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Husbands and dads play a crucial role in the health and survival of the family. That's why leadership expert Tim Witmer has written this book--to strengthen our efforts to lead well. He applies a biblical framework to the role of leadership in the home, showing how effective shepherding involves "knowing, leading, protecting, and providing for your family"; all the while cHusbands and dads play a crucial role in the health and survival of the family. That's why leadership expert Tim Witmer has written this book--to strengthen our efforts to lead well. He applies a biblical framework to the role of leadership in the home, showing how effective shepherding involves "knowing, leading, protecting, and providing for your family"; all the while communicating solid principles with a down-to-earth, relatable tone.Find in this book the wise counsel and practical direction that is sure to make a difference in your family today....

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The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family Reviews

  • Mark Jr.
    2019-04-30 02:35

    Timothy Witmer, professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary, is best known for his book The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding In Your Church. Its reviews were so good that I nabbed it—and put it on my shelf to await that glorious future day when I will actually read books I buy.But when I saw his new book The Shepherd Leader at Home available for review, I decided to read it immediately—because fathering and husbanding are pressing issues for me, a young dad. I assumed that the book was written to tell pastors (I'm something of an outreach pastor, preaching weekly to a group of mostly non-Christians) how to handle the unique challenges ministry presents to a growing family.I was somewhat disappointed when I began to realize that the book was much more general, written for every Christian husband/father. And, I admit, I was also disappointed when I began to feel I'd heard everything before.But that's actually the value of the book. In a straightforward style, in admirably short chapters, Witmer explains what the Bible has to say about a man's responsibility toward his wife and children. Nearly every paragraph had something to tell me about my responsibility either directly from Scripture or from the wisdom of an experienced, godly man who has lived Scripture out in his home over the years.Witmer reminded me that knowing, leading, protecting, and providing for my family is my calling as their shepherd. If some of the material in the marriage chapter, for example, sounds a bit hackneyed (it isn't full of the scintillating insights of a Tim Keller book) the counsel is nonetheless valid: date your wife, thank her for taking care of you and the kids, tell her she's pretty, let her complete her sentences to you, don't check your iPad while you're talking to her.Likewise the fathering chapter: eat dinner together every day, have a family night each week, spend one-on-one time with your kids. (There was less Bible in this chapter, though the advice seems self-evidently good.)Likewise the family leadership chapter: a leader is someone who leads followers toward a goal. A Christian leader is one who helps his followers reach God's goals for them. A Christian leader is also a servant.Likewise the chapter on the husband's leadership of his wife: women are made in the image of God; Jesus himself treated them with a respect alien to His culture and time; the Pauline call for wives to submit is not a blanket permission for husbands to coerce their wives, nor is it a command for all women to submit to all men.I'll tick off the other chapters even more briefly:The chapter on leading one's children focused on the consistent example which is so necessary to avoid hypocrisy.The chapter on providing for one's family was basic but included some enriching personal stories and multiple key verses from Scripture.Th chapter on family devotions had more good, simple advice. One searching question: if someone asked you if you have family devotions could you say yes with a good conscience?The advice to men on sexual purity was simple, filled with Scripture, and (therefore) utterly sound.The chapter on protecting children didn't feel like a pendulum swing away from spanking and into grace; nor did it feel legalistic. It was just standard, middle-of-the conservative-evangelical-road Bible talk about kids. And for once, I think I've come across an acrostic I'll actually use, Witmer's ABCDEFG process for discipline (I'll post it up on my blog soon).The only thing I think I disagreed with in the whole book was his description of marital love as something defined by commitment and independent of circumstances; instead I'd rather say that commitment is one of the defining features of my circumstances. But he did not hang out on this point anywhere near as long as, for example, Tim Keller did in his marriage book.So my conclusion: this seems to me to be the kind of book that you hand to a fairly new Christian dad. Or a book to dip into when you need to be reminded about the basics of your calling as a husband and father. I'm glad I read it. I pray for God's grace to live up to the biblical vision it sets.

  • Micah Lugg
    2019-04-27 22:29

    Witmer, having written a book for church leaders called The Shepherd Leader, takes the same paradigm and applies it to home leadership. What sets his work apart from others on a husband/father's leadership is the shepherding paradigm with the fourfold framework of knowing, leading, providing, and protecting. This framework is helpful for understanding the totality of a man's role in the home. I was reminded of a great many things I need to improve in my leadership of my own home. For that, I am grateful.

  • Andy Scott
    2019-05-14 21:57

    This book is a straightforward overview of what it means to be a Christian husband and dad. The book is clear and practical, without getting lost in the details or suggesting any "n steps to success". It is a book I expect to go back to for quick reminders of what is important in my family, and I would recommend it to any man starting a family.

  • CJ
    2019-05-07 22:54

    Very good and very practical read for husbands and fathers. Where this falls short is some of the practical advice is only truly relevant to people from a specific culture and doesn't take into account the complex history and narratives of other people.

  • Dominique
    2019-05-09 20:36

    Incredibly practical and warm exhortation in living out my first responsibility as pastor of my family.

  • Joel Carter
    2019-04-27 02:38

    A nice little book. Explains the basics really well, but not much more than that.

  • Michael Boling
    2019-05-19 22:44

    Apparently there is something amiss today when it comes to marriages, the rearing of children, and family life in general. Divorce rates continue to be out of control, the youth seem to have gone wild, and families spend more time glued to their smartphone, laptop, or the latest tech fad than spending time together in what one could term as a family oriented setting. The problems with the family today begins at the top, specifically with husbands and fathers. Unfortunately, most husbands and fathers have neither been trained nor are willing to investigate what it means to be a godly leader of their family. Timothy Witmer in his excellent book The Shepherd Leader at Home provides salient insight into what it means for men to be the kind of leader God desires and quite frankly demands of them.I have read quite a few books on the family, parenting, and manhood of late. As a father and a husband, I know the many shortfalls I have in this area of my life and thus have recognized the vast area of growth that needs to take place. Many of the books I have come across share a few nice thoughts on being a godly man, yet fall short of the needed practical application and biblical truth needed for men today. Witmer’s book avoids those common authorial pitfalls as he spends his time rooted in the big four shall we say of what it means to be a godly husband and father – knowing, leading, protecting, and providing. Throughout this book, Witmer engages those four important building blocks of relationships as he explores how to apply those principles in the area of being a husband and a father. I particularly appreciated his comments on communication, an area of marriage and parenting that many struggle with getting right, myself included. In order to communicate effectively to either your wife or children, especially when it comes to addressing their needs, you have to really know your spouse and kids. This involves understanding what makes them tick, being familiar with their personality, needs, and desires as well as those areas of their life for which they may be struggling. Witmer aptly states that “To grow in the knowledge of your wife requires your presence.” The same is true for your children. This means that leading from the couch is not an option.Of additional note are the chapters Witmer provides on protecting your marriage and your children. The enemy has kicked things into full attack mode when it comes to marriages and child rearing. Everywhere we turn it seems there are pitfalls and traps being set to try and dismantle what God has joined together. The shepherd leader recognizes the battlefield and has a plan in place, one rooted in biblical truth. Witmer covers issues such as lust, pornography, and adultery, outlining for the reader how to remain faithful and to walk in holiness in this area of our lives. He also addresses the important issue of discipline when it comes to childrearing. Kids need and crave boundaries whether they will admit it or not. The shepherd leader will be one who both guides and comforts the sheep in their family (i.e. wife and children). This involves discipline and instruction. As Witmer so rightly notes, “The goal of your instruction, therefore, is the development of character and godliness that flow from the knowledge of the Lord and his Word.” It is that last element of Witmer’s statement that should form the basis for the shepherd leader. The discipline and instruction of our children should flow from our own relationship with God and the discipline and instruction we receive from the Father in heaven. Witmer brilliantly drives home that importance point.I highly recommend this book for every single father and husband. Witmer provides excellent insight, discussion, and most importantly sound application of the techniques and godly principles outlined in this book. Men need to step up to the important job of being the shepherd leader in their homes and this book will go a long way to helping men grow in this area of their lives. This book would make an excellent tool for a men’s small group curriculum as the discussion questions provided by Witmer at the end of each chapter are thought provoking and quite useful for group discussion and reflection.I received this book for free from Crossway Books for this 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.”

  • Bentley Crawford
    2019-04-25 22:50

    A Practical Guide to the Bible’s Principle’s of Shepherd-Leadership in Our HomesIn his recent book "The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family" Timothy Witmer gives us a practical vision for what it looks like for a man to care for his family under God through the lens of the shepherd-leader.An examination of an actual shepherd shows that they know their sheep, they lead them, they protect them and they provide for them. Witmer divides his book into those very sections: Knowing, Leading, Protecting and Providing for our families. Under each of those sections he first walks through it's principle and practice in marriage and then moves to parenting.As a young man, husband and father of two I found this book incredibly helpful. Over time I've picked up things here and there from different friends, pastors, and teachers on how to be a husband and father, but there have inevitably been certain practices and principles I've missed. Maybe I knew the principle, but hadn't thought through it's practical outworking, or conversely maybe I been taught a practice but not connected it to it's principle. This book helped me here even though I'm surrounded by what I consider to be some of the best guides to godly parenting. It was helpful, because all in one place, it laid out a vision for shepherd-leadership, gave me practical instructions on how to implement it, and showed numerous examples of those practices played out. It's always good to read multiple books on parenting, some that are heavy on theology and principle others that lean towards particular practices so each person will need to consider this in light of his own family and situation. I found this one to lean more towards the practical side of the spectrum and it was one that I needed.It's time that we men learned what it means to be true men in relation to our wives and children. That we grow in our ability to identify our own sin, selfishness and laziness and lay our lives down for our wives and children. So often we men think we are "leading" but it's a leadership not characterized by service. Really we are just doing whatever we want and leaving it up to our wives to handle the rest. Or, we "lead" by driving our families like a dog-sled. Bearing down on them, pointing out their problems, and enforcing strict codes of conduct all the while never getting at the heart, never truly knowing, and never affectionately communication our desire to provide and protect.The call to servant-leadership is a tall one. And the author sounds it for us and seeks to guide us in it. This call may cost us our hobbies, our free time, our self-indulgences, nights of sleep or moments of relaxation. But it is worth it.When we stand on the brink of eternity, looking back over our lives, what will matter most? Those "things" we spent all our time and money on? The job we were consumed with? The moments of pleasure we risked it all for? Or, a family that has flourished because of our leadership? A family that still loves us during our dying moments and gathers to see us off? A wife who was tenderly loved and lovingly led? Grown children who knew their father loved them and set an example for them in word and deed that will impact generations to come? Children who heard the gospel preached and saw it lived out towards them?I'll take the latter.In Christ, God has made us for this. He has given us fresh hope and new life in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He is gradually conforming us into the image of His Son who is the Shepherd-Leader. The One who perfectly knows, leads, protects and provides for His sheep. And God graciously has given us the power by His Holy Spirit to walk in that same way.May God freshly work in us to make us men who are willing to lay down our lives for our wives and children. To serve in the big things... and in the small things. Men who realize what matters most in life. Men who take the time to know our families, men who take care to nourishingly lead our families. Men who fiercely (and warmly) protect our families. And men who gladly provide for our families.And may God be pleased to use this little book to help some of us to do just that.I commend it to you.

  • Justin Tapp
    2019-05-13 01:38

    The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Familyis a quick read and just thought-provoking enough. I liked his quotes from other sources, which might add to my reading list later. It is not deep, I'd say it's written for someone who hasn't introspected much on either marriage or parenthood. It's not deep enough to cover both, but just the basics. Each chapter ends with thought/discussion questions.Witmer is described as a (Presbyterian) pastor serving "in an urban multiethnic context for twenty-five years," which I found interesting. Expected insights from that description don't show up in the book, however. Here are some of my highlights: Is it clear to your spouse that she is the most significant person in the world to you? Do you tell her that she is? Do you act as though she is? (Q)uality time doesn’t replace the need for quantity time. If your communication with one another is not entirely truthful, then there is probably a crack in the trust level of your relationship. If I speak from a superior plane, that’s far more damaging, and contempt is any statement made from a higher level. Do you know your wife’s greatest worry? Do you know her greatest concern for herself or for you or for the children? Do you know what sin she struggles with the most? What unmet aspirations does she harbor? What regrets does she have? Do you know what unmet aspirations she harbors? (the same questions are asked in regards to your child. This is crucially important in their adolescent and teenage years.) (W)e are predisposed to say no whenever our children come to us with a request. Sit down with your wife and discuss your goals for your family. Do they reflect the Lord’s priorities? How well are you communicating those priorities to your children? Is my wife more like Christ because she is married to me? Or is she like Christ in spite of me? When your children are in a position to make meaningful choices themselves, help them to understand the biblical principles that interface with those decisions. (In regards to discipline and forgiveness): The objective is to expect the Lord to work in our children’s lives in such a way that, as they experience their own inability to keep the simplest instructions and God’s commandments, they will see their need for the Savior and look to him for forgiveness I'm currently reading Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People and am struck by how much more Carnegie discusses shepherd-like behavior with family--particularly children-- than Witmer. Little is said about the power of encouragement and understanding the other person's point of view. This would, of course, be crucial among a shepherd leader and is essentially left out of Witmer's book.I would recommend reading Eggerich's Love and Respect before reading this book.The other will go further in improving marital relations. This book also lacks much mention of the overall church's role in developing shepherds. I read this book in a critical week in our marriage, it helped foster good conversation between my wife and I in order to work out some differences. It encouraged me to be more intentional with Scripture and the Gospel in activities with our son. So, net positive from the book. I would recommend it to others but maybe not to those who I know have read a lot of other resources on marriage and parenting.3 stars out of 5.

  • Dave Jenkins
    2019-05-18 20:30

    Marriage and the family is under attack today from a culture that wants to redefine marriage to not be between a man and a woman but also between a man and a man or a woman and a woman. In The Shepherd Leader Pastor Whitmer writes to address the “crisis in the family” (11). This book is a continuation of The Shepherd Leader which began with the words “there’s a crisis in the church” (11). In The Shepherd Leader Pastor Whitmer writes to address men in order to help them understand the importance of knowing their families, what it means to lead the family, provide for our families and protect our families.The purpose of this book is to “help families by helping husbands and dads become loving shepherds of their families” (12). This strategy will help apply the biblical shepherding categories of knowing, leading, providing and protecting to leadership in the home.One of the best parts about this book is the author writes not as one who has it all figured out but rather as one who is still a work in progress. Furthermore, Pastor Whitmer as a Pastor understands the daily struggles of marriage as he himself is married with children and ministers to people on a daily basis who are struggling in their marriages.As a married man myself (my wife and I have been married almost six years now), I know well the struggles of leading well. Whether it is leading in prayer, studying the Bible or anything else, I’ve at various points in my own marriage failed to lead my wife. Marriage is an amazing demonstration of God’s power and grace: His grace in giving one to the other as a gift to share the joys and sorrow, of this life and His power to transform each heart into his likeness and enable each to fufill the role to which he or she is called.Men we are called to make our wives a priority which means we are to love them throughout all of our days. It’s not just enough to say, “I love you” our actions need to demonstrate the reality of our words. Men the only reason we can show love to our wives is because we ourselves have tasted of the love of God in Christ. Men the only reason we can continue to love our wives as Jesus loves them is because we spend regularly time growing in an abiding relationship with King Jesus. The more we follow King Jesus our Chief Shepherd, the more we will be empowered to be shepherd leaders at home. The more we follow our Chief Shepherd the more we will be satisfied in Him and find our delight in Him. As we do this we will point our wives to the One in Jesus who will satisfy their deepest longings in Jesus Christ.The Shepherd Leader is a very helpful book that will help men to not only learn the importance of what it means to be a shepherd leader, but it will help men of all ages to learn to address the crisis going on in their own hearts and in homes throughout the world. I recommend you read this book and allow God to use it to make you aware of the many issues going on in your own heart, home, and world.Title: The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your FamilyAuthor: Timothy Z. WhitmerPublisher: Crossway (2012)Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Crossway book review bloggers program. 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.”

  • Mathew
    2019-05-11 23:39

    Witmer admonishes men to shepherd their families. We need more of this. We need encouragement to faithfully serve our families in a way that honors God and properly portrays the truths Paul teaches in Ephesians 6.The organization is straightforward and the content is approachable. The book includes a study guide with questions at the end of each chapter. These questions are meant to skilfully penetrate our own family leadership and make application of the truths exposed in each chapter. The four sections focus on knowing, leading, providing, & protecting our families. Witmer sets the stage by saying, After all, marriage and the family were God’s idea. Marriage did not originate in the primal horde or primitive society dominated by the violent primal father, as Freud suggested. Neither was it, as some anthropologists assert, a desperate human invention by “noble savages” designed to bring some order to an otherwise chaotic loose association of males and females. No, marriage was designed by God to bring blessing and order to his creation. Together with the creation ordinances of work and Sabbath rest, marriage would provide rhythm to life. Therefore, we must affirm that he ordained foundational principles not only for the natural order but also for the moral order of his creation (p. 19)He strongly encourages men to know their family in and out by spending quality and quantity time. You can't shepherd and lead without a deep knowledge that comes from life experience. This may be one the greatest failures of the men in our generation and it’s not just business men or dead beat dads; it’s also men who are in ministry and men in our churches. We must prioritize our families so we can serve them like Christ served his Church. Also, one thing I constantly harp on is establishing a relationship with our kids that allows you to lovingly discipline them and speak the gospel into their lives. Witmer echos this sentiment, “Discipline at every level is more effective when it is built on the foundation of a personal, loving relationship” (p. 143).The Shepherd Leader at Home would be a great book for a men’s study. He’s pinpointed the main problem Leadership is a responsibility, and sinful selfishness resists responsibility and accountability. . . . ‘the pathetic abdication of sinful males who will not take upon ourselves our God-given responsibility to exercise headship in our marriages and in our our home’” (p. 85).If you are unsure of how to shepherd your family like I often am Witmer’s sage advice will serve you well. He will come alongside of you and encourage you to fulfill your role as the shepherd leader. He will apply the “foundational principles” from God.

  • Joe
    2019-05-07 01:28

    This book has very particular strengths that earned it a higher rating than I would have given it on a brief cursory read. As an single guy who did not have the benefit of experiencing or seeing many faithful and godly men leading their homes, Witmer puts forth a good and biblical explanation of four aspects of shepherd leadership in the home (marriage & fatherhood): knowing, leading, protecting, and providing. These topics are fairly comprehensive, but not unfamiliar to many evangelical Christian men. I would have personally preferred a broader application in Chapter 9 (Protecting Your Marriage) that extended beyond adultery, and the small addition of writing that pastorally addressed some of the low-grade guilt that many men experience through their own progressive sanctification in the realm of the home. For the most part, Witmer excels in putting forth countless practical applications and suggestions for daily life, including discussion questions after every chapter. It personally gave me a better picture of what the harped-on theological principles of manhood actually looked like in the home. In sight of that, I was humbled by the goodness and weightiness of the responsibility given to husbands and/or fathers to love their families as a shepherd. I would probably recommend it for men who already have a desire to be God-honoring shepherd leaders to their families.

  • Bob
    2019-04-23 23:49

    This book deals with important base issues in the family. These things need to be said over and over again in different ways so they can sink in. God has called parents to be the main Christian influence in the lives of their children, but we have become great at delegating the responsibility to others. Timothy Z. Witmer lays out a strong foundation for why that has to change and gives some basic insight in how to begin the process of being the main leaders in the spiritual formation of our children.He strongly encourages men to know their family in and out by spending quality and quantity time. You can't shepherd and lead without a deep knowledge that comes from life experience. This may be one the greatest failures of the men in our generation and it's not just business men or dead beat dads; it's also men who are in ministry and men in our churches. We must prioritize our families so we can serve them like Christ served his Church. It is important that men work on establishing a relationship with their kids that allows them to lovingly discipline them and speak the gospel into their lives. Witmer echoes this sentiment, "Discipline at every level is more effective when it is built on the foundation of a personal, loving relationship"Good stuff.

  • Paul Wichert
    2019-05-03 19:45

    This book is written primarily for men and is an adaptation of the author's The Shepherd Leader, Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church for understanding shepherding in the Christian home. There are good questions at the end of each chapter making it suitable for men's group discussion. This is a relatively short book, written at a basic level and covers knowing, leading, providing for, and protecting your family. Each of those categories is broken down further applying to your family as a whole, your wife/marriage, and your children. This makes for a very basic, but comprehensive book. I would recommend it for young parents or those who have had little biblical instruction in these areas. The chapter on protecting your marriage is excellent. The book is a quick 161 page read, but of course takes a lifetime to apply effectively. Highly recommended as a starting point for these subjects.

  • Tonya
    2019-05-15 02:47

    So biblical and so worth it! This book is small but mighty in its words. I recommend it every man, young and old! What a blessing if more men thought about being the leader at home.The further reflection questions at the end of each chapter? Do them! It goes through every single person that you have in your household, and really goes deep. I really wish or hope they do a woman's one. I would buy one for each of my friends!Based and referred quite a bit, of course, the Bible is the base. I just couldn't get enough of this book. As a woman, it is good to know this and be ready for my husband's direction! How to let him lead, eh!

  • Jeffrey Brannen
    2019-05-24 22:31

    An excellent addition to and continuation of The Shepherd Leader. This time focusing on the task of shepherding within the family context. Similarly to The Shepherd Leader's macro/micro structure, this book deals with shepherding your wife and your children. Using the four themes of knowing, leading, providing, and protecting, Witmer examines how each applies to the role of husband and father, with an emphasis on the practical, convicting, and encouraging. I assumed this would principally be about family worship, but it is a full-orbed examination of leading in the home.

  • Justin Orman
    2019-04-24 21:36

    As a young, single man, preparing for marriage, I was blessed by reading this book. While I had minor disagreements on a few points, I largely was impressed, helped, and challenged by Dr. Witmer's work here. This is a valuable resource for men preparing for marriage or perhaps in the early years of marriage and fatherhood. I particularly appreciated the sound teaching under leading your wife. The teaching is solidly biblical and extremely counter cultural (not to mention counter to our natural inclinations).

  • Ryan
    2019-05-07 20:33

    There were a lot of good tips and practical insights regarding family, particularly marriage and raising children, that was grounded in solid biblical truth. Witmer shows how the man is to shepherd his family by knowing them intimately, leading them courteously, providing for them both materially and spiritually, and protecting them. My favorite chapters were the last two, one on protecting your marriage (which was worth the price of the whole book) and the other on protecting your children and bringing them up in the instruction of the Lord. Very well done. Thank you.

  • Jonah
    2019-05-12 01:28

    This is a very good, quick read. For men who have not dabbled with the call for biblical manhood, this would be a great introductory book and it should lead you to books with a bit more depth in what it means to be a husband and father. I gave this book three stars instead of four because I think it lacks a a covenantal framework of headship and family. When the creation is seen through, or along with, God's covenant, practical and theological doors open. So, there is my one complaint.

  • Ko Matsuo
    2019-05-20 22:30

    Witmer's book on leadership at home takes his framework he created for leadership in the church (know, lead, feed, protect) and applies it to the home. While the application to the home is relevant and useful, the book itself lacks some of the really keen insight that his other book did. Four stars because his framework is really helpful.

  • J.J.
    2019-05-02 02:35

    Excellent. Concise, practical, and obviously informed by a lifetime of faithfully raising children in a godly manner. The questions at the end of each chapter and some of the "homework assignments", as it were, are very helpful.

  • Brad
    2019-05-12 01:57

    Dr. Witmer's book is a great little resource on shepherding the family. It is very easy to read and digest, a perfect book for new husbands and fathers. There is not a whole lot of new material in this book, but it is great for refreshing us on what is important.

  • Brent Osterberg
    2019-04-26 18:42

    A great book for husbands and fathers. In the way pastors are called to know, feed, lead, and protect the people in their congregations, husbands and fathers are called to do the same for their families.

  • Michael Cunningham
    2019-05-21 19:48

    Solid book on parenting and marriage. Good biblical principles, presented clearly along with practical suggestions for implementation. It's always good to review and hear from different authors on this subject from time to time. I am thankful to God for books like these.

  • George
    2019-05-09 22:28

    This is a very practical book. This is a book for every husband and a future husband to be. I recommend it 100%.

  • Phil Sessa
    2019-04-28 19:57

    Very good, this is up there close to Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham

  • Jon
    2019-04-29 01:54

    Required reading for husbands and fathers.

  • Andrew Canavan
    2019-04-28 20:46

    Really excellent guide to the role of a Christian husband and father as a shepherd-leader. Read it to be encouraged, exhorted, and challenged.

  • Pete Williamson
    2019-05-24 02:33

    An excellent book of wisdom for dads.

  • Ben Kreps
    2019-05-14 01:28

    A simple, clear, thoughtful call for men to lead their families under the care and leadership of the Great Shepherd