Despite its importance, the most difficult thing in the Christian life tends to be maintaining consistent, quality time in the Word of God. By the nature of what I do, I am constantly in the Word and praise God for this privilege. But as difficult as it is to do on a personal level, how much more difficult then is it to do it as a family (which is where I do fail). Recognizing this neglect, Terry Johnson’s The Family Worship Book seeks to motivate believers to a time of family devotions.
I appreciate Johnson’s desire to stay true to Scripture. His principles are clearly backed up by the Word of God, thus showing his high regard for it . . . a necessary beginning point for anyone seeking time in the Word. The very fact that it is grounded in the Word make the book practical. But the author adds to this practicality by providing suggested tips and even an outline of family worship. Perhaps the best part of the book is the various resources that He gives to readers for their own use (this includes catechisms, hymns, Scripture verses and reading plans).
Perhaps though, these resources may make the book a bit intimidating for readers . . . I know I was a bit overwhelmed by them (despite their value). In fact, his suggested resources and plan seems to contradict his own assertion that one only need to spend a few minutes a day doing family devotions. Practically speaking He is correct, that the family needs but mere moments to get much out of the Word. In fact, he rightly points out the cumulative effect of spending 15 minutes a day for 18 years is massive and allows a family to cover Scripture adeptly, memorizing many passages, and understanding many concepts of the Bible.
I appreciate having such a multitude of resources in one book, especially for family devotions and if a person desires those resources together in a slim volume, I would recommend the book. However, one can also find those resources by other means as well (websites, ebooks, etc.). So knowing that one does not need the book to access the same resources in combination with the impracticality of His plan, lead me to not recommend the book overall.
With that said, I do not want to say this is a bad book. While I am concerned that He underestimates the value (and command) of church calling, it is a very good book in a number of ways. And it can be valuable if someone simply needs help in getting started; but if that is all that is needed, save your financial resources for something else and instead, just get started already (remember as I say this, I stand convicted just as much as anyone also).
If you are interested in purchasing the book, I would recommend purchasing it at Ligonier Ministries, which you can do by clicking here.