“The scars remain, the storm has passed.”

The Storm-Tossed Family by Russell Moore is not a practical “how to” guide or “seven steps to a better family” plan. It is dense writing, with no bullet points or a lot of white space on the pages. If you are looking for a quick read with quick fixes that skims the surface of hard family issues, this is not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for something meaty to chew on, meditate over and digest, this is an excellent source. Moore has provided the church with a comprehensive, theological reflection on the family in light of the cross, both in blessings and sufferings. It is rich and deep in content and well worth the time it will take you to read.

These 300 pages, divided into 14 chapters, with foot-notes, are a serious and much needed perspective on issues that include gender, marriage, sexuality, pornography, divorce, children, birth control, parenting, adulthood, old age, and trauma, and their implications for the family, at the foot of the cross. Moore’s writing is not only for the Christian, though; he also addresses readers who may not be of Christ and gives an examination of the issues through an evangelical, Christian worldview. He shares personal stories and applications from his own life, as well as relevant biblical analysis from key passages. In all of his approach, Moore’s ultimate focus is on Christ and His impact on a family, in the midst of storms.

The author concludes with hopeful notes. “Family is crucial, a signpost pointing away from us to the very meaning of the universe itself. Your family whatever it is, will bless you, maybe in ways you don’t even notice, in the blurb of busyness at the moment. Stop and notice these blessings. Listen to what God is telling you through them.” “Precisely because of it’s crucial importance, family can scare us. Perhaps you are afraid. You may be afraid of failing your family. You may be afraid of losing your family. This, too, is grace.” “The way of the cross leads Home. Light shines in the darkness, still, and the darkness has yet to overcome it. Whatever storms you may face now, you can survive. If you listen carefully enough, even in the scariest, most howling moments, you can hear a Galilean voice saying, ‘Peace, be still.’” “The hands that hold you have spike-holes in them, but don’t be afraid. The scars remain, the storm has passed.”

I was provided a free copy of this book for review. I was not required to provide a positive review.