|Treasuring God in Our Traditions|
By: Noel Piper
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Publisher: Crossway Books
Publication Date: September 2003
In this book NoŽl Piper explores what traditions are and
how they can teach us about God. She also gives suggestions
about keeping, changing, or dropping the traditions we
inherit from our parents. Traditions can be ordinary,
everyday habits, or they can be ďespeciallyĒ traditions for
holidays such as Christmas or Easter. Every God-centered
tradition can be an adhesive that holds a family together
or an anchor in the harbor of the family, reflecting our
true refuge in God.
Only God can bequeath God to our children. But he uses
means. He uses God-centered traditions and Bible-saturated
family patterns and grace-laden heirlooms. Only God can
give our children a taste for the sweetness of God. Only
God can awaken them to his worth. But year in and year out
there are traditions that show children that God is our
NoŽl Piper opens her home to youómore than thirty years of
marriage and mothering. She invites you into the happy,
imperfect Piper pattern of life (including a few family-
occasion poems written by her husband, John). But, even
better, she roots things in the Bible.
God-treasuring traditions can be ordinary, everyday habits
such as telling stories, attending church, and using
affectionate nicknames. They may be rare ďespeciallyĒ
occasions such as funerals and weddings. And they are the
creative ways we reflect Christ in our holidays.
NoŽl Piper believes that by our traditions we can help the
next generation treasure God, and at the same time deepen
our own love for him. Like a scribe trained for the kingdom
of heaven, she brings out of her treasure what is new and
what is oldómaking the old new and rooting the new in the
old. In this way, the next generation absorbs the truth
that the treasure we have in God is ancient in wisdom and
strength, and fresh as the morning dew. NoŽl loves making
children (and adults) bow their heads with reverence and
clap their hands with joy.
"God created us for His gloryóand gave us a character that craves traditions. Nevertheless, the frantic pace and highly mobile nature of our society rob many families of any sense of traditionóand any cherished traditions of their own. NoŽl Piper understands the traditions of the Christian faith and their importance to family and church life. Treasuring God in Our Traditions is a much needed corrective and a wonderful gift to Christians in this age. We must recover a biblical affirmation of faithful traditions in this generation, for God's glory and our joy."
--Al and Mary Mohler
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