"The Storm-Tossed Family: how the cross reshapes the home," written by Russell Moore discusses the power of family, no matter what each of our family consists of, what family is to us, it plays a role, and it can be mainly positive or mainly negative, either way it is a large, lasting impact.
Russell begins this book with a discussion of his favorite holiday, and he states that it is not something that people would think or that he is necessarily proud to share, but it stems from the lack of drama that goes along with it. Think about it, Christmas and Thanksgiving are amazing holidays, for what they represent. However, they are holidays that are heavy on family time, family dinners and get togethers and along with that comes tension and stress, issues that have not been addressed and build up over the year and stress of making the time together "perfect" or at least presenting as if you have it all together. Russell then goes on to discuss all aspects of family and the cross is the focus, is the lead, is the thing behind each family and focusing on the cross will lead us Home. Each chapter discusses various aspects of a family, or of a family's belief system in regards to the topic, but ultimately it comes back to Christ being the focus, being the head of the family and the family's values are not what is the be all, end all, it is Christ's words, His leading. This is a thought-provoking book that will leave you thinking about your family, the one you were raised in, the one you are currently a part of and the influences and what shapes your family and your view and way of thinking about family.
*Thanks to the B&H/Lifeway Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*