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Unconverted Sons & Daughters

By Carl Muller
January 2013 | Review by Geoff Cox

Synopsis

While children are a gift from the Lord and enrich our lives inestimably, parenting is not for the fainthearted. The rigours of raising children often lead to "hands which hang down and...feeble knees”! This is particularly true when the children we have devoted ourselves to do not know the Lord. Wise counsel abounds as to what we should do as parents but where is one to find encouragement when nothing seems to be working. From the Scriptures and from Christian history the author seeks to minister to such parents and to "strengthen their hand in God”.

  • Publisher: Day One Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-84625-307-2
  • Pages: 96
  • Price: 5.00
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Unconverted sons and daughters
Carl Muller
Day One Publications, 96 pages, £5.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-307-2

The subject of this book is one close to the hearts of many parents. When asked to review it, I had a special interest, as both our children have long ago abandoned their profession of faith.
It is a small volume, made to look bigger by the use of large fonts, widely spaced lines and wide margins. The practice of placing italicised faint quotes from the text actually on the page seems only to take up even more space.
The book itself is doctrinally Reformed and deals with the subject in an orthodox way, including chapters on God’s Word and power, the place of grandparents, and conversions from history, all of which were designed to encourage.
The author points out that blaming ourselves for the spiritual condition of our children is not profitable: ‘Too often parents burden themselves with a false sense of guilt, thinking that the only reason their children are not believers is because they have failed as parents … Remember Christ was perfect and people rejected him’ (pp. 15-16).
But the book, as a whole, left me dissatisfied. It was hard to determine for whom it was written. Its brevity meant that nothing was treated in any depth. For a new Christian, it would serve as an introduction to the subject, but for more experienced believers there was little to help.
When dealing with such a subject as this, where emotions are deeply stirred on behalf of unconverted children, something more than proof texts and anecdotes are needed. This book did not reach out to deal with the real heartache felt by so many.
It was not that there was anything wrong or out-of-place with what was written, it was just altogether too brief. More, for example, on how to handle dark providences would have been useful.
Geoff Cox
Birmingham

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