Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes by Voddie Baucham, Jr. is a thought-provoking discussion of the role of fathers and husbands. It vividly and accurately describes many of the problems facing the modern Church and traces the roots back to the failure of men to live up to their God-ordained roles. Because men are not taking responsibility for the spiritual lives of their families, the result is a generation of young Christians without a strong spiritual foundation.
When it comes to practical matters, Family Shepherds shines. The author supports his conclusions every step of the way with offerings of Scripture, logical arguments, personal experiences, and the writings of renowned theologians. It’s hard to disagree with his cultural diagnosis, even for those who hold to vastly different suggestions on how to deal with modern society's ailments. Furthermore, the book discusses a vast array of family subjects, including building a strong marriage, methods of Bible study, and how to discipline children. Because of the subject matter, Baucham spends a good deal of time discussing (and explaining in a non-offensive way) passages such as Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church.”
Though his arguments are defended with supporting verses, Baucham is writing from a Reformed perspective. Those who are more theologically Arminian may choose to skip several chapters. There’s nothing unbiblical in the book (Baucham holds an advanced degree in theology, after all), but his views affect his writing. He has very strong opinions on child-rearing strategies and has a vehement distrust of psychologists.
While a solid resource for men desiring to take a more active role in their family’s spiritual lives, Family Shepherds has a tendency to come across as intellectually or theologically firm. Though intended primarily for men, the book is not overly masculine and could serve as a useful aid for both husbands and wives, particularly those with young children. For married men of a Reformed-slant, Family Shepherds is well worth reading. – Ryan Dennison, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
We’ve heard it said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation.” But it can also be said that “as the father goes, so goes the family.” Consequently, Voddie Baucham has set out to teach men how to faithfully shepherd their families. Derived from Baucham’s monthly meetings with men in his church, Family Shepherds calls men to accountability for their God-given responsibilities in their homes. Baucham’s clear style and practical approach will spur men to protect their marriage, raise kingdom-minded children, value the synergy between church and home, and navigate difficult family dynamics. Family Shepherds is a book for any husband or father looking to lead well, and it will serve as an excellent resource for churches looking to equip the men in their congregations.