from B&H Publishing Group
Experiencing God at Home takes a fresh path back into the rich roots of Henry Blackaby’s world-renowned Experiencing God writings to connect what happens in our homes to what happens in our churches. Tom Blackaby, co-author with his brother Richard of Experiencing God at Home, sat down with Facts&Trends and answered seven questions about how the new resource came about.
Why did you write Experiencing God at Home?
Many people have asked us to apply the seven realities or concepts of Experiencing God as a guide for parents to use in the home with their families. Richard and I looked at Experiencing God and used those principles to develop some practical steps for families to make them part of their family values and beliefs.
How do the classic Seven Realities your father [Henry Blackaby] gave in Experiencing God relate to Experiencing God at Home?
All our suggestions are based directly on seeing God at work, being loved by God, getting involved with God’s work, listening for God’s direction, facing the challenge of obeying God, making adjustments in your life and knowing God better by experience. Each chapter relates to one of the realities.
Can you tell us specific ways Experiencing God at Home will help parents?
It models an approach for parents wanting to disciple their kids. It also will help parents see their children from God’s perspective. God wants to help parents equip their kids to grow up trusting Him.
You’ve written a children’s book, Sammy Experiences God, as a part of the Experiencing God at Home family. What is it about?
It’s the first book in a new series of children’s books. They will all have a strong missions and evangelism emphasis. The first book is about Sammy, a boy who is looking for God. His grandfather tells him that God is pursuing him already. We modeled the grandfather on my dad.
It’s almost unheard of in the publishing world for any resource to have a lifespan of more than 20 years. Why do you think Experiencing God and its large family of resources has had such staying power?
Knowing and doing the will of God is what we were created to experience. Experiencing God explains that God is always at work around us and we should join Him. That relationship changes people. The Bible study gave us new terminology and examples of how to experience God.