Ed Moll and Tim Chester say that their book Gospel-Centered Family is “not about how the gospel fits into Christian family life, but how family life should fit into the gospel – God’s greatest purpose for the universe, achieved in Christ.”
In less than 100 pages, Moll and Chester have written a book that is practical, straight-to-the-point and saturated with the implications of the gospel for the areas of family life that matter most to the parents I see in family counseling. This book brings a gospel lens to questions like:
- What does God expect from children and parents?
- What are your hopes for your children? What are God’s priorities for them?
- What causes conflict within the home? How does God want Christian families to resolve conflict in the home?
- How do we bring the gospel to bear on our own failures as parents?
- How do we get rid of wrong behavior?
- How do we accept our children as they are, but with an agenda for change?
- What are some ideas for engaging and talking to our children?
- How can we help our children think biblically about movies, TV, books and music?
- How do we pray with and for our children?
- How do we engage our children in the mission of God?
If these are the questions you are asking, this book will help you answer them from a heart-focused perspective. If you aren’t asking these questions, I would encourage you to start asking them. Moll and Chester are trustworthy expositors of the Scriptures. They are both British, so you will encounter a few British terms and spellings. If you are looking for a relatively short, easy-to-read book that will help you shepherd your children’s hearts, I highly recommend this book.