Item description for Family, The: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home by Jack O. Balswick & Judith K. Balswick...
Overview A popular resource among college and seminary faculty, pastors, and counselors, the Balswicks' guide is now updated to reflect current research. Generously illustrated, their insightful and comprehensive text analyzes theological and social perspectives on family life, including marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and more from a strong Christian perspective. (Practical Life)
Publishers Description Covering every issue that affects family life--marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and family life in modern society--"The Family" is a proven comprehensive resource for studying this most established of human institutions. The authors encourage readers to dig deep into Scripture, ever mindful of context, in order to develop a theological basis for family relationships. In considering the meaning of human relationships and family life, the Balswicks integrate a Christian perspective with insights from psychological and sociological studies to provide a standard textbook for use in college and seminary classes.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.84" Height: 0.98" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801032490 ISBN13 9780801032493
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More About Jack O. Balswick & Judith K. Balswick
Jack O. Balswick (PhD, University of Iowa) is senior professor of sociology and family development at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Judith K. Balswick (EdD, University of Georgia) is senior professor of marital and family therapy, also at Fuller. They have coauthored several books, including Authentic Human Sexuality and A Model for Marriage: Covenant, Grace, Empowerment, and Intimacy.
Jack O. Balswick currently resides in the state of Iowa.
Jack O. Balswick has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Association for Psychological Studies Books
Reviews - What do customers think about Family, The: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home?
An Excellent and Theologically Sound Read Mar 18, 2005
I was delightfully surprised at the complex view of family that this book takes. If the reader is holding a rigid American -conservative "Christian" view of family, then this book will be utter torture. It challenges how Christians of today look back a view generations and idolize the "family" of that time as the ideal biblical family. However, with Jack Balswick's keen sociological perspective, he is able to create in the reader an awareness that each believing generation struggles with the issue of what if means to be a biblical, Christ-honoring family. The Balswicks finish the book with a hard look, sociologically and theologically, at the current state of the family in our culture. They clarify exacltly what is happening to families inside and outside of the church, and consider some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Church's response to these current cultural and familial trends. If you're looking for a book that is going to exegete texts to prove a formula for the biblical family, well, pass this one up. However, if you're looking for a work that considers the greater themes of Scripture, the overriding character of God as Father, and how you can navigate the insanity of our current cultural state without moving to the vacant spaces of Idaho, then delve into this one and expect to be challenged, encouraged, and equipped.
A "Christian" but not necessarily Biblical perspective Aug 19, 2004
I was hoping this book would be a thorough study of all the Bible passages related to family (marriage, parenting, fathers, mothers, discipline, etc.). The authors use a few passages to establish the general "Christian" themes of grace, forgiveness, respect, etc. They do not look at the many passages that specifically address how children should be taught, the role of the father, etc. They then analyze various cultural trends, sociological studies, perspectives, etc, from the viewpoint of these limited "Christian" themes. Their analysis is helpful, particularly in understanding the various social and cultural forces at work in modern America. However, their analysis is insufficient since many pertinent biblical texts are never addressed.
So yes, this is a valid "Christian" perspective since the authors are Christian and are able to assess from their personal view. But it's not really "Christ's" perspective on the family since they have omitted studying much of what God has already said about the family.
Great resource book for Christians and churches! Aug 31, 1998
The Balswick provide an excellent basis for understanding the family from a Christain context. They deal with theological and psychological issues in a language that is easy to understand and informative to people with various levels of training. They deal with a broad range of topics in a sensative, yet intelligent manner. This book is a must for every church library!
Fine Theological Model for Family Relationships Oct 6, 1997
The biblical model for family relationships proposed by the authors provides an easy to understand framework to explore family problems of today. The basic concepts of covenant love, forgiving grace, empowering service and intimate knowledge, which comprise this model, constitute a major advance in the formulation of a theology of family relationships.