Projects for Every Month of the Year.
    "A manual on indoor and outdoor activities with ideas and projects for every month of the year." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Denton, Wallace, What's Happening to Our Families?
    "A constructive discussion on the structure and changing patterns of family life today. Evaluates the emasculated man and the unfulfilled woman, anxious parents, accelerated living, retirement, the demise of religious belief, and family isolation. A final section considers the new role of churches in rebuilding family life." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Dodd, Elizabeth D., Marriage to a Difficult Man: The 'Uncommon Union' of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, ISBN: 0664209009 9780664209001.
    About Sarah Perrepont's marriage to Jonathan Edwards and the raising of their 11 children.

    Evans, Robert A., Alice F. Evans, Louis Weeks, and Carolyn Weeks, Casebook for Christian Living: Value Formation for Families and Congregations, ISBN: 0804220328 9780804220323.
    Includes bibliographical references.

    Garborg, Rolf, Gary Smalley (foreword), and John Trent (foreword), The Family Blessing: A Simple Parental act That will Help Your Children Feel Loved and Cherished, ISBN: 0849907810 9780849907814. Alternate title: THE FAMILY BLESSING: CREATING A SPIRITUAL COVERING FOR YOUR FAMILY'S FUTURE.
    "Explains exactly what it means not only to have a regular 'blessing time' in your home, but also to make affirmation and encouragement the basis of all your communications." -- Publisher

    Hibbard, Ann, Family Celebrations at Birthdays and for Vacations and Other Holidays, ISBN: 080105513X 9780801055133. Alternate title: FAMILY CELEBRATIONS: MEETING CHRIST IN YOUR HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS.
    "Here are practical tips and tested advice for planning birthdays that everyone will enjoy. Fun, memorable parties need not cost a bundle either. Hibbard helps you draw on your creativity instead of your checkbook!" -- Publisher

    Johnson, Ron, Joseph W. Hinkle, and Charles M. Lowry, Oikos: A Practical Approach to Family Evangelism, ISBN: 0805462341 9780805462340.

    *Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible, ISBN: 0310281318.
    "A devotional expositional compilation of all the promises [about 3,300 of the approximate 8,810 promises -- compiler], that are found in Scripture." -- Publisher
    "Lockyer's in-depth look at the scope of God's promises arranges them in categories that cover the full array of human concerns, from the spiritual to the material and the corporate to the personal. As you come to understand God's promises and how they apply to every aspect of your life, you'll gain a trust in God that will sustain you through the worst of times and be your source of rejoicing in the best.
    "Dr. Herbert Lockyer was born in London in 1886, and held pastorates in Scotland and England for 25 years before coming to the United States in 1935. In 1937 he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwestern Evangelical Seminary. In 1955 he returned to England where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States where he continued to devote time to the writing ministry until his death in November of 1984." -- Publisher

    Mack, Wayne A., Your Family, God's way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home. Alternate title: BUILDING YOUR FAMILY GOD'S WAY: THE ROLE OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN THE HOME, ISBN: 0875523587 9780875523583.
    "Mack offers Biblical insight and practical wisdom for two crucial areas of family life: communication and conflict resolution. Stories of success and application questions give hope and clear direction to all who wish to build stronger families." -- Publisher

    Martin, Walter, Authority or Anarchy: Crisis in the American Family, an audio cassette [audio file], (San Juan Capistrano, CA: Christian Research Institute International).
    "Dr. Martin analyses the underlying problem within the structure of the American family, giving clear guidelines for husbands and wives, parents, and children."

    Miller, David R., Breaking Free: Rescuing Families From the Clutches of Legalism.

    Morgan, Edmund Sears, The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-century New England.
    "Examines the various social, political, religious, and economic aspects of marriage and the family in Puritan New England, considering household relationships and the family's place in the Puritan social order." -- Publisher

    Petty, Jim, Helps for Family Leaders (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette HFTF05 [audio file].

    Petty, Jim, Money, Ambition and the Christian Family (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette HFTF10 [audio file].

    Petty, Jim, Suffering in the Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette HFTF26 [audio file].

    Pollard, Jeff (editor), and Scott T. Brown (editor), A Theology of the Family, an anthology, ISBN: 9781624180460 1624180469.

    *Pride, Mary, All the Way Home: Power for Your Family to be its Best, ISBN: 0891074651 9780891074656.
    "ALL THE WAY HOME is the long-awaited sequel to Mary Pride's revolutionary book, THE WAY HOME. Building on the theme of the home as the center of life, this book will change your ideas on what is possible for families today. More than a problem-solving manual, this text helps families do it right from the start." -- Publisher
    "Reading Mary's book has reassured me that all scripture is valid even today. It's a pity every woman by age 15 has not been made to study these concepts, fully understand her God given role in life and how exciting it truly can be. Now if we women of today would just pick up the baton and run the race, as Mary has clearly outlined for us in her book, God would bless our families and children again. If you are hungry to see God's hand in your life, Mary has written a beautiful book calling women back to the place God prepared for us in the beginning. Buy this and let the rebuke and encouragement draw you back to the 66 books that make up our Bible and guide our lives in the path God has laid out for us as women." -- Reader's Comment
    "If you are a Christian woman who needs help redefining your purpose in life because you don't have children, BUY this book. If you are a wife and/or mother who is tired of society (NC17 and violent media, TV, video, music, etc), defining you . . . . and you/your children's wants and needs, this is the book for you too." -- Reader's Comment

    *Pride, Mary, The Big Book of Home Learning, 4 volumes, ISBN: 0891075488 9780891075486 0891075496 9780891075493.
    Volume 1: Getting Started. Introduces all major home school methods and answers your most frequently asked questions.
    Volume 2: Preschool and Elementary.
    Volume 3: Junior High Through College.
    Volume 4: Afterschooling and Extras.
    Each volume is over 500 pages and includes full contact information for every product reviewed.
    "Mary Pride has researched tons of educational products. . . . I love Pride's philosophy of teaching and trust her conclusions. She has saved me years of hunting for good educational supplies." -- Reader's Comment "Here is a complete guide to everything educational for you and your children. . . . You will find resources and information here that are not available elsewhere." -- GCB

    *Pride, Mary, Next Book of Home Learning (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books], 1988, c1987).
    "This new book brings us a whole new range of additional educational resources for home schoolers of all ages to complement her first book. With its broad spectrum of hard-to-find information . . . this book is an indispensable resource for home schoolers . . ." -- GCB

    *Pride, Mary, Schoolproof: How to Help Your Family Beat the System and Learn to Love Learning the Easy Natural Way, ISBN: 0891074805 9780891074809.
    "Schoolproofing means having children who learn to read, who learn to obey authority, who learn to stand against injustice." -- GCB "Mary Pride's book will help parents make sure their children get a great education, no matter what political or educational theory happens to be in vogue. Schoolproofing means having children who learn to read, who learn to obey authority, who learn to stand against injustice. Just a few of the topics covered: getting organized; motivating your students while respecting them; steps to independent learning -- including one commonly-forgotten but absolutely essential step; 20 ways to present a lesson and more. This book helps you understand why different educational philosophies work (or don't), and where we should go from here." -- Publisher

    Reformed Presbytery (Scotland), A Pastoral Letter to the Old Dissenters, Concerning Family and Social Duties.

    Rupprecht, David, and Ruth Rupprecht, Radical Hospitality, ISBN: 0875524214 9780875524214 0875524206 9780875524207.
    "An important book which is a call for believers to open their doors to people needing the love, care, and discipline of a Christian home. Biblical reasons for doing this and the experience of five families who practice hospitality are given. What is involved? What effect will it have on family members?" -- GCB

    Shaw, I., Christian Family Matters, ISBN: 1850490201 9781850490203.

    Scipione, George, The Biblical Battle for the Family: A Theology of Family Life.
    "Sets the biblical view of family life in contrast to contemporary social forces that oppose such a view. Includes strategic and tactical suggestions for waging the battle successully. Intended to establish the worldview that must undergird marriage and family counseling." -- David Powlison
    Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West)
    http://www.ibcd.org/

    Scipione, George C., Marriage and Family Counseling: Course Syllabus, 134 pages.
    Introduction. Why study the family?: What is the family? -- What is marriage and family counseling? -- Why is it necessary to study and to help the family? How to study the family: The starting point is God's holy created norms found in scripture, not sinful, sociological, statistical norms -- God starts mankind's history with a family, not any other institution -- God works through families in His covenant of grace -- God made the family a symbol, analogy or model -- The family is central to the functioning of the other God-ordained institutions. The Biblical theology of the family and its relationship to theology: The family is a major key in understanding God's nature -- The family is a major key in understanding God's redemptive covenant of grace -- Modern secular views of the family, as well as contemporary evangelical views, distort God's nature and His acts in history. The history of the family: Biblical history -- General conclusions from the biblical data -- Para biblical and post biblical history. The biblical theology of the family: Biblical theology of gender roles -- Marriage -- The husband, the loving leader -- The wife, the suitable helper -- Communication in marriage -- Problem solving in marriage -- Sexuality in marriage -- Children -- Parenting -- Growth, maturity, aging -- Education of children -- Assessment and diagnosis of "dyslexia" -- Assessment and diagnosis of ADD with hyperactivity -- Finances and inheritance -- Covenantal family view of contracting marriage vs. American romantic dating -- Premarital counseling -- A biblical theology of divorce -- Divorce counseling -- Remarriage -- Physical abuse -- Pornography, adultery, etc. -- Incest -- Family worship -- Adoption. The soteriology of the family: Problems defined -- Solutions developed by the culture (psychotherapies by the culture, codependency or co-idolatry?) -- A biblical framework for marriage and family counseling. How to do marriage and family counseling: The seven key elements hold true -- Team counseling and specialists. Case studies. Questions and answers. Appendices: Appendix A (marriage enrichment weekend) -- Appendix B (the family: an annotated bibliography) -- Appendix C (requirements for the course for credit students) -- Appendix D (The Westminster Confession of Faith on marriage and divorce) -- Appendix E (Calvin: Institutes of Christian Religion, book 1, chapter 1) -- Appendix F (Van Til: A Christian Theory of Knowledge).

    *Smith, B.M., Family Religion, or the Domestic Relations as Regulated by Christian Principles (1859). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
    "Smith's family was greatly influenced by Samuel Davies. Smith himself was a friend of R.L. Dabney. As the editor notes, the importance of this book is seen in the fact that 'reform of the family would soon diffuse itself throughout the whole constitution of society, a higher tone of morals would be inspired, and not only would the moral influence of the church be enlarged, but the stability and security of the state would be perpetuated.' Or as the DIRECTORY FOR FAMILY WORSHIP, appended to the Westminster Confession, so wisely points out, 'besides the public worship in congregations, mercifully established in this land in great purity, it is expedient and necessary that secret worship of each person alone, and private worship of families, be pressed and set up; that, with national reformation, the profession and power of godliness, both personal and domestic, be advanced.' This was a prize winning essay, covering, in depth, the family and its duties." -- Publisher

    Various, God's Word for the Family, ISBN: 0849951372 9780849951374 0849951461 9780849951466.

    Welch, Ed, Using the Gospel in Your Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette HFTF07 [audio file].

    Wolf, Stewart, and John Bruhn, The Power of Clan: The Influence of Human Relationships on Heart Disease, new edition, ISBN: 0765804492 9780765804495.
    "The notion that the quality of our social relationships may have a profound effect on our health and longevity has a long history but a short scientific past. A much publicized study that set out to show an association between social cohesion in the community and coronary heart disease mortality was begun in 1962 by Drs. Bruhn and Wolf. Their focus was on the town of Roseto, a cohesive and relatively stable Italian-American community in Pennsylvania. There the death rate from heart attacks was substantially lower than that of nearby towns. However, Roseto has changed over the years and so have its mortality statistics.
    "THE POWER OF CLAN is a sequel to THE ROSETO STORY: AN ANATOMY OF HEALTH (1979). It includes the results from a follow-up survey that was done in collaboration with the Center for Social Research at Lehigh University. The authors intended to document the changes in Roseto as its people have adapted to an American lifestyle that is characterized by individualism, competitiveness, and materialism. One of the authors, Stewart Wolf, virtually acted as a participant-observer, contributing to a vivid and lively account of these changes that is supported by many anecdotes and an additional 22 pages of photographs. The book includes many tables showing demographic and health characteristics of Rosetans and their controls, and discusses potential mechanisms linking social change to increased death rates from myocardial infarction. This wealth of information provides a rich source of hypotheses and should encourage the development of sound psychometric instruments to test more rigorously the link between mutually supportive attitudes, cooperation, and health outcomes.
    "THE POWER OF CLAN will stimulate and revive discussion on the effects of personal relationships on health. We are reminded of the work by J.J. Groen that urged us to adopt a more comprehensive approach to our understanding and, ultimately, control of coronary heart disease in both women and men." -- Gerdi Weidner
    "Stewart Wolf was really one of the pioneers of psychosomatic medicine," noted Paul Rosch, president of the American Institute of Stress, in The Lancet. "His book on stress and hypertension is still considered a classic in the field . . . He was a marvelous cultured person who was able to bring a broad background in the humanities to his approach to patients and to teaching." -- Publisher

    See also: The sovereinty of god, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Family worship, Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Words of christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, Sexual relationship, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, The promises of Christ, Bible promises, Reconciliation of relationships, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1623-1625, 1642, 1668, 1671, 2823, 4152 (in the General Index see "Family")

    Related WebLinks

    Books on the Family From Still Waters Revival Books
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/family.htm

    The Christian Family Homepage
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/29/family

    The Covenant Family Fellowship
    A number of citations from historic Reformed folk: John Knox, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, etc., covering the period from 100 AD to 1912 AD regarding family worship.
    http://covenantfamily.nfshost.com/

    The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification (1646)
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/the-directory-for-family-worship-approved-by-the-general-assembly-of-the-church-of-scotland-for-piety-and-uniformity-in-secret-and-private-worship-and-mutual-edification

    The Elsie Books 28 book set, in its original, unmodernized text, models the Christain family better probably than any other fiction. Likewise, the example of Elsie's life is one of the best models for Christian girls.
    Notice the original text of this series is becoming available free in Project Gutenberg e-text. We have added links to the e-text as of May 2007.
    Chapter 11: Christian Fiction
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr11ch.html#cfiction

    J. Wilbur Chapman's Tract on an Old-Fashioned Home
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/15/j-wilbur-chapmans-tract-on-an-old-fashioned-home



    Counseling the Family

    *Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home, ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
    "His [Adam's], approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, 'A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- Publisher
    "Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB
    A study guide is available.
    Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
    Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE).
    "Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

    Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

    *Adams, Jay E., The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling, 202 pages, ISBN: 1889032468 9781889032467.
    "THE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING is designed to afford Christian counselors quick reference as well as comprehensive access to the chief principles and practices of biblical counseling. It is called an 'encyclopedia' because a counselor interested in surveying the gamut of those principles and practices will find in this volume a wider variety of subjects than may be located in any other book of biblical counseling. The counseling described here is truly 'Christian' with method and content firmly rooted in careful biblical exegesis. At the same time it is 'practical' because articles consist not merely of definitions and descriptions, but also of application of the material useful to Christian counselors. Although not necessarily the only way these biblical principles can be applied, they are the fruit of years of study and experience in biblical counseling. In short, the book is designed as an aid to the working counselor who needs a quick reference guide. We trust that God will use it to His glory and to the blessing of His people." -- Preface Some subject include: Abortion | Abuse | Admonition | Adultery | Adversity | Affliction | Aggravation | Anger | Answers | Apology | Assurance | Attitude | Authority | Balance | Behavior | Bizarre behaviour | Breakdown | Christ | Church | Commandments | Confession | Confidentiality | Contentment | Correction | Corruption | Counseling | Crises | Data gathering | Deceit | Dependence | Discipling | Divorce | Doctrine | Drugs | Education | Empathy | Evangelism | Example | Foolishness | Forgetfulness | Forgiveness | Godliness | Gospel | Gossip | Habit | Heresy | Hope | Hostility | How-to | Idolatry | Jesus | Joy | Justification | Legal matters | Legalism | Lying | Marriage | Promises of god | Put on/put off dynamic | Quickening | Radical amputation | Rage | Reconciliation | Referral | Rejuvenation | Repentance | Santification | Scripture | Sex | Sin | Teaching | Temptation | Testing | Think list | Thought | Training.

    *Adams, Jay E., From Forgiven to Forgiving: Discover the Path to Biblical Forgiveness, ISBN: 1879737124 9781879737129.
    "For the 'average Christian,' to shed light on all aspects of forgiveness seeking and granting, and to counter erroneous views. How do forgiven persons -- God's children -- become forgiving persons? Defines, illustrates, motivates and challenges people to deal with forgiveness issues biblically. Clear thinking is essential: 'Labels are important not only as signs of the thing they signify but also as signposts that point to solutions to the problems they categorize.' Tackles unbiblical concepts such as forgiving self, forgiving God, apologizing, 'forgive and forget'." -- David Powlison
    "A detailed look at forgiveness from the Bible. He finds that much of what passes for Biblical teaching on this subject just plain misses the mark." -- GCB

    Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God, ISBN: 0896362361 9780896362369.
    "About 'the causes and effects of rivalry among brothers and sisters in Christ and what can be done about it. . . .' 'Sibling rivalry in the household of faith -- just like at home -- is due entirely to sin.' Other supposed causes are not causes but occasions for our self-centered human nature to act. The Holy Spirit gives practical guidance in His Word for solving rivalry and conflict through repentance, faith and obedience." -- David Powlison

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Difficulty of Knowing our Faults.

    *Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), and B.M. Palmer, The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects: An Essay in two Parts, 2 volumes, 551 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (Alexander and Palmer), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, 25.
    "If you are interest in family matters, you will look long and hard to find a book that matches this one. It is actually two books bound under one cover. Palmer's THE FAMILY, IN ITS CIVIL AND CHURCHLY ASPECTS (1876) and Alexander's THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP (1847)." -- Publisher

    Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's Christian Living in the Home.
    "Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians how to use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
    I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
    II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
    III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
    IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
    (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (less the J.I. Packer's Foreword, but searchable with an OCR-based index), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
    Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition (including the J.I. Packer Introduction), as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007.
    The best digital format of the reprint by George Virtue is included on the Puritan Hard Drive. It has an OCR scan in the background, meaning one can search the entire volume and copy text into another document. It also has a computer generated indexed from the OCR scan which is, of course, in Baxter's vocabulary.
    A PDF image scan only of the same edition is available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
    The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
    The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. So it is useful if the reader wants to become acquainted with the book. Text can be searched, but can not be copied into another document. This particular Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix which is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
    Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file (without an OCR scan in the background), is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition), feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
    One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
    http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
    Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
    "The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages), is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
    "Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God), merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
    Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
    "There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
    "We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
    "The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle), and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
    "Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), are less detailed works and are found in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
    "Ptacek in FAMILY WORSHIP: BIBLICAL BASIS, HISTORICAL REALITY, CURRENT NEED (pp. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous 'nonconformists,' in what is know as the 'great ejection,' in 1662, 'Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. 'Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled 'Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God.
    "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- Publisher
    The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28.
    1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
    2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
    3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
    A summary of currently (2012) available publications.
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

    *Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, 1681.
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, The Mother's Catechism, The Catechizing of Families, and The Poor Man's Family Book. Available in Baxter, Richard, THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4, 1877611360 9781877611360.
    "This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, 'The Reformed Pastor' and 25 other sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Poor Man's Family Book: 1. Teaching him how to Become a True Christian, 2. How to Live as a Christian, Towards God, Himself and Others, in all his Relations, Especially in His Family, 3. How to die as a Christian in Hope and Comfort, and so to be Glorified With Christ for Ever: In Plain Familiar Conferences Between a Teacher and a Learner. Available in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4.

    *Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
    "This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, ['Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men'], 'The Reformed Pastor' 'Poor Man's Family Book,' 'The Catechizing of Families,' and 'The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    *Kennedy, D. James (1930-2007), Learning to Live With the People You Love, ISBN: 0883681900 9780883681909.
    Love "is sharing life together in a way that brings glory to God and enriches the lives of every family member."
    Dr. Kennedy says no book he has written has brought so many comments as this one.
    Read this in conjunction with Dr. Kennedy's 6-message audio cassette [audio file], series "Secrets of Successful Marriages," the audio cassette [audio file], message "Why Some Marriages Fail and Others Succeed," and the 4-message audio cassette [audio file], series "The Christian Marriage Series."

    *Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

    Martin, Grant, Counseling in Cases of Family Violence and Abuse, ISBN: 0849905877 9780849905872.

    Minirth, Frank B., The Workaholic and His Family, ISBN: 0801061113 9780801061110.

    *Ryle, J.C. (John Charles, 1816-1900), Home Truths, Volume 1. A Christian classic.
    "This reprint of a classic is much needed in our day." -- CVBBS
    Home Truths, Miscellaneous Addresses and Tracts, 1854
    http://archive.org/details/hometruthsmisce01rylegoog

    Ryle, J.C. (John Charles, 1816-1900), Home Truths, Volume 2, ISBN: 1583391738. Alternate title: HOME TRUTHS: SECOND SERIES.
    There is some confusion over the various editions of HOME TRUTHS. Apparently one edition included 8 volumes.
    Home Truths, Miscellaneous Addresses and Tracts (1857)
    http://archive.org/details/hometruthsmisce02rylegoog

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), and J.I. Packer (foreword), Practical Religion: Being Plain Papers on the Daily Duties, Experience, Dangers and Privileges of Professing Christians, ISBN: 085234449X 9780852344491. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "PRACTICAL RELIGION is classic as a manual on the practice of Christianity -- a concise guide to the daily duties, experiences, dangers, privileges, and responsibilities faced by professing Christians. It is an excellent companion volume to J.C. Ryle's other classic, HOLINESS.
    "In PRACTICAL RELIGION, Ryle expounds the great central themes of the Christian life with realism, power, and depth. This volume, along with his other works such as EXPOSITORY THOUGHTS ON THE GOSPELS, has been treasured by generations of evangelical Christians all over the world." -- Publisher
    "Discusses: self-iniquity, self-exertion, reality, prayer, Bible reading, charity, zeal, happiness, formality, the world, riches and poverty, sickness, family of God, heirs of God, eternity, and others." -- GCB
    Practical Religion: Being Plain Papers on the Daily Duties, Experience, Dangers, and Privileges of Professing Christians (1883)
    http://archive.org/details/practicalreligio00ryle

    Adams, Jay E., The Role of Father in the Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JAR02 [audio file].

    Adams, Jay E., The Role of Husband in the Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JAR01 [audio file].

    Kavar, Louis F., Pastoral Ministry in the AIDS Era: Focus on Families and Friends of Persons With AIDS Wayzata, MI: Woodland Publishing Co., c1988), ISBN: 0934104077 9780934104074.

    Mack, Wayne A., Your Family, God's way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home. Alternate title: BUILDING YOUR FAMILY GOD'S WAY: THE ROLE OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN THE HOME, ISBN: 0875523587 9780875523583.
    "Unfolds Psalm 128's vision of godly family life. Calls on a husband and father to be first and foremost a "God-fearing" man. Calls on a wife and mother to become a "fruitful vine" because of the intimacy of her relationship with God. Calls on parents to view their children as precious "olive plants." Extensive and practical discussion of communication and problem-solving principles. Contains study and application assignments for each chapter." -- David Powlison
    "Mack offers Biblical insight and practical wisdom for two crucial areas of family life: communication and conflict resolution. Stories of success and application questions give hope and clear direction to all who wish to build stronger families." -- Publisher

    Martin, Grant, Counseling in Cases of Family Violence and Abuse, ISBN: 0849905877 9780849905872.

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Christ and the 10 Commandments; Harmony in Home Through the 5th Commandment (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette CM106 [audio file].

    Miller, David R., Breaking Free: Rescuing Families From the Clutches of Legalism.

    Scipione, George C., Marriage and Family Counseling: Course Syllabus, 134 pages.
    Introduction. Why study the family?: What is the family? -- What is marriage and family counseling? -- Why is it necessary to study and to help the family? How to study the family: The starting point is God's holy created norms found in scripture, not sinful, sociological, statistical norms -- God starts mankind's history with a family, not any other institution -- God works through families in His covenant of grace -- God made the family a symbol, analogy or model -- The family is central to the functioning of the other God-ordained institutions. The Biblical theology of the family and its relationship to theology: The family is a major key in understanding God's nature -- The family is a major key in understanding God's redemptive covenant of grace -- Modern secular views of the family, as well as contemporary evangelical views, distort God's nature and His acts in history. The history of the family: Biblical history -- General conclusions from the biblical data -- Para biblical and post biblical history. The biblical theology of the family: Biblical theology of gender roles -- Marriage -- The husband, the loving leader -- The wife, the suitable helper -- Communication in marriage -- Problem solving in marriage -- Sexuality in marriage -- Children -- Parenting -- Growth, maturity, aging -- Education of children -- Assessment and diagnosis of "dyslexia" -- Assessment and diagnosis of ADD with hyperactivity -- Finances and inheritance -- Covenantal family view of contracting marriage vs. American romantic dating -- Premarital counseling -- A biblical theology of divorce -- Divorce counseling -- Remarriage -- Physical abuse -- Pornography, adultery, etc. -- Incest -- Family worship -- Adoption. The soteriology of the family: Problems defined -- Solutions developed by the culture (psychotherapies by the culture, codependency or co-idolatry?) -- A biblical framework for marriage and family counseling. How to do marriage and family counseling: The seven key elements hold true -- Team counseling and specialists. Case studies. Questions and answers. Appendices: Appendix A (marriage enrichment weekend) -- Appendix B (the family: an annotated bibliography) -- Appendix C (requirements for the course for credit students) -- Appendix D (The Westminster Confession of Faith on marriage and divorce) -- Appendix E (Calvin: Institutes of Christian Religion, book 1, chapter 1) -- Appendix F (Van Til: A Christian Theory of Knowledge).

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The ten commandments: the moral law, Trusting god, Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Justifying faith, Forgiveness, Bible promises, Sanctification, Casuistry and conscience, Ethics, Men and Women, Christian liberty, Men, women and god, Premarital counseling, Marital counseling, Problem solving in marriage, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Counseling the family, Parenting, Biblical counsel by subject, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, Adultery, Child abuse, Fatherlessness, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Abstinence, Works of Jay Adams, Christian counseling and educational foundation, Westminster media, Works of Jay Adams, and Audio cassettes, CCEF speakers, Child abuse, Sexual wholeness, Marriage, Singleness, Femininism, Gratuitous sex a cause of violence, Homosexuality, lesbianism, gay, bisexual, transvestite, queer (lgbtq), Cowardice, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Works by and for women, The new age and women, Self, Self-denial, The occult, Sorcery, Women and the new age, Soul-violence, Churches that abuse, Divorce, Hostility, Incest, Rape, Sex education, Pornography, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Unforgiveness, Domestic duties, Duties of the Christian, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1642, 1658-1661, 3733, 4152

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    Family Management

    Andrew, James O., Family Government: A Treatise on Conjugal, Parental, and Filial Duties, 1847.

    *Anson, Elva, and Kathie Liden, The Complete Book of Home Management, ISBN: 0802415954 9780802415950.
    "This is a practical book for everyday living. And in the first chapter, 'How to Achieve Quality Living,' they give the best practical advice of all: Live by the Scripture with an eye to Christ and His advice. What follows is unique. It takes up the skill of management. And the house, the time, the workload, the children, the money, and the nutrition are all discussed in a practical way. In places it is like 'Hints From Heloise,' yet they never leave Jesus out of the picture. It is an excellent book for the family." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Barna, George, The Future of the American Family, ISBN: 0802428991 9780802428998.
    "George Barna uses tons of well-interpreted statistics to outline what church leaders and concerned parents need to know about the impact on families of different influence agents, ways families can cope with negative influences, and ideas on what families might do to effectively anticipate and respond to future stress points." -- CBD

    Bouma, Mary LaGrand, Creative Homemaker, ISBN: 087123078X 9780871230782.

    Harris, Gregg, The Home and Family Business Workshop: A Complete Workshop for Parents and Teens on how to Start a Successful Business for Your Family.
    This series of seven audio cassette tapes [audio files], includes: The Biblical Basis for Your Family Business, How to Start Your Family Business, The Marks of Truly Christian Business People, Home Banking and Other Strategies to Avoid Debt, Proven Business Ideas You Can Start Immediately, How to Find and Keep Your Customers, and How to Manage Yourself and Your Time.

    James, John Angell (1785-1859), The Widow Directed to the Widow's God, ISBN: 157358035X 9781573580359.
    "In this book, James directs widows to take their sufferings to God for relief. He tenderly shows that the widow 'needs a special message of comfort from her Lord.' There are practical suggestions and helps for widows, Scriptural examples of widows, letters from widows, and letters to widows." -- Publisher

    Moore, Raymond, and Dorothy Moore, Minding Your Own Business, ISBN: 1561210080 9781561210084.
    "These education experts have compiled the actual experiences of families who, as families, have first structured their homes like a successful business, THEN have actually developed revenue producing home-based operations. They give creative ideas and tips that have helped families gain control, and begin to earn money, and have fun together doing it." -- GCB

    Morgan, Edmund Sears, The Puritan Family: Religion and Domestic Relations in Seventeenth-century New England.
    "Examines the various social, political, religious, and economic aspects of marriage and the family in Puritan New England, considering household relationships and the family's place in the Puritan social order." -- Publisher

    Petty, James C., When the Money Runs out: Hope and Help for the Financially Stressed, ISBN: 9781935273059 1935273051.

    See also: Fatherhood, Manhood, Domestic duties, Family management (women), Personal and family finances, family businesses, Chapter: physical health, Home management (women), Widowhood, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1630

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    2014 Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Shenandoah Valley
    Issued annually.
    http://buylocalshenvalley.org/find-it-in-the-guide/

    B>Organic Valley Family of Farms
    http://www.organicvalley.com/

    Polyface, "the farm of many faces"
    "Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley."
    http://www.polyfacefarms.com/



    Holidays

    Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 103)

    Calderwood, David, Reasons Against Festival Days
    http://www.naphtali.com/days.htm

    IMP, The Pagan Invasion Series (Jeremiah Films)
    Volume 1: Halloween: Trick or Treat
    Witness Inc. and Jeremiah Films Video Tapes
    http://www.witnessiync.com/ordering_materials.html

    Phillips, Phil, Halloween and Satanism, ISBN: 091498411X 9780914984115.
    "Is Halloween for children or is there a definite link between Halloween and Satanism? What about 'Trick or treat,' 'Jack-o-laterns,' and 'bobbing for apples?' Do you read horoscopes? Do you play with Ouija board? Are you involved with Tarot Cards? Do you 'dabble' with tea-leaf reading, Scrying (Crystal) Palmistry? Good luck charms? If you answered yes to any of those then you have a 'link' to the occult." -- Publisher

    Tract, Against Pagan and Roman Catholic Holy-days (Holidays). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A very strong and thorough testimony about why the celebration of Christmas is a violation of the commandments of God and is therefore sinful. Shows how the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ condemns all man-invented holy days. Christmass is essentially a pagan holiday and its religious elements foster an imitation gospel which actually keeps the world from understanding the true gospel." -- Publisher
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/holyday.htm

    See also: Christmas, holidays, the regulative principle of worship, Public worship, The psalms in worship, Family worship, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    Anti-Observance of Holy Days of Man Homepage
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/29/observance-of-holy-days



    Christmas

    Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Diatribe Triplex, or, A Threefold Exercitation: Concerning 1. Superstition, 2. Will-worship, 3. Christmas Festivall, With the Reverend and Learned Dr. Hammond. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Clowney, E., Would You Believe . . . In Christmas? (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette EC103 [audio file].

    *Handel, George Frederick, The Messiah (various artists and recordings).
    This musical composition has probably inspired more individuals to faith in Christ than any other piece of music. The complete oratorio is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by John Alldis. Another critically acclaimed performance is that of the Choir of Christ's Church Cathedral, Oxford, England, accompanied by the Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood conducting.
    Also recommended is the 2 CD set, Handel -- "Messiah" with Erickson, McNair, Hodgson, Humphrey, Stilwell, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw conducting

    Highlights from Handel's "Messiah"
    http://www.rsglh.org/Messiah.Highlights.rm
    Handel's Messiah Text
    http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/holiday2002/shawmessiah-text.html
    Messiah (Complete Traditional), London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, John Alldis conducting
    Handel -- "Messiah" with Nelson, Kirkby, Watkinson, P. Elliott, D. Thomas, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood conducting.
    "This is the Messiah that started it all -- the first period instrument performance recorded with a choir of men and boys. It introduced music lovers the world over to Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby, and a whole host of performers who have since become ubiquitous as the "English Early Music Mafia," appearing as they do under zillions of different ensemble names on a variety of labels. Hogwood's performance still holds its own, however, as one of the finest and freshest available. A first-rate effort." -- David Hurwitz
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000004CXU/qid=1040846214/sr=1-11/ref=sr_1_11/103-0225174-5677440?v=glance&s=classical
    Handel -- "Messiah" with Erickson, McNair, Hodgson, Humphrey, Stilwell, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw conducting, 2 CD set
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000003CT7/qid=1040838855/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/103-0225174-5677440
    Handel -- "Messiah" with E. Farrell, Lipton, Cunningham, Warfield, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000024OE/qid=1040845852/sr=1-10/ref=sr_1_10/103-0225174-5677440?v=glance&s=classical

    *Newton, John (1725-1807), Messiah. Fifty Expository Discourses, on the Series of Scriptural Passages, Which Form the Subject of the Celebrated Oratorio of Handel, 2 volumes.

    Price, Greg L., Christmass Condemned, a 3-tape [audio file], series (MP3). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "Price shows how the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ condemns all man-invented holy days. Scripture and history are brought to bear most specifically on the celebration of Christ-mass, demonstrating why it is a sin to celebrate this day. It is also noted that Scripture never commands the celebration of this day and that there is no evidence that Christ and the Apostles ever celebrated this day -- in fact, this syncretism of paganism and 'Babylonian' Christianity was not first celebrated until 354 A.D. (when December 25 was chosen, in accord with the Pagan feast of Saturnalia, as the day of 'celebration'). Price also clearly shows that to call yourself Reformed while you hold on to this Roman Catholic/Pagan monument of idolatry makes for a serious contradiction in your testimony -- as the best Reformed churches have always disciplined those (in accord with Scriptural teaching), who broke the second and fourth commandments by keeping anti-Christian festival days like Christ-mass, Easter, etc. Citations from Luther, Calvin and the company of Geneva Pastors, the Church of Scotland's First Book of Discipline, the 1620 Dutch Synod, the Civil Government of Holland (1625), the U.S. Colonies and the Westminster Assembly all speak with one voice against this Romish corruption. Common objections against the classic Reformed position are also answered. Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen." (Jeremiah 10:2) -- Publisher

    Reed, Kevin, Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding its Origins and Opposition to it.

    Schneider, Michael, Is Christmas Christian? Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "An excellent introduction to Christian opposition to Christmas. Is Christmas Christian?
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Xmas_ch0.htm

    See also: Holidays, Christmas, The regulative principle of worship, public worship, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    An Article From the Associate Presbyterian Magazine on Christmas
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/14/an-article-from-the-associate-presbyterian-magazine-on-christmas

    An Article From the Reformation Advocate Magazine on Christmas Trees
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/14/an-article-from-the-reformation-advocate-magazine-on-christmas-trees

    An Article from the Reformation Advocate on Faith in Christmas
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/14/an-article-from-the-reformation-advocate-on-faith-in-christmas

    Christmas: A Biblical Critique by Kevin Reed and M. Schneider
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Xmas_ch0.htm

    Increase Mather's Testimony Against That Prophane and Superstitious Custom of Christ-mass Keeping
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/14/increase-mathers-testimony-against-that-prophane-and-superstitious-custom-of-christ-mass-keeping



    Theater, Sports, and Entertainment

    See: Theater, Sports, and Entertainment
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr6ch.html#tsaentrtn



    Teens

    Let no one despise thy youth, but a pattern become thou of those believing in word, in behaviour, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12, YLTHB)

    George Barna reviewed more than a dozen national surveys related to matters of faith conducted by the Barna Research Group during 2000 and devised three lists of faith-related survey results -- particularly noteworthy insights . . ."
    Surveys showed the following results:

    Barger, Eric, From Rock To Rock: The Music of the Darkness Exposed, ISBN: 0910311617 9780910311618.
    "Eric Barger, for twenty years involved in the Rock music industry, offers solid, Biblical counsel for parents and teens wondering what to do about Rock music. Includes the first Music Rating System classifying 1500 groups and artists." -- Publisher

    Baucom, John Q., Fatal Choice: The Teenage Suicide Crisis, ISBN: 080242533X 9780802425331.
    "In the face of the rising tide of teenage suicides, Baucom describes the reasons for depression, stresses, and failed expectations; self-destructiveness; and the hidden cries for help. He then furnishes a plan of action for health care professionals." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Borthwick, Paul, But You Don't Understand, ISBN: 0840795408 9780840795403.
    "Borthwick gives solid advice on the everyday problems faced by parents of teenagers. In some ways, this is a bigger challenge than dealing with acute crises. It is in the day-in and day-out jousting over issues like honesty, morality, trust, and forgiveness, that Christian life patterns are shaped." -- Terry C. Muck

    Cook, Earl, The Teenage Puzzle (part 1) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    "What are the Biblical guidelines for raising Godly teenagers?" A 3-tape series of over 15 radio devotionals helping parents understand teenagers.
    Audio cassette HFTF23 [audio file].

    Cook, Earl, The Teenage Puzzle (part 2) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette HFTF28 [audio file].

    Cook, Earl, The Teenage Puzzle (part 3) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

    Kesler, Jay, Raising Responsible Kids: Ten Things You can do now to Prepare Your Child for a Lifetime of Independence. Alternate title: RAISING RESPONSIBLE KIDS: HOW TO GUIDE YOUR CHILD TOWARD INDEPENDENT ADULTHOOD, ISBN: 1561210528 9781561210527 0380719762 9780380719761.
    "If you wait until your child is ready for his diploma before you teach him/her responsible independence, you have waited too long. The teaching of responsibility comes gradually through specific lessons and experience. Here is help for parents in accomplishing this task -- by starting right now." -- GCB

    Richards, Lawrence O., It Couldn't Just Happen: Faith Building Evidences for Young People, ISBN: 0849907152 9780849907159 0849935830 9780849935831.
    "An incredible book. Makes the study of astronomy and biology fascinating. Uses information from these disciplines to present the awesome wonder of creation in terms that will captivate teens (as well as those who teach them). Highly recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Morris, Harold, Twice Pardoned: An Ex-Con Talks to Parents and Teens, ISBN: 0849906059 9780849906053.
    "A true story in which a number of names have been changed to protect certain people. Morris had been convicted and sentenced to serve two life terms in jail. Today he is free and pardoned of his crimes and free in Christ. A truly amazing story of new birth and God's providential workings." -- GCB

    The Caleb Campaign Office, Caleb Issues and Answers (West Frankfort, IL [The Caleb Campaign Office, Route 4, Box 274, West Frankfort 62896]: The Caleb Campaign).
    This is a Christian newspaper for high school students. Boldly presents controversial issues of concern to teens, such as sexually transmitted diseases and abortion. For more information request the "Bill Jack Action Sheet" of August 21, 1991 from "Truths that Transform."

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Abstinence, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1643-1657, 1647, 3971, 3973, 4178

    Related WebLinks

    Girl Defined
    https://www.girldefined.com/

    Virtuoursreality.com, A Website for All Women
    http://www.virtuousreality.com/



    Teens and Parents

    Give instruction to a youth about his way,
    Even when he is old he turneth not from it.
    (Proverbs 22:6, YLTHB)

    The fathers! vex not your children, lest they be discouraged. (Colossians 4:21, YLTHB)

    *Borthwick, Paul, But You Don't Understand, ISBN: 0840795408 9780840795403.
    "Borthwick gives solid advice on the everyday problems faced by parents of teenagers. In some ways, this is a bigger challenge than dealing with acute crises. It is in the day-in and day-out jousting over issues like honesty, morality, trust, and forgiveness, that Christian life patterns are shaped." -- Terry C. Muck

    Davis, Ken, How to Live With Your Parents Without Losing Your Mind! ISBN: 0310323312 9780310323310.
    "Will teach teenagers how to change their families by making changes in themselves -- and in the way they view their parents. Ken Davis gives those teenagers hope who previously felt that nothing could be done about their difficult home situations." -- Publisher

    Floding, M., Ministering to Parents (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette TT106 [audio file].

    Johnson, Rex, Communication: Key to Your Parents, ISBN: 0890811571 9780890811573.

    Kesler, Jay, Ten Mistakes Parents Make With Teenagers (And How To Avoid Them), ISBN: 0943497175 9780943497174.
    "A very specific, practical book that provides a workable guide for parenting that is invaluable. Kesler's insights come from his many years of working with teenagers." -- GCB

    McPherson, John, How to Parent Your Teen Without Losing Your Mind: Questions and Answers for Parents From Today's Top Experts: From the Editors of "Christian Parenting Today" and "Campus Life," ISBN: 080549362X 9780805493627.

    Rank, Maureen Dealing With the Dad of Your Past, ISBN: 0871236222 9780871236227.
    "Practical, biblical counsel for every woman.
    "Although fathers are not the only determining influence in their daughters' lives, it is true that their impact at times may be the most ignored. Current research shows that a girl's relationship with her father is absolutely critical to her psychological, social, and spiritual development. This is grim news to a group of people whom psychologists are labeling, 'The Fatherless Generation.' Physically absent dads (the current experience of one-fourth of American children under 18), emotionally absent dads, and abusive dads are impacting daughters as well as sons.
    "God as Father designed earthly fathers to model His loving care through personal involvement, warmth, discipline, and wise direction and counsel toward maturity. Where these are lacking in a daughter's life, profound effects occur. As difficult as that may be to face, that process is the only way to emotional and spiritual wholeness. It requires a sometimes painful look back and honest assessment of the dad of the past. It means coming to terms with who he really was, who he wasn't, and what can be done about it now. Through God's restoring process, daughters will be challenged to embrace the One perfect Father who is always there and allow His life-changing truth and power to 'make all things new'." -- Publisher

    Strom, Kay Marshall, Making Friends With Your Father: A Book for Daughters, ISBN: 0310548918 9780310548911.
    "Looks at how your father has affected you, how your father influences your choice of men, how to deal with problem fathers, and much more." -- GCB

    Strom, Kay Marshall, Making Friends With Your Mother, ISBN: 0310532515 9780310532514.

    See also: Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1629, 1634, 1635, 1644, 1648, 1672



    Counseling Teens

    Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. (Ecclesiastes 12:1 1)

    Thou wilt find then that it was easier deceiving thyself than God. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
    But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
    Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
    (Galatians 6:3-5,7)

    Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 24,25)

    A Biblical Counselor tells the story of his high school son who attended church regularly with the family, but with little or no enthusiasm.
    His father entered into a deal with his son to memorize verses of Scripture. The conditions: the father would select the verse, the son would memorize the verse, the father could request that he recite any verse at any time, each time he recited a verse correctly his father would pay him $5.00 (about 1976), if he failed to recite a verse correctly (word for word with the book, chapter, and verse), then he paid his father $5.00.
    At first he memorized just for the money. Later he began requesting more verses. His father selected verses bearing on events in his son's life at the moment. As the number of verses grew, the father was able to request verses to be recited that spoke to the specific needs of the moment. By the time of his graduation from high school he had over 100 verses of Scripture committed to memory. The son then went to Columbia Seminary and is now a pastor. (For those who do not immediately see, this is a practical way to purchase the soul of a child, spouse, or neighbor for Christ before they barter it for a "mess of pottage.")

    Adams, Jay E., Effective Communication; Disabled people; Inferiority complex; Unsaved wife; Be prepared! (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette JA406 [audio file].

    Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God, ISBN: 0896362361 9780896362369.
    "About 'the causes and effects of rivalry among brothers and sisters in Christ and what can be done about it. . . .' 'Sibling rivalry in the household of faith -- just like at home -- is due entirely to sin.' Other supposed causes are not causes but occasions for our self-centered human nature to act. The Holy Spirit gives practical guidance in His Word for solving rivalry and conflict through repentance, faith and obedience." -- David Powlison

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Difficulty of Knowing our Faults.

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians how to use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
    I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
    II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
    III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
    IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
    (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (less the J.I. Packer's Foreword, but searchable with an OCR-based index), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
    Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition (including the J.I. Packer Introduction), as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007.
    The best digital format of the reprint by George Virtue is included on the Puritan Hard Drive. It has an OCR scan in the background, meaning one can search the entire volume and copy text into another document. It also has a computer generated indexed from the OCR scan which is, of course, in Baxter's vocabulary.
    A PDF image scan only of the same edition is available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
    The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
    The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. So it is useful if the reader wants to become acquainted with the book. Text can be searched, but can not be copied into another document. This particular Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix which is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
    Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file (without an OCR scan in the background), is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition), feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
    One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
    http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
    Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
    "The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages), is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
    "Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God), merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
    Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
    "There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
    "We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
    "The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle), and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
    "Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), are less detailed works and are found in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
    "Ptacek in FAMILY WORSHIP: BIBLICAL BASIS, HISTORICAL REALITY, CURRENT NEED (pp. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous 'nonconformists,' in what is know as the 'great ejection,' in 1662, 'Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. 'Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled 'Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God.
    "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- Publisher
    The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28.
    1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
    2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
    3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
    A summary of currently (2012) available publications.
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

    *Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, 1681.
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    *Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
    "This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, ['Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men'], 'The Reformed Pastor' 'Poor Man's Family Book,' 'The Catechizing of Families,' and 'The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, 'For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    *Borthwick, Paul, But You Don't Understand, ISBN: 0840795408 9780840795403.
    "Borthwick gives solid advice on the everyday problems faced by parents of teenagers. In some ways, this is a bigger challenge than dealing with acute crises. It is in the day-in and day-out jousting over issues like honesty, morality, trust, and forgiveness, that Christian life patterns are shaped." -- Terry C. Muck

    Huggins, Kevin, Parenting Adolescents, ISBN: 0891095799 9780891095798.
    "Examines the many ties between rearing mature, Christlike kids, and developing maturity, wisdom, and Christlikeness in your own life." -- Publisher

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Youth Evangelism: Dealing With Depression and Suicide (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette CM101 [audio file].

    *Rogers, Judy, Judy Rogers Tapes (Jackson, MS [Judy Rogers Tapes, 5125 Robinson Road, Jackson 39204]: Judy Rogers Tapes).
    "Judy Rogers' tapes are one of a kind. Biblically concerned parents should obtain them at all costs!" -- Jay E. Adams

    Shop Judy Rogers Music Online
    http://www.judyrogers.com/catalog.php?item=4&ret=judyrogers.com%2Fcatalog.php%3Fpage%3D1%26item%3D6

    Sherouse, Deborah L., Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse Handbook: For Parents and Professionals, ISBN: 0398051682 9780398051686.
    "A must for parents, teachers, and pastors. Describes the symptoms of substance abuse and its effects on communication and relationships. Explains the path to recovery. Comprehensive in its treatment, with information on resources and state referral agencies." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Spotts, Dwight, and David Veerman, Reaching Out to Troubled Youth, ISBN: 0896932966 9780896932968.
    "A very important book that those who work with children and youth will find extremely helpful. The material is arranged topically, shows evidence of extensive research, and provides helpful quotations of relevant material. A valuable resource." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "This double-column book is a resource tool offering facts, figures, case studies, and practical advice for reaching out to young people who hurt. Advice is offered on how to: communicate, discipline, share the hope of the Gospel, and how to deal with special problems like substance abuse, child abuse, and homosexuality." -- GCB

    *Sprague, William B., Lectures to Young People, ISBN: 0873779479. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This great evangelistic tool provides parents a faithful means of presenting Gospel truth to their young people." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

    Sprague, William B., Letters of Practical Subjects to a Daughter.
    "The counsel of this book is applicable to sons as well as daughters. . . . here is a 19th century Solomon intent upon imparting to his child a wisdom and sanctified common sense akin to the Proverbs." Publisher

    Sprague, William B., Letters to Young Men Founded on the History of Joseph.
    "Applies truth from Joseph's life to those of young men centuries later." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

    Terkelsen, Helen E., Counseling the Unwed Mother.

    Terkelsen, Helen E., I'm Going to Have a Baby and I'm not Married, ISBN: 0800619943.

    Wilson, Earl D., A Silence to be Broken: Hope for Those Caught in the Web of Incest, ISBN: 0851104975 9780851104973.
    "A difficult subject is handled in a sensitive way thus providing compassion and relief for those who have been gripped with this problem. Sources of help are offered as well as what the church can do. Wilson writes with a contagious confidence in God's redemptive power, and it give us hope." -- GCB

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Counseling the family, Courtship, Abstinence, Christian fiction, The works of martha finley, Sexually transmitted diseases, Sex education, Counseling the family, Biblical counsel by subject, Parenting, Justifying faith, Topical listings of Scripture, Training in biblical counseling, Works of jay adams, Works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1647, 1649, 1650, 1657

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    https://www.girldefined.com/

    Virtuoursreality.com, A Website for All Women
    http://www.virtuousreality.com/



    Courtship

    Defoe, Daniel, Religious Courtship: Being Historical Discourses, on the Necessity of Marrying Religious Husbands and Wives Only (1743). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.

    *Harris, Joshua, and Rebecca St. James, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, ISBN: 9789810589981 9810589980.
    Countless teens today feel depressed or discouraged because they don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend. Many single Christians feel frustrated with cultural expectations and patterns of dating. Youth pastors and parents find themselves dealing with young adults who fall into sexual temptation or spend more energy on dating than on following God. I KISSED DATING GOODBYE DRIVE TIME AUDIO offers an all-new approach to dating relationships. It calls young adults away from playing the dating game and reveals how they can live a lifestyle of sincere love, true purity, and purposeful singleness. Honest and practical, this powerful book will inspire teens and young adults to remap their romantic lives in the light of God's Word. Not just a book of theory, I KISSED DATING GOODBYE Drive Time Audio includes healthy challenges to today's cultural assumptions about relationships and provides solid, biblical alternatives to society's norm.
    "Joshua Harris has a passion to glorify God through preaching and writing. He directs New Attitude Ministries and is in pastoral training at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is the author of the bestselling I KISSED DATING GOODBYE and is working on a follow-up book, BOY MEETS GIRL." -- Publisher
    "While most Christians agree to seek purity and save sex for marriage, few have been given a blueprint for how that should affect their view of dating and love. In I KISSED DATING GOODBYE, Joshua Harris exposes the 'Seven Habits of Highly Defective Dating' and offers a realistic outline of how to have a biblical vision of marriage. Harris contends that one must begin with a new attitude, viewing love, purity, and singleness from God's perspective rather than thinking that love and romance are to be enjoyed 'solely for recreation.' In such well-named chapters as 'Guarding Your Heart' and 'What Matters at Fifty,' Harris encourages the reader to look at one's character rather than reveling in infatuation, to regard love as a truly selfless, biblical act rather than a feeling. He refutes the concept that we are victims of 'falling in love' (that it is beyond our control), saying that 'God wants us to seek guidance from scriptural truth, not feeling. Smart love looks beyond personal desires and the gratification of the moment. It looks at the big picture: serving others and glorifying God.' Before you roll your eyes, moaning that this sounds terribly unromantic, know that Harris does a superb job of couching his convictions in the sincere belief that if we are purposeful in our singleness and date with integrity, a fulfilled marriage awaits us -- in God's timing." -- Jill Heatherly

    Harris, Joshua, Shannon Harris, and Nicole Whitacre, I Kissed Dating Goodbye: Study Guide, ISBN: 1590521366 9781590521366.

    *Voshell, Dorothy, Whom Shall I Marry? A Question of Vital Concern to Young Christians, Their Parents and the Church, ISBN: 0875525091 9780875525099.
    "Should be in every pastor's library. Excellent for counselors. Best book for those considering marriage." -- GCB

    Powlison, David, and John Yenchko, Pre-engagement: Five Questions to ask Yourselves, ISBN: 0875526799 9780875526799.

    Price, Greg L., Christian Education in the Home: Help! My Daughter Wants to Date, 25 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #11.
    "Contrasts the non-covenantal pagan view of dating with the covenantal Christian view of Biblical courtship. Shows how the world has insidiously invaded the church (through music, TV, movies, godless public education, etc.), and how this has impacted the raising of our children. Includes a lengthy list of questions for interviewing prospective suitors and an appendix on the Biblical role of women. A very practical, unique item, laying the foundation for blessed biblical marriages." -- Publisher
    See also: Price, Greg L., Dating or Courtship: Which is Biblical? (1/2), an audio file. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Price, Greg L., Dating or Courtship: Which is Biblical? (1/2). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Price, Greg L., The Puritan View of Marriage and the Family (#3),"Preparing for Marriage," an ongoing MP3 and video series. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
    Contains advanced teaching on courtship.

    West, Jim, Christian Courtship Verses the Dating Game.
    "Important Biblical principles are considered that have nearly been lost in our day." -- GCB

    Wood, Stephen D., The ABC's of Choosing a Good Husband: How to Find and Marry a Great Guy, ISBN: 1965856241 9781965856246.

    See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Abstinence, Men, women and God, Christian fiction (the elsie books by martha finley), Works of martha finley, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1619, 3875, 3880

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    Girl Defined
    https://www.girldefined.com/

    Virtuoursreality.com, A Website for All Women
    http://www.virtuousreality.com/



    Finding the Perfect Parent in God

    Remember that you are entering into the way to everlasting life, and not into a place of happiness or continuance. Presently therefore set your hearts on heaven, and make it the design of all your lives, to live in heaven with Christ for ever. O happy you, if God betimes will thoroughly teach you to know what it is that must make you happy; and if at your first setting out, your end be right, and your faces be heavenward! Remember that as soon as you begin to live, you are hasting towards the end of your lives: even as a candle as soon as it beginneth to burn, and the hour-glass as soon as it is turned, is wasting, and hasting to its end; so as soon as you begin to live, your lives are in consumption, and posting towards your final hour. . . . -- Richard Baxter

    Clark, Kristen, Girl Defined: God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity, ISBN: 9780801008450 080100845X.
    "Presents a Christian perspective on femininity and female identity, maintaining that women should derive their feelings of self-worth and dignity from the teachings of Jesus Christ and a trust in God's love." -- Publisher
    "GIRL DEFINED answered questions such as, 'What does it mean to be a woman? How should a career fit into our lives? Is one gender more valuable than the other? Is my sole purpose just to grow up, get married, and have kids?' . . . .
    "It challenged the thinking of girls at any stage of life, and stood up to cultural norms to see what the Bible really says. "One of my favorite . . . . quotes, 'God designed us to function best when we're paddling together for a cause greater than ourselves.' . . .
    "And another favorite . . . quote that sums up one of the central themes of the entire book, 'Helping others is foundational in God's design for womanhood.' . . .
    I've been following Kristen and Bethany's blog, girldefined.com, for quite some time now, and have loved their posts about what biblical womanhood looks like. This book was a fantastic summarization of everything they blog about -- from gender roles, to beauty, to identity, to culture, and relationships." -- Reader's Comment

    Davis, Phil, The Father I Never Knew: Finding the Perfect Parent in God, ISBN: 0891096124 9780891096122.
    "Painful memories or inadequate parenting examples often rob Christians of a healthy, Biblical framework for understanding what it really means to be God's child. THE FATHER I NEVER KNEW provides an abundance of rich images and stirring analogies on God's unfailingly committed, secure, and intimate parenting." -- Publisher

    McClung, Floyd, Jr., The Father Heart of God, ISBN: 9780736912150 0736912150.
    "You'll will discover that no problem is too great or too insignificant for your Father in Heaven. The author illustrates how the loving, compassion of God enables us to overcome insecurity and the devastating effects of some of life's most painful experiences." -- Publisher
    Helpful for those who may be alienated from God in part by family problems.

    Packer, J.I., Your Father Loves You: Daily Insights for Knowing God, ISBN: 0877889759 9780877889755.

    See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The characteristics and attributes of god, The fatherhood of god, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 739-745, 1246, 1247



    Teens Coping With the World

    See the Theological Notes: "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    *Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians how to use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
    I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
    II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
    III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
    IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
    (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (less the J.I. Packer's Foreword, but searchable with an OCR-based index), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
    Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition (including the J.I. Packer Introduction), as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007.
    The best digital format of the reprint by George Virtue is included on the Puritan Hard Drive. It has an OCR scan in the background, meaning one can search the entire volume and copy text into another document. It also has a computer generated indexed from the OCR scan which is, of course, in Baxter's vocabulary.
    A PDF image scan only of the same edition is available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
    The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
    The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. So it is useful if the reader wants to become acquainted with the book. Text can be searched, but can not be copied into another document. This particular Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix which is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
    Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file (without an OCR scan in the background), is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition), feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
    One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
    http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
    Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
    "The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages), is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
    "Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God), merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
    Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
    "There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
    "We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
    "The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle), and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
    "Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), are less detailed works and are found in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
    "Ptacek in FAMILY WORSHIP: BIBLICAL BASIS, HISTORICAL REALITY, CURRENT NEED (pp. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous 'nonconformists,' in what is know as the 'great ejection,' in 1662, 'Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. 'Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled 'Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God.
    "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- Publisher
    The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28.
    1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
    2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
    3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 1, A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
    A summary of currently (2012) available publications.
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

    *Baxter, Richard, Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men, 1681.
    Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men
    http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

    Becker, Verne, The Campus Life Guide to Surviving High School, ISBN: 0310471419 9780310471417.
    "A guide to coping with the conflicts and changes of the high school years, including feelings, family relationships, and one's own body. Uses firsthand stories of people who have found God helpful." -- Publisher

    Becker, Verne (editor), Surviving.
    "Articles by Jay Kesler, Philip Yancey, Ruth Senter, Tim Stafford, Steve Lawhead, and others." -- GCB

    Cook, Robert, It's Tough to be a Teenager.
    "Written by one who is cognizant of and sympathetic with the problems of youth." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Youth Evangelism: Dealing With Depression and Suicide (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette CM101 [audio file].

    Sanders, Bill, Tough Turf: A Teen Survival Manual, ISBN: 0800752120 9780800752125.
    "Written for teenagers by a man who specializes in young people. He covers drinking, drugs, peer-pressure, and building a positive self-image." -- GCB

    See also: Creeds, confessions and catechisms, Biblical counsel by subject, Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Slavery, our systems of enslavement, economic enslavement, Abstinence, Preparing children for the world, Protecting children from dangers, Suicide, Christianity and the workplace, Counseling teens, Crisis counseling, Depression, Parenting, Prodigals, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Reconciliation of relationships, Resources for students, Secret societies and unholy alliance, Sex, Sexually transmitted diseases (see Sex education), Teens, and so forth, and so on.

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    Mastering Life Ministries
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    True Love Waits
    http://www.truelovewaits.com/

    Virtuoursreality.com, A Website for All Women
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    Colonial Education

    "One hundred and six of the first 108 schools in America were founded on the Christian faith."

    In early American history, a literate and well-educated majority of Americans thrived without a national, tax-funded educational program. In fact, few of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence and drafted the U.S. Constitution had ever seen a public school, and yet they benefitted from a free system of education vastly superior to the imagined benefits of today's state-controlled schooling.
    What happened over the course of the last two and a half centuries? Why did Americans surrender the educational freedom that produced such widespread academic excellence to embrace a state of functional illiteracy under complete government control? In his seminal book Is Public Education Necessary?, Samuel Blumenfeld unpacks two centuries of source material to present an accurate history of the religious and philosophical transformations that gave birth to the educational statism controlling America's children today. -- Samuel Blumenfeld in Is Public Education Necessary?

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Biographical Sketches of the Founder and Principal Alumni of the Log College: Together With an Account of the Revivals of Religion Under Their Ministry, ISBN: 0851510043 9780851510040. Alternate title: THE LOG COLLEGE: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF WILLIAM TENNENT AND HIS STUDENTS.
    Biographical Sketches of the Founder and Principal Alumni of the Log College
    http://archive.org/details/biographicalske00alexgoog

    *Blumenfeld, Samuel, Is Public Education Necessary? ISBN: 0815958269 9780815958260.
    "This book tells, for the first time, the story of how and why Americans gave up educational freedom so early in their history for the imagined benefits of state-controlled education. The author delves into a wealth of original sources to reveal how a comparative handful of secularists, who were more concerned with destroying religion than with freeing man, spearheaded the drive toward public education. Centered at Harvard, this nineteenth-century liberal elite worked tirelessly -- and successfully -- to put America on the road to educational statism. By exploring the very roots of the system, this book provides the missing link in our educational history." -- Publisher

    *Cotton, John (1584-1652, editor), and The Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), New England Primer: Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English. To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
    "THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was the first textbook ever printed in America and was used to teach reading and Bible lessons in our schools until the twentieth century. In fact, many of the Founders and their children learned to read from THE PRIMER. This pocket-size edition is an historical reprint of the 1777 version used in many schools during the Founding Era." -- Publisher
    "THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was one of the greatest books ever published. It went through innumerable editions; it reflected in a marvelous way the spirit of the age that produced it, and contributed, perhaps more than any other book except the BIBLE, to the molding of those sturdy generations that gave to America its liberty and its institutions.
    "The Founding Fathers of this country and other Americans learned to read from this little treasure. There is much that we can learn about them and the way they thought by examining its contents. The true study of history should incorporate the study of what motivated people to do the things they did. This reprint makes for great classroom discussion. It makes for an excellent addition to any American History class at all grade levels and all ages. It is pocket-size, and kids and adults love it. I highly recommend it!" -- Reader's Comment
    "WEBSTER'S BLUE-BACKED SPELLING BOOK and the NEW ENGLAND PRIMER were basic, foundational textbooks used in the schools of our Republic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    "These two textbooks prove our founding fathers expected moral truths to be taught in every school subject." -- Reader's Comment
    Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), SHORTER CATECHISM; Cotton, John (1584-1652), The New-England Primer Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English: To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism (1777)
    http://archive.org/details/newenglandprimer00west

    Cremin, Lawrence A., American Education, ISBN: 0060109122 9780060109127.
    "The most authoritative work on this subject is the brilliantly researched 688-page volume by Lawrence A. Cremin. . . . Dr. Cremin makes it plain there was no such thing as a secular school in colonial America. There were many kinds of schools, but all were explicitly Christian." -- Charles Hull Wolff

    Day, Heather F., Protestant Theological Education in America: A Bibliography, ISBN: 0810818426 9780810818422.

    Gangel, Kenneth O., and Warren S. Benson, Christian Education: Its History and Philosophy, ISBN: 0802435610 9780802435613.
    "This is a detailed look into the history of Christian Education, starting in the Old Testament and considering the impact of Greek philosophy right on through the last quarter of the 20th century. It is a historical study of the philosophical thought of education from a Christian point of view." -- GCB

    McGuffey, William, McGuffey's Eclectic Readers, 1836-37, 7 volumes, ISBN: 0880620145 9780880620147.

    Ringenberg, William C., The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education in America, ISBN: 0802819966 9780802819963

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present, ISBN: 0875524281 9780875524283 and a reprint of the P&R Publishing edition of 1979 (Wipf and Stock, 2006), 479 pp.
    "Now, frankly students, this course is presented from obviously the Reformed Theology. I hold unabashedly, unashamedly to the whole of Reformed Theology as we find it specifically in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
    "At the same time I hold to a position in regard to Apologetics generally known as Presuppositionalism, and particularly that view held by Cornelius Van Til.
    "This book is an attempt to enlarge and to broaden the scope of Van Til's own Apologetical system, and also his Epistemology. By that I mean, and I worked this book with him, so anything that I say is not to be construed as a criticism of Cornelius Van Til. I might add he wrote me a letter. He is delighted with this book. But what I did was to take his principles, both of Apologetics and of Epistemology, and apply them to all realms of modern thought.
    "Dr. Van Til, for good and sufficient reason, sought to limit to the main stream of what we might call pure Philosophy, that is from Saint Thomas, well even before them, back to the Greeks, but particularly in the more modern period, from Saint Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham (Occam), down through Descartes, the Rationalists, the Empiricists, down to Kant and Hegel, and of course Modern Philosophy and Modern Theology. Very seldom has he gone into what we might call the arena of Political Philosophy, or the arena of Social Thought, or the arena of Psychology and Psychiatry, the realm of Educational Philosophy, and into Art, Music, and so on, to the Fine Arts.
    "This book is an attempt to apply his system, and show what happens when the Western mind has forsaken his principles, or the principles which he has espoused, and turned into its own way. And thus the book called FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY. The thesis being that the Rationalism inherent in Saint Thomas and the post-Thomists, and more particularly, and more openly, in the Philosophy of the Renaissance, and Descartes, and Spinosa, and Leibniz has, as it's gained momentum in the modern world, brought Western Culture to its knees. We are living, as I would think, in the death throws of the Western Cultures, the Western Civilization." -- Dr. C. Gregg Singer, in the introductory address to his course in Apologetics soon after FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY came off the press in 1979
    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453
    "Locke endeavored to set forth a political philosophy which would anchor his democratic political thought on what he felt were the firm foundations of his empiricism. However, his insistence that nature has bestowed upon mankind certain basic and inalienable rights was an assumption quite contrary to his empiricism. His denial of conscience as an innate possession or quality makes it impossible for men to know that they possess the rights of life, liberty, and property. The very concept of a human right is moral in nature and has its basis of authority in the human conscience. It is thus impossible for men to know through the senses that they have these cherished human rights. Granted that it was far from Locke's intention to undermine or destroy the traditional English concept of personal rights, his empiricism removed from his political thought the necessary foundations on which a government could be built for the protection of these rights. His empiricism supported neither the idea that men have such rights nor that they are inalienable. (p. 61)
    "Underlying the secular and naturalistic assumptions of the thought of the Enlightenment was a related and equally serious problem. In their political and economic thought the leaders of this era were passionately devoted to the pursuit of freedom, and yet they seemed to be completely unaware of this incompatibility between their quest for freedom on the one hand and their reliance upon natural law on the other. How can an impersonal and deterministic concept of law produce and sustain a meaningful concept of freedom? Blindly convinced that there was no problem involved in the contradiction, the leaders of the Enlightenment pushed boldly ahead in the quest for political and economic liberty. However, their failure to recognize the issues involved in this quest led not only to the disaster of the French Revolution but to the growth of the totalitarian political and economic philosophies which first appeared in Hegel and Marx during the nineteenth century and reached their culmination in the totalitarianism of the twentieth century." (p. 73) -- quoted at the blog, Imago Veritatis: Post-modern Reformed Paleo-orthodoxy
    Singer used this as textbook for his course in Apologetics. Epistemology is a recurring theme throughout the textbook and the course. The series of 24 addresses on Apologetics is available free online. See: "Apologetics" under:
    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), A Theological Interpretation of American History, 1994 edition, 354 pages (Greenville, SC: A Press, 1994, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1964), ISBN: 0875524265 9780875524269. A Christian classic.
    This book portrays "the influence of theology and the changing doctrines in the life of the church on the pattern of American political, constitutional, social and economic development.
    "The author shows that the decline of constitutional government in this country is the result of the departure from historical Christian faith and the resulting rise of alien political philosophies. Particularly does he emphasize the intimate relationship between theological liberalism on the one hand and political, social, and economic liberalism on the other. This theological liberalism has been a major agent in the decline of the Constitution in the political life of the people and in the appearance of a highly centralized government." -- Publisher
    "There is between the democratic philosophy and theological liberalism a basic affinity which has placed them in the same camp in many major political struggles.
    "This condition exists because theological liberalism shares the basic postulates of the democratic philosophy. . . .
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world.
    "The result of theological liberalism has been the movement away from constitutionalism and away from liberty, and a movement toward collectivistic society and totalitarian regime." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290
    See also: John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly (tape 3 of 5) in a series of addresses History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250
    See also:
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer at SermonAudio.com (161 messages)
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    Education

    See the Theological Notes: "The Fall" at Genesis 3:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. (Hosea 4:6,7)

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7a)

    The Fourfold Treasure, a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Thursday Evening, April 27th, 1871, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon No. 991.
    Sermon topic: 1 Corinthians 1:30,31, Christ is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
    This is to be wise, to have Christ's teaching, Christ's example, and above all, Christ's presence; so may the poorest find the Lord Jesus made of God unto them wisdom.
    Pause just a minute. Let none of us ever be so foolish as to suppose that when we have received Jesus and his gospel, we have occasion to blush when we are in the company of the very wisest of the present day. Carry a bold face when you confront the brazen faced philosophy which insults your Lord. The man who does not believe the Bible does not know so much as thou dost. Blush not, though with mimic wisdom the unbeliever tries to laugh or argue thee down. He who knows not Christ, though he propounds wonderful theories as to the creation of mankind and the formation of the world, and though he has a glib tongue, is only an educated fool, a learned idiot, who thinks his own rushlight brighter than God's own sun. "Ah! but he has been to college, and he has a degree, and he is esteemed by men; for he has written books that nobody can comprehend." The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God; and I do not care even if he be a Solon, if he has said that there is no God, he is a fool. Do not blush, then, if you find yourself in his company, do not make yourself the blushing one because the fool is there. Self-conceit were to be avoided and loathed; but this is not self-conceit, but a holy courage in a case which demands of you to be courageous. To know Christ is the best of all philosophy, the highest of all sciences. [emphasis added -- compiler]. Angels desire to look into this; but I do not know that they care a fig for half the sciences so valued among men. If you know Christ you never need be afraid of being ashamed and confounded whatever company you may be in. If you stood in a senate of emperors, or amidst a parliament of philosophers, and only told them of the God that came in human flesh, and loved, and lived, and died to redeem mankind, you would have told them a greater mystery and a profounder secret than reason could discover. Be not ashamed, then, amid the intellectual pride of this boastful age. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Fourfold Treasure

    See that no one shall be carrying you away as spoil through the philosophy and vain deceit, according to the deliverance of men, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ, because in him doth tabernacle all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are in him made full, who is the head of all principality and authority. (Colossians 2:2-10, YLTHB) -- quoted by The Trinity Foundation in Authorized King James Version

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:33)

    Adler, Mortimer, in GREAT BOOKS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, concluded that more problems are caused by the denial of God than by anything else -- it changes the whole tenure of life.

    "One hundred and six of the first 108 schools in America were founded on the Christian faith."

    Then, when he had expatiated somewhat more fully, and had more copiously illustrated the benefits of its presence [harmony -- compiler], and the ruinous effects of its absence upon a state, Pilus, one of the company present at the discussion, struck in and demanded that the question should be more thoroughly sifted, and that the subject of justice should be freely discussed for the sake of ascertaining what truth there was in the maxim which was then becoming daily more current, that "the republic cannot be governed without injustice." Scipio expressed his willingness to have this maxim discussed and sifted, and gave it as his opinion that it was baseless, and that no progress could be made in discussing the republic unless it was established, not only that this maxim, that "the republic cannot be governed without injustice," was false, but also that the truth is, that it cannot be governed without the most absolute justice. And the discussion of this question, being deferred till the next day, is carried on in the third book with great animation. For Pilus himself undertook to defend the position that the republic cannot be governed without injustice, at the same time being at special pains to clear himself of any real participation in that opinion. He advocated with great keenness the cause of injustice against justice, and endeavored by plausible reasons and examples to demonstrate that the former is beneficial, the latter useless, to the republic. Then, at the request of the company, Lælius attempted to defend justice, and strained every nerve to prove that nothing is so hurtful to a state as injustice; and that without justice a republic can neither be governed, nor even continue to exist.
    When this question has been handled to the satisfaction of the company, Scipio reverts to the original thread of discourse, and repeats with commendation his own brief definition of a republic, that it is the weal of the people. "The people" he defines as being not every assemblage or mob, but an assemblage associated by a common acknowledgment of law, and by a community of interests. Then he shows the use of definition in debate; and from these definitions of his own he gathers that a republic, or "weal of the people," then exists only when it is well and justly governed, whether by a monarch, or an aristocracy, or by the whole people. But when the monarch is unjust, or, as the Greeks say, a tyrant; or the aristocrats are unjust, and form a faction; or the people themselves are unjust, and become, as Scipio for want of a better name calls them, themselves the tyrant, then the republic is not only blemished (as had been proved the day before), but by legitimate deduction from those definitions, it altogether ceases to be.
    Tully [Cicero -- compiler], himself, too, speaking not in the person of Scipio or any one else, but uttering his own sentiments, uses the following language in the beginning of the fifth book, after quoting a line from the poet Ennius, in which he said, "Rome's severe morality and her citizens are her safeguard." "This verse," says Cicero, "seems to me to have all the sententious truthfulness of an oracle. For neither would the citizens have availed without the morality of the community, nor would the morality of the commons without outstanding men have availed either to establish or so long to maintain in vigor so grand a republic with so wide and just an empire. Accordingly, before our day, the hereditary usages formed our foremost men, and they on their part retained the usages and institutions of their fathers. But our age, receiving the republic as a chef-d'oeuvre of another age which has already begun to grow old, has not merely neglected to restore the colors of the original, but has not even been at the pains to preserve so much as the general outline and most outstanding features. For what survives of that primitive morality which the poet called Rome's safeguard? It is so obsolete and forgotten, that, far from practising it, one does not even know it. And of the citizens what shall I say? Morality has perished through poverty of great men; a poverty for which we must not only assign a reason, but for the guilt of which we must answer as criminals charged with a capital crime. For it is through our vices, and not by any mishap, that we retain only the name of a republic, and have long since lost the reality. . . ."
    For I mean in its own place to show that -- according to the definitions in which Cicero himself, using Scipio as his mouthpiece, briefly propounded what a republic is, and what a people is, and according to many testimonies, both of his own lips and of those who took part in that same debate -- Rome never was a republic, because true justice had never a place in it. But accepting the more feasible definitions of a republic, I grant there was a republic of a certain kind, and certainly much better administered by the more ancient Romans than by their modern representatives. But the fact is, true justice has no existence save in that republic whose founder and ruler is Christ, if at least any choose to call this a republic; and indeed we cannot deny that it is the people's weal.
    But if perchance this name, which has become familiar in other connections, be considered alien to our common parlance, we may at all events say that in this city is true justice; the city of which Holy Scripture says, "Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God." -- Augustine in The City of God, Book 2, Chapter 21, "Cicero's Opinion of the Roman Republic"
    City of God, St. Augustine, Book II. Chapter 21. -- Cicero's Opinion of the Roman Republic.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf102.iv.II_1.21.html

    On the contrary, he charges them with gross and voluntary ignorance, as if he had said that, by their madness, they brought down destruction on themselves. The meaning therefore is, that the people perished because they despised instruction . . . .
    Hence we draw a useful doctrine; namely, that the source of all our calamities is, that we do not allow ourselves to be taught by the word of God, and this is what the Prophet chiefly intended that we should observe. . . .
    So then it is a true statement, that the reason why the people endure such a variety of afflictions is, that they are ignorant of God, and will not allow themselves to be taught by him. -- Calvin commenting on Isaiah 5:13

    The whole of the prophecies of Isaiah are precious, and should be read by us constantly in private. -- C.H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

    THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION by John Calvin is "still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available."
    "The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps us in it. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." Will Durant and his wife, Ariel, spent their lifetimes writing THE STORY OF CIVILIZATION in 11 volumes.

    People fear the Truks, wars, and floods, for in such matters they can see what is injurious or beneficial; but what the devil has in mind no one sees or fears. Yet where we would give a florin [dollar] to defend ourselves against the Turks, we should give a hundred florins to protect us against ignorance, even if only one boy could be taught to be a truly Christian man; for the good such a man can accomplish is beyond all computation. -- Martin Luther

    There is no man that ever understood the interest of mankind, of families, cities, kingdoms, churches, and of Jesus Christ the King and Saviour, but he must needs know that the right instruction, education, and sanctification of youth, is of unspeakable consequence to them all. In the place where God most blessed my labours (at Kidderminster, in Worcestershire), my first and greatest success was upon the youth. And (which was a marvellous way of divine mercy), when God had touched the hearts of young men and girls with a love of goodness, and delightful obedience to the truth, the parents and grandfathers, who had grown old in an ignorant, worldly state, did many of them fall into liking and love of piety, induced by the love of their children, whom they perceived to be made by it much wiser and better, and more dutiful to them. -- Richard Baxter

    Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolators should be a nation of freemen. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated [defective] state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. -- Patrick Henry

    Since about 1840, men have been putting philosophy in the place of revelation, and ideas before what God himself has so graciously been pleased to reveal. -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

    So many times people in the pew and the pulpit say, well how did all this get started? How did psychology descend to its present level? . . . How did political science produce our political thought, produce the dictatorships which are engulfing the modern world? Why are we in the economic mess in which we are today? Why is sociology such a jumble of immorality? Why is education as it is today? Why is art so meaningless? . . . Why is modern music an affront to the modern ears as well as to the mind and ear of God? . . . Why are all these things!? . . .
    I would suggest to you that if you will follow this course with thought and care, you will finally come to see the answer to the questions which haunt us today in Western society." -- Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), in the Apologetics series of 24 lectures using FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY: THE DECLINE OF THE WESTERN MIND FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT (1979) as the text, and delivered in Decatur, Georgia, beginning November, 1979.
    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453

    We are an illiterate nation incapable of understanding great truth. -- C. Gregg Singer

    Autodidact: A self-taught person.

    To the orthodox Christian, the shabby incarnations of the reigning historiographies are both absurd and offensive. They are idols, and he is forbidden to bow down to them and must indeed wage war against them. -- Rousas John Rushdoony

    As the apostle says to Timothy, so also he says to every-one, Give yourself to reading. . . . He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains proves that he has no brains of his own . . . You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible . . . the best way for you to spend your leisure is to be either reading or praying. -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

    Adams, Jay E., Back to the Blackboard: Design for a Biblical Christian School: A Book for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators, 154 pages, ISBN: 0875520758 9780875520759.
    "For parents, teachers and administrators of elementary and secondary Christian day schools (with implications for colleges and seminaries). 'Christian schools, on all levels, are little more than adaptations of pagan schools,' built on an academic model rather than a discipleship model. Educators must give God his proper weight as they design schools. A radical rethinking of education must occur: everything from abolishing grades and homework, to learning 'subjects' in the context of real life projects." -- David Powlison

    Adler, Mortimer, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, ISBN: 067121280X 9780671212803.
    "Originally published in 1940, this book has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated. You are told about various levels of reading and how to achieve them, from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. You learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, and criticize. You are taught different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy (religion) and social science." -- Publisher

    Beechick, Ruth, A Biblical Psychology of Learning: How Your Mind Works, ISBN: 0896360830.
    "May be the finest book on the contemporary scene that explains the learning process, while allowing the Scriptures to judge the vast array of learning theories. The mode of learning the author presents and her discussion of creativity, higher thinking, and the spiritual developmental tasks are provocative. But her use of the Biblical concept of the heart marks the book with its uniqueness. It pries open a variety of areas with a new touch." -- Warren S. Benson

    *Bell, Robert, Impure Science: Fraud, Compromise, and Political Influence in Scientific Research, ISBN: 0471529133 9780471529132, 320 pages.
    "The author lifts the veil of secrecy from scientific research conducted in this country. He presents a shattering indictment of the scientific community from the halls of government to the research centers at major universities and corporations. Documents case after case of influence peddling, doctored research and outright fraud, and reveals how the twin forces of money and status compromise and corrupt the pursuit of scientific truth." -- Publisher

    Boykin, Caroline, The Well-versed Family: Raising Kids of Faith Through Do-able Scripture Memory, ISBN: 1598867687 9781598867688.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0664220207 0664220215. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. A Christian classic.
    "Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
    "Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
    "The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps us in it. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
    Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
    Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
    Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin. Available in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
    "Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God, IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]], 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]], II. 66)]. Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that where prophecy fails the people are scattered [Prov. 29:18 (Proverbs 29:18)], cannot lie." (Battles translation)
    "The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18), (Beveridge translation)."
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation. Considered to be one of the greatest prefaces ever written.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
    "The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
    It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Calvin's Commentaries at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
    Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 1
    http://archive.org/details/instituteschrist01calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 2
    http://archive.org/details/institutesofreli02calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion, Beveridge translation
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.iii.vii.html
    Monergism: Commentaries
    From Mongergism.com search "commentaries."
    http://www.monergism.com

    *Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Theodore de Beza, Robert Estienne, Academiae de Geneve, Leges Academiae Genevensis. Alternate title (French): L'ORDRE DU COLLEGE DE GENEUE. Language: Latin.
    "First edition of the new Academy of Geneva founded by John Calvin. It contains the complete speeches made at the inauguration by John Calvin and Theodore de Beza, the first Rector of the Academy. Also a complete outline of the curriculum, from seventh to first grade, with a complete reading list in classical authors for each grade, and the by-laws and regulations for appointing the faculty. One of the two imprints by Robert Estienne to bear the place of publication as Geneva."

    Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), A Christian Philosophy of Education, ISBN: 1891777068.
    "The first edition of this book was published in 1946. It sparked the contemporary interest in Christian schools. Dr. Clark has thoroughly revised and updated it, and it is needed now more than ever. Its chapters include: The need for a world-view, The christian world-view, The alternative to christian theism, Neutrality, Ethics, The christian philosophy of education, Academic matters, Kindergarten to university.
    "This is a complete statement of the need for and purpose of a Christian education by one of the leading Christian educators of the twentieth century. The book is completely indexed and may be studied with profit by both teachers and students . . .
    "Three appendices are included as well: The relationship of public education to christianity, A protestant world-view, and Art and the gospel." -- The Trinity Foundation

    Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), The Relationship of Public Education to Christianity, Trinity Review #43.

    Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), William James and John Dewey, ISBN: 0940931435 9780940931435.
    "Few philosophers have had as great an impact on American public education as John Dewey. Yet Dewey denied that men had minds, and he believed that a person thought with his muscles -- that is why he emphasized learning by doing. This is an analysis of his educational philosophy from a Christian point of view. It may be studied with profit by teachers and parents." -- The Trinity Foundation

    Cremin, Lawrence A., American Education, ISBN: 0060109122 9780060109127.
    "The most authoritative work on this subject is the brilliantly researched 688-page volume by Lawrence A. Cremin. . . . Dr. Cremin makes it plain there was no such thing as a secular school in colonial America. There were many kinds of schools, but all were explicitly Christian." -- Charles Hull Wolff

    Davis, D. Clair, The Church in the Modern Age: Kuyper and Educational Reformation (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette CD234 [audio file].
    "The Church in the Modern Age" is a series of 46 audio files.

    Day, Heather F., Protestant Theological Education in America: A Bibliography, ISBN: 0810818426 9780810818422.

    Downes, Stephen, Stephen Downes Guide to the Logical Fallacies.
    "Stephen Downes, an information architect with a background in philosophy, created this site with the aim of identifying, indexing, and describing 'all known logical fallacies.' A logical fallacy can be defined as an error in reasoning in which a conclusion appears to follow from a set of premises but in reality does not. Downes groups the fallacies into thirteen categories, such as Fallacies of Distraction, Inductive Fallacies, and Syllogistic Errors. Each fallacy (over 50 in all), is described with its name, definition, examples of how it might be used in an argument, and how the argument can be proven fallacious. The How to Use this Guide section of the site provides a helpful introduction, and a robust bibliography offers possibilities for further study of logic. In addition, users may register at the site (no fee), to gain access to discussion boards on the topic. The author notes that his Guide "is intended to help you in your own thinking, not to help you demolish someone else's argument." Regardless of how a reader uses the information, however, the site remains an interesting and fun investigation of how logical arguments are constructed." "Lists all known logical fallacies, with definitions, examples, and the steps needed to prove that the fallacy is committed. Site also includes links to logic references and resources."
    Stephen's Guide to Logical Fallacies
    http://www.fallacies.ca/

    Eakman, B.K., Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education, ISBN: 1563841479 9781563841477.
    "Mrs. Eakman's book is an excellent overview of various psychological schools of thought that have done more than almost any other discipline to adversely effect the modern age. As Mrs. Eakman points out, it is no accident that psychology and politics have come together in order to discover ways to manipulate attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors on a mass scale. While her book is meant to describe the ways in which psychological based curriculum, coupled with electronic data retrieval systems on the part of the State have created psychological profiling and attitude readjustment programs for all school-aged children, her book really out to be read as an expos‚ of more sinister agendas and programs undertaken by governments in this century. The most interesting sections of the book are the ones that connect the development of 19th century materialist atheistic psychologies and 20th century totalitarian politics: the career paths of Nazi and Soviet psychologists crossing with that of such influential Foundations as the Ford and Carnegie Foundations, together with psychological programs emerging out of the Intelligence community after the War, is particularly disturbing. Mrs. Eakman connects the dots, pointing out how a particular person started off in Intelligence, made his way into academia, only to find his way to the corporate world or the media. The only draw back of her book is the absence in many places of detailed footnotes and citing of sources. However, for anyone who has actually read Kurt Lewin or Frankfurt School luminaries, it isn't hard to believe her claims. Additionally, Mrs. Eakman sometimes confuses personages and history: when referring to Dr. Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who developed LSD, she claims he later became a counterculture icon known as Albert 'Abbie' Hoffman -- almost suggesting that Abbie Hoffman of the Sixties and Dr. Albert Hoffman are one and the same. She is also out of her element when discussing philosophers and leading intellectuals. At one point she claims that in Bertrand Russell in his writings about 'a certain educator, Johann Fichte' -- not realizing that Fichte was a Neo-Kantian German philosopher of the earlier 19th century. There are other snafus like these here and there but these can be easily forgiven in light of her insightful analyses and heroic overview of 20th century psychology. To some, Mrs. Eakman's book may sound like 'wacky' conspiracy theories. However, there are a number of so-called mainstream books and publications that have made the same accusations that Mrs. Eakman does and have provided histories of psychological warfare. For the skeptical, try reading Christopher Simpson's book -- published by Oxford Press." -- Reader's Comment

    Gangel, Kenneth O., Called to Teach: A Biblical Challenge to Renounce Intellectual Idolatry and Dedicate Ourselves to Spiritual Discipleship on Christian School Campuses.

    Gangel, Kenneth O., and Warren S. Benson, Christian Education: Its History and Philosophy, ISBN: 0802435610 9780802435613.
    "This is a detailed look into the history of Christian Education, starting in the Old Testament and considering the impact of Greek philosophy right on through the last quarter of the 20th century. It is a historical study of the philosophical thought of education from a Christian point of view." -- GCB

    Gangel, Kenneth O., and Jeffrey S Gangel, Fathering Like the Father: Becoming the dad God Wants You to be, ISBN: 0801064325 9780801064326.

    Goertzel, Victor, Mildred George Goertzel, Ted George Goertzel, and Ariel Hansen, Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More Than Seven Hundred Famous Men and Women: The Complete Original Text, ISBN: 0910707561 9780910707565 091070757X 9780910707572 (OCoLC)690828797.
    This work shows how God uses adversity in life to draw out the best in individuals. Authors and subjects are, for the most part, secular.
    A "newly published, updated, and expanded second edition of Ted Goertzel and Ariel Hanzen's CRADLES OF EMINENCE: CHILDHOODS OF MORE THAN 700 FAMOUS MEN AND WOMEN features the childhood biographies of more than 700 outstanding personalities. These sketches of the formative years of distinguished individuals reveal amazing insights into factors that can contribute to greatness, particularly in todays demanding and ever-changing world. Fascinating to read in its own right, and a wealth of anecdotal information about the youthful struggles of truly remarkable people including Alfred Hitchcock, Oprah Winfrey, Helen Keller, The Dalai Lama, Pablo Picasso, and many more." -- Reader's Comment
    "This book is a fascinating look at the family patterns of eminent individuals across many generations. I couldn't put it down. If you like biographies, this is the ultimate collection of interesting stories." -- Reader's Comment "Do eminent adults have common childhood experiences? Did their parents help foster environments that could lead to eminence? Findings from [this book], reveal that eminent adults, in their childhoods, strongly disliked school but had families who valued education; had highly opinionated parents often with a dominating mother; grew up 'feeling different' from others. Readers are challenged to consider what factors will foster eminence in today's world of mass media and technological change." -- Publisher
    "Victor Goertzel, a psychologist specializing in psychotherapy, was past president of the National Association for Gifted Children. Mildred George Goertzel directed a school for emotionally disturbed children. Ted George Goertzel is a professor and former chairperson in the sociology department at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. Ariel Hansen is a recent graduate from Haverford College and works in the field of science journalism." -- Publisher

    Grant, George, The Family Under Siege: What the New Social Engineers Have in Mind for You and Your Children, ISBN: 1556613504 9781556613500.
    "As many Christian families sense their values being undermined, Grant offers a fast-paced, well-researched look at some of the major powers at work -- groups like the ACLU, NEA, National Organization of Women -- to show how new social agendas of these groups are gaining control over the most sacred areas of life." -- Publisher

    *Haycock, Ruth, Encyclopedia of Bible Truths, in one volume, 443 pages (Colorado Springs, CO: Association of Christian Schools International, c1993). Former title: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIBLE TRUTHS FOR SCHOOL SUBJECTS (Purposeful Design Publications, 1979), in four volumes.
    Volume 1: Social Studies, 129 pages
    Volume 2: Language, Arts/English, 85 pages
    Volume 3: Science/Mathematics, 107 pages
    Volume 4: Fine Arts/Health, 116 pages
    "This comprehensive index to the Bible is the fruit of a life's dedication and study by Dr. Ruth Haycock. Because a wide variety of subjects are covered and defined in light of Scripture, this tool will become your constant companion as you answer questions, prepare lessons, do research, and lead topical studies." -- Publisher
    "With this unique resource you can help your students understand how God's Word relates to every subject. Whether the topic is Geography or Geometry, Literature or Law, this book establishes the fundamental connection between each discipline and the truth of the Scriptures. Originally published in four separate paperbacks, it is now available in a single, hardback edition. It can be used for lesson preparation, research, project completion, more!" -- GCB
    "Dr. Haycock's work is listed in the current ACSI product catalog for $25 for ACSI member schools. You can obtain a copy by calling the order department in Colorado Springs (800) 367-0798. This is still a very popular item at our conventions and for schools in the accreditation process." -- Bill Wilson
    May be purchased in Great Britain from:
    Homeschool
    http://www.homeschool.co.uk/

    Holmes, Arthur Frank, The Idea of a Christian College, ISBN: 0802815928 9780802815927.
    "In this timely treatise Holmes sets forth the sine qua non of Christian higher education: The integration of faith and learning." -- Cyril J. Barber
    "This is a revised edition of the book that first appeared in 1975. It provided a concise case for the Christian college and defines its distinctive mission and contribution. Also includes two new chapters: Liberal Arts as Career Preparation and The Marks of an Educated Person." -- GCB

    Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), The Duty of Nations Favoured With Divine Revelation to Promote Scriptural Education: In Two Discourses.

    Jeffreys, Montague Vaughan Castelman (M.V.C Jeffreys), Truth is not Neutral: A Study of Freedom and Authority in Religious Education.

    Jehle, Paul, Go ye Therefore and Teach: Operation Manual for Christian day School

    Johnson, Paul M., Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky, ISBN: 0061253170 9780061253171.
    "A fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world. In an intriguing series of case studies, Rousseau, Shelley, Marx, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Brecht, Sartre, Edmund Wilson, Victor Gollancz, Lillian Hellman, Cyril Connolly, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Kenneth Tynan, and Noam Chomsky, among others, are revealed as intellectuals both brilliant and contradictory, magnetic and dangerous.
    "Paul Johnson has written many books, including Creators, George Washington, Modern Times, and Art: A New History. He contributes a weekly essay to the Spectator and a monthly column to Forbes. He lives in London, England, and lectures all over the world." -- Publisher
    "Johnson's thesis is quite simple: the revolutionary thinkers whose ideas have shaped intellectual history over the past 250 years were, for the most part, lousy human beings. . . .
    "For example, Jean-Jacques Rousseau is adored by educational theorists and his ideas and entrenched in the curricula of teachers' colleges, despite the fact that he serially abandoned every one of his children. Karl Marx was bourgeois to the core and seems to have exploited the only working-class woman he ever knew: paying her starvation wages, impregnating her and forcing her to abandon their child. Johnson lacerates the behaviour of these prominent figures, but more importantly shows how their shabby personal values foreshadow the social harm their works engendered." -- Reader's Comment Johnson's conclusion, "Above all, we must at all times remember what intellectuals habitually forget: that people matter more than concepts and must come first. The worst of all despotisms is the heartless tyranny of ideas."
    Unabomber and Harvard, Bill Steigerwald, Atlantic Monthly, 285, Part 6 (2000): 41-65.
    "After a thorough study of Ted Kaczynski's college career and his writings, Chase makes a plausible case that the Unabomber was born and bred at Harvard University."
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?pageId=7368

    Lee, Francis Nigel, The Biblical Theory of Christian Education

    *Lee, Rachel Gillespie, Learning Centers for Better Christian Education, ISBN: 0817009272 9780817009274.
    "An able treatise in which the author advocates a new method of education in the church. Describes how to set up and administer a learning resource center. Deserves careful reading. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Leming, James S. (compiler), Foundations of Moral Education: An Annotated Bibliography, ISBN: 0313241651 9780313241659.
    "This bibliography is designed to be used in two ways. The first, through the author and subject indexes, should enable the user to identify items and subjects of interest. The second approach may be more efficient. The arrangement of the bibliography allows the user to peruse related items of interest and determine the amount of information available on a given subject. Whichever method is chosen, the information contained within these covers would help to facilitate research on the all-important issue of moral education." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Machen, Gresham J., Education, Christianity and the State, ISBN: 0940931192 9780940931190.
    "Machen was one of the foremost educators, theologians, and defenders of Christianity in the twentieth century. The author of numerous scholarly books, Machen saw clearly that if Christianity is to survive and flourish, a system of Christian grade schools must be established. This collection of essays captures his thought on education over nearly three decades.
    "What role does the government have to play in education? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge? Is scholarship important, or is education the same as training? This book has been adopted as required reading by a large college in Florida. It may be studied with profit by teachers, parents, and students. Contents include: Faith and Knowledge, The Importance of Christian Scholarship, Christianity and Culture, Reforming the Government Schools, The Necessity of The Christian School, Shall We Have a Federal Department of Education? Proposed Department of Education, The Christian School: The Hope of America, Westminster Theological Seminary: Its Purpose and Plan." -- The Trinity Foundation

    *Maffet, Gregory J., Biblical Schools for Covenant Children, ISBN: 0941221008 9780941221009.
    Introduction by Jay Adams.

    Malik, Charles Habib, A Christian Critique of the University, ISBN: 0877843848 9780877843849.

    McPherson, Gary, The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development, ISBN: 0198530315 9780198530312

    Mooremann, Phillip, The Christian Home Study Handbook, 1986: A Guide to Christian Correspondence Schools, Cassette [audio file], and Video-taped [DVD] Instruction, Computer programs, and Christian Home Schools, ISBN: 0961432306 9780961432300.
    "Ideal for those who want reliable guidance on correspondence courses. Also of value to pastors who are asked about continuing education. Includes information on video and cassette [audio file], tapes, lending libraries, and available software. Well produced, reliable." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Morris, Henry Madison, Education for the Real World: "Education for Time and Eternity," ISBN: 0890510369 9780890510360.

    *Perks, Stephen C., The Christian Philosophy of Education Explained, ISBN: 0951889907 9780951889909.
    "The editor of Calvinism Today magazine has written a book which, in the words of Samuel L. Blumenfeld, demonstrates with simplicity the cogent argument that the Christian and humanist world views are mutually exclusive, and that it is 'treason against God' to put children in the hands of non-believers for their education. Every Christian parent should read this challenging, forthright, insightful book before deciding where and how to educate his or her children." -- GCB

    Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Board of Education, [Miscellaneous, vol. 4].
    Contents: Concio ad clerum; a sermon delivered in the chapel of Yale College, September 10, 1828. / Nathaniel W. Taylor -- Nature and worth of the science of church history; an address delivered before the directors of the Union Theological Seminary, New York, Feb. 12, 1851. / Henry Boynton Smith -- Theology of the Puritans. / [Sr. Woods, Andover] -- The memory of the just; a sermon commemorative of the life and labors of the Rev. William Kirby. / Julian Monson Sturtevant -- The Princeton review, January 1840, No. 1 -- The Biblical repository and classical review; third series, no. III, whole number LIX, July 1845 -- The Biblical repository and classical review; third series, no. v, whole number LXI, January 1846 -- Home, the school, and the church; or the Presbyterian Education Repository. / Cortlandt van Rensselaer, ed. -- The family a religious institution. / Erastus Hopkins -- How children are to be regarded and treated. / John Summerfield -- Domestic christian education. / Isaac Ferris -- Plea for the restoration of the Bible to the common schools. / Robert J. Breckinridge -- The spirit of a teacher. / David P. Page -- His dignity and aim. / Thomas Fuller -- The nobler exercises of his profession. / Richard Baxter -- An instructor of religion. / [R.S.C.] -- Counsels for teachers. / [G.W.D.] -- Report on parochial schools to the general assembly of 1846. / J.W. Alexander -- Dangers of a college life. / James Carnahan -- On certain errors of pious students in college. / James W. Alexander -- The preservation of health. / Samuel Miller -- The choice of a profession. / John Proudfit -- Public religious education enforced in a discussion of different plans. / Charles Hodge -- What constitutes a call to the gospel ministry. / [Anonymous] -- Hindrances to eminent piety in candidates. / Archibald Alexander -- The importance of thorough and adequate preparatory study for the holy ministry. / Samuel Miller -- The necessity of aiding indigent candidates. / B.B. Edwards -- The ministerial character and preparation suited to our country and the age. / John H. Rice -- Education in the Presbyterian Church; The day of prayer for colleges; Rules of the Board of Education; Plans for schools. / [Presbyterian Church in the United States of America], Board of Education.

    *Pride, Mary, Schoolproof: How to Help Your Family Beat the System and Learn to Love Learning the Easy Natural Way, ISBN: 0891074805 9780891074809.
    "Schoolproofing means having children who learn to read, who learn to obey authority, who learn to stand against injustice." -- GCB "Mary Pride's book will help parents make sure their children get a great education, no matter what political or educational theory happens to be in vogue. Schoolproofing means having children who learn to read, who learn to obey authority, who learn to stand against injustice. Just a few of the topics covered: getting organized; motivating your students while respecting them; steps to independent learning -- including one commonly-forgotten but absolutely essential step; 20 ways to present a lesson and more. This book helps you understand why different educational philosophies work (or don't), and where we should go from here." -- Publisher

    Ringenberg, William C., The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education in America, ISBN: 0802819966 9780802819963

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), What is Christian Philosophy? a tract.
    "Those who put their trust in science as the key to understanding the universe are embarrassed by the fact that science never discovers truth. If the Bible is the source of all truth, science cannot discover truth.
    "One of the insoluble problems of the scientific method is the fallacy of induction; induction, in fact, is a problem for all forms of empiricism (learning by experience). The problem is simply this: Induction, arguing from the particular to the general, is always a logical fallacy. No matter how many crows, for example, you observe to be black, the conclusion that all crows are black is never warranted. The reason is quite simple: Even assuming you have good eyesight, are not colorblind, and are actually looking at crows, you have not, and cannot, see all crows. Millions have already died. Millions more are on the opposite side of the planet. Millions more will hatch after you die. Induction is always a fallacy.
    "There is another fatal fallacy in science as well: the fallacy of asserting the consequent. The atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell put the matter this way:

    All inductive arguments in the last resort reduce themselves to the following form: If this is true, that is true: now that is true, therefore this is true. This argument is, of course, formally fallacious. Suppose I were to say: "If bread is a stone and stones are nourishing, then this bread will nourish me; now this bread does nourish me; therefore it is a stone and stones are nourishing. If I were to advance such an argument, I should certainly be thought foolish, yet it would not be fundamentally different from the argument upon which all scientific laws are based.
    "Recognizing that induction is always fallacious, philosophers of science in the twentieth century, in an effort to defend science, developed the notion that science does not rely on induction at all. Instead, it consists of conjectures, experiments to test those conjectures, and refutations of conjectures. But in their attempts to save science from logical disgrace, the philosophers of science had to abandon any claim to knowledge: Science is only conjectures and refutations of conjectures. Karl Popper, one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers of science, wrote:
    First, although in science we do our best to find the truth, we are conscious of the fact that we can never be sure whether we have got it . . . . We know that our scientific theories always remain hypotheses . . . . In science there is no "knowledge" in the sense in which Plato and Aristotle understood the word, in the sense which implies finality; in science, we never have sufficient reason for the belief that we have attained the truth . . . . Einstein declared that his theory was false: he said that it would be a better approximation to the truth than Newton's, but he gave reasons why he would not, even if all predictions came out right, regard it as a true theory . . . . Our attempts to see and to find the truth are not final, but open to improvement: . . . our knowledge, our doctrine is conjectural; . . . it consist of guesses, of hypotheses rather than of final and certain truths.
    "Observation and science cannot furnish us with truth about the universe, let alone truth about God. The secular worldview, which begins by denying God and divine revelation, cannot furnish us with knowledge at all." -- John W. Robbins
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=218

    *Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), Christianity and the State, ISBN: 9996717755. Available through Exodus Books.
    "The need to return to a Biblical doctrine of civil government is evidenced by our century's worldwide drift into tyranny. Humanism invariably rushes in to fill the world's theological vacuums: the need of the hour is to restore a full-orbed, Biblical, theology of the state. This work sets forth that theology." -- GCB

    *Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), The Messianic Character of American Education (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.).
    "Charts the growth of public education in America and its function as a government tool of indoctrination into the secular humanist world view."

    Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum.
    "Many -- not just Christian educators -- will appreciate this thoughtful study of the integration of the Christian world view with the education of our children." -- GCB

    Ryken, Leland, Windows to the World: Literature in Christian Perspective.
    "It is Ryken's observation that the biases Christians bring to literature can either prove helpful in opening up a whole new vista of understanding or becloud the issues and perpetuate a shallow experience of reality. In this book he examines such topics as truth, morality, and imagination in literature and then places these concepts within a Christian framework. His book is written for both Christians and non-Christians. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), The Duties of Parents, ISBN: 1583391703 9781583391709. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
    "Ryle said something which is as true in our day as it was in his. Without proper instruction children will not grow up to be good followers of Christ. This small book is a strong encouragement and exhortation to all parents to train up their children in the way of truth." -- GCB
    The Duties of Parents
    http://archive.org/details/J.C.RyleKindleBooks

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), The Apologetics lecture series using FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY: THE DECLINE OF THE WESTERN MIND FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT (1979) as the text, and delivered in Decatur, Georgia, beginning November, 1979, 17 MP3 files.
    "So many times people in the pew and the pulpit say, well how did all this get started? How did psychology descend to its present level? . . . How did political science produce our political thought, produce the dictatorships which are engulfing the modern world? Why are we in the economic mess in which we are today? Why is sociology such a jumble of immorality? Why is education as it is today? Why is art so meaningless? . . . Why is modern music an affront to the modern ears as well as to the mind and ear of God? . . . Why are all these things!? . . .
    "I would suggest to you that if you will follow this course with thought and care, you will finally come to see the answer to the questions which haunt us today in Western society." -- C. Gregg Singer, from this cited lecture series.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1979), ISBN: 0875524281 9780875524283 and a reprint of the P&R Publishing edition of 1979 (Wipf and Stock, 2006), 479 pp.
    "Now, frankly students, this course is presented from obviously the Reformed Theology. I hold unabashedly, unashamedly to the whole of Reformed Theology as we find it specifically in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
    "At the same time I hold to a position in regard to Apologetics generally known as Presuppositionalism, and particularly that view held by Cornelius Van Til.
    "This book is an attempt to enlarge and to broaden the scope of Van Til's own Apologetical system, and also his Epistemology. By that I mean, and I worked this book with him, so anything that I say is not to be construed as a criticism of Cornelius Van Til. I might add he wrote me a letter. He is delighted with this book. But what I did was to take his principles, both of Apologetics and of Epistemology, and apply them to all realms of modern thought.
    "Dr. Van Til, for good and sufficient reason, sought to limit to the main stream of what we might call pure Philosophy, that is from Saint Thomas, well even before them, back to the Greeks, but particularly in the more modern period, from Saint Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham (Occam), down through Descartes, the Rationalists, the Empiricists, down to Kant and Hegel, and of course Modern Philosophy and Modern Theology. Very seldom has he gone into what we might call the arena of Political Philosophy, or the arena of Social Thought, or the arena of Psychology and Psychiatry, the realm of Educational Philosophy, and into Art, Music, and so on, to the Fine Arts.
    "This book is an attempt to apply his system, and show what happens when the Western mind has forsaken his principles, or the principles which he has espoused, and turned into its own way. And thus the book called FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY. The thesis being that the Rationalism inherent in Saint Thomas and the post-Thomists, and more particularly, and more openly, in the Philosophy of the Renaissance, and Descartes, and Spinosa, and Leibniz has, as it's gained momentum in the modern world, brought Western Culture to its knees. We are living, as I would think, in the death throws of the Western Cultures, the Western Civilization." -- Dr. C. Gregg Singer, in the introductory address to his course in Apologetics soon after FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY came off the press in 1979
    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453
    "Locke endeavored to set forth a political philosophy which would anchor his democratic political thought on what he felt were the firm foundations of his empiricism. However, his insistence that nature has bestowed upon mankind certain basic and inalienable rights was an assumption quite contrary to his empiricism. His denial of conscience as an innate possession or quality makes it impossible for men to know that they possess the rights of life, liberty, and property. The very concept of a human right is moral in nature and has its basis of authority in the human conscience. It is thus impossible for men to know through the senses that they have these cherished human rights. Granted that it was far from Locke's intention to undermine or destroy the traditional English concept of personal rights, his empiricism removed from his political thought the necessary foundations on which a government could be built for the protection of these rights. His empiricism supported neither the idea that men have such rights nor that they are inalienable. (p. 61)
    "Underlying the secular and naturalistic assumptions of the thought of the Enlightenment was a related and equally serious problem. In their political and economic thought the leaders of this era were passionately devoted to the pursuit of freedom, and yet they seemed to be completely unaware of this incompatibility between their quest for freedom on the one hand and their reliance upon natural law on the other. How can an impersonal and deterministic concept of law produce and sustain a meaningful concept of freedom? Blindly convinced that there was no problem involved in the contradiction, the leaders of the Enlightenment pushed boldly ahead in the quest for political and economic liberty. However, their failure to recognize the issues involved in this quest led not only to the disaster of the French Revolution but to the growth of the totalitarian political and economic philosophies which first appeared in Hegel and Marx during the nineteenth century and reached their culmination in the totalitarianism of the twentieth century." (p. 73) -- quoted at the blog, Imago Veritatis: Post-modern Reformed Paleo-orthodoxy
    Singer used this as textbook for his course in Apologetics. Epistemology is a recurring theme throughout the textbook and the course. The series of 24 addresses on Apologetics is available free online. See: "Apologetics" under:
    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), A Theological Interpretation of American History, 1994 edition, 354 pages (Greenville, SC: A Press, 1994, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1964), ISBN: 0875524265 9780875524269. A Christian classic.
    This book portrays "the influence of theology and the changing doctrines in the life of the church on the pattern of American political, constitutional, social and economic development.
    "The author shows that the decline of constitutional government in this country is the result of the departure from historical Christian faith and the resulting rise of alien political philosophies. Particularly does he emphasize the intimate relationship between theological liberalism on the one hand and political, social, and economic liberalism on the other. This theological liberalism has been a major agent in the decline of the Constitution in the political life of the people and in the appearance of a highly centralized government." -- Publisher
    "There is between the democratic philosophy and theological liberalism a basic affinity which has placed them in the same camp in many major political struggles.
    "This condition exists because theological liberalism shares the basic postulates of the democratic philosophy. . . .
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world.
    "The result of theological liberalism has been the movement away from constitutionalism and away from liberty, and a movement toward collectivistic society and totalitarian regime." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290
    See also: John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly (tape 3 of 5) in a series of addresses History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250
    See also:
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer at SermonAudio.com (161 messages)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.^C.^Gregg^Singer

    Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), Towards a Better Understanding of Christian Education
    http://www.understandingchristianeducation.com/understanding-christian-education-christian-education-audio-and-sermons/c-gregg-singer-christian-education-sermons/

    Sloane, J.R.W., What Should a College be?: Inaugural Address of James Renwick Willson Sloane: March 24, 1852.

    Smith, Gregory A., The Role of the Library in the Character Formation of the Christian College Student.

    *Sowell, Thomas, Inside American Education: The Decline, the Deception, the Dogmas, ISBN: 0029303303 9780029303306.
    "An indictment of the American educational system criticizes the fact that the system has discarded the traditional goals of transmitting knowledge and fostering cognitive skills in favor of building self-esteem and promoting social harmony. Our educational establishment -- a vast tax-supported empire existing quasi-independently within American society -- is morally and intellectually bankrupt, charges distinguished economist and social critic Thomas Sowell. And in this top-to-bottom tour of the mismanaged institutions, cynical leadership, and tendentious programs of American education, Sowell exposes the numerous 'deceptions and dogmas' that have concealed or sought to justify the steep and very dangerous decline in our educational standards and practices across the board. Among the more serious ills of American education are the technically sophisticated brainwashing techniques now being applied to children and teenagers in so-called 'affective education' programs; the special 'peace' and 'nuclear' education programs that actively promote 'politically correct' attitudes; the 'values clarification' and sex education curricula that portray parental and religious authority figures as agents of a repressive and unjust social and political orthodoxy; and the racial 'mini-establishments' created on college campuses by minority demagogues and complaisant administrators that enshrine a self-serving ideological double standard, thus betraying the real interests of minority students. Sowell's exhaustively researched investigation draws particular attention to the wide array of textbooks and other instructional materials, promoted with astonishing success by a multi-million dollar industry styling itself a 'secular humanist' movement, which fosters these ideas -- ideas that are not just anti-American, Sowell maintains, but essentially totalitarian in character. These sinister curricular developments, combined with often cowardly and irresponsible management more concerned about institutional image and ranking than with fiscal integrity or a commitment to educate our youth, will breed disaster unless immediate steps are taken to reform the entire educational system." -- Publisher

    Sutton, Antony C., How the Order Controls Education.

    Thoburn, Robert L., The Children Trap: The Biblical Blueprint for Education.
    "One of today's outstanding educators sees the peril our children are in. What can Christians do to avert even greater problems in the future? Why do so many Christians still believe that the public schools are neutral concerning Christianity? What should true education consist of?" -- GCB

    *Thompson-Iserbyt, Charlotte The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America: A Chronological Paper Trail, ISBN: 0966707109 9780966707106.
    "This book is the book to have. Every concerned parent in America should invest in a copy. It's the encyclopedia, in year date order, of just what has been going on in America in the public school system for years and years. It holds answers to many unanswered questions. Years of research at our fingertips and it's the size of a telephone book. It's the best inside look. It's honest, official documentation, undisputable evidence. If every parent were to read this, we could right a terrible wrong being done in public schools today. The fact she was once a Senior Policy Advisor for the US Department of Education weighs a lot on the books credibility factor." -- Reader's Comment

    Tod, Walter, The Obligation of Civil Rulers to Establish the Means of Religious Knowledge and Instruction; Deduced From the Universal Moral Government of God (Edinburgh: John Anderson, 1836), 120 pages.
    "Tod preaches on Romans 13:1, The powers that be are ordained of God. He argues that the Church and the State are not independent societies and that Jesus Christ Governor and Ruler of both. Tod examines many common arguments proffered against his proposition. He calls puritan John Owen to his side with this quote,

    If it comes to this, that you shall say you have nothing to do with religion, as rulers of the nation, God will quickly manifest that he has nothing to do with you as rulers of the nation. Certainly it is incumbent upon you to take care that the faith which was once delivered to the saints, in all necessary concernments of it, may be protected, preserved, and propagated to and among the people over whom God has set you.
    "Tod also briefly exhorts Civil Rulers upon how they ought to preserve the Sabbath. He ends the whole on a positive (post-mill), note,
    "There may yet be retrogressions in the progress of knowledge, religion, virtue, and liberty, among different nations of the earth, and England may be among the fated number; but every ebbing of the tide of religious and moral improvement, like the smaller retrocessions of the waves of the ocean, which accumulate larger billows that roll over the former limits, every retrocession of the waves of religious and moral advancement among mankind will be succeeded by a higher and a higher tide of religious and moral advancement from the fountain of eternal truth, till the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea." -- Steve Worth

    Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

    Various, Christian Higher Education: The Contemporary Challenge: Proceedings of the First International Conference of Reformed Institutions for Christian Scholarship (Potchefstroom: Institute for the Advancement of Calvinism; Toronto; distributed in Canada and the U.S.A. by Wedge Pub. Foundation, 1976), ISBN: 0869903209 9780869903209.

    Voeller, Brad, Accelerated Distance Learning: The new way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-first Century, ISBN: 0970156316 9780970156310.
    "Home school graduate Brad Voeller earned his four-year, fully-accredited college degree in less than six months for less than $5,000 by applying the revolutionary techniques of accelerated distance learning. In this book, he shares with you tested approaches to learning that will allow you to earn a college degree in less than half the normal time -- for a fraction of the cost. Discover how to: receive college credit for life experiences; earn college credit quickly and easily through credit-by-examination; speed up the learning process while improving comprehension; cut study time by at least 50 percent; make a wise decision in choosing a distance-learning program; and complete college in less than half the time for less than half the cost." -- Doug Phillips

    Webster, Noah, Noah Webster's Value of the Bible and Excellence of the Christian Religion: For the use of Families and Schools, 1834.

    Whitehead, John, The Rights of Religious Persons in Public Education, ISBN: 0891077375 9780891077374.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Teachers: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493883 9780805493887.

    Wilkes, Peter (editor), Christianity Challenges the University, ISBN: 0877844747 9780877844747.
    "Exposes the fallacy of an anthropocentric education, and demonstrates the superiority and viability of a Christocentric approach." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Wolterstorff, Nicholas P., Educating for Responsible Action, ISBN: 0802818579 9780802818577.
    "Helpful theories and strategies for moral education." -- Mark Branson

    Zimmerman, Paul A., Robert T. Ingram, Rousas John Rushdoony. C. Gregg Singer, R. Clyde McCone, Papers Presented at Association for Christian Schools Conference, 92 pages.
    "Contents: Can we accept theistic evolution? / Paul A. Zimmerman -- The law: Adam, Noah and Moses / T. Robert Ingram -- The dimension of victory / R.J. Rushdoony -- The dimension of time / R.J. Rushdoony -- Education: a house divided / Gregg Singer -- The origins of civilization: archaeological data and the problems of evolutionary explanation / R. Clyde McCone -- The origins of civilization: the Biblical record and problems of historical explanation / R.C. McCone."

    See also: Public schools, The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Covenant theology and covenanting, The application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The ten commandments: the moral law, Absolute truth and relativism, Epistemology, Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The wisdom books, Wisdom, Knowledge of god and virtue, Christian scholarship, Resources for students, The autodidact (self-taught), The works of c. gregg singer, Colonial education, Trusting god, Home Schooling, Christian fiction, The works of martha finley, Idolatry, Power, Carnality and flesh pleasing: lust, desires, ambition, pleasure, Church and state, Covetousness, greed, selfishness, Secular humanism, Mind control, intimidation, and coersion, The decline of american society, irrationality, the decline of western thought, Sexual relationship, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1778-1782

    Related WebLinks

    The Christian and Politics #09: The Place of Biblical Law in our Society #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, The Christian and Politics
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705183429

    Epistemology
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#epist

    Functional Illiteracy
    "Functional illiteracy is a term used to describe reading and writing skills that are inadequate 'to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level.'[1] Functional illiteracy is contrasted with illiteracy in the strict sense, meaning the inability to read or write simple sentences in any language. . . .
    "Links with poverty and crime
    "In developed countries, the level of functional literacy of an individual is proportional to his/her income level and risk of committing crime. For example, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics in the United States:[3]:

  • Over 60 percent of adults in the US Prison System read at or below the fourth grade level
  • 85 percent of US juvenile inmates are functionally illiterate.
  • Adult inmates who received educational services while in prison had a 16 percent chance of returning to prison, as opposed to 70 percent for those who received no instruction. [this statistic not in citation given -- compiler]
  • 43 percent of adults at the lowest level of literacy lived below the poverty line, as opposed to 4 percent of those with the highest levels of literacy.
  • According to BeginToRead.com [4]:
  • Two thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
  • Three out of four individuals who receive food stamps read on the two lowest levels of literacy.
  • 16 to 19 year old girls at the poverty level and below, with below average skills, are 6 times more likely to have out-of-wedlock children than their reading counterparts. . . .
  • "The National Center for Education Statistics provides more detail. Literacy is broken down into three parameters: prose, document, and quantitative literacy. Each parameter has four levels: below basic, basic, intermediate, and proficient. For prose literacy, for example, a below basic level of literacy means that a person can look at a short piece of text to get a small piece of uncomplicated information, while a person who is below basic in quantitative literacy would be able to do simple addition. In the US, 14 percent of the adult population is at the 'below basic' level for prose literacy; 12 percent are at the 'below basic' level for document literacy; and 22 percent are at that level for quantitative literacy. Only 13 percent of the population is proficient in these three areas -- able to compare viewpoints in two editorials; interpret a table about blood pressure, age, and physical activity; or compute and compare the cost per ounce of food items."
    In other words, in 2011, 87 percent of Americans were "below basic" levels of literacy in one or more of the following: prose literacy, document literacy, and/or quantitative literacy. See: "Data Files for the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_literacy

    John McAuley's Article on Secular Versus Christian Education
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/john-mcauleys-article-on-secular-versus-christian-education

    William S. Plumer's Tract on a Sad but Instructive History
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/14/william-s-plumers-tract-on-a-sad-but-instructive-history

    Speaking on Calvinism
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 53 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8110391415

    The History of Calvinism
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, The Christian View of History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72902195726

    Apologetics #24: The Recovery of Christian Theism
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 58 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=3205142039

    Christian Education

    Christian Education
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian Education, 24 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372315

    The History and Role of the Church in Education
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian Education, 87 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037249

    A Necessary Theological Foundation for Education
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian Education, 86 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037257

    The History of Educational Philosophy in America
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian Education, 82 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372614

    The Theistic Basis for all Culture and Education
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian Education, 54 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170365847

    Decline in Education
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9902215826

    Christian Scholarship
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#cschol

    The Autodidact (Self-taught)
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#atddct

    Regulations at Yale College (1745)
    Showing the centrality of Calvinism and the Westminster Confession in Colonial higher education.
    http://www.constitution.org/primarysources/yale.html

    Report Card Report: America's Best Web Sites for School Profiles
    Would you like to see how your child's school compares with others? A new Heritage Foundation Web site may be the answer. Www.heritage.org/reportcards provides access to school rating reports not only for parents seeking information on schools they might want to put their child into, but also for those seeking more information on the school their child already is in. Compiled by Heritage education analyst Thomas Dawson and researcher Mira Zawadzki, "Report Card Report: America's Best Web Sites for School Profiles," is a valuable resource not only for parents, but also educators and lawmakers. The Heritage report card Web site provides links to scores of Web sites that provide a range of information on schools in districts across the nation, including academic rankings, test scores, student-teacher ratios, enrollment totals, per-student expenditures, and percentages of special-education students.
    http://www.heritage.org/reportcards

    A Resolution to Combat Mind Control With Truth
    http://www.lettermen2.com/mindc.html

    Society for Parent-Controlled Christian Schools in Scotland, John Murray (1898-1975)
    http://www.westminsterconfession.org/godly-living/society-for-parent-controlled-christian-schools-in-scotland.php

    Study Finds Rising Narcissism, Self-centeredness Among College Students, Associated Press, March 1, 2007
    "Today's college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society . . .
    " 'Unfortunately, narcissism can also have very negative consequences for society, including the breakdown of close relationships with others, he says . . .'
    "The researchers describe their study as the largest ever of its type, and say students' NPI scores have risen steadily since the current test was introduced in 1982. By 2006, they say two-thirds of the students had above-average scores, 30 percent more than in 1982 . . .
    "The study asserts that narcissists 'are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty and over-controlling and violent behaviors.'
    "Twenge, the author of GENERATION ME: WHY TODAY'S YOUNG AMERICANS ARE MORE CONFIDENT, ASSERTIVE, ENTITLED AND MORE MISERABLE THAN EVER BEFORE, says narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others.
    "The researchers traced the phenomenon back to what they called the 'self-esteem movement' that emerged in the 1980s, asserting that the effort to build self-confidence had gone too far . . .
    "The new report follows a study released by the University of California, Los Angeles last month that found that nearly three-quarters of the freshmen it surveyed thought it was important to be 'very well-off financially.' That compared with 62.5 percent who said the same in 1980 and 42 percent in 1966."
    http://www.diverseeducation.com/artman/publish/article_7068.shtml

    The Trinity Foundation
    http://trinityfoundation.org

    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger



    Home Schooling

    See the Theological Notes: "The Christian Family," at Ephesians 5:22 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. (Hosea 4:6,7)

    That their hearts may be comforted, being united in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of the understanding, to the full knowledge of the secret of the God and Father, and of the Christ, in whom are all the treasures of the wisdom and the knowledge hid, and this I say, that no one may beguile you in enticing words, for if even in the flesh I am absent -- yet in the spirit I am with you, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in regard to Christ; as, then, ye did receive Christ Jesus the Lord, in him walk ye, being rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as ye were taught -- abounding in it in thanksgiving.
    "See that no one shall be carrying you away as spoil through the philosophy and vain deceit, according to the deliverance of men, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ, because in him doth tabernacle all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are in him made full, who is the head of all principality and authority.
    (Colossians 2:2-10, YLTHB)

    Then, when he had expatiated somewhat more fully, and had more copiously illustrated the benefits of its presence [harmony -- compiler], and the ruinous effects of its absence upon a state, Pilus, one of the company present at the discussion, struck in and demanded that the question should be more thoroughly sifted, and that the subject of justice should be freely discussed for the sake of ascertaining what truth there was in the maxim which was then becoming daily more current, that "the republic cannot be governed without injustice." Scipio expressed his willingness to have this maxim discussed and sifted, and gave it as his opinion that it was baseless, and that no progress could be made in discussing the republic unless it was established, not only that this maxim, that "the republic cannot be governed without injustice," was false, but also that the truth is, that it cannot be governed without the most absolute justice. And the discussion of this question, being deferred till the next day, is carried on in the third book with great animation. For Pilus himself undertook to defend the position that the republic cannot be governed without injustice, at the same time being at special pains to clear himself of any real participation in that opinion. He advocated with great keenness the cause of injustice against justice, and endeavored by plausible reasons and examples to demonstrate that the former is beneficial, the latter useless, to the republic. Then, at the request of the company, Lælius attempted to defend justice, and strained every nerve to prove that nothing is so hurtful to a state as injustice; and that without justice a republic can neither be governed, nor even continue to exist.
    When this question has been handled to the satisfaction of the company, Scipio reverts to the original thread of discourse, and repeats with commendation his own brief definition of a republic, that it is the weal of the people. "The people" he defines as being not every assemblage or mob, but an assemblage associated by a common acknowledgment of law, and by a community of interests. Then he shows the use of definition in debate; and from these definitions of his own he gathers that a republic, or "weal of the people," then exists only when it is well and justly governed, whether by a monarch, or an aristocracy, or by the whole people. But when the monarch is unjust, or, as the Greeks say, a tyrant; or the aristocrats are unjust, and form a faction; or the people themselves are unjust, and become, as Scipio for want of a better name calls them, themselves the tyrant, then the republic is not only blemished (as had been proved the day before), but by legitimate deduction from those definitions, it altogether ceases to be.
    Tully [Cicero -- compiler], himself, too, speaking not in the person of Scipio or any one else, but uttering his own sentiments, uses the following language in the beginning of the fifth book, after quoting a line from the poet Ennius, in which he said, "Rome's severe morality and her citizens are her safeguard." "This verse," says Cicero, "seems to me to have all the sententious truthfulness of an oracle. For neither would the citizens have availed without the morality of the community, nor would the morality of the commons without outstanding men have availed either to establish or so long to maintain in vigor so grand a republic with so wide and just an empire. Accordingly, before our day, the hereditary usages formed our foremost men, and they on their part retained the usages and institutions of their fathers. But our age, receiving the republic as a chef-d'oeuvre of another age which has already begun to grow old, has not merely neglected to restore the colors of the original, but has not even been at the pains to preserve so much as the general outline and most outstanding features. For what survives of that primitive morality which the poet called Rome's safeguard? It is so obsolete and forgotten, that, far from practising it, one does not even know it. And of the citizens what shall I say? Morality has perished through poverty of great men; a poverty for which we must not only assign a reason, but for the guilt of which we must answer as criminals charged with a capital crime. For it is through our vices, and not by any mishap, that we retain only the name of a republic, and have long since lost the reality. . . ."
    For I mean in its own place to show that -- according to the definitions in which Cicero himself, using Scipio as his mouthpiece, briefly propounded what a republic is, and what a people is, and according to many testimonies, both of his own lips and of those who took part in that same debate -- Rome never was a republic, because true justice had never a place in it. But accepting the more feasible definitions of a republic, I grant there was a republic of a certain kind, and certainly much better administered by the more ancient Romans than by their modern representatives. But the fact is, true justice has no existence save in that republic whose founder and ruler is Christ, if at least any choose to call this a republic; and indeed we cannot deny that it is the people's weal.
    But if perchance this name, which has become familiar in other connections, be considered alien to our common parlance, we may at all events say that in this city is true justice; the city of which Holy Scripture says, "Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God." -- Augustine in The City of God, Book 2, Chapter 21, "Cicero's Opinion of the Roman Republic"
    City of God, St. Augustine, Book II. Chapter 21. -- Cicero's Opinion of the Roman Republic.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf102.iv.II_1.21.html

    So many times people in the pew and the pulpit say, well how did all this get started? How did psychology descend to its present level? . . . How did political science produce our political thought, produce the dictatorships which are engulfing the modern world? Why are we in the economic mess in which we are today? Why is sociology such a jumble of immorality? Why is education as it is today? Why is art so meaningless? . . . Why is modern music an affront to the modern ears as well as to the mind and ear of God? . . . Why are all these things!? . . .
    I would suggest to you that if you will follow this course with thought and care, you will finally come to see the answer to the questions which haunt us today in Western society." -- Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), in the Apologetics series of 24 lectures using FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY: THE DECLINE OF THE WESTERN MIND FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT (1979) as the text, and delivered in Decatur, Georgia, beginning November, 1979.
    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453

    Remember still how much the happiness or misery of church, and kingdoms, and of the world, doth lie on the right or wrong educating of youth, by PARENTS, much more than our UNIVERSITIES or SCHOOLS.
    Remember that your own comfort or sorrow in them lieth most on your own duty or neglect. If they prove wicked and plagues of the world, and you are the cause, it may tear your hearts. But what a joy is it to be the means of their salvation, and of their public service in the world!
    Disgrace sin to them, and commend holiness by word and practice; and be yourselves what you would have them be; and pray daily for them and yourselves. The Lord bless this counsel to them and you! -- Richard Baxter

    Adams, Jay E., Back to the Blackboard: Design for a Biblical Christian School: A Book for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators, 154 pages, ISBN: 0875520758 9780875520759.
    "For parents, teachers and administrators of elementary and secondary Christian day schools (with implications for colleges and seminaries). 'Christian schools, on all levels, are little more than adaptations of pagan schools,' built on an academic model rather than a discipleship model. Educators must give God his proper weight as they design schools. A radical rethinking of education must occur: everything from abolishing grades and homework, to learning 'subjects' in the context of real life projects." -- David Powlison

    *Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home, ISBN: 0801000513 9780801000515.
    "His [Adam's], approach to family life is conditioned completely by the Bible. He writes, 'A truly Christian home is a place where sinners live; but it is also a place where the members of that home admit the fact and understand the problem, know what to do about it, and as a result grow by grace'." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home. Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communication with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors and Christian counselors will value this work for its insight and faithfulness to God's Word." -- Publisher
    "Written to check the erosion of the family as the basic foundation of society. Practical applications of Scripture to family living are given." -- GCB
    A study guide is available.
    Adams, Jay E., Christian Living in the Home: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
    Barker, Dorothy Anderson, and Jay Adams, Leader's Guide for Jay E. Adams's CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME. Alternate title: CHRISTIAN LIVING IN THE HOME (STUDY GUIDE).
    "Thirteen week guide for the leader of a Sunday school or Bible study class that utilizes Adams's book on marriage and family." -- David Powlison

    Adler, Mortimer, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, ISBN: 067121280X 9780671212803.
    "Originally published in 1940, this book has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic. It is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader. And now it has been completely rewritten and updated. You are told about various levels of reading and how to achieve them, from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. You learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, and criticize. You are taught different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy (religion) and social science." -- Publisher

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Evangelical Truth: Practical Sermons for the Christian Home, ISBN: 1932474544 9781932474541.

    Aprile, Michael Dante, and the Aprile Family, The Character of Elsie Dinsmore (Plano, TX [Utmost Enterprises, PO Box 940205, Plano, 75094-0205]: Utmost Enterprises), ISBN: 1581822014 9781581822014.
    An e-text book on CD-ROM.
    "This book was written by members of the Aprile family who desire, as did Elsie, to follow the Godly character traits, exemplified by Jesus Christ, in their everyday walk. . . . In this book, we have attempted to show, through Elsie's eyes, how a person, whose will is to follow the Lord, is able to take up the cross and follow Him.
    "You will find that this book is good for instruction and illustration in the teaching of thirty-eight Character Traits to your children. This book can serve as a supplement to your current curriculum or some creative people might find ways to use it as a curriculum itself." -- The Aprile Family
    The Character of Elsie Dinsmore (excerpts)
    http://www.utmost-way.com/tcoed.htm

    *Blumenfeld, Samuel, Is Public Education Necessary? ISBN: 0815958269 9780815958260.
    "This book tells, for the first time, the story of how and why Americans gave up educational freedom so early in their history for the imagined benefits of state-controlled education. The author delves into a wealth of original sources to reveal how a comparative handful of secularists, who were more concerned with destroying religion than with freeing man, spearheaded the drive toward public education. Centered at Harvard, this nineteenth-century liberal elite worked tirelessly -- and successfully -- to put America on the road to educational statism. By exploring the very roots of the system, this book provides the missing link in our educational history." -- Publisher

    *Brooks, Thomas (1608-1680), The Crown and Glory of Christianity: or Holiness the Only way to Happiness. Discovered in 58 Sermons, From Heb. 12:14 [Hebrews 12:14]. Where you have the necessity, excellency, rarity, beauty and glory of holiness set forth: with the resolution of many weighty questions and cases. Also motives and means to perfect holiness: with many other things of very high and great importance to all the sons and daughters of men, that had rather be blessed than cursed, saved than damned. In THE WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS, 1886 (4:1-446). Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Brooks, Thomas, Complete Works of Thomas Brooks (1866), vol. 1 of 6.
    http://archive.org/details/completeworksoft01broo

    *Calvin, Jean (John, 1509-1564), Theodore de Beza, Robert Estienne, Academiae de Geneve, Leges Academiae Genevensis. Alternate title (French): L'ORDRE DU COLLEGE DE GENEUE. Language: Latin.
    "First edition of the new Academy of Geneva founded by John Calvin. It contains the complete speeches made at the inauguration by John Calvin and Theodore de Beza, the first Rector of the Academy. Also a complete outline of the curriculum, from seventh to first grade, with a complete reading list in classical authors for each grade, and the by-laws and regulations for appointing the faculty. One of the two imprints by Robert Estienne to bear the place of publication as Geneva."

    Carden, Allen, Puritan Christianity in America: Religion and Life in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts, ISBN: 0801025435 9780801025433.
    "After exploring the Biblical basis of the Puritan movement, Carden's thematic study examines all aspects of Puritan theology as well as the Puritan's approach to the Christian life, social ethics, politics, family life, education, and culture. He concludes with an overview of the legacy bequeathed to American culture." -- GCB

    *Christian Book Distributors, CBD Home School Resources Catalog (Peabody, MA [Christian Book Distributors, P.O. Box 7000, Peabody, 01961-7000]: Christian Book Distributors).
    These catalogs include extensive listings of home schooling books. Some of the books are reviewed by Dean, Karen, and Yolanda Andreola.
    Christian Book Distributors (CBD)
    http://www.christianbook.com/

    Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), The Relationship of Public Education to Christianity, Trinity Review #43.

    *Cotton, John (1584-1652, editor), and The Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), New England Primer: Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English. To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
    "THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was the first textbook ever printed in America and was used to teach reading and Bible lessons in our schools until the twentieth century. In fact, many of the Founders and their children learned to read from THE PRIMER. This pocket-size edition is an historical reprint of the 1777 version used in many schools during the Founding Era." -- Publisher
    "THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER was one of the greatest books ever published. It went through innumerable editions; it reflected in a marvelous way the spirit of the age that produced it, and contributed, perhaps more than any other book except the BIBLE, to the molding of those sturdy generations that gave to America its liberty and its institutions.
    "The Founding Fathers of this country and other Americans learned to read from this little treasure. There is much that we can learn about them and the way they thought by examining its contents. The true study of history should incorporate the study of what motivated people to do the things they did. This reprint makes for great classroom discussion. It makes for an excellent addition to any American History class at all grade levels and all ages. It is pocket-size, and kids and adults love it. I highly recommend it!" -- Reader's Comment
    "WEBSTER'S BLUE-BACKED SPELLING BOOK and the NEW ENGLAND PRIMER were basic, foundational textbooks used in the schools of our Republic in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    "These two textbooks prove our founding fathers expected moral truths to be taught in every school subject." -- Reader's Comment
    Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), SHORTER CATECHISM; Cotton, John (1584-1652), The New-England Primer Improved for the More Easy Attaining the True Reading of English: To Which is Added The Assembly of Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism (1777)
    http://archive.org/details/newenglandprimer00west

    *Davies, Samuel (1723-1761, editor), et al., The Godly Family: A Series of Essays on the Duties of Parents and Children, ISBN: 1877611735 9781877611735, 341 pages.
    "Gary Ezzo has collected 16 essays and sermons from 17th and 18th century pastors on ordering a godly home. The book is divided into four section: 1) The Importance of Family Religion, 2) The Duties of Parents, 3) The Duties of Children, 4) The Eternal Family. . . . All of these have been retypeset and updated for easier reading." -- Publisher
    "The necessity and excellence of family religion / by Samuel Davies -- The great duty of family religion / by George Whitefield -- A plain and serious address on the important subject of family religion / by Philip Doddridge -- Parental duties illustrated / by Samuel Worcester -- The duties of parents towards their children / by Henry Venn -- Disciplining children / by Arthur Hildersham -- On the method of instructing children / by Henry Venn -- Four sermons on the religious education of children / by Philip Doddridge -- Blessings consequent upon parental fidelity / by Thomas Houston -- The duties of children to their parents / by Samuel Stennett -- The duties of children / by Henry Venn -- Heaven considered as a family / by Samuel Stennett."

    Discovery House, The Life of George Washington Carver, DVD (Discovery House, January 1, 2005), 30 minutes.
    "A slave-born man who helped shape 20th century America with his passion for God's creation. You probably remember that George Washington Carver invented over 300 uses for peanut butter. Did you know that while at Tuskegee Institute he became one of the world's foremost experts in horticulture?
    "In fact, George Washington Carver almost single-handedly reinvented land management in the South following the ravages of too much cotton and tobacco farming. He was so brilliant that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison tried to hire him, but he said no. Do you know why?
    "Because he wasn't after fame or fortune. The most important thing in George Washington Carver's life was that he was a Christian. He simply marveled at God's creation and wanted to help all mankind.
    "When you get this 2-part DVD -- hosted by Wintley Phipps -- you'll discover someone who grew up 'colored' in segregated America with poverty, frailty, sickness, and the KKK, but who saw each and every obstacle as a blessing and an opportunity to learn.
    "Get to know the man who discovered uses for the peanut, the sweet potato, and the soybean and helped shape twentieth-century America through his profound spiritual conviction, a passion for exploration, and a deep wonder about the world around him. You'll find that one person can make a difference, no matter what stands in the way." -- Publisher

    *Duffy, Cathy, 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child's Learning Style, ISBN: 0805431381 9780805431384.
    "I love Cathy Duffy's dedication at the beginning of this book: 'To the thousands of dedicated homeschoolers who have resisted the impulse to imitate 'real school' and have chosen instead to figure out what is best for each of their children, even if it meant writing their own curriculum. You have made the world of homeschool curriculum far richer than the most well-funded schools in the world'."
    "And what Cathy has done in her book is to help us do just that -- figure out what is best for each of our children. Under her direction, using pertinent questions and an easy-to-use chart, a homeschooling mom can determine which of the eight approaches to homeschooling would fit her child's learning style and her own overall goals and priorities for her child's education. It takes the guesswork and confusion out of homeschooling.
    "The largest portion of the book is taken up with Cathy's reviews of her '100 Top Picks' for homeschooling books and curricula. She gives us thorough descriptions and necessary ordering details, strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum, and her own impressions on how it would work with the different learning styles. One of the best features of this book is an amazing eight page chart putting all the information together so parents can see at a glance and compare and contrast all the details of each 'Top Pick'.
    "I would suggest that if you're having a hard time wading through all of your curriculum choices, you might consider buying 100 TOP PICKS. Keep it handy, because you'll be consulting it often." -- Laurie Bluedorn
    "I've read a lot of homeschooling books in planning for my children's education and I learned something from each one, whether I liked the book or not! This book, however, is a planner's dream! It truly has you plan from the bottom up, applying thought to aspects of homeschooling that I had not previously considered.
    "Cathy Duffy begins by having you come up with your own philosophy of education. As she puts it, 'If there were no laws requiring you to educate your child, what would you want them to learn anyway?' Wow! That question really gets to the heart of the matter for most people choosing to homeschool. Then, she has you consider your thoughts about how you want to teach and run your school (teach different ages together, work directly with your children or have them work independently, real books vs. textbooks, field trips, adhering to a schedule or remaining flexible, etc.). She has you take a sort of quiz about your preferred approaches to learning that shows which styles might appeal to you most. After leaning so heavily toward Charlotte Mason after all my reading, I was somewhat surprised to find that I have an equally high regard for unit studies and -- gasp! -- unschooling (a 'curriculum' choice that petrifies me a bit)! She describes the various homeschooling methods (traditional, Charlotte Mason, classical, unit study, unschooling, independent study, eclectic, and umbrella programs). Then, she asks you to consider your confidence/experience level, time available to teach, finances, and religious beliefs. In addition, one of the most important differences about this book is that it addresses your teaching style and your child's learning style. This is such an important consideration when deciding what curriculum to choose. I'm sad to admit that I've been so gleefully planning what I want them to learn and what I think they'll enjoy that I've given very little SERIOUS thought to their perspective about things. Not anymore . . .
    "Finally, the discussion of her top 100 picks begins. The curriculum choices are introduced with a chart. The format helps you pick resources that are aligned with what you now know are your homeschooling preferences. Each curriculum is ranked for the following criteria: (1) Multi-sensory/hands-on (2) structure/rules-oriented (3) logical/analytical learners (4) social activity (5) amount of parent instruction (6) independent study vs. one-on-one (7) amount of writing (8) prep time (9) grade level specific vs. multi-level (10) ease of use for teacher (11) necessity for teacher's manual (12) supportive of Charlotte Mason's philosophy (13) supportive of classical education (14) religious affiliations. Using the chart, it was easy to look for a unit study or Charlotte Mason approach that would accomodate my Wiggly Willy and my Sociable Sue who work at different grade levels.
    "Some critics of the book feel that the author leans too heavily on Christian resources so I actually did a count for those interested. Of her 100 picks, there were 15 Catholic choices, 41 Protestant choices, and 54 were religiously neutral. (They don't add up to 100 because some would work for both Protestants and Catholics, some neutrals could add religious supplements, etc.). If you consider that probably AT LEAST 50 percent of homeschoolers are keeping their children at home so they can offer religious instruction, I don't think those numbers are in any way out of balance.
    "If you are looking for an umbrella curriculum (one that covers all the subjects), you should know that she really goes in depth into only two, Calvert School (neutral) and Sonlight (Protestant). However, some of the unit studies she discusses could be used as a full program with a few additional choices for neglected subjects. (Only one of the seven unit study programs, Five in a Row, is religiously neutral). If an umbrella curriculum is what you're looking for, you would be better off requesting catalogs and information from companies offering that service rather than buying this book. Otherwise, the curriculum choices included in this book fall under the following categories: (1) phonics/reading/literature (2) math (3) grammar and composition (4) spelling and vocabulary (5) history/social science (6) science (7) unit studies (8) foreign language (9) miscellaneous.
    "Her picks definitely cover a wide range of methodology. Some will appeal to you and some won't. What I find is that in researching something that is appealing (usually on Amazon), I invariably follow link after link until I wind up reading so many reviews that I more fully understand the pros and cons of each curriculum choice I make. What a wonderful thing! I would rank this book with the top four homeschooling books I have read (Rebecca Rupp's HOME LEARNING YEAR BY YEAR, Charlotte Mason's ORIGINAL HOMESCHOOLING SERIES, and Karen Andreola's A CHARLOTTE MASON COMPANION). -- Kristina J. Ivey

    Froehlich, Mary Ann, Music Education in the Christian Home: How to Nurture the Musician in Your Child, ISBN: 1568570317 9781568570310.
    " 'Music is a wonderful gift from God and an appreciation for music should have its roots in the home, but knowing where and how to begin, and what to include can often make the task less than appealing,' says the author. Helps parents to understand the importance and role of music in worship, gives an overview of music history, tells how to encourage your child musically, and discusses the role of church and school." -- GCB

    Glaspey, Terry W., Great Books of the Christian Tradition, ISBN: 1565073568 9781565073562.
    Suggestions for books and reading, including ten books to get started, lists for specific time periods, short excerpts from many authors, 100 novels for group discussion, and 100 books to read with children. -- Publisher
    "Have used this book heavily to build my library of classics. It is an annotated book list divided into Christian, non-Christian, and Children's literature and by historical periods: The Ancient World, The Middle Ages, The Early Modern World (The Reformation, Renaissance), The Eighteenth Century, The Nineteenth Century, The Twentieth Century, and Contemporary Candidates for Greatness. Parents, such as myself, will greatly appreciate the separate chapter and list dedicated solely to Children's literature. I have used this chapter to collect quality books for my children.
    "Glaspey gives you a short commentary on each book (and excerpts from some authors), and tells you how best to make use of the reading lists he provides. He also gives good reasons why Christians should read non-Christian books. Also provided is a list of ten books which he feels every Christian ought to know. Included are books by C.S. Lewis, Dostoevsky, Augustine, and Tozer among others.
    "This is a book for Christian biblioholics to savor. It was through this book that I discovered some of my favorites such as A TESTAMENT OF DEVOTION by Thomas Kelly, and Christian authors such as Walker Percy, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Flannery O'Connor. Many books he names, Christian and non-Christian, I already knew and read, and others, such as books by Norman Geisler, I was disappointed to find missing. But overall, this is an excellent resource and one that is unique. Highly recommended." -- Reader's Comment

    Gorder, Cheryl, and Don Hubbs, Home Education Resource Guide, 4th edition, ISBN: 0933025483 9780933025486.
    "A comprehensive resource guide for the parent-educator. 'If you can afford only one resource directory, this is the one to buy'." -- Library Journal
    "This title has been used by homeschoolers since 1987 and is a comprehensive guide to resources for a home education." -- Publisher "Provides current information on hundreds of important resources for homeschoolers. Includes lists of correspondence schools, curricula, testing services, reading and math helps, support groups, educational toys and games, many more. Mary Pride says: "Those dedicated to home schooling, especially home school leaders, will get some mileage out of the Resource Guide." -- GCB

    Greene, Joseph Nelson, The Gospel in Literature.

    *Haycock, Ruth, Encyclopedia of Bible Truths, in one volume, 443 pages (Colorado Springs, CO: Association of Christian Schools International, c1993). Former title: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIBLE TRUTHS FOR SCHOOL SUBJECTS (Purposeful Design Publications, 1979), in four volumes.
    Volume 1: Social Studies, 129 pages
    Volume 2: Language, Arts/English, 85 pages
    Volume 3: Science/Mathematics, 107 pages
    Volume 4: Fine Arts/Health, 116 pages
    "This comprehensive index to the Bible is the fruit of a life's dedication and study by Dr. Ruth Haycock. Because a wide variety of subjects are covered and defined in light of Scripture, this tool will become your constant companion as you answer questions, prepare lessons, do research, and lead topical studies." -- Publisher
    "With this unique resource you can help your students understand how God's Word relates to every subject. Whether the topic is Geography or Geometry, Literature or Law, this book establishes the fundamental connection between each discipline and the truth of the Scriptures. Originally published in four separate paperbacks, it is now available in a single, hardback edition. It can be used for lesson preparation, research, project completion, more!" -- GCB
    "Dr. Haycock's work is listed in the current ACSI product catalog for $25 for ACSI member schools. You can obtain a copy by calling the order department in Colorado Springs (800) 367-0798. This is still a very popular item at our conventions and for schools in the accreditation process." -- Bill Wilson
    May be purchased in Great Britain from:
    Homeschool
    http://www.homeschool.co.uk/

    *Hatcher, Carolyn, Let the Authors Speak: A Guide to Worthy Books Based on Historical Setting, ISBN: 0964068125 9780964068124.
    "This book is an unparalleled resource for classical, historical, and contemporary literature, as well as for classical and contemporary autobiographical, biographical, and historical works. Invaluable for those designing a history/literature curriculum or unit studies. Over 1200 books are briefly annotated and listed 1) chronologically by setting, reading/interest level, and type of work (i.e., biography, novel, myth/legend), 2) by author, and 3) by title. Newbery winners and books reviewed in BOOKS CHILDREN LOVE and HONEY FOR A CHILD'S HEART are highlighted. The author endorses Charlotte Mason's philosophy of reading 'whole books' and encourages the integration of such books into our children's curricula. Recommended by Cathy Duffy, Karen Andreola, Mary Pride, and others." -- GCB
    "This book arranges both historical fiction and classics according to the era in which they are set, according to reading ability level, and according to author. It's a fast way to find something really good to supplement any history course -- or to just find something good to read." -- Reader's Comment

    Howse, Ernest Marshall, Spiritual Values in Shakespeare

    Klicka, Christopher J., The Right Choice: The Incredible Failure of Public Education and the Rising Hope of Home Schooling, ISBN: 0805425853 9780805425857.
    "If you have entertained doubts about the practicality of home schooling, this exhaustive treatment of the subject by an astute lawyer and dedicated scholar will overwhelm you with convincing evidence based on the most current as well as on historical developments. His exploration of parental rights, Biblical principles, tips for lobbying, and reasons to select Christian education and home schooling over humanistic indoctrination is thorough, unbiased, and enlightening. Dr. Klicka's book will leave you shockingly informed on what is wrong with the public school today." -- D. James Kennedy

    Leming, James S. (compiler), Foundations of Moral Education: An Annotated Bibliography, ISBN: 0313241651 9780313241659.
    "This bibliography is designed to be used in two ways. The first, through the author and subject indexes, should enable the user to identify items and subjects of interest. The second approach may be more efficient. The arrangement of the bibliography allows the user to peruse related items of interest and determine the amount of information available on a given subject. Whichever method is chosen, the information contained within these covers would help to facilitate research on the all-important issue of moral education." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

    *Lopez, Diane D., and Elizabeth Laraway Wilson, Teaching Children: A Curriculum Guide to What Children Need to Know at Each Level Through Grade Six, ISBN: 0891074899 9780891074892.
    "Diane Lopez is principal of Bethany Christian School, Sierra Madre, California. This is a unique curriculum guide for grade levels K through 6. It is an excellent educational approach which naturally integrates a Christian world view and scriptural principles. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "If you have not read FOR THE CHILDREN'S SAKE or Karen Andreola's A CHARLOTTE MASON COMPANION, which cover the same ideas in more depth, they would be a good introduction to the educational principles of Charlotte Mason." -- Reader's Comment

    McGuffey, William, McGuffey's Eclectic Readers, 1836-37 7 volumes, ISBN: 0880620145 9780880620147.

    McKnight, William John, A Study in Standards: Meant to be a Companion-piece to The Young people's Manual.

    McKnight, William John, and Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, The Young People's Manual Setting Forth in Plain Terms What we of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America Believe and why we Believe it, 1929.
    The Young People's Manual
    http://books.google.com/books?id=Cm1gHAAACAAJ&dq=The+Young+People's+Manual&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JRa5ULajAcW7iwKwyoDoCA&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAg

    Mooremann, Phillip, The Christian Home Study Handbook, 1986: A Guide to Christian Correspondence Schools, Cassette [audio file], and Video-taped [DVD] Instruction, Computer programs, and Christian Home Schools, ISBN: 0961432306 9780961432300.
    "Ideal for those who want reliable guidance on correspondence courses. Also of value to pastors who are asked about continuing education. Includes information on video and cassette [audio file], tapes, lending libraries, and available software. Well produced, reliable." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Owen, John (1616-1683), The Primer: Or, an Easie way to Teach Children the True Reading of English. With a Necessary Catechisme, to instruct youth in the grounds of Christian religion. Also choice places of Scripture for that purpose. Composed by John Owen, minister of the Gospel. Approved and allowed by a committee of Parliament, 1652.

    *Perks, Stephen C., The Christian Philosophy of Education Explained, ISBN: 0951889907 9780951889909.
    "The editor of Calvinism Today magazine has written a book which, in the words of Samuel L. Blumenfeld, demonstrates with simplicity the cogent argument that the Christian and humanist world views are mutually exclusive, and that it is 'treason against God' to put children in the hands of non-believers for their education. Every Christian parent should read this challenging, forthright, insightful book before deciding where and how to educate his or her children." -- GCB

    Price, Greg L., Christian Education in the Home: Help! My Daughter Wants to Date, 25 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #11.
    "Contrasts the non-covenantal pagan view of dating with the covenantal Christian view of Biblical courtship. Shows how the world has insidiously invaded the church (through music, TV, movies, godless public education, etc.), and how this has impacted the raising of our children. Includes a lengthy list of questions for interviewing prospective suitors and an appendix on the Biblical role of women. A very practical, unique item, laying the foundation for blessed biblical marriages." -- Publisher
    See also: Price, Greg L., Dating or Courtship: Which is Biblical? (1/2), an audio file. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Pride, Bill, and Mary Pride, Prides' Guide to Educational Software, ISBN: 0891076654 9780891076650.

    Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum.
    "Many -- not just Christian educators -- will appreciate this thoughtful study of the integration of the Christian world view with the education of our children." -- GCB

    Richards, Lawrence O., It Couldn't Just Happen: Faith Building Evidences for Young People, ISBN: 0849907152 9780849907159 0849935830 9780849935831.
    "An incredible book. Makes the study of astronomy and biology fascinating. Uses information from these disciplines to present the awesome wonder of creation in terms that will captivate teens (as well as those who teach them). Highly recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Macaulay, Susan, and Diane Lopez, Home Education
    http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html
    Four audio cassettes [audio files].

    Macaulay, Susan Schaeffer, For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School, ISBN: 089107290X 9780891072904.
    "This simple, practical, easy-to-use resource book will help parents and teachers enrich childhood education by extending learning opportunities to all areas of life." -- GCB

    *Machen, Gresham J., Education, Christianity and the State, ISBN: 0940931192 9780940931190.
    "Machen was one of the foremost educators, theologians, and defenders of Christianity in the twentieth century. The author of numerous scholarly books, Machen saw clearly that if Christianity is to survive and flourish, a system of Christian grade schools must be established. This collection of essays captures his thought on education over nearly three decades.
    "What role does the government have to play in education? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge? Is scholarship important, or is education the same as training? This book has been adopted as required reading by a large college in Florida. It may be studied with profit by teachers, parents, and students. Contents include: Faith and Knowledge, The Importance of Christian Scholarship, Christianity and Culture, Reforming the Government Schools, The Necessity of The Christian School, Shall We Have a Federal Department of Education? Proposed Department of Education, The Christian School: The Hope of America, Westminster Theological Seminary: Its Purpose and Plan." -- The Trinity Foundation

    *New Liberty Videos, The Forbidden Book: The History of the English Bible, DVD, New 2006 Version, on-camera spokesman: Dr. Craig Lampe; Narrator: Jim Birdsall; Director: Brian Barkley; Run Time: 60 minutes.
    " 'The Forbidden Book' is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Hosted by Dr. Craig Lampe, this one-hour documentary takes you on a fascinating journey through time. Follow our film crew across Europe as we SHOW YOU all the important places of Christian history.
    "Learn how God's Word was originally scribed in Hebrew and Greek. Walk with Dr. Lampe among the ruins of the very first Christian Church ever built above ground -- not in Israel, but in England! Discover how the Word was preserved through the 1,000 year period of the Dark and Middle Ages, when possession of scripture in any language other than Latin meant certain death at the hands of the organized church. Uncover the truth about the misunderstood books called 'Apocrypha' that were printed in every Protestant Christian's Bible until 1885.
    "Meet John Wycliffe, the first person to translate the Bible into English -- and see his church, which is still offering Sunday services today, as it has since the 1300's. Look at the door where Martin Luther, the first person to print the Bible in German, nailed his 95 Theses, starting the Protestant Reformation. See William Tyndale's illegal printing shop, which is a book store today, and find out why Tyndale was executed for being the first person to print the scriptures in English. Find out about the 1535 first complete printed English Bible of Myles Coverdale, the 1537 Matthews Bible, and King Henry the Eighth's 1539 'Great Bible' -- the first legal English Bible.
    "Learn why the Bible of the Protestant Reformation, the 1560 English Geneva Bible, had to be printed in Switzerland due to the reign of Queen 'Bloody' Mary. See how the 1568 BISHOPS BIBLE was revised to become the 1611 KING JAMES BIBLE, and how the KING JAMES VERSION slowly replaced the much more popular GENEVA BIBLE among early American Colonists.
    "The Forbidden Book is simply the most captivating and informative video ever produced on the subject of how we got the Bible, and how God has preserved His Word for thousands of years to countless generations." -- Publisher
    "The Forbidden Book is DVD presentation examining the history of the Word of God in English. It is hosted by Dr. Craig Lampe, a Bible historian and International Director of the World Bible Society. Dr. Lampe owns the Rare Bible Showroom in Arizona and holds a virtual monopoly over rare and antique Bibles. His collection even includes a 1410 Wycliffe Manuscript valued at just under $3 million. It is one of the rarest Bibles in the world. He has a Coverdale Bible, Great Bibles, sells leaves of the Geneva Bible, and, amazingly enough, leaves from the Gutenberg Bible -- the first book ever published. If you happen to have one of these complete Bibles sitting in your attic, you should have it insured for about $100 million.
    "This DVD is an hour-long presentation on the history of the English Bible. The viewer will meet most of the historical figures responsible for bringing us the Bible as we know and love it today: Wycliffe, Hus, Gutenberg, Colet, Erasmus, Tyndale, Luther and so on. He will see some of the locations important to the history of the Bible, such as the Wittenberg door and Martin Luther's study. He will learn about the earliest English translations, in the Old World and in the New.
    "There are many amazing facts worked into the presentation. Lampe shows a scroll that is 1000 years old, and tells the viewer that it is word-for-word the same as the text of the Dead Sea Scrolls that were written a full millennium before. He describes how the Bible went from being available in 500 languages in 400 AD to being available in only 1 only 100 years later. He talks about a 110 year period in America during which 5000 editions of the Bible were produced. . . .
    "Before I close, I will warn that the host is quite harsh towards the Roman Catholic Church and their role in the history of the English Bible. And well he should be, as the papacy worked tirelessly to eradicate any person who dared to present the Scriptures to the common man. Of course the fears of the Church were founded, for when Scripture became accessible, the light quickly broke forth and spread throughout the world. -- Viewer's Comments
    "Did you know that during the period of AD 100 and AD 400 the Bible had been translated into nearly 500 languages? Did you know that from AD 400 to AD 500 it had been reduced to just one language? A language only know to the clergy and the educated. . . .
    "John Wycliffe, the brilliant 14th century Oxford scholar, translated the Bible from Latin into English in order to enlighten the masses oppressed through ignorance. His work was so despised by the established church, that Pope Martin V ordered Wycliffe's bones to be dug up and burned. Martin Luther was one of the few who challenged church authority in the 16th century and lived to tell the tale. . . .
    "William Tyndale was not spared like his friend Luther. Tyndale spent the last 500 days of his life in a cold castle dungeon. He was then tied to a stake, strangled and burned. His crime? . . . printing Bibles in the English language! Discover the fascinating story behind the preservation of the English Bible . . ." -- J.J. Calvin

    Potter, William, The Boy's Guide to the Historical Adventures of G.A. Henty (Vocabulary of a Warrior), ISBN: 1929241151 9781929241156.
    "This unique book charts Henty's works of historical fiction chronologically and provides both a plot summary and an historical overview of over 70 of his classic tales." -- Publisher
    "HOME EDUCATORS: If you are trying to put together a history-based curriculum, this volume is very helpful! You can gauge which time periods in your student's course of study need some bolstering up (or livening up), and search in this book for the proper Henty novel to introduce. For example, to bulk up our study on 'Ancient Times,' I needed a novel about Hannibal. This terrific reference book tells me to get Henty's 'The Young Carthaginian' to meet that requirement.
    "Another problem it solves is that sometimes a history-based curriculum can get predictable. Everyone seems to be covering the same things and the only variance is how deeply they're studied. This guide covers all of Henty's books and makes it easy to locate his books on obscure subjects and events which you can tantalize your children with. Children seem to love citing these forgotten tales and bedazzling their peers and family with them!
    "This volume will also prove invaluable to PEOPLE EDUCATING THEMSELVES. As an adult who is battling her 'learning gaps,' I just page through this reference until I find something that doesn't ring ANY bells! By reading a Henty, I enjoy a terrific adventure (which I can later discuss with my children), educate myself and, if I want to, pursue the subject more deeply later on." -- Reader's Comment
    "G.A. Henty wrote around 144 books. Many of the books revolve around a fictional character who interacts with real persons from that historical period. Heroism, honor, courage, and leadership are integral characteristics of the main protagonists. I have trouble putting down a Henty story. I highly recommend this resource." -- Reader's Comment

    *Pride, Mary, All the Way Home: Power for Your Family to be its Best, ISBN: 0891074651 9780891074656.
    "ALL THE WAY HOME is the long-awaited sequel to Mary Pride's revolutionary book, THE WAY HOME. Building on the theme of the home as the center of life, this book will change your ideas on what is possible for families today. More than a problem-solving manual, this text helps families do it right from the start." -- Publisher
    "Reading Mary's book has reassured me that all scripture is valid even today. It's a pity every woman by age 15 has not been made to study these concepts, fully understand her God given role in life and how exciting it truly can be. Now if we women of today would just pick up the baton and run the race, as Mary has clearly outlined for us in her book, God would bless our families and children again. If you are hungry to see God's hand in your life, Mary has written a beautiful book calling women back to the place God prepared for us in the beginning. Buy this and let the rebuke and encouragement draw you back to the 66 books that make up our Bible and guide our lives in the path God has laid out for us as women." -- Reader's Comment
    "If you are a Christian woman who needs help redefining your purpose in life because you don't have children, BUY this book. If you are a wife and/or mother who is tired of society (NC17 and violent media, TV, video, music, etc), defining you . . . . and you/your children's wants and needs, this is the book for you too." -- Reader's Comment

    *Pride, Mary, The Big Book of Home Learning, 4 volumes, ISBN: 0891075488 9780891075486 0891075496 9780891075493.
    Volume 1: Getting Started. Introduces all major home school methods and answers your most frequently asked questions.
    Volume 2: Preschool and Elementary.
    Volume 3: Junior High Through College.
    Volume 4: Afterschooling and Extras.
    Each volume is over 500 pages and includes full contact information for every product reviewed.
    "Mary Pride has researched tons of educational products. . . . I love Pride's philosophy of teaching and trust her conclusions. She has saved me years of hunting for good educational supplies." -- Reader's Comment

    *Pride, Mary, Next Book of Home Learning.
    "This new book brings us a whole new range of additional educational resources for home schoolers of all ages to complement her first book. With its broad spectrum of hard-to-find information . . . this book is an indispensable resource for home schoolers . . ." -- GCB

    *Pride, Mary, Schoolproof: How to Help Your Family Beat the System and Learn to Love Learning the Easy Natural Way, ISBN: 0891074805 9780891074809.
    "Schoolproofing means having children who learn to read, who learn to obey authority, who learn to stand against injustice." -- GCB "Mary Pride's book will help parents make sure their children get a great education, no matter what political or educational theory happens to be in vogue. Schoolproofing means having children who learn to read, who learn to obey authority, who learn to stand against injustice. Just a few of the topics covered: getting organized; motivating your students while respecting them; steps to independent learning -- including one commonly-forgotten but absolutely essential step; 20 ways to present a lesson and more. This book helps you understand why different educational philosophies work (or don't), and where we should go from here." -- Publisher

    *Reimer, Kathie, 1001 Ways to Introduce Your Child to God, ISBN: 0842347577 9780842347570.
    "Creative ideas to help children develop godly attitudes and healthy ways of thinking." -- Publisher

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), The Apologetics lecture series using FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY: THE DECLINE OF THE WESTERN MIND FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE PRESENT (1979) as the text, and delivered in Decatur, Georgia, beginning November, 1979, 17 MP3 files.
    "So many times people in the pew and the pulpit say, well how did all this get started? How did psychology descend to its present level? . . . How did political science produce our political thought, produce the dictatorships which are engulfing the modern world? Why are we in the economic mess in which we are today? Why is sociology such a jumble of immorality? Why is education as it is today? Why is art so meaningless? . . . Why is modern music an affront to the modern ears as well as to the mind and ear of God? . . . Why are all these things!? . . .
    "I would suggest to you that if you will follow this course with thought and care, you will finally come to see the answer to the questions which haunt us today in Western society." -- C. Gregg Singer, from this cited lecture series.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453

    Smith, Gregory A., The Role of the Library in the Character Formation of the Christian College Student.

    Thoburn, Robert L., The Children Trap: The Biblical Blueprint for Education.
    "One of today's outstanding educators sees the peril our children are in. What can Christians do to avert even greater problems in the future? Why do so many Christians still believe that the public schools are neutral concerning Christianity? What should true education consist of?" -- GCB

    Whitehead, John W., and Wendell R. Bird, Home Education and Constitutional Liberties: The Historical and Constitutional Arguments in Support of Home Instruction, ISBN: 0891073027 9780891073024.
    "The two attorneys writing this book offer advice on what the law says and extensive lists to help you get started." -- Publisher

    Van Dyken, Donald, Rediscovering Catechism: The Art of Equipping Covenant Children, ISBN: 0875524648 9780875524641.

    Venning, Ralph, Learning in Christ's School: Babes, Children, Youth, and Fathers, ISBN: 0851517641 9780851517643.

    *Vincent, Thomas (1634-1678), Shorter Catechism Explained From Scripture. Alternate title: THE SHORTER CATECHISM OF THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY EXPLAINED AND PROVED FROM SCRIPTURE, ISBN: 085151314X. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Forty Puritans including John Owen, Thomas Manton, Thomas Brooks and Thomas Watson recommended this useful volume as a very worth aid for family instruction. This volume gives parents very simple explanations to take their children through the Westminster Shorter Catechism."
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons Upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/

    Voeller, Brad, Accelerated Distance Learning: The new way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-first Century, ISBN: 0970156316 9780970156310.
    "Home school graduate Brad Voeller earned his four-year, fully-accredited college degree in less than six months for less than $5,000 by applying the revolutionary techniques of accelerated distance learning. In this book, he shares with you tested approaches to learning that will allow you to earn a college degree in less than half the normal time -- for a fraction of the cost. Discover how to: receive college credit for life experiences; earn college credit quickly and easily through credit-by-examination; speed up the learning process while improving comprehension; cut study time by at least 50 percent; make a wise decision in choosing a distance-learning program; and complete college in less than half the time for less than half the cost." -- Doug Phillips

    *Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism, ISBN: 0851511449. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The first book published by the Trust, this has been one of the best sellers and consistently the most useful and influential of our publications . . . It deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian faith . . . It is based on the Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism, in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer. This catechism is unsurpassed for its 'terse exactitude of definition' and 'logical elaboration' of the fundamentals. . . . Watson conveys his thorough doctrinal and experimental knowledge of the truth in such an original, concise, pithy, pungent, racy, rich, and illustrative style that he is rightly regarded as the most readable of the Puritans." -- Publisher
    "As an introduction to Puritan theology, as a short and sweet course in Christian doctrine, as devotional reading, and as a preacher's gold-mine, Watson's work can hardly be praised too highly." -- J.I. Packer.
    "Contains Watson's exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, excluding the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments." -- GCB
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html?page_id=205
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Alternate title: SCRIPTURE INDEX TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
    "Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
    http://www.shortercatechism.com/
    Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), A Body of Practical Divinity Sermons on the Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly, also Select Sermons on Various Subjects, Together with The Art of Divine Contentment, and Christ's Various Fulness (1859)
    http://archive.org/details/bodyofpracticald00watsuoft
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996), ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    Webster, Noah, Noah Webster's Value of the Bible and Excellence of the Christian Religion: For the use of Families and Schools, 1834.

    Wilde, Gary (editor), Bible Promises to Treasure for Teachers: Inspiring Words for Every Occasion, ISBN: 0805493883 9780805493887.

    *Wilson, Elizabeth, and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (foreword), Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children's Literature, ISBN: 0891074414 9780891074410.
    "At last here is a book that will help parents open up the wonderful world of reading for their children! Here are books that embody the ideals of traditional values and a Christian world view. Only books that really catch and hold children's attention, that are finely written, and that reflect basic Biblical values have been chosen." -- GCB
    "This book is arranged by subject and reading level. There is a good variety of choices, and the books listed have all been evaluated to be wholesome and reinforce proper priorities, human relationships and good attitudes. There are wonderful classic books and newer books also. My child has enjoyed every title we have read from the booklists. -- Reader's Comment

    Wilson, Elizabeth, Choosing Children's Books (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Two audio cassettes [audio files].

    Wilson, Elizabeth, Living Books (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.) Two audio cassettes [audio files].

    Vision Video, David Nunn (narrator), Journeying With Jesus in the Holy Land, DVD, 56 minutes.
    "Watching this will make reading the gospels a whole new adventure. An inspiration and education for all ages. It enables one to 'walk with Jesus' in the company of His disciples. Viewers will explore places such as Nazareth, Jerusalem, and more. . . .
    "David Nunn's enthusiastic presentation never tires as he features the latest archaeological discoveries and the insights they provide. This film is an inspiration and education for all ages. . . .
    "Free Study Guide -- JOURNEYING WITH JESUS SCRIPTURE REFERENCES." -- Publisher
    Journeying With Jesus In The Holy Land
    http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2712

    See also: Sharing christ with your children, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Justification, Justifying faith, Absolute truth and relativism, The decline of american society, irrationality, the decline of western thought, Teaching/training children, Physiological problems, Public schools, Education, Christian scholarship, The works of c. gregg singer, Public schools, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The Westminster Standards and family of documents, The larger catechism, The shorter catechism, Home schooling (women), Family worship, Chapter 5, reference works, Christian scholarship, Epistemology, The autodidact, Happiness and holiness, Christian fiction, The works of martha finley, Christian biography, Christian fiction, Dvd, multi-media, Mind control, intimidation, and coercion, and so forth, and so on.
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    "Functional illiteracy is a term used to describe reading and writing skills that are inadequate 'to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level.'[1] Functional illiteracy is contrasted with illiteracy in the strict sense, meaning the inability to read or write simple sentences in any language. . . .
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    We are an illiterate nation incapable of understanding great truth. -- C. Gregg Singer

    Since about 1840, men have been putting philosophy in the place of revelation, and ideas before what God himself has so graciously been pleased to reveal. -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

    The great enemy of the salvation of man in my opinion never intended a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read The Bible at schools (July 13, 1789). -- Dr. Benjamin Rush

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    Cornell University interim President, Hunter R. Rawlings, used the 2005 State of the University Speech to address the ongoing matter of the conflict between religion and science, "a matter I believe is of great significance to Cornell and to the country as a whole, a matter with fundamental educational, intellectual, and political implications. The issue in question is the challenge to science posed by religiously-based opposition to evolution, described, in its current form, as 'intelligent design. . . .' This controversy raises profound questions about the nature of public discourse and what we teach in universities, and it has a profound effect on public policy.
    "I believe the time has come for universities like Cornell to contribute to the nation's cultural and intellectual discourse. [In keeping with "our founder's goal of assuring greatness through diversity" and the University motto "Freedom with responsibility." -- compiler]. We must be willing to take on a broader role as defenders of rational thought and framers of discourse about culture and society. In this spirit, I have asked our three academic task forces, on Life in the age of the Genome, Wisdom in the age of Digital Information, and Sustainability, to consider means of confronting the following questions: how to separate information from knowledge and knowledge from ideology; how to understand and address the ethical dilemmas and anxieties that scientific discovery has produced; and how to assess the influence of secular humanism on culture and society." [The complex dilema of the aforementioned issues, is, in fact, the making of both contending parties, neither of whom, have distinguished between Truth and knowledge. -- compiler]
    The speech can be found at the following website:
    Hunter R. Rawlings' State of the University Speech, 2005
    http://www.cornell.edu/president/announcement_2005_1021.cfm
    Just some historical background. These controversies are often referred to as the Warfare Myth. Cornell University was the only Ivy League university founded without a Theology Department, a controversy at the time (1865). Andrew Dickson White, the first President of Cornell, and its cofounder, refused to give students at Cornell religious tests. He wrote A HISTORY OF THE WARFARE OF SCIENCE WITH RELIGION IN CHRISTENDOM, 2 volumes (1869) "in angry response" to critics. "As noble as his intentions may have been, the resulting book is a travesty and is largely responsible for creating the common Warfare Myth that has plagued the relationship between science and faith since the nineteenth century." [for the last 137 years -- compiler]
    We respectfully submit to the learned and esteemed President Rawling, members of the three Academic Task Forces, faculty, and alumni of Cornell University, that the long-term, complex Warfare Myth controversy could be "brought down to size" and could best be resolved by establishing a Department of Epistemology, the "Queen of the Sciences." Epistemology is "the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity." To that end we offer a modest bibliography of some of Gordon Haddon Clark's works on Epistemology. Clark is considered by many to be the most important Philosopher of the 20th century.
    We also offer the works of Christian Scholar and Church Historian, C. Gregg Singer.
    Of course, one of the attributes of our Trinitarian God is Truth. He is Truth, absolute and unchanging, the only source of Truth and the source of All Truth.
    A broad overview of literature shows an evident interconnection between "absolute truth, life (temporal and eternal), moral behavior (law and order, and justice), freedom (religious, political, economic, and individual (the definition of true religion found in the Westminster Standards and the Covenanted Reforma),tion social stability (peace, security, prosperity, and happiness), Justifying faith, sanctification, personal spiritual growth, social transformation, education, the arts, scientific discovery, real progress, and the realization of the Kingdom of God upon earth"
    Those questioning the impact of Theology on Society are referred to the following:
    The Topical Listing "A Theological Interpretation of American History"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#stiahis
    Of course, when Theology and Society are viewed as a whole, then the responsibility for equitable judicial action becomes an imperative. This judicial imperative is the highest calling and, unfortunately, the calling that most seek to avoid. We must confront ourselves with the fact that, in some cases, the battle of science against the Truth is in reality a battle against the constraints of moral absolutes and ethics imposed by the truth of The Triune God. And we must own up to our male responsibility to exercise judicial equity in all spheres of society.
    Logically any university, to be great, must teach both Truth from Theology and knowledge from science, because a society without Truth is self-destructive.
    In these times we strongly urge Cornell, and her new president, Dr. David J. Skorton (July 2006), to establish a Department of Epistemology and to staff it with scholars of the caliber of Gordon H. Clark.
    Furthermore, we strongly urge Cornell to add scholars of the Scottish Covenanted Reformation to their new [1990s] Department of Theology, because we believe that it is only through Covenanted Reformation that society can attain to corporate faithfulness and sanctification.

    Adler, Mortimer, in GREAT BOOKS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, concluded that more problems are caused by the denial of God than by anything else -- it changes the whole tenure of life.

    The Fourfold Treasure, a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Thursday Evening, April 27th, 1871, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon No. 991.
    Sermon topic: 1 Corinthians 1:30,31, Christ is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.
    This is to be wise, to have Christ's teaching, Christ's example, and above all, Christ's presence; so may the poorest find the Lord Jesus made of God unto them wisdom.
    Pause just a minute. Let none of us ever be so foolish as to suppose that when we have received Jesus and his gospel, we have occasion to blush when we are in the company of the very wisest of the present day. Carry a bold face when you confront the brazen faced philosophy which insults your Lord. The man who does not believe the Bible does not know so much as thou dost. Blush not, though with mimic wisdom the unbeliever tries to laugh or argue thee down. He who knows not Christ, though he propounds wonderful theories as to the creation of mankind and the formation of the world, and though he has a glib tongue, is only an educated fool, a learned idiot, who thinks his own rushlight brighter than God's own sun. "Ah! but he has been to college, and he has a degree, and he is esteemed by men; for he has written books that nobody can comprehend." The fool hath