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Disciplines of a Godly Family (Hughes)

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Disciplines of a Godly Family covers such topics as establishing a solid family heritage, promoting affection between family members, encouraging godliness in children, using appropriate discipline, and helping children cultivate enriching lifelong habits. The Hugheses also offer tips for fun and affordable family vacations, creating family traditions, and starting a prayer notebook. They even give us a suggested list of books and videos that should be in every family's library.

For those struggling to parent their own children or to equip other parents for this task, a more practical, honest, and common-sense guide will be hard to find.

Table of Contents:

Introduction – Thinking Christianly About the Family

Building a Family

1. Discipline of Establishing a Heritage

2. Discipline of Promoting Family Affection

3. Discipline of Starting Family Traditions


4. Discipline of Cultivating the Soul

5. Discipline of Praying with Dedication

6. Discipline of Pursuing Family Ministry

7. Discipline of Instilling Healthy Self-regard

Everyday Living

8. Using Appropriate Discipline

9. Discipline of Teaching Good Manners

10. Discipline of Fostering Lifelong Enrichments


Aids to Christian Education for Use in the Family

Advent Tree Instructions

‘Good Christian Men, Rejoice’

Resources for Celebrating a Christian Passover

Governor William Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1623

A Puritan Prayer for Thanksgiving

Two Ways to Live

Making a Prayer Notebook

Common-sense Tips Regarding Discipline

Suggested Reading Lists for Children

Suggestions for Assembling a Home Video Library

Vacation Spots and Their Historical or Literary Connections

‘First Heartbeat’

Selected Hughes Family Recipes

Answers to Common Questions


"The Hughes, parents of four grown children and eighteen grandchildren, offer biblical guidelines and practical ideas for raising a family that loves the Lord and one another." - Christian Retailing

"Provides help for families who want to honor the Lord through structure in their homes. The Hughes family, though they are not perfect (and they are the first to attest to that fact), speak from their own spiritual experience and growth. We are fortunate that they share their insights so others can profit." - The Baptist Bulletin

"Kent and Barbara Hughes draw from the Bible as well as from their own experience in raising children to offer readers simple, practical ideas about how to raise a godly family and have fun in the process. Disciplines of a Godly Family is ideal for young parents who are just beginning their family voyage, as well as for those who need help along the way. Recommend this book to both parents and grandparents." - Lutheran News


R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois and a visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

Barbara Hughes has supported her husband Kent’s pastoral ministry for over 40 years while also raising four children. She is the author of Disciplines of a Godly Woman and is a popular teacher of women’s groups. Together with Kent, she has also authored Disciplines of a Godly Family (formerly known as Common-Sense Parenting) and Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome. Barbara and Kent live on the West Coast, have an ever-increasing number of grandchildren, and are still actively involved in ministry.