The Pastor's Kid: What It's Like and How to Help
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The Pastor's Kid: What It's Like and How to Help   -     By: Barnabas Piper

The Pastor's Kid: What It's Like and How to Help

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Title: The Pastor's Kid: What It's Like and How to Help
By: Barnabas Piper
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Good Book Company
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.30 (inches)
Weight: 6 ounces
ISBN: 1784984736
ISBN-13: 9781784984731
Stock No: WW984733

Publisher's Description

Pastors' kids are often burdened by others' expectations, but there is a wonderful solution, both at home and in the church: grace.

In this revised, refreshed version of Barnabas Piper's best-known book, the author candidly shares his own experiences as son of pastor and bestselling author John Piper, offering a challenge to our churches and to the families at their very heart: how to care for pastors' kids and allow them to find their own faith and identity.

Author Bio

Barnabas Piper is on staff at Immanuel Nashville. He is also an author and speaker and the father of two daughters. He cohosts the Happy Rant podcast and blogs at BarnabasPiper.com.

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.

Editorial Reviews

The Pastor’s Kid is a must-read for PKs and their parents. It is also an invaluable guide for church members that will gently correct some misconceptions about how to minister to PKs. Piper speaks with the heart of not just a PK but a parent who is seeking to love his own children well. The Pastor’s Kid deeply stirred my memories of growing up and encouraged me to know that my feelings and journeys were not wasted. -- Samuel D. James (Editor, Letter & Liturgy)

Kermit thinks it isn’t easy being green; he should try being a pastor’s kid. Few roles are more tricky and taxing than growing up as the son or daughter of a minister. And few voices are more qualified to speak to that enigma than Barnabas Piper. The Pastor’s Kid is an insightful and winsome look at what it means to follow Jesus in a pressurized fishbowl of expectations and is laced with helpful advice to stay sane in the midst of it all. I wish I had had this book to help me make sense of life in my formative years. -- Jonathan Merritt (Author, Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined“Barnabas Piper challenges us to put faith into action. Practical and insightful, The Pastor’s Kid is a must-read for anyone who wants a closer relationship with Christ.”)

Barnabas Piper challenges us to put faith into action. Practical and insightful, The Pastor’s Kid is a must-read for anyone who wants a closer relationship with Christ. -- Ryan Shook (Author, Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own)

Here’s straight talk to PKs, pastors, and churches about the unique hazards of growing up in a spiritual hothouse and the deep grace available to go forward. -- Don Sweeting (President, Colorado Christian University)

The tragic celebrity culture that shrouds pastors and their families is a bit like applauding the tallest miniature horse. God is supposed to be the only one we make much of, not the pastor or his children. And yet our need for idols has placed a crushing weight on PKs so that they are, in the words of Barnabas Piper, known of and not known. As a PK myself I know all too well the euphoria of being known of and the utter emptiness of not being known. This book gives much-needed hope to families navigating the ‘reality show’ called church. Thank you, Barnabas Piper! -- Bryan Loritts (Lead Pastor, Abundant Life Church, Silicon Valley; author of Saving the Saved)

This book is well-written and preaches an important message. I don’t know of any other book that is designed to both help those who have been hurt and equip those in the ministry who are raising another generation of children. Cautions are raised and challenges issued, but grace and hope pervade the book. -- Bob Hayton (Blogger, Fundamentally Reformed)

As a PK, I know few understand the perspective from inside the church fishbowl. Barnabas Piper captures the fishbowl perspective and writes what a lot of us PKs have been thinking for a long time. But this book isn’t just for PKs. It’s for the church. The Pastor’s Kid is a case study on the effects of unrealistic expectations; those others place on us and the ones we place on ourselves. Every churchgoer should read this book. -- Sam S. Rainer III (Lead Pastor, West Bradenton Baptist Church; Author, Obstacles in the Established Church)

In The Pastor’s Kid: What it’s Like and How to Help, Barnabas Piper helps PKs, pastors, and church communities take an honest, hard look at what it means for a child to grow up under scrutiny in a ministry family. Although this is absolutely not a tell-all memoir about the author’s experiences growing up as John Piper’s son, he shares lots of illustrative anecdotes about challenges that he faced. -- Bethany Davidson

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