The Family Project (Paperback)Glenn Stanton
Down-to-earth helps for living out God’s design in your own family, along with inspiration for helping others do the same.
We all know what families look like when they’re broken. But how were they meant to look? Authors Glenn Stanton and Leon Wirth rediscover the Creator’s majestic plan behind this essential, endangered institution—and bring it down to earth with practical application for every spouse and parent.
This book is an extension of Focus on the Family’s much-anticipated The Family Project, a 12-week church and small group series that will change the way moms, dads, wives, and husbands see themselves—and help them build healthy households from the best blueprint of all.
While following the topic outline of The Family Project curriculum, this book stands alone and delves into the subject areas more deeply. It provides a solid exploration of God’s design and the transformative purpose of biblical families.
About the Author
Leon C. Wirth
Leon C. Wirth is a speaker and writer focused on family ministries for over 15 years, most recently as executive director of parenting and youth at Focus on the Family. He has addressed several youth, parenting and men's conferences around the country. He helped launch the Fatherhood CoMission in 2012, co-authored The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions (Tyndale) and the 2014 documentary Irreplaceable, and launched Focus on the Family's fatherhood blog, Dad Matters
Size140 x 211 mm
Number of Pages256 pp
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
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Davion Only was born in prison, spent years in and out of foster
homes, and wanted a family—badly. He found his family of ori-
gin after learning the identity of his birth mother around the time
that she died in June 2013. At her funeral, he discovered that he
was loved by relatives that he didn’t even know he had. But he still
didn’t have a family to call his own. So in September, the 15-year-
old orphan took a rather bold step. He stood in front of a church
congregation and asked for someone to adopt him.
“I’ll take anyone,” he said.
That same year, Jackie Turner—a 26-year-old college student
from an abusive home—put an ad on Craigslist, offering to pay a
family to be hers for the holidays. She longed for the loving embrace
of parents who cared about her and wouldn’t hurt her. She was of-
fering what little money she had: eight dollars per hour.
She told the media, “I’ve never felt the touch of my mom hug-
ging me and holding me. I don’t know what it’s like to look in my
dad’s eyes and feel love instead of hatred.”
Here we will explore what we all have in common with Davion,
Jackie, and so many like them.
What Is true of All people?
There are lots of different kinds of people in the world. No, not
those who like the beach and those who like the country, or those
who like Thai food and those who can’t stand it. We’re not talking
about “cat people” and “dog people,” but about much deeper and
Look around at all the human cultures across the globe and
throughout history. Think about those you learned of in National
Geographic magazine through the decades. Many of them are so
very different from ours, to the point of being difficult for us to
understand and nearly impossible to relate to. They would have the
same reaction to us. No matter what culture you come from, you
can always find one that is just perfectly weird to you. How can they
find that kind of food tasty? Why do they wear those kinds of clothes?
Why do they pierce their bodies with those things? Why there? Why don’t
those people ever pierce their bodies? Why would they choose those kinds
of homes to live in? Why do they do that kind of work or play those kinds
of games? Why do they dress and carry their babies that way? Why don’t
they just do it the normal way—you know, like we do it? Paul Simon,
on his album Surprise, has a wonderful song titled “How Can You
Live in the Northeast?” on this very topic.
There are many curious differences among humans, just as
there are many similarities. It is part of what it means to be human.
We can choose our own lives, how we want to live. But given all
these dramatic differences, we are all human—and there are things
that all humans do because either they enjoy them or must do them.
Anthropologists call these “human universals.” They are things we
find in all human cultures regardless of a culture’s age, geographi-
cal or historical location, politics, religion, or economy. They are