William Jay remarked that the family “distinguishes man from the brute creation, excludes the disorders of licentiousness, and cherishes the sweetest affections of the heart.”
The family is the crucible from which life in its various facets is brought forth; it is the glue which holds our culture together; and it is the basic building block of civilization and government. Destroy the family and all is lost in church and state.
The family has always been the foundation upon which the building blocks of society are placed. Those who have wished to conquer and control mankind have been the biggest enemies of the family. Only true Christianity has been the proper friend of the family. When God the Father would save a people from their sin He prepared a family in which to send His only begotten Son into the earthly sphere to redeem. Thus we are reminded that sin had its origin in a family and salvation had its origin through a family.
Jay’s heart as a pastor is in evidence in this book. Also, a faithful reader may be reassured that Jay is faithful to the Word of God. He reminds us that we are responsible to guard the family. This is very important when remembering the essential nature of the family in church and state. This book is of great value because it honors the Lord, it encourages the child of God, it ministers to family members, it is exceptionally informative and it will do the readers heart good.
Table of Contents:
1. The Mutual Duties of Husbands and Wives
2. An Essay on Marriage
3. A Sermon on Domestic Happiness
4. The Wife’s Advocate, A Sermon
5. A Charge to the Wife
6. The Christian in the Family
7. The Happy Family
8. The Advantage of Having Godly Parents
9. The Happy Parent
10. The Loss of Children
11. The Loss of Connections