Standing on the Promises: A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing

(4 reviews)

Douglas Wilson

Media: Paperback

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6)

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The Third Book in the Family Series

God has designed each family to be a culture—with a language, customs, traditions, and countless unspoken assumptions. The culture of the family intimately shapes the children who grow up in it. It is the duty of the father to ensure that the shaping takes place according to biblical wisdom.

Some fathers establish a rebellious culture for their children and bring upon their children the wrath of God, sometimes for generations. Other fathers fail to establish any distinct culture, and outside cultures rush to fill the void.

Through the Messiah, God promised blessings to His people, "their children, and their children's children forever." The norm for faithful members of the covenant is that their children will follow them in faithfulness. The oddity should be children who fall away. Unless we reestablish faithful Christian culture in countless homes, we will never reestablish it anywhere else.

This book is part of Douglas Wilson's series of books on the family, which has helped many people trying to deal with the everyday messes that come with sinners trying to live under the same roof.

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What People Are Saying:

"Presents helpful insights on biblical child rearing with emphasis on grace and covenantal blessings." -Dennis Rainey, author of Ministering to Twenty-first Century Families

"I've read it before, but that was before I had kids. So helpful, refreshing, and challenging." ~Kristina

"Have read this book once a year for about 10 years now"" -Becky

"this made an impact in the way I parent my children. I will be referencing it for many years to come." -Gary

Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.

PUBLISHER: Canon Press

AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson

PAGE COUNT: 174 pages

SIZE: 5.50x8.50

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN 10: 1885767250

ISBN-13: 9781885767257

PUB. DATE: May 20, 1997

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
David Redfearn
Best Parenting book I've ever read

Seriously the best parenting book I've read. Love the no-nonsense biblical instruction that is both practical and strategic.

Walt King
Strong Biblical Advice

I read this several years ago when I was raising our children, and now I am reading it together with my son as he raises his daughter. Jim Wilson makes a clear path for parents to follow who expect to see Godly offspring genuinely follow God and reap the blessings of His covenant.


Very well-written primer on both the promises God makes to parents, and how those promises are fulfilled. Lots of practical wisdom too.

Caleb Harris

Standing on the Promises: A Handbook of Biblical Childrearing