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Kids Book Reinforces Connection Between Church and Home

Here’s a rather offbeat little title for children that released back in May, one that at $4.99 U.S. is certainly affordable, and unlike anything you carry right now.   It’s Our Home is Like a Little Church by Lindsey Blair and Bobby Gilles and published by Christian Focus for Kids aka CF4kids.

So what does the title really mean, and what are the authors selling?   Let’s start out with the publisher marketing:

Our Home is like a Little church was written to teach preschool children the Christian doctrine of the home as a place of worship where the father teaches his family Gods commands and leads them to worship the one true God. The home is the front line of ministry to children-not the Sunday school or public church gathering. All the practices present in a Christian worship service-the Scriptures, prayer, and praise-should be present in the home as well. Our Home is Like a Little Church teaches this truth by repeatedly putting church and home side by side-on adjacent pages. God expects parents to teach their children when they sit down for meals, when they drive along the road, when they lie down for bed, and when they get up in the morning. These pastoral duties can be daunting so this book also serves as a reminder that these duties are done in light of Gods grace shown to us through Jesus work on the cross. Parents and children together can read this engaging little book in order to discover what Gods plans are for worshipping Him inside their home.

So what are people saying?   Here’s some short excerpts from a site which contains endorsements from other sources; albeit a site connected to the writers:

Our Home is like a Little Church helps both children and fathers see some of the beauty and richness of this relationship.  How good it will be when an increasing number of Christian fathers own their roles as their family’s pastors

and

This is an excellent book and I have sought to get a copy into the hands of every family at our church… The book is  simply written in a nice rhyme with nice illustrations. This little book has the potential to accomplish much good.

Blogger Wayne Stocks at the blog  Dad in the Middle provides some background:

This book originally published by Sojourn Community Church, in Louisville, Kentucky, was written by Lindsay Blair and Bobby Giles and illustrated by Tessa James.  It was originally published under the title “Pastor Daddy,” but has since been picked up by Christian Focus Publications and republished under it’s new name Our Home Is Like A Little Church.

…At just shy of 300 words in total, this book makes a critical point in easy language that kids can understand and parents will appreciate.  The whimsical font and great illustrations make it fun to read and captivating to kids.  My two, almost three year old, made me read it to him no less than four times in a row the night it came in the mail.  My seven year old daughter and nine year old boy both really enjoyed it as well.

Another blogger, at Honey and Locusts, has more background:

The inspiration for the book came from a quote from Martin Luther:

Abraham had in his tent a house of God and a church, just as today any godly and pious head of a household instructs his children… in godliness. Therefore such a house is actually a school and church and the head of the household is a bishop and priest in his house.

I know some of you reading this right now may fear that the whole “husband is the spiritual head of the house” message is too conservative for many of today’s Christians; but while I sometimes share that concern, I don’t see this stopping me from ordering this title, which in fact, I just did.

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