The family is under threat. Contemporary culture and changes in legislation are seeking to redefine its structure, parents are increasingly giving over to the state the responsibility of disciplining their children, and homes are constantly bombarded by immoral images of the ‘family’ through TV. The great need today is to return to biblical principles for family life. The Bible is God’s manual for the people he created in his image, and therefore it has much to say on this crucial issue. Here, Andy Oliver guides us helpfully through the biblical teaching on marriage and family life, and emphasizes the need to follow God’s Word if we are to build solid foundations for a healthy family.
Andy Oliver comes from Northern Ireland, where he ran his own small business before entering full-time Christian ministry. He studied theology at the Irish Baptist College (then situated in Belfast), and has a BD and MTh from Queens University Belfast and a PGCE from Cambridge University. Since 1999 Andy has been engaged in missionary service and pastoral ministry in Albania, and he is a frequent speaker at university student meetings on behalf of BSKSH (IFES Albania). He and his wife, Ela, have two daughters, Rakela and Emma, and a son, Jack.
Across Europe, and, indeed, the Western world, the crisis in marriage and family life is impacting Christian and non-Christian alike, and Andy Oliver’s book provides a timely reminder of God’s good purposes for us. His approach is thought-provoking and uncompromising and, while you might not agree with every application, you will benefit greatly from this refreshingly direct and practical introduction to what the Bible teaches.
Jonathan Lamb, Author, Director of Langham Preaching (Langham Partnership International) and former Associate General Secretary of IFES