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The Pastor's Kid

Finding Your Own Faith and Identity

Author Barnabas Piper
Narrator Barnabas Piper
Runtime 3.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date July 1, 2014
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Dad may be following God’s call, but the Pastor’s kids (PKs) are just following mom and dad. Often to devastating results.


Barnabas Piper – son of Pastor and bestselling author John Piper – has experienced the challenges of being a PK first-hand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues and accelerated scrutiny PKs face.


But more than just stating the problems – he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) is to live in true freedom and wholeness.

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Dad may be following God’s call, but the Pastor’s kids (PKs) are just following mom and dad. Often to devastating results.


Barnabas Piper – son of Pastor and bestselling author John Piper – has experienced the challenges of being a PK first-hand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues and accelerated scrutiny PKs face.


But more than just stating the problems – he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) is to live in true freedom and wholeness.

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good subject but poorly written
This is a subject much needed to be out in the open, but I quit this book after listening to 4.5 chapters out of 8. The style of writing is to give advice point by point. It would be much more interesting to tell true stories. He keeps throwing in 1-liner quotes from other PK's that I made me want to say "so what". It would be better to tell some of their stories. The book is politically correct to the point of ad-nauseum. Piper tells his story throughout using the feminine pronouns "she" or "her". Every time he does it, which is like every minute, I groan.
This is read by the author, which I would expect would be best, but the reading tone is vindictive or annoying.
On the + side, the book is respectful throughout.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/7/2018)
A must read for everyone in the church
This book was very well written. It is a quick read that is engaging and gets to the heart of the matter. Truth be told, I don't write reviews of books. This is my first one and I am only doing it because I believe whole heartedly that this message needs to be shared. The perspective given is invaluable. I did not grow up a PK or even in the church but find myself now raising four PKs and see much of what was shared being placed on my children. My husband and I pray for wisdom in raising our children but having this "hindsight" perspective is, as they say, 20/20. So, thank you, from my children and me, for taking the time to write this book.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/6/2017)
must reading for churches, pastors and of course, pastor’s kids
This is part memoir, and part self-help. And it isn’t all Piper’s memoir, as he shares stories from countless pastor’s kids he interviewed in preparation for the book. Some of them are not in the faith anymore, and it does us good to wonder why. Barnabus’ prescription calls for grace and care for children, and a proper set of expectations. He also gives hope to those who have been burned, or are wondering what they can possibly due at this stage in the game.

I particularly appreciated his emphasis on legalism. This excerpt resonates well with me:

"Not everything is right or wrong, true or false, yes or no. The PK needs some maybes and sort ofs. If every question is answered in black and white and every decision judged as right or wrong, the PK never learns to make value decisions. In fact, he never learns values at all. He just learns to dance the morality two-step and avoid getting out of step with what’s ‘good’ or ‘true.’ If every question is given a concrete answer and no room is left for exploration or doubt, the PK is forced to either acquiesce or bury his doubts where they can fester and rot his faith." (p. 83)

I listened to the Christianaudio version of the book. This was extra special in that Barnabus Piper himself was the one reading his book. This made listening to the book more poignant as his passion for his book’s message was evident.

This book is well-written and preaches an important message. I don’t know of any other similar book that is designed to both help those who have been hurt, and equip those in the ministry now who are raising another generation of children. Cautions are raised and challenges issued, but grace and hope pervade the book. This is must reading for churches, pastors and of course, pastor’s kids.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Christianaudio. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/28/2015)
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