Federal thinking is foreign to the modern mind. "Federal" has come to mean nothing more than centralized, or big. Because our federal government has become so uncovenantal, it is not surprising that the original meaning of the word is lost. But federal thinking is the backbone of historic Protestant theology, and the Church needs to recover the covenantal understanding of federal headship. Husbands are to lead their families, taking responsibility for them as their covenant heads—as federal husbands.
Reforming Marriage, also by Wilson, began the discussion of covenant headship. This collection of essays continues that discussion in greater depth, dealing with more specifics of federal husbandry.