by Susan Hunt
A young mother concluded her letter to Susan Hunt with these words, "Surely someone who is farther down the parenting road than I am could at least shout directions or throw me a map." Pivotal to the answer are the words of the Lord as recorded in Jeremiah 6:16: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." This two-part book presents the covenant way of viewing family and concludes with the profound power of gazing at His glory.
The compelling message of A Place of Grace urges a return to the biblical concept of covenant as it relates to the Christian home. This means seeing "the wide expanse of God's mercy and grace to His children intricately woven into every relationship and detail of life." This worldview sees God as the one who initiates relationship with Himself as well as with the members of our individual and church family. Scriptural truths are passed from generation to generation and surrounded with love and care for others as an expression of our theology.
What does a covenant lifestyle of stewardship and worship look like in a family? "When a child exhibits an ability or develops a new skill, talk about this as a gift from the Lord and discuss how it is to be used for His glory."
What will acceptance look like in the family? Susan Hunt distinguishes between the biblical ethic of acceptance and the cultural idol of tolerance. "The purpose of tolerance is man's indulgence of self; biblical acceptance is based on our acceptance by Christ." We can see biblical acceptance in families "that push beyond the similar and familiar to forge friendships with families across racial and economic boundaries and with families with a child with disabilities."
Biblical examples are the core of each chapter, and rich Bible studies conclude each chapter.