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Family Unplanning [Paperback]

Craig Houghton
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In this slender volume Houghton develops the case for surrendering the family planning process to God using clear, compelling examples from scripture. Accurately subtitled A Guide for Christian Couples Seeking God's Truth on Having Children, readers are led through the Bible in search for God's will. The first half of the book focuses exclusively on Old and New Testament scriptures showing God's heart for children, His plan for marriage and the nature of conception. Houghton then goes on to explore historical interpretations of the topic within the church, possible reasons for the rise in contraception, common fears, keeping God's vision and his personal testimony.

I love testimonies, so after reading the foreword by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies, I read Houghton's personal testimony near the end of the book. I wanted to know more about who this man was, and how the Lord had spoken to him about surrendering his family size. It became immediately clear that Houghton has a heart for the Lord and is deeply committed to following the will of God for his life. Learning how other families come to trust the Lord with their family size is always an encouragement to me, each family having a unique story of God's work in their lives.

I then began reading in the proper order, front to back. I appreciate Houghton's extensive use of scripture to build the case for family unplanning. With many pertinent verses gathered and grouped together by topic Houghton builds a solid argument, well founded upon the word of God. Alongside the scriptures pointing to God's sovereignty over conception, and His desire for children, Houghton includes verses that he has seen misused to justify the use of contraception, and explains their proper context and meaning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He has how many children? Is he crazy? No, he's committed. Sept. 15 2008
By Jennifer Bogart - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a growing, grass-roots movement afoot amongst Christians in North America. Decentralized and led by the Holy Spirit, this movement is loosely termed "Quiverfull" or QF for short. As media interest has piqued in past years most households are now familiar with the movement; if nothing else by a passing familiarity with the Duggar family who have received great deals of media attention due to the size of their family - the Duggar's are expecting baby #18 in January 2009. Those interested in learning more about the beliefs of Christians who surrender their family planning to the Lord, and those who feel the Holy Spirit convicting them in this area will find Craig Houghton's Family UNplanning worthwhile reading.

In this slender volume Houghton develops the case for surrendering the family planning process to God using clear, compelling examples from scripture. Accurately subtitled A Guide for Christian Couples Seeking God's Truth on Having Children, readers are led through the Bible in search for God's will. The first half of the book focuses exclusively on Old and New Testament scriptures showing God's heart for children, His plan for marriage and the nature of conception. Houghton then goes on to explore historical interpretations of the topic within the church, possible reasons for the rise in contraception, common fears, keeping God's vision and his personal testimony.

I love testimonies, so after reading the foreword by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies, I read Houghton's personal testimony near the end of the book. I wanted to know more about who this man was, and how the Lord had spoken to him about surrendering his family size. It became immediately clear that Houghton has a heart for the Lord and is deeply committed to following the will of God for his life. Learning how other families come to trust the Lord with their family size is always an encouragement to me, each family having a unique story of God's work in their lives.

I then began reading in the proper order, front to back. I appreciate Houghton's extensive use of scripture to build the case for family unplanning. With many pertinent verses gathered and grouped together by topic Houghton builds a solid argument, well founded upon the word of God. Alongside the scriptures pointing to God's sovereignty over conception, and His desire for children, Houghton includes verses that he has seen misused to justify the use of contraception, and explains their proper context and meaning. Those familiar with the scriptural case for being fruitful and multiplying will find many familiar verses within these pages.

Houghton presents a clear and logical case for family unplanning that will help any reader with questions understand the major points of his position. A work of this size, however, is not able to adequately defend common objections such as overpopulation or to answer many of the questions posed to Quiverfull families. He does refer readers to other works covering these subjects; a bibliography would have been helpful for quick reference for further studies.

Family UNplanning is written mainly from a Protestant perspective, with brief mentions of the Catholic faith with quotations from Catholic literature to demonstrate their official stance on the matter. The commentaries quoted from prominent theologians of the past regarding the bearing of children and use of contraception proves to be most edifying and refreshing. Many similar works on the subject fail to include this information that demonstrates the historical precedent for receiving children as blessings from God.

Though Houghton does wander somewhat off-topic in his chapter examining possible reasons for the decline of this teaching in the modern church, the issues he examines will resonate with much of his target audience. Delving briefly into hot-spots such as creation vs. evolution, abortion, invitro-fertilization and the inerrancy of scripture, he veers somewhat off-track, but manages to avoid the realm of politics. Many similar works have a tendency to devolve into a heavy-handed, right-wing, conservative manifesto. Family UNplanning remains blessedly free of political leanings, and focuses instead upon biblical principles.

Published in 2006, Family UNplanning is the most recent addition to the body of works focusing solely upon the Lordship of Christ in relation to family size that I know of. Like many Christian women I have already perused other titles on the subject, but this concise little book arrived in my life at just the right moment. When swimming against the tide it is so uplifting to be reminded, refreshed, and encouraged to continue pressing towards the prize; to keep our eyes focused on eternal plans and purposes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing biblical view of child bearing with no if, ands, or buts. May 8 2008
By B. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband and I were starting to feel convicted about why we were using birth control. After going to see what the bible says about, I was suprised to find scriptures that are never taught or encouraged in the church today. I wondered why and what made us justify so many things. This book really helped me to understand how the church was before 1900 and how our society has influenced the church in the past 100 years. Besides everything that the bible promotes about children, the deciding factor for us was, what good reason do we have to not have children? I have yet to find a reason that is not selfish or based on a lack of faith in God being sovereign. This book encouraged me to be excited about what God has in store for our family and a trust in Him that I have never had before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best QF book I've read Jan. 20 2009
By J. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
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If you can only afford one book to strenghthen your quiverful beliefs, get this one. It is easy to read, and biblical and to the point.

Bible verses are not twisted to suit the authors point of view. It is a short book. I re-read it every few weeks to keep motivated :)
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answered lots of our questions with biblical backup. Dec 7 2008
By SuzieQ - Published on Amazon.com
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In a world that promotes all kinds of birth control, we as Christians were a bit confused about what is right for us. This book gave us lots of information with plenty of biblical backup. We'd recommend it to anyone who has questions about this, it's very straightforward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family UNplanning Aug. 24 2009
By Leslie A. Kimbrough - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. I have read several others but this one is by far the best. It has more of the New Testament verses and this is what we live by today. There are lots of Old Testament references for our learning. I truly believe that the LORD is in control of our fertility and this book will help you understand that. I highly recommend this for study.
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