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The driving desire of the Gospel is "my life for yours." Our desire should be to have this love transform everything we do, room by room. This book works its way through every part of the house, examining each part in light of Scripture. The claims of God are always total, and this should be evident on the doorposts and in a sink full of dishes. Self-centeredness destroys The driving desire of the Gospel is "my life for yours." Our desire should be to have this love transform everything we do, room by room. This book works its way through every part of the house, examining each part in light of Scripture. The claims of God are always total, and this should be evident on the doorposts and in a sink full of dishes. Self-centeredness destroys in monotonously similar ways. Giving up life for another produces a harvest of kindness and mercy. Household questions should always begin with, "Is this my life for yours?"


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The driving desire of the Gospel is "my life for yours." Our desire should be to have this love transform everything we do, room by room. This book works its way through every part of the house, examining each part in light of Scripture. The claims of God are always total, and this should be evident on the doorposts and in a sink full of dishes. Self-centeredness destroys The driving desire of the Gospel is "my life for yours." Our desire should be to have this love transform everything we do, room by room. This book works its way through every part of the house, examining each part in light of Scripture. The claims of God are always total, and this should be evident on the doorposts and in a sink full of dishes. Self-centeredness destroys in monotonously similar ways. Giving up life for another produces a harvest of kindness and mercy. Household questions should always begin with, "Is this my life for yours?"

30 review for My Life for Yours: A Walk Though the Christian Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This book was so good! The format is based on rooms of the house & what happens there & how Christ is represented in them. The practical wisdom in this book was incredible. So much godly counsel with regard to the home/household, marital relationships, rearing & disciplining children etc. I wish I'd read this when I was first starting out but am glad to pass it on to my grown children to help them build a solid foundation in their homes. A must read for newlyweds & young families looking for simple y This book was so good! The format is based on rooms of the house & what happens there & how Christ is represented in them. The practical wisdom in this book was incredible. So much godly counsel with regard to the home/household, marital relationships, rearing & disciplining children etc. I wish I'd read this when I was first starting out but am glad to pass it on to my grown children to help them build a solid foundation in their homes. A must read for newlyweds & young families looking for simple yet wise instruction.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angus Mcfarlane

    Some moments of freshness amongst relatively conservative but agreeable stuff. The title seems a bit post hoc, fitting but not really woven into the rest of the text. Likewise, the gospel gets a mention but I'm not sure how much really reflects the revolution of jesus as opposed to standard Christian morality. I do agree strongly with the idea of infusing the home with an atmosphere reflecting ones values - too often repeated words fail to train a child's heart in the direction parents hope for. Some moments of freshness amongst relatively conservative but agreeable stuff. The title seems a bit post hoc, fitting but not really woven into the rest of the text. Likewise, the gospel gets a mention but I'm not sure how much really reflects the revolution of jesus as opposed to standard Christian morality. I do agree strongly with the idea of infusing the home with an atmosphere reflecting ones values - too often repeated words fail to train a child's heart in the direction parents hope for.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Matt read this recently and recommended it to me, and I'm glad he did. It was short, had a punchy readable writing style (here's a sample on spanking: "Tappy-tapping on top of the diaper doesn't cut it") and was very refreshing. There are some passages that reflect covenental theology that I sort of skimmed over. Recommended to Christian parents who want to be reminded (in a firm but gracious way) what the bible says about living with your family. Matt read this recently and recommended it to me, and I'm glad he did. It was short, had a punchy readable writing style (here's a sample on spanking: "Tappy-tapping on top of the diaper doesn't cut it") and was very refreshing. There are some passages that reflect covenental theology that I sort of skimmed over. Recommended to Christian parents who want to be reminded (in a firm but gracious way) what the bible says about living with your family.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    These essays apply the gospel in different spaces throughout the home. They're topically broad but address areas of life, often neglected, with practical and pungent wisdom. These essays apply the gospel in different spaces throughout the home. They're topically broad but address areas of life, often neglected, with practical and pungent wisdom.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    Full of wisdom. The junk drawer chapter (misc on child raising) stood out especially on this rereading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jody Bennon

    A walk through the Christian home with the continual refrain “My life for yours.” This book continually drew me back to the call of sacrificial living for ones family that is Christ’s call to come and die that one might truly live. Selfishness and self preservation are the siren call of our culture and this goes especially for moms. How easy is it to find a book, an article, a friend or a meme with the message to moms- “Do something for yourself today” or “Stop giving up your life for your famil A walk through the Christian home with the continual refrain “My life for yours.” This book continually drew me back to the call of sacrificial living for ones family that is Christ’s call to come and die that one might truly live. Selfishness and self preservation are the siren call of our culture and this goes especially for moms. How easy is it to find a book, an article, a friend or a meme with the message to moms- “Do something for yourself today” or “Stop giving up your life for your family, go get after your dreams!” While there is a healthy biblical call for disciplined and godly self care, this book affirms the biblical principle that life is gained when you lay your rights and desires down and serve. The home front is the foundational setting we are called to do this. The other noteworthy aspect of the book is Wilson’s willingness to instruct using the law of God. The gospel centered movement can err by refusing to take God’s Word as instruction for all of life because it fears externalism and legalism. A wise pastor and author does not make this error but discerns how to rightly divide the law and gospel so as to equip believers for sanctified, godly living. Wilson does this masterfully in this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aurora Grace

    This book has an interesting premise: namely, that the physical state of your house is a reflection of the state of your inner soul. Messy house, messy soul, essentially. By placing the state of the home in such important terms, the book is essentially a giant guilt trip on the poor women who are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the home in his Puritanical worldview. It also represents American middle class values (what does this view of home = soul say about Africans without floors or p This book has an interesting premise: namely, that the physical state of your house is a reflection of the state of your inner soul. Messy house, messy soul, essentially. By placing the state of the home in such important terms, the book is essentially a giant guilt trip on the poor women who are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the home in his Puritanical worldview. It also represents American middle class values (what does this view of home = soul say about Africans without floors or plumbing or Central American migrants - or the homeless right here in America? Are their souls in disarray? It is also ablist. What about those with physical or mental disabilities, anxiety, or executive dysfunction? Such ideas do not seem to have even occurred to Wilson.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Godinho

    Anything by Doug generally fails to disappoint. I was hoping for more of a personal walk through his home. A written version of what a fly on the wall might be able to convey during "the little years". Doug takes you through each part of the house and breaks down how a Christian ought to behave and view the occurances that take place in said room. Full of wisdom coming in the forms of correction, encouragement, and exhortation, as usual. I really enjoy his practical take on the Bible and Christi Anything by Doug generally fails to disappoint. I was hoping for more of a personal walk through his home. A written version of what a fly on the wall might be able to convey during "the little years". Doug takes you through each part of the house and breaks down how a Christian ought to behave and view the occurances that take place in said room. Full of wisdom coming in the forms of correction, encouragement, and exhortation, as usual. I really enjoy his practical take on the Bible and Christian living. Look at what Scripture tells you to do, and do it. This is what the Bible says about this topic, now execute accordingly. I find that refreshing, insightful, and very helpful. Thanks Doug.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela Mundell

    Doug Wilson walks you through your home, room by room, addressing how we should be living our lives. He makes many good points, though they may seem traditional for some. I appreciate his approach and many times I found myself saying, "Ouch Doug, that hurt. But I understand what you're saying.." I was convicted in many ways and uplifted and encouraged through it. This may be a hard read for some who are more sensitive to his approach and "Puritan trajectory", as he words it. But I definitely rec Doug Wilson walks you through your home, room by room, addressing how we should be living our lives. He makes many good points, though they may seem traditional for some. I appreciate his approach and many times I found myself saying, "Ouch Doug, that hurt. But I understand what you're saying.." I was convicted in many ways and uplifted and encouraged through it. This may be a hard read for some who are more sensitive to his approach and "Puritan trajectory", as he words it. But I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding on how to honor God with their life. Read it and then ask yourself, "Am I living my life for Yours, Jesus?"

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen Vanderwey

    Sorry, but this man is legit. My husband and I will always be thankful for his logical, in-your-face call to DIE. Die to yourself and live for your husband, live for your children, live for your church. “Authority in the home rests on the parents, but it is the authority of servanthood.” Here I take my stand: I love Doug Wilson.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Kuranaga

    Excellent book. I appreciate Wilson's vast use of Scripture and how he seeks to apply it to every room in one's house. Moreover, this book has led me to view what I do and what I say differently. Before doing something or saying something that involves another person, I ought to ask the question: "Is this 'my life for yours'?" Excellent book. I appreciate Wilson's vast use of Scripture and how he seeks to apply it to every room in one's house. Moreover, this book has led me to view what I do and what I say differently. Before doing something or saying something that involves another person, I ought to ask the question: "Is this 'my life for yours'?"

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin Boyle

    I really enjoyed this book's look at different rooms of the house and their spiritual significance. When I read it, I was in a mild decorating mood too, so it was fun to read and think about how each room could reflect God in our lives. And as always with Doug Wilson, there are juicy nuggets of humor and insight. I really enjoyed this book's look at different rooms of the house and their spiritual significance. When I read it, I was in a mild decorating mood too, so it was fun to read and think about how each room could reflect God in our lives. And as always with Doug Wilson, there are juicy nuggets of humor and insight.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie Mallinak

    Thought-provoking instruction on how to live out Biblical principals in the home. Douglas Wilson makes meaningful connections from God’s Word to aspects of home life I have viewed as merely ordinary (front door, junk drawer, bathroom, etc). While I found the writing to be choppy and unrefined as the content was taken from a series of teachings, it was still clear and readable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Dorminy

    While I feel like he could have gone into more detail with some of the ideas, this book made me change a lot in my house and my parenting. I suggest reading this alongside your husband, sisters or closest friends so you can talk through what he’s saying and actually dive into things and change habits. I will probably read it again in 5 years as a reset.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel and Rebekah Eikum

    Practical and challenging, as always. Like the part about how our food should include unnecessary goodness and represent a theology of grace. For the glory of God who creates abundantly. So many tidbits but it was so broad that they’re hard to remember.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Hutzel

    A 'must read' book for the christian man just getting started in the married and family life. Also, a practical way to remind yourself daily of the gospel through the entire architecture of the household. A 'must read' book for the christian man just getting started in the married and family life. Also, a practical way to remind yourself daily of the gospel through the entire architecture of the household.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Second read through as a married couple. Excellent throughout. Covers most areas of domestic relations with Wilson's characteristic wisdom and biblicalness. Loved it. Second read through as a married couple. Excellent throughout. Covers most areas of domestic relations with Wilson's characteristic wisdom and biblicalness. Loved it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Huff

    Classic Wilson — filled with plain, yet rich and practical statements on basic Christian living.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Very thought-provoking and interesting book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mallory Kebbel

    Love his application of the gospel to all the working of the home.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    This is my fourth book by Douglas Wilson and i highly recommend! He brought up topics i didn't even think about, as in making my bed lol great book. Will re read it in the future. This is my fourth book by Douglas Wilson and i highly recommend! He brought up topics i didn't even think about, as in making my bed lol great book. Will re read it in the future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sean McGowan

    Helpful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott Kennedy

    Brilliant. I'd recommend every new Christian couple read through this together - a springboard for helpful family conversations. Brilliant. I'd recommend every new Christian couple read through this together - a springboard for helpful family conversations.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Chock full of practical wisdom for families. Great for reading a page or two at a time and discussing with your spouse.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cory Wentzel

    I read this together with my girlfriend and it's really good. I read this together with my girlfriend and it's really good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    A fun, easily read book on a subject that I think is near non-existent in Christendom today. Like any book in the Wilson family series, there will be some stuff that's been covered in more depth in other books (namely concerning children and discipline). The Junk Drawer chapter was a bit tough to get through and definitely stood out from the rest of the chapters (in length, namely). Very challenging chapters would include: The Door, The Bedroom, The Dining Room on the Sabbath, The Bathroom and t A fun, easily read book on a subject that I think is near non-existent in Christendom today. Like any book in the Wilson family series, there will be some stuff that's been covered in more depth in other books (namely concerning children and discipline). The Junk Drawer chapter was a bit tough to get through and definitely stood out from the rest of the chapters (in length, namely). Very challenging chapters would include: The Door, The Bedroom, The Dining Room on the Sabbath, The Bathroom and the Bills Desk (that last one needs to be read by everybody). My own home falls short in many areas, sadly. Time for some reform!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Read via book review by Matt Pitts. The family series of books that Doug Wilson has written is quickly turning into one of my favorite series of books. Each book so far in the series has been a really delightful, quick, and sharpening read. This particular book goes through a "walk" of Christian home room by room to catch a glimpse of what the Christian family in the home looks like; really clever idea for a book. Particularly enjoyable were the sections on holidays, hospitality, and the sabbath. Read via book review by Matt Pitts. The family series of books that Doug Wilson has written is quickly turning into one of my favorite series of books. Each book so far in the series has been a really delightful, quick, and sharpening read. This particular book goes through a "walk" of Christian home room by room to catch a glimpse of what the Christian family in the home looks like; really clever idea for a book. Particularly enjoyable were the sections on holidays, hospitality, and the sabbath. All things that have definitely been stored away for later consideration. I imagine that I'll mill over this book again years from now. Recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Read this together with the wife. Wilson gives a an appealing portrayal of what the Christian home should be. The emphasis of the book is the title: "My Life For Yours". In other words, the Gospel Wilson explains that in every room of the house (and every relationship) there is an opportunity to live out the Gospel. Moreover, he shows how many traditional conventions are, at their core, opportunities to love one's neighbor. Most notably, Wilson, shows that in order for us to love our neighbors we m Read this together with the wife. Wilson gives a an appealing portrayal of what the Christian home should be. The emphasis of the book is the title: "My Life For Yours". In other words, the Gospel Wilson explains that in every room of the house (and every relationship) there is an opportunity to live out the Gospel. Moreover, he shows how many traditional conventions are, at their core, opportunities to love one's neighbor. Most notably, Wilson, shows that in order for us to love our neighbors we must be loving our families.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    The christian home should reveal the gospel, should be living and growing with the heartbeat of "my life for yours". A look at biblical living, room by room with sometimes humorous insight and no nonsense truth. I felt the sting of the truth, the pain of regret and the soothing balm of grace as I read. I highly recommend this fine book. The christian home should reveal the gospel, should be living and growing with the heartbeat of "my life for yours". A look at biblical living, room by room with sometimes humorous insight and no nonsense truth. I felt the sting of the truth, the pain of regret and the soothing balm of grace as I read. I highly recommend this fine book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris Comis

    Another good one by Wilson. It's basically an expanded and updated version of Reforming Marriage. This is about how a godly marriage should manifest itself in different ways throughout the home. He even applies the my-life-for-yours principle to the bathroom. Now that takes some seriously ingenious pastoral wisdom to pull that off! Another good one by Wilson. It's basically an expanded and updated version of Reforming Marriage. This is about how a godly marriage should manifest itself in different ways throughout the home. He even applies the my-life-for-yours principle to the bathroom. Now that takes some seriously ingenious pastoral wisdom to pull that off!

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