Our church is starting the Robert Murray McCheyne Bible Reading Plan which, of course, brings into focus family worship. I think that outside of personal prayer, family worship is one of the most difficult disciplines to maintain. It’s just hard to do. I’ve had a couple of people in our church talk to me already about family worship and the McCheyne plan. “How do I make 2 chapters a day relevant to my little children?” As a pastor, one of the things I would like to avoid is communicating a legalistic approach that only leads to disappointment. The idea of our strong suggestion to incorporate family worship is that our families be involved in some sort of regular time of bible study. I understand the difficulties: I have kids ranging in age from 17 years old to 5 years old. So are there any resources available that one can use to establish family worship and remain consistent in family worship?
Below is a video by Marty Machowski promoting his book that came out of this familiar struggle:
You can purchase a copy of Long Story Short, as I did, from Westminster Books here.
Here are some endorsements of Long Story Short:
Long Story Short is the best material for family devotions I’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for something careful, creative, and Christ-centered without being corny, confusing, or condescending look no further. Pastors would be wise to buy this book by the boxful and get a copy into the hands of each family in their church.
Blogger (Between Two Worlds); managing editor of the ESV Study Bible
This is simply an outstanding book, and Christian families need it right now. I have never seen a devotional book that is so well suited to family devotions and to children, even as it is faithful in relating biblical truth. This book will help any Christian parent lead family devotions that will be memorable, faithful, and practical for Christian living. I’ll admit this too, parents will find that they love the stories, illustrations, and learning suggestions along with their children. Marty Machowski has written a wonderful book.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
I love the simplicity and practicality of Long Story Short. Marty Machowski gives parents a valuable resource to make disciples in our homes by highlighting the gospel story and the Hero of Scripture. I plan to strongly encourage the use of this book throughout our entire network of churches.
President, Acts 29 Network
Parents, you know that teaching your children God’s Word, especially with children of varying ages, is never easy. But Marty Machowski has just made it easier. Long Story Short guides your family through Old Testament stories, each one highlighting the love and faithfulness of God and the hope of a Savior to come. To use this guide is to have an experienced father and pastor assisting you every night. These moments together, informed by Marty’s book, will help your children understand and be amazed by the grace of God as revealed in the Old Testament.
President, Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of many books, including The Cross Centered Life
In Long Story Short, Marty Machowski provides what my wife and I needed when we were struggling to find good tools to disciple our young children. We got by, but this resource would have helped us so much. I envy the parents who will have it available to them. It is simple, interactive, and faithful to Scripture. It avoids the pitfalls of moralism that is prevalent in much of the children’s Bible literature today. Marty insists that you and your children meet Jesus and see the gospel of grace in every story. I can’t recommend this resource enough.
Dr. Timothy S. Lane, Executive Director,
Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation; coauthor of How People Change and Relationships: A Mess Worth Making