Building a Godly Home, Volume 3: A Holy Vision for Raising Children

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For years, William Gouge’s Domestical Duties has stood as the foremost Puritan treatment of Christian family life. Yet due to its size and antiquated expression, it has become almost unknown among current generations of believers. To help revive the usefulness of this classic book, Scott Brown and Joel R. Beeke divided Gouge’s work into three manageable volumes, updated the language to modern standards, and have given it the title Building a Godly Home.

In the third volume, A Holy Vision for Raising Children, Gouge offers wise and practical advice to both children and parents on how to relate to each other with love and honor. Drawing from a wealth of biblical principles and examples, he fleshes out how a household of affectionate authority provides for children and prepares them to live as God’s servants in the world. Fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters will find much here to challenge and guide them.

Table of Contents:
Children Showing Respect for Parents
Children Getting Parents’ Permission
Children Obeying Parents’ Instruction and Correction
Children Giving Back to Parents
Children Honoring Father and Mother in the Lord
Parents Loving, Praying, and Providing for Children
Parents Nurturing, Teaching, and Training Children
Parents Admonishing and Correcting Children
Parents Directing Children into Adulthood
Parents Being Faithful to All under Their Care

William Gouge (1575–1653) was a Puritan minster who served for forty-five years at St. Ann Blackfriars in London and was a member of the Westminster Assembly. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had thirteen children.