In Start Your Family, we encourage couples to be intentional about their timeline in the early years of marriage and to trust God to help them boldly launch their families. Responding to the most common doubts and hurdles, we offer biblical inspiration for the questions, "Why have kids?," "When is the best time to start?" and "How can we fit kids into our lives?"
The Watters suggest that you don't have to have a water-tight plan or the funds for a Pottery Barn Nursery to begin the process of conception. Just begin. Begin where you are, Begin with hope: that's the message. Start Your Family is not a pregnancy manual or a preconception checkbook. It is a guide through the emotional, financial, and spiritual geography surrounding the choice to procreate. The Watters talk about the choices they wish they'd made differently as well the struggles and joys they experience daily as the parents of four children. (keep reading)
Start Your Family is a surprisingly good book. I say surprisingly not because I expected a bad book, but because I expected an overly-sentimental, "children are so awesome", lightweight kind of book. But this book is much better than that. (keep reading)
"The Right Time for Babies" in the World magazine blog, by Tony Woodlief
It’s a fascinating commentary on modern American Christianity that we need to be persuaded of the value of childbearing. This is perhaps the only area where I have any mild rebuke to offer young Christians who ask me for life advice. In practically every other area, likely as not their faith is more zealous, their lives more pure, their walks more resolute. But when it comes to childbearing, many of them fall into the trap of thinking this must be decided by reason and cost-benefit calculation rather than governed by faith. Rather, faith becomes an afterthought, a reserve parachute once the calculations have worked themselves out in favor of stepping judiciously from the airplane.
It's an engaging book, easy to read, and persuasive in its arguments. The foundation of the book is the idea that being intentional about starting a family is a good and godly thing. But because in the last half century, "choice has grown into one of our greatest commodities," many young couples see having children as a lifestyle choice and fail to understand the biblical reasons for having children.
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