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Federal thinking is foreign to the modern mind. "Federal" has come to mean nothing more than centralized or big. Because your federal government has become so uncovenantal, it is not surprising that the original meaning of the word is lost. But federal thinking is the backbone of historic Protestant theology, and the Church needs to recover the covenantal understanding ofFederal thinking is foreign to the modern mind. "Federal" has come to mean nothing more than centralized or big. Because your federal government has become so uncovenantal, it is not surprising that the original meaning of the word is lost. But federal thinking is the backbone of historic Protestant theology, and the Church needs to recover the covenantal understanding of federal headship. Husbands are to lead their families, taking responsibility for them as covenant heads-as federal husbands....

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Federal Husband Reviews

  • Josh
    2018-10-05 09:31

    Good medicine for a perpetual epidemic for which there are no natural immunities, only healing in the wounds of Christ, who therein demonstrated how a husband is to love his wife—federally, that is, covenantally.

  • Ken Honken
    2018-10-05 01:39

    "Federal Husband" is author Douglas Wilson's second tome on the subject of family and marriage. According to the Prologue, the impetus for writing it stemmed from two motivations: the safety in reemphasizing the themes of his first book, "Reforming Marriage" (ala Phil. 3:1), and the xenophobia of the modern mind toward covenantal (i.e. federal) thinking. Hence, in this book, Wilson considers the role of a husband from its proper federal perspective (i.e. from a covenantal point of view). Wilson develops the book through four sections. Section one (“Federal Husband and Christ”) focuses the relationship of husbandry to covenantal thinking in general and to Christ's federal headship in particular. This section is filled with many valuable observations, including the importance of living out a theology of the cross and Jesus' faithfulness in fulfilling his federal role as the head of the Church. The second section, entitled “Federal Husband Against Himself,” focuses on the tendency of Christian husbands and fathers to subvert their own federal roles in both how they think and how they act. Wilson's comments here are as wide as they are deep. The Bible not only shows men their sin and their need to treat their wives with proper respect. But the Scriptures also lay bare the lies of our current culture, especially with regard to gender and their respective roles (namely that, according to the world, there are none). Consequently, Wilson has advice for men on how biblical masculinity should express itself from clothes to hair to jewelry. But most importantly, a Christian federalist ought to be defined by his practical wisdom and industry, especially of the spiritual kind. “Federal Husband and Society,” the third section, observes the undeniable reality of cultural hierarchy, urges real men to accept it (even if they don't like it), and ends by lambasting the modern idea of women serving in combat. The last section, “Federal Father,” urges Christian men to embrace fatherhood as organic to their federal role as husbands. This begins with honoring pregnancy and seeing children as the blessed fruit of covenant homes. It continues with cultivating the roots of biblical family life, recognizing our children's sins while nurturing their unique differences, and discipling them through the principles of biblical discipline. All of this should ultimately express itself in fathers teaching their sons how to look for a proper wife. Oddly, the corresponding advice for fathers to their daughters is missing, but perhaps one can find it in "Her Hand in Marriage," another Wilson volume that this section mentions in passing. For all if this book's strengths (and they are manifold, both in terms of practical application and philosophical analysis), the sad story is that it misses the most important part of being a Christian husband and father. And that's grace. For this reviewer, such a massive blunder is inseparable from Wilson's wider associations with the Federal Vision (FV) movement. His opening remarks regarding the meaning of “federal” or “covenant”—-that such an idea is “the backbone of historic Protestant orthodoxy”—-are representative of the covenantal overemphasis (rationalism is a better, if bigger, word) of the FV. Both historically and biblically, the backbone of Protestant orthodoxy has not been federalism (see, e.g., the general silence of Luther), but rather the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith. While having federal underpinnings, this doctrine is fundamentally not about practicing federalism in the great family-church-society complex, but about living in gratitude to God (in every area of life, but especially in the society known as the Church) for his grace in Jesus Christ. This neglect of grace is no doubt a consequence of Wilson's and the FV's conflation of the covenant of life/works and the covenant of grace. The result in this book, as with FV doctrine in general, is reference to the active obedience of Christ as model for our own living (dare I say works?), rather than primarily as the good news upon which Christian fathers and husbands can hope when faced with the painful knowledge of their own inadequacies and ignorance (which, I am not ashamed to say, is the grace of faith). If you are looking for a book on being a better father and husband, I would recommend something from Dr. Joel Beeke, such as "Parenting By God's Promises." You will get all of the same practical and philosophical strengths of Wilson, but with a better covenant having much more of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Ryan Richetto
    2018-09-28 05:31

    "A man rarely stands taller than when he stands for a lady" (p. 35).

  • Heather Leipart
    2018-09-28 08:28

    I liked this book a lot. It spurred a lot of conversation between my husband and I, and we found it to be very positive in the direction it leads families. I read it though, not him,(though he was filled in continually) and about a chapter or two in I was wondering if I wanted him to read it started to come down hard on the wife's responsibilities and such, and listing gripes men have against women. Oh, that part about calling in the elders because she didn't do the dishes(I'm simlipfying), about did me in. However, the farther I read the more I saw how truly beautiful the design described could be when the husband loves his wife to such depths, and when he takes responsibility for the state of the family. It wouldnt be a hardship to live in a household such as this where the husband is a godly, gentle man. I particularly like the illustration of the theif- does the theif's head blame his hands for a crime? No, they are is the head's fault as much as the it is in a marriage where the man is the head - he is responsible for the wife's issues as they are one just the same. I liked that idea. It impressed upon me that much more how my choices affect my husband in this life and the next. The author also touched on topics I wasn't expecting such as hair(beards are sexy, oh, and godly), earings(sign of a slave), women in combat(they just are plain not as good), and discipline of children(with love and regularity). This is my first marriage book for the man that I have read. I usually read the books for the women, but I wanted to be nosey and see what they read too! I liked it, though the whole covenant thing...I think this author takes too far, but that's the baptist in me coming out.

  • Chris Comis
    2018-10-20 05:21

    I always recommend this book for anyone who wants to know what covenant theology applied looks like. If you don't understand why covenant theology is so important, read this book. If you want to repent of your dispensational-baptist theology, then definitely read this book. It's covenant theology coming out the finger tips.Just re-read this with some other guys in my church. Wilson never fails to bring the heat with a whole lot of grace. Will be reading this one a few times before I die.

  • Ian
    2018-10-05 01:35

    Absolutely love this book. It challenges me probably every day to live in greater fullness of my headship in my marriage. It's a little feisty, but even if you don't agree with everything, read it. It will make you think. Hard. It will make you a better husband and father. Also, Wilson is a beard advocate, so what can I say against him?

  • Kevin Godinho
    2018-10-13 03:11

    I was not impressed with this book as much as I was with his other books. "Praise Her in the Gates", "The Case for Classical Christian Education" and "Heaven Misplaced" were all extraordinarily in comparison to this one. I might have this opinion because I feel like some of this information was repeated in his other books. I feel like the majority of the content was rather surface-level and didn't go into Douglas Wilson's normal depth; his usual depth and the revelation it subsequently brings is what I was looking and hoping for. It seems like this book is directed at men who really don't understand that they are the head of their households. Men that might fall into this category as suggested in the book are ones that have been taken over in one form or another by feminism, becoming too feminine themselves and forsaking biblical masculinity."...the husband is responsible for all the problems...just as Christ as the head assumed all the responsibility for all the sins of all his people."I'm still a major fan of Douglas Wilson, just not a major fan of this particular piece of his work.

  • Cole Brandon
    2018-10-18 06:40

    A great blend of practical theology. Wilson's applies the Bible to a robust variety of topics organically related to husbandry. Though the whole book is pregnant with wisdom, "Section One: Federal Husband and Christ" steals the read!

  • Korey Daniel
    2018-09-29 02:20

    FILLED with practical wisdom. This book is convicting, encouraging and informative. Must read multiple times.

  • Carleton Raisbeck
    2018-09-23 06:38

    Utterly repulsive, oppressively misogynistic, and hopelessly outdated. There are just a few comments you might hear from a modern secular reader of this book. Thankfully, Wilson isn't too bothered about offending those people and remains committed to the Christian worldview. He makes many useful points and observations about the role of the husband throughout the book. I wont list everything he wrote because the arguments are too nuanced to do justice to them in a review. But I do offer one important point:Wilson shows how the bible rejects many modern notions of relationships. The one that comes to mind is 'gender fluidity'. He argues that we have each been called to fulfil roles within our gender, and that rejecting our God-given roles is bad for us. Obviously it goes against a lot of our modern teachings of 'do as you please as long as you're not hurting anybody', and 'it's all a matter of opinion', and rightly so. He explains that men are called to be men, which means to provide and protect. And women should be women; to be child-bearers and home oriented. Men aren't supposed to be soft and cuddly. Women aren't supposed to go to war and defend our nations. That's just the way it is. It seems painfully obvious to many, but is this what is being taught to our children? And hasn't precisely the opposite become the orthodox, state-approved view, with any view otherwise being seen as bigoted and oppressive? It seems so, and it's just not right to want to raise effeminate men and masculine women.The book, however, isn't just about telling men and women to do. It's coming from a place of love, namely love for God and the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. Like any clergyman should, Wilson bases his teachings on what is written in scripture, trusting in the promises made therein, with the aim to do what pleases God and a view to enjoying everlasting life.

  • Abrahamus
    2018-10-01 03:33

    "Federal" is one of those great words which has almost been completely ruined for us. When we think "federal" we think big, bloated, out-of-touch and oppressive. We think pass-the-buck. Sadly, "federal" rightly understood means the opposite of all these things. It means "covenantal"; it means "wonderfully and organically united"; it means no more "I", "me" and "you", but rather "we". To cut right to the chase, husbands and fathers, it means that 100% of any problems that exist within your marriage or your household are your responsibility. That's right, 100% of them, whatever they are. If that sounds unbearably overwhelming (and it certainly should on the one hand), find out how liberating it can truly be when embraced in submission to Christ, whose efficaciously federal love for His own Bride serves as our pattern and example.The author's sermon series The Covenant Household is an exposition of this same subject matter—in some respects I think it is addressed and explained there even more pointedly and effectively than in the books—but at any rate it would serve as a great and highly recommended supplement to this and his other books on marriage and the family. No doubt about it, this is really life-transforming teaching that is desperately needed.

  • Ben Zornes
    2018-10-19 09:18

    It ought to be fundamentally obvious to all biblically minded Christians that the gravest need we face in the 21st century is that of godly masculinity. Pastor Wilson has, in 100, or so, pages poignantly cast a vision for what it means for a man to be the "head of the home". Godly manhood has enemies on either side, but both seek his emasculation. On one side is egalitarianism and feminism in its quest to blur the distinctiveness between male and female. On the other side is legalistic misogyny, which aims to be manly through arbitrary (often unbiblical) rules, strictness, and overbearing bullying. Both errors will render impotent the man who embraces these false ideologies. The Bible must be the only rule of life for the Christian man. Wilson highlights the fact that the role of a husband is more than titular, it is an office; and an office of representation at that. This is the "federal" part of it; a man represents his family before God, which means he also bears responsibility for the state of his marriage, children and household.This really is a must read, especially for men. It will make the squeamish pansy of fleshly desire squirm, and it will provoke repentance, correction and encouragement in a man's walk of faith.

  • Nathanael
    2018-10-14 07:22

    "Husbands, love your wives as Christ loves the Church." Eph 5:25Douglas Wilson explains what exactly that means, to love as Christ loved the Church. And one of the most important aspects of that is that a husband is the federal head of the home, the covenantal representative. Christ, though sinless and innocent, takes 'responsibility' for the sin of His bride and lays down His life to present her spotless. Similarly, if there is a problem in a marriage, it is up to the husband to take responsibility to sort it out, even if it is not his fault as an individual. A marriage is not a pair of individuals living together. It is a covenantal relationship with the husband as the head. This was possibly the biggest lesson I learnt from this book.He also had some interesting views on women in the military and other things.Initially, I found his style a little frustrating. It seemed like he was making bold statements with no backing. But reading on, he does explain the reasons for thinking the way he does. Definitely the best book I read this year. Innumerable marriages would benefit from husbands taking this idea on and putting this into practice.

  • John
    2018-09-23 03:25

    This is a great, short read on covenant headship and masculinity. Wilson shows that God deals with man through covenants. Marriage is a covenant between a man and woman before God. The marriage covenant has implications that Wilson works through biblically. Man is the covenant head within marriage--this does not mean power, but authority and responsibility. Man is accountable to God for the actions of his wife and children, and thus must intercede for them, and recognize his responsibility for sin and discord within his family.Wilson then works through this idea into broader aspects of life including culturally and politically. This is a great and important work for men--particularly husbands.Highly recommended.

  • Joshua
    2018-09-25 06:14

    Very good. A solid outline of what it means to be a godly husband, starting and ending with the relationship of Christ and the Church. I thought one of the best parts was establishing what covenantal means and its implications: recognizing the husband and wife as a united entity, so they are no longer you and me, but we. Wilson also takes a critical approach to how a husband may be a truly federal head. Not by being a second 'mother' or by being a hyper-masculine bully, but by being the person responsible for the household, including its faults. While some of these things are quite obvious from even a cursory reading of Scripture, it was nice to have them presented systematically - I only wish some topics were discussed a little more in-depth.

  • Devan
    2018-10-11 08:18

    While not agreeing with everything presented herein, I found the overall trajectory of the book of great benefit. A lot of biblical reasoning about what it means to be a husband. It doesn't rely on psychology, philosophy, or anecdote like so many other marriage books I've read. Also, it calls men to genuine responsibility - not an "I'm a man and I say so" coercive leadership role but rather a servant-leader role, wherein he takes responsibility for the roles that are biblically prescribed to him and seeks the spiritual well-being of his home. It also highlights the roles of the woman in ways that might seem controversial. I would hear Wilson out on this, rather than reacting with a knee-jerk. Take what you agree with, meditate and decide upon what you do not.

  • Ian Hammond
    2018-09-28 03:32

    Doug Wilson can turn a good phrase. This book was enjoyable to read. There is no doubt, however, due to its controversial positions and the lack of tact that it would not ever be published apart from his own publishing company.I would love for Wilson to make a stronger effort to persuade those who have been hardened by secularism. Anyway, it was a fun, short book. I probably would recommend a different book (maybe Piper's or Beeke's) just because I would think there would be a greater tendency for this book to be misrepresented and abused.

  • Alex
    2018-09-26 01:23

    I must say, this book was incredibly helpful to me. It is against destructive individualism as much as it opposes egotistical patriarchal abuses. This book was a refreshingly satisfying read for me as a husband. It is one of those books that makes you want to read more of God's word (and apply it!) - and that, with a lens that you had been missing (federal thinking). If you are looking for a good read on marriage and the family, I wholeheartedly recommend this to any man - married or unmarried.

  • Ricky LLanes
    2018-10-06 06:34

    It's been a while since I've read a great book on marriage and what it means to be a man and a husband, and even a son. Douglas Wilson really touches on every station in a man's life, and how they're all connected. Wilson was refreshingly real and, I will say, in your face about his convictions regarding the subject matter - and has quickened convictions in me. I truly recommend this read; it's a short one at that.

  • Victoria
    2018-10-13 04:28

    Excellent book on the role of the husband in the family and scripture.I liked how the author says most people think of responsibility in marriage being either/or when really it is Both/and. I think this is the best example I have yet to read on the subject of headship and submission. Once you really understand what it is, it's really a very attractive idea that everyone should strive for ! It shouldn't be seen as repressive but rather a liberating and empowering idea to act as God intended.

  • Simon
    2018-10-16 09:34

    Really good. A straightforward, biblical (and therefore counter-cultural) theology of being a husband. The basic premise is that God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God, and that husbands are to be like Christ is in relation to his Bride. Good stuff! A much needed antidote to the feminist/egalitarian heresy so prevalent in the culture and in the church today. Includes a good chapter on child-rearing.

  • Gary
    2018-09-24 09:21

    A short little book, but one that doesn't waste words in conveying the older (Biblical) idea of the husband as the covenantal head of his household. These are principles for loving, sacrificial headship however, and not a concise blueprint for macho dictatorship in the domestic sphere.Really good.

  • JR McCravy
    2018-10-23 09:40

    In a time where the body of Christ lacks responsibility-accepting male headship more than ever before, this work is a smack to the collective noggin of husbands hiding out in their homes, too afraid or too selfish to accept responsibility for what goes on in their families. As always, DW builds a compelling case straight from Scripture. Easy 5 stars.

  • CJ Bowen
    2018-10-15 06:18

    Great stuff. Particularly good sections on the role of women in Scripture, the role of beards in culture, a hearty condemnation of masculinism, and fatherly responsibility. The only people who should read this book are men who want to be married, men who are married, men who were married, men who go to Church with such men, and women.

  • Dustin
    2018-10-19 05:20

    Great, as usual from the Wilson's. Lots of overlap with his other books - which I've come to expect - but the overlapping is then built upon. Lots to think about, dwell upon, and apply. Many provocative thoughts concerning weddings, which I wasn't expecting. Great book.

  • Andre
    2018-09-26 04:11

    Challenging but great book that I have read several times already. I saw it the other day in my car and I thought I need to read it again. My wife knows already when I am reading it because of the change that exerts upon me!

  • Joel Griffis
    2018-09-25 06:32

    Really, really good -- not surprisingly. I don't know much about being a husband, but I'd highly recommend this one to any Christian married man. Wilson taps into so many things that are largely overlooked today.

  • Gary Morris
    2018-10-16 07:22

    This book delighted me, angered me and delighted me all over again. It was eye opening in many respects. I find myself more reflective and aware of my conventional responsibility as a husband and a father. The beginning of a journey I'd say.

  • Shep
    2018-10-08 06:12

    Read this book out loud to a friend on a drive to Missouri. Great book on what it means to be a godly husband. Douglas Wilson writes eloquently, as usual, and his words are saturated with wisdom. Recommended.

  • Christopher Brehm
    2018-10-06 07:28

    I enjoyed reading this book. As always Douglas Wilson is able to get the point across without using a lot of fluff. That's why I love his books they get right to the point and use scripture to back it all up.