The Pastor's Kid (ebook)

The Pastor's Kid ebook

What it's Like and How to Help

By Barnabas Piper, foreword by John Piper

Advice on how to care for pastors' kids and allow them to find their own faith and identity.

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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.

Foreword by John Piper.

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  • Foreword by John Piper
    1: What's Wrong with That Boy?
    2: The Fishbowl
    3: Expectation Roller Coaster
    4: Identity Crisis
    5: What a PK Needs More Than Anything
    6: Pastor and Child
    7: Parent for Your Congregation
    8: PKs: What Are They Good For?
    Appendix: Seven Rules for When You Meet a PK


Contributors Barnabas Piper, John Piper
ISBN 9781784985257
Format eBook
First published May 2020
Language English
Publisher The Good Book Company

Samuel D. James

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.

Jonathan Merritt

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.

Ryan Shook

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.

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The Pastor’s Kid: What it’s Like and How to Help – Barnabas Piper

Bethany Davidson, Life Is Story, July 8th 2020

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.... continue reading

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