Christianity Today’s 2019 Book of the Year

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The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home

Russell Moore (B&H)

“We live in strange times, when some Christians question the value of the family, and others think that devotion to family is the same as devotion to God. Moore refuses to let the conversation remain on the extremes. He recognizes that the family is crucial in God’s economy, but he doesn’t turn it into an idol. He explains persuasively how the church is our first family while giving practical, realistic direction in how to nurture and maintain a healthy, biblical family life, one that reflects the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord. In other words, he tells the truth about what it means to be a biblical family (orthodoxy) and does so in a way that makes the family good news (beautiful).” —Mark Galli, Christianity Today editor in chief

“This book can be a game-changer for anyone who yearns for a biblical understanding of family that extends beyond mere ‘family values.’ From the start, Moore pushes back against the idealized, Rockwellian vision of the family unit that’s all too common in Christian circles, openly acknowledging that families can be sources of both tremendous joy and unspeakable pain. Rather than fret or clutch pearls about the cultural forces that press in against family life, he instead insists on viewing the family as we should view all things: with clear eyes, through the lens of the cross. It’s rare and refreshing to see an evangelical leader discussing the family not strictly in terms of how it is threatened but in terms of what it offers, what it makes possible, and—most importantly—what it can become when it is approached not as an object of worship but as a signpost pointing to an even more wondrous reality.” —Adam Bryant Marshall, freelance writer and editor

“At a time when our culture and the church veer wildly and unpredictably between idolizing a romanticized vision of the family and lamenting the burden of self-denial that family life inevitably brings, Moore offers a refreshing and revitalizing word of hope. The biological family, according to Moore, was never meant to be the ultimate good. Freedom from that illusion allows us to see the family for what it is: a sanctifying context in which we are invited to experience, firsthand, the mystery of the cross. Moore’s creativity, sense of humor, and ruthless honesty embody the marriage of grace and truth.” —Shirley Mullen, president of Houghton College

(Read an excerpt from The Storm-Tossed Family.)

(Read CT’s interview with Russell Moore in the September 2018 issue of CT.)

SOURCE: Christianity Today,