I’ll never forget reading Rick Warren’s book, “Purpose Driven Life” and having my eyes opened to a much wider definition of the word worship. Too many times it is seen as simply a synonym for the music time at a worship service. It is so much more than that. Then we can get real crazy and start thinking about how families can worship together away from a local church building. Interesting enough, a number of people are beginning to travel down that road and want to see what family worship might look like on a practical level in their home. I’ve recently read through one of the latest books on this topic, below are my thoughts on it…
First of all I think it is pretty cool that there is enough interest for this book to even be published. Plenty of people seem to be convinced of why faith building should take place at home, this work by Tim Smith starts digging into the potentially overwhelming how. Smith opens up with some insight on some basic tips on interacting with kids, one for example is to not default into lecture mode when there are so many other possible ways to communicate. This is a really good section to give attention to because jumping and doing some of the experiences that he lays without having a vision for them would not be the best use of this work. The rest of the book lays out a very detailed strategy on how to create a family worship time, each of which are obviously adaptable so that they can be customized to your needs.
It is organized in a very user friendly way and Smith realizes that these things need to be simple, otherwise families could get easily discouraged if this is a completely new concept in the first place. Some of the experiences are for any time and others are focused on specific occasions and holidays which is an important piece. The best way to view this book is by seeing it simply as a tool to kick start future years of family worship experiences. The author provides a solid number of different experiences which appears to be enough in theory to teach parents “how to fish” in this aspect of their faith and how that might express itself.
(Full disclosure: our friends a Randall House provided a free copy of this book in order to encourage authentic and honest feedback. All of these thoughts are my honest opinion.)