“We need to feed our children’s souls. Behind the quaint language of the early eighteenth century, we find both spiritual milk for babes and meat for young men and women. The authors address the different relationships children have, and put all of life under the banner of fearing God. This book is a valuable tool for parents to teach us how to pray for and train our children, and a voice calling to young people in the wilderness of this world to live and walk soli Deo gloria! May God use this excellent book to instill true piety or godliness early in the lives of many. I highly recommended Early Piety as a book that meets one of the greatest needs of our day.”
—Dr. Joel R. Beeke,
President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"These sermons are unique in that they not only provide careful instruction in the gospel, but also, in the godliness or true piety that springs forth from it. If these sermons are read thoughtfully by parents and older youth, if they are explained carefully and diligently to younger children, then they are bound to bear an abundant harvest. Such a blend of gospel, wisdom, and piety is very rare."
Director of HeartCry Missionary Society
It seems that 'mentoring' has become the means of replacing ' parenting' in our modern age. If you have often wondered how successful Christian families were raised back in the day, and the children were armed with a spiritual vitality which defied their years, you might want to pick up a copy of"Early Piety: A Call To The Rising Generation", Edited by Scott T. Brown (2016, The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, 216 Pages).
Raising successful families does not begin in the marketplace, the school, or even in the church. Successful families begin in the home, and the pulpits of our land have a massive stake in training parents and children in how to be successful for Jesus Christ.
Brown takes a series of eight sermons first preached and placed in book form in 1721 by Rev. Dr. Increase Mather, and seven other ministers--including his son, Rev. Dr. Cotton Mather.
The sermons were clearly aimed at young people; young Christians, and how to tap into their faith in God during some surly times in the 18th Century. Brown--whom came into possession of a first edition bound copy of the work, was moved by its power and focus. It led him to bring this work up-to-date, including his own observations on the father-and-son preaching Mather men.
The Elder Mather's powerful Preface is a great place to launch the reader into the times and need for true piety among the youth of his day. It is also a great place to study the issue as it applies to our modern time. "Early Piety" contains many good explanations of biblical principles as it relates to young people and the subject at hand. Many of the scripture citations are KJV, which shows the underlying concern of the preachers to get the best from 'the olde booke' as God intended.
"Early Piety: A Call To The Rising Generation" is not only meant for pastors, but for fathers and mothers to share with their young people. Brown has produced a masterful work, which should find a place in many a home. This work is available from your local bookstore, or your favorite electronic bookseller.
Mike Ramey is a Minister, Reviewer and Syndicated Columnist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. On Line Reviews brings current and lesser-known titles to public light in the quest to re-ldndle a love for reading and thinking in a sea of modern technology. Feel.free to reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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