Terry L- Johnson

Thursday Book Club: The Family Worship Book


Terry L. Johnson.  The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions. Christian Focus Publications, 2003.  208 pages.

The Family Worship Book by Terry L. Johnson basically breaks down into two sections.  First is a brief and helpful summary of the family worship and then the “how-to” do family worship.  The second section, from chapter six on, (the majority of the book) lays out several aids to be used in family worship.  If you are just starting out, this is a great resource.

What I liked

1.  The book makes the same point that most of us Children’s Ministry Pastors have been championing for a while now, the home should be a little church and the family should gather together for worship.  It doesn’t have to be long, or complicated, but it does everyone in the family good.

2.  The resource section of the book is worth the price of the book!  They have gathered some great resources and it’ all together in one place.  You may not use them all, but it nice to know that in this one book, they are easily accessible.

My only critique

It seemed to me that, while the author makes a great case for using catechisms, that he was also saying that this is the best way.  I don’t disagree that catechisms are good and are extremely useful, but I’m not convinced they are the only way.  I know for my family, we enjoy variety.  I want my kids reading the Bible for themselves.  I want them discussing what they read there.  I agree that we have moved away from what worked well in the past, and used correctly, it can be a great tool; but without application or without direct Bible intake is at the very least dangerous.


If you are looking for a book to be primer for the discussion and implementation of family worship, this is the one.  It’s a great resource.  I would recommend you don’t use it as a crutch, but as a good place to start and expand from there.