Christianity Today 2019 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year. Why do our families have so much power over us? In The Storm-Tossed Family, bestselling author Russell Moore ( Onward, Christianity Today's 2016 "Book of the Year Award Winner") teaches readers whether you are married or single, whether you long for a child or shepherding a full house, you are part of a family. Family is difficult because family--every family--is an echo of the gospel.
Family can be the source of some of the most transcendent human joy, and family can leave us crumpled up on the side of the road. Family can make us who we are, and family can break our hearts. Why would this social arrangement have that much power, for good or for ill, over us?
“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
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