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Book Review – Family Worship by Donald Whitney


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About the Author

DWDonald S. Whitney is professor of biblical spirituality and associate dean at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has written several books related to Christian spirituality, including Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Praying the Bible. Don blogs regularly at




8 thoughts on “Book Review – Family Worship by Donald Whitney

  1. I grew up doing family worship. Or I guess we called it devotions. The same sort of idea though. We would gather around the table after dinner and before bed, pray together, sing songs and read the Bible while sipping on hot cocoa. We never really had much money but mom always made sure we had hot cocoa and dad always made sure every child had a Bible which we treated with such care. I miss him. Now I’m married ten years into it with three children and we have lost this tradition. My husband never had this growing up so he’s a little intimidated. I started doing myself a couple years ago but got discouraged with the wiggling and chatter and lack of discipline. It takes time to fix that I know. Last week for the first time, my husband showed interest in starting this up. I’m optimistic. I love him so much and he does so much for us already. This is where we could all use prayer.

    • Michelle, please know that we are praying for you as you seek to bring family worship into your home. Your husband can use a lot of support and grace during this time as well. It is a huge responsibility as you already know. I really believe this book will help him get started.

  2. Thomas Derricott

    Excellent Review! I’ve been hearing a lot about this book. Voddie Baucham mentioned it recently among others. I am attracted to the shortness just 67 pages. I am also attracted to the approach of not making it a legalistic “thou shalt catechize and memorize for an hour” approach. I have been through that and failed often. I find that a simple 10 -20 minutes of prayer and singing and reading the Psalms and Proverbs has been more beneficial.

  3. What you said near the end Aaron. About having ideas for no fathers in the home. I need this! Its just me and my baby “buddy boy” trying to make sense of the world. His dad never stuck around longer than “I’m pregnant” and I am so new to Jesus that I don’t even know how or where to begin! So we sing songs we learn in church and I read to him until he falls asleep and then pray for him. It’s so scary Aaron! Not that he doesn’t have a father even though that is scary too. I mean that he has me for an example. Little messed up ex-stripper, ex-druggie, ex-atheist me guilty of every sin you can think of saved by a huge grace ‘ol me. I don’t even know how to d it right myself and I have the responsibility of another soul? But praise our God that if he can pull me out of the gutter he can save my boy! What I really mean to say is I need this book. I desperately need it.

    • Jen each time I read how much you have grown in Christ I am amazed! I really wish that I had a hard copy of this book to give to you. My review copy was a Kindle version and I don’t think there is a way for me to move it off my device and on to yours. I love that you are taking this seriously though. Can I buy the paperback version or the CD for you?

      • Awww! That’s seriously the sweetest thing anyone has offered to do for me you guys! I bought it on Friday because payday. But seriously thank you so much for the offer. You guys are the best ♡!!

  4. Marty

    The hardest thing for me is to simply make time. My children love when we have it but lately its been few and far between. Maybe twice a month. This lies with me. I need to take it more seriously.

    • Marty I understand. Continue to flee to the cross for grace and let that motivate you to overcome this. I believe you can do it. God will give you the grace you need to form this habit. Buy this book. I think it will encourage you.

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