Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos

I do not know a more important and practical topic in Western Christianity than the topic of Family Worship.  Most of those who have grown up in 20th century America are radically unfamiliar with the idea of the great tradition of an organized time of Family Worship.  This is a tragedy that is stunting the spiritual growth of many Christians and, I believe, contributing to the exodus of many young people from the faith of their parents. 

So, this being said, I was thrilled when I heard of a new book about family worship by Jason Helopoulos called A Neglected Grace. This book was hailed as extremely grace-filled and Gospel focused.  The fact that WTSbooks ran a sale on it for $5 did not hurt my desire to get it and read it.

And read it I did.  I think it took me just a few hours to read this book.  That has little to do with my ability or persisitence and everything to do with the way this book is presented.  Short, engaging, practical, challenging and encouraging.  Focused on our great God and how He administers grace through our worship as a family, this book is immensely readable.  It is also short and does not suffer from redundancies or print simply for the sake of print.  

The best aspect of this book is that it presents the observance of Family Worship as a means of grace to God's people. The chapters are very practical and offer some pragmatic benefits to engaging in this discipline but, primarily, the benefit of Family Worship is God being honored and glorified by His children being obedient to Him and growing in their love and adoration of Him.

A Neglected Grace is a great book.  It is quick and precise and wonderful.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.