It’s only 63 pages long, but Don Whitney’s Family Worship: In the Bible, in History & in Your Home is a great little book. The book is aimed at Fathers primarily, but it also has a target on any believer that is the spiritual leader of their home. The basic thesis of the book is that Christian families should be worshiping together on a daily basis. Every family, Whitney argues, should set aside time to read the Bible, pray, and sing together.
Citing a Barna study, Whitney laments that many Christian parents rely upon their church almost exclusively for the discipleship of their children. Whitney writes:
“Having your family in a good, Bible-teaching local church is crucial to Christian parenting. But this is not enough for conveying to your children all you want to teach them about God and your beliefs. Moreover, it is unlikely that exposure to the church once or twice a week will impress your children enough with the greatness and glory of God that they will want to pursue Him once they leave home.
“This is why family worship is so important. But even more importantly, God deserves to be worshiped daily in or homes by our families” (pp. 8-9).
To give you an idea of what the rest of the book is about, here’s the table of contents:
Ch. 1 â€“ Family Worship in the Bible
Ch. 2 â€“ Family Worship in Church History
Ch. 3 â€“ The Elements of Family Worship
Ch. 4 â€“ But What If . . . ? [dealing with obstacles to family worship]
Ch. 5 â€“ Start Today
Whitney’s book is not a guilt-trip for men who have failed to lead their family in worship. It’s a practical exhortation to Christians who need some encouragement to get started. It’s never too late.
If you are a pastor, I think it would be worth it to buy Family Worship for all the men of your church. You can buy them in bulk from Don Whitney’s website. For individuals who want the book, I saw a couple of used copies of Family Worship on Amazon.com, but your best bet may still be from Don Whitney’s website.