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Christian Family, The [Paperback]

By Larry Christenson (Author)
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Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1970
Publisher   Bethany House
ISBN  087123114X  
EAN  9780871231147  

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Item Description...
America's bestselling book on Christian family living.

Publishers Description
America's Favorite Book on the FamilyOver 1.2 million copies of The Christian Family have been sold in the United States alone since the first edition was published in 1970. And it has been translated into nine other languages
Winner of the Gold Book Award (500,000 copies sold),
Winner of the Gold Medallion Award (ECPA), which recognizes excellence in evangelical Christian literature

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Larry Christenson is an ordained Lutheran minister, bestselling author, and popular speaker. He and his wife travel extensively, speaking at conferences, in colleges and seminaries, and in congregations. They make their home in Minnesota.

Larry Christenson currently resides in the state of Minnesota. Larry Christenson was born in 1928.

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Excellent book!  Jan 5, 2006
Contrary to what a previous review said, who calls him/herself "Name Withheld" who titled his/her review, "Christenson recommends wife beating", Christenson does NOT recommend beating your wife or daughters into submission. Nowhere in the book does it say this. Please, people, do not review books that you have not even opened!

A quote from the book, p. 132:

"...When an arguement flares up in a marriage, it is the husband's place first to humble himself and beg forgiveness for whatever was wrong in his behavior. This is death to the ego. It may be that his wife's guilt is as great or greater. No matter. His call is to 'love his wife as Christ loved the Church.'"

Does this sound like a man who beats his wife and daughters or encourages others to do so? I think not. Read the book for yourselves, people, and pay no attention to people who review books without even reading them.
Imbalance of Power Leads to Abuse  Jan 11, 2005
Do you believe that a happy marriage is likely to result from a "chain of command" mentality, with the man in absolute power over wife and children?

Do you believe that spanking should be the first response, that it should cause terror and pain, and that children should be hauled off to the woodshed for breaking a dish while washing it?

Do you believe that homsexuality is caused by women dressing immodestly or by fathers performing "female tasks", such as washing dishes or bathing the baby?

Do you believe that by divorcing, a husband and wife cease to be Christian and are in a state of damnation, no matter what the circumstances?

If so, this is the book for you. If not, you need to look elsewhere for guidelines for a Christian marriage.

Most of the quotes Larry Christenson offers in his book to support his views are from the 19th century writings of H.W.J. Thiersch in a Germany headed toward the Third Reich. (More on Christenson's ideology can be found at

A more balanced view of what the Bible does say and doesn't say about families is presented in The Christian Family in Changing Times by Robert Hicks. Hicks points out the myths that we mistakenly accept as truth, and the lack of biblical support for the idea of prescribed "roles" in a family, the concept so rigidly held by Christenson.

Let's hope 21st century Christians will learn to reject the temptation to power and reflect Jesus instead.

Nazi death camp survivor Elie Wiesel put it like this:
"Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire
is that which he exercises over himself."
Christenson recommends wife-beating  Nov 18, 2004
Readers should be aware that Larry Christenson recommends that a man beat his wife and daughters to make them submit to his authority. This was brought to my attention by a very shocked and upset 12 year old whose father had purchased the book.
The Very Best  Mar 12, 2000
This book has been used in our church as a counseling tool as well as taught from the pulpit. It is one we recommend to all aspiring teachers and anyone who works with children and families in general. Pastor Christenson has provided exceptional information in this book. I highly recommend it.
Good book for getting God's Word in Power in a family.  Jul 5, 1999
The building stones of God's precious Word are being set in order in this book for getting and keeping a good family relationship with God's Power following.

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