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FAMILY WORSHIP? JASON HELOPOULOS SAYS IT’S TIME TO BRING IT BACK INTO THE HOME

by Timothy Raymond

While I’ve read only a handful of books on family worship, I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever if Jason Helopoulos has written the best book on the topic. A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home (Christian Focus, 2013) is a nearly-perfect gem for calling, equipping, and motivating Christian families to engage in this most simple but essential means of grace. The book is characterized by both general virtues which are found in several books on family worship and one unique feature which I’ve not encountered in others. As far as general virtues, A Neglected Grace is brief, simple, easy-to-read, deeply realistic, practical, and immediately applicable. It includes most of the same teaching, ideas, and suggestions you’ll find in other books 50 | CREDO MAGAZINE | JULY 2015

on the topic, such as Joel Beeke’s Family Worship or Donald Whitney’s Family Worship: In the Bible, in History & in Your Home. Helopoulos commends Christian families gathering once a day for approximately 10 to 15 minutes to read the Bible, sing God’s praises, and pray together. If this is not explicitly required by Scripture, it is at least implied (chapters 1 and 2), and is simply an intentional way to apply Ephesians 6:4 (chapter 3). An appreciated strength of A Neglected Grace is Helopoulos’ awareness of the challenges and difficulties of real life and speaks to things such as single-parent homes, unconverted spouses, hyperactive children, and the excessively busy pace of modern American life (chapter 8). The book concludes with several personal testimonies of parents who have recently begun practicing

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