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Foundations for the Family Series (4 vols.)

by Grudem, Wayne A., DeMoss, Nancy Leigh, Rainey, Dennis

Crossway 2002

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Foundations for the Family Series (4 vols.)
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This four-book series combines the knowledge of more than 30 contributors with expert perspectives on Christian families. The books attempt to describe biblical foundations for manhood and womanhood and answer many of the questions that face our congregations. Why is our nation experiencing a crisis in family identity? What does the Bible say about true masculinity and true femininity and how does that affect our world? The editors hope these books "show how faithfulness to Scripture regarding manhood and womanhood results in a ministry that does not run from but faces and resolves the tough problems that confront people in their lives as men and women today."

Key Features

  • Perfect as a sermon companion as well as for Bible studies and small groups will add a new dimension to your family-focused studies.
  • Offers a comprehensive view of a Biblical perspective for defining the uniqueness of our created gender differences from some of today's leading experts.


  • John Piper
  • Bruce A. Ware
  • Richard W. Hove
  • Daniel Doriani
  • Daniel R. Heimbach
  • Peter Jones
  • R. Kent Hughes
  • Danny Akin
  • H. B. London, Jr.
  • Dick Purnell
  • Timothy B. Bayly
  • Ken Sande
  • Bob Davies
  • David Powlison
  • Paige Patterson
  • Paul David Tripp
  • Edward T. Welch
  • Dennis Rainey
  • Wayne Grudem
  • Bob Lepine
  • C. J. Mahaney
  • Stu Weber
  • Susan Hunt
  • Harold D. Davis
  • Robert Lewis
  • Steve Farrar
  • Crawford W. Loritts, Jr.

Individual Titles

Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood

  • Editor: Wayne Grudem
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 304

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

For years a debate has raged over how to define true masculinity and true femininity. While there is agreement that men and women share equally in the privilege of being made in God's image, some views of manhood and womanhood blur God-given gender distinctions.

Wayne Grudem assembled a team of distinguished writers to show how egalitarian views destroy God's ideal for your relationships, marriage, and life purposes.

Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood

  • Editors: Wayne Grudem and Dennis Rainey
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 300

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

As the shepherd of the flock, a pastor has many responsibilities--few as great as leading and training families. The pervasive attitude and beliefs of the world have only added stress and confusion to this task. Sixteen highly regarded men and women help bring clarity and guidance to this important issue. They tackle practical topics such as how and why to preach on biblical manhood and womanhood, putting the Internet to use, church discipline, small groups, and handling domestic violence. They discuss the personal applications within the pastor's marriage, and they examine the biblical views of ministering to singles, homosexuality, leadership and submission, and much more. This compilation is thorough, potent, and a must-have for any pastor's library.

Dennis Rainey writes, "Today our nation suffers from a sickness of the soul because our families are weak." People in our society suffer from broken hearts, dull marriages, or rebellious kids. Marriages are crumbling, more and more couples are merely living together, singles are lonely, and homosexuality is becoming more "accepted" in popular culture. How can you confront these challenges and make the most of the widespread opportunities for ministry to families today?

The conviction of the editors of this Foundations for the Family Series volume is that family ministry in your congregation begins with your own family. Wayne Grudem and Dennis Rainey gathered a group of prominent Christian leaders to provide wisdom for people who want to see the Gospel flourish in their church families. Their essays touch on building strong marriages, confronting domestic violence, reaching out to singles, and more.

Building Strong Families

  • Editor: Dennis Rainey
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 240

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Besides our relationship with our heavenly Father, there is nothing more important than our relationship with our family. It is the building block of our churches, communities, and nation. So when we neglect our families, the foundation of our churches and nation crumbles, and our homes begin to splinter.

If we desire to fulfill God's calling in our lives and to make a difference in others' lives for eternity, then we must start within our families. Whether single or married, with children or not, we all have a part in God's calling to build strong spiritual families.

Dennis Rainey and ten other Christian leaders understand that in order to make a change you need standards, courage, and innovative strategies. In this book you will find challenging, encouraging words on key issues ranging from gender roles and sexual intimacy within marriage to raising masculine boys and feminine girls, as well as the practical concerns of renewal in your own home and effective mentoring within the church and community.

God's calling is clear: we each have a part in His family. With the help of these respected Christians, you should be able to find the best way to fulfill your part.

Biblical Womanhood in the Home

  • Editor: Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 192

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Though the modern feminist movement left suffering families and a lost culture in its wake, there is a new movement spreading seeds of hope in the hearts of Christian women everywhere. Nancy Leigh DeMoss has brought together seven respected teachers, including Susan Hunt and Mary A. Kassian--all of whom speak to the hearts of their sisters in Christ with a message about the greatness of God's created order and the part women play in His grand, redemptive plan so that they may re-discover the beauty and wonder of their distinctive calling.

The feminist revolution was supposed to make us feel better about ourselves, bringing us greater fulfillment and freedom. Yet many of us are feeling anything but fulfilled and free. Across generational lines, inside the church and out, we are understanding that we have lost the beauty and wonder of our distinctive makeup and calling as women. We are realizing that what was supposed to lift us up has been tearing down society, churches, and most importantly, our own families.

There is now a new movement spreading its seeds--seeds of hope, humility, obedience, and prayer. It is a call to return to godly womanhood, and it is resonating in the hearts of women everywhere.

Let its truth ring in your heart through the powerful messages of these seven beloved teachers: Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Susan Hunt, Mary A. Kassian, Carolyn Mahaney, Barbara Hughes, P. Bunny Wilson, and Dorothy Patterson. They approach the subject of womanhood from different angles and teaching styles, but throughout there runs a thread. One that will instill itself in your spirit. A thread of joy and delight with the greatness of God's created order and the part He wants you to play in His grand redemptive plan.

Product Details

  • Title: Foundations for the Family Series
  • Editors: Wayne Grudem, Dennis Rainey, Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,036

About the Editors

Wayne Grudem is Vice President of the Counsel on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and Research Professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary. Click here to see more of his work featured at

Dennis Rainey, executive director and co-founder of FamilyLife, hosts the nationally syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today, which airs daily. Dennis and his wife have been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 27 years and have six children. Click here to see more of his work featured at

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts, a daily radio program for women heard on 250 stations. Since 1979, she has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries in Niles, Michigan. She is the author of A Place of Quiet Rest, Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, and A Thirty-Day Walk with God in the Psalms. She has shared her burden for personal and corporate revival throughout North America and abroad.