Treasuring God in Our Traditions

Treasuring God in Our Traditions

by Noël Piper, John Piper (Foreword)
Publisher: Crossway Books
Trade Paperback, 117 pages
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God-treasuring traditions can be ordinary, everyday habits such as telling stories, attending church, and using affectionate nicknames. They may be rare "especially" occasions such as funerals and weddings. And they are also the creative ways we reflect Christ in our holidays.

Noël 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. Only God can give our children a taste for His sweetness. Only God can awaken them to His worth. But He uses means. He uses God-centered traditions and Bible-saturated family patterns and grace-laden heirlooms. Year in and year out our traditions can show children that God is our Treasure. With family traditions rooted firmly in the Bible, 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.

Noël opens her home to you—more than thirty years of marriage and mothering. She invites you into the happy, imperfect Piper pattern of live (including a few family-occasion poems written by her husband, John).

Table of Contents:

Foreword by John Piper
  1. Heirlooms
  2. What Is Tradition?
  3. What Makes Tradition Important?
  4. How Do Traditions Teach?
  5. "Everyday" and the Ultimate
  6. "Everyday" Traditions, the Family, and the World
  7. "Especially" Traditions
  8. Especially Christmas
  9. Especially Easter
  10. What Now?
Appendix: The Family Together in God's Presence
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  Teaching Though Living
Mystie Winckler of WA, 3/19/2011
This book follows in the footsteps of Edith Schaeffer; it is very reminiscent of Hidden Art, I thought. Mrs. Piper shows how traditions (daily patterns as well as holiday customs) communicate to children better and more deeply than words. It was a good read for someone like myself who tends to shrug off and sometimes even scoff at treating special times special as fluff and nonsense and sentimental. Children do pick up ideas through what they do repeatedly and by how they are treated, and so I want to fight my gnostic tendencies and make birthdays and holidays special days and make sure our daily patterns of life are consistent with our talk. After all, what you believe comes out your fingertips and what comes out your fingertips is what you believe.