Monday, August 24, 2009
Resouce Review - HomeWord
OVERALL - HomeWord seeks to advance the work of God in the world by educating, equipping, and encouraging parents and churches to build God-honoring families from generation to generation. “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 HomeWord is a Christian organization designed to provide assistance to adults worldwide as they help young people make wise decisions and lead positive, vibrant, Christian lifestyles.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Good quality resources aimed at parents are, sadly, a lot harder to come by than you'd expect. Good quality, faith based parent resources are even harder to find. HomeWord grew out of radio programs done by Jim Burns. Now on the website you have access to written and audio materials with a lot of input from a variety of authors. The answers and ideas are consistent and well thought out. They teach from solid, Biblical concepts that should be familiar to anyone. One of the concepts they come back to again and again which I really like is the importance of making sure the parents take care of their marriage. Even before taking care of the kids in some ways. It's a vitally important factor that is too often overlooked in our youth-centric culture. As an example check out Jim Burns' note on "10 Building Blocks to a Happy Family". I think it's really solid stuff. There are resources here to help young people, their parents, their grandparents and more!
RESERVATIONS Some folks are going to be put off because this comes from a decidedly Evangelistic point of view. The language will not always be comfortable for some of us. If you let yourself get stopped by that you're missing out on some really excellent resources. Theologically this strikes me as real mainstream stuff.
RECOMMENDATION I enjoy Jim Burns straight forward, love filled approach to the subject. He loves families, he loves marriages, he loves parents and he loves kids. The site echoes that love through the work of everyone there and the result is a really excellent faith based resource for parents who want to raise solid young people within a community of faith.