Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pastor Daddy

Pastor Daddy, by Lindsey Blair and Bobby Giles
Illustrated by Tessa Janes
(Sojourn Community Church, 2008), pb., 15 pp.

This is an excellent book and I have already begun looking for a way to get a copy into the hands of every family at our church. From the title one might think it is about a family in which the father is a pastor at a church. That is not the case, however. This is story about fathers leading their families at home as the pastor leads the church.

At the close of my college days I stumbled across the idea in the Puritans of every father being the pastor of his family. I would later discover that this idea goes back beyond the Puritans (this book opens with a good quote from Martin Luther, for example). Since that time, this has been a key issue for me, convinced that one key step for renewal in our churches would be for men to realize and recapture their responsibility of leading their families in the reading of Scripture and worship of God. So many other good results flow from this one realization (e.g. the awareness by men that they need to know the Bible better).

This little book is an excellent way to hold before families this important truth. The left hand pages comment on what the pastor does at church. The right hand pages then comment on how the dad does a similar thing in leading his family at home. Reading this then will urge fathers forward and give them some built-in accountability as children will look to see that the things read bout are actually done!

The book is simply written in a nice rhyme with nice illustrations. This little book has the potential to accomplish much good. I encourage you to get a copy for yourself and then get copies for families you could give it to.

You can purchase the book at the church’s website, here.

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At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard good things all around about this book and plan to buy several for our church.

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobby and Lindsey will be reading the book during Story Hour at the Lifeway Campus Store at Southern Seminary on August 29 @ 10 AM

At 9:49 AM, Blogger doantabs said...

Thankyou for recommending Pastor Daddy. We bought it and have read it to Andrew multiple times since it has arrived in the mail. Our only complaint is that is does not come with toddler proof cardboard pages! - thanks the Doans


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