The Storm-Tossed Family

Learn how the cross reshapes the home

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The Storm-Tossed Family book

In The Storm-Tossed Family, bestselling author Russell Moore teaches readers whether you are married or single, whether you long for a child or are shepherding a full house, you are part of a family.

Family can be the source of some of the most transcendent human joy, and family can leave us crumpled up on the side of the road. Family can make us who we are, and family can break our hearts. Why would this social arrangement have that much power, for good or for ill, over us?

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Q & A

A conversation with author Russell Moore

What can readers expect to find in
The Storm-Tossed Family?

This is a book about the family, but family in light of the cross. It is at the Place of the Skull where we see the hidden presence of a faithful Father, the visible presence of a human mother, the background of a life lived out with an infancy, a childhood, and a hometown. There we see a groom fighting for His bride.

How would you define family in light of the cross?

The church is a household economy, where all of us use our gifts for the sake of the mission. The fact that every person has a gift for the upbuilding of the rest of us is one more way of God signaling to us that we belong. We are wanted. We are loved... We are family. That means no Christian lives alone, and no Christian dies alone. There’s no such thing as a “single” Christian.

What inspired you to write on the topic of family?

We are shaped and formed by family in all sorts of routine and unexceptional ways that we may never even notice or remember. However, we must see the family clearly, and we must see beyond it. The only safe harbor for a storm-tossed family is a nail-scarred home.

Why did you use the phrase
“Storm-Tossed Family”?

What does that entail? Bound up in a storm is both a blessing and a curse. And in both the blessing of rain and the peril of the storm, we lose all of our illusions of control. Family is like that: the source of life-giving blessing but also of excruciating terror, often all at the same time.

How does the cross tie into that metaphor?

These families of ours can be filled with joy but will always make us vulnerable to pain. And the joy and the pain are pointing us to the same place: the cross.

Do you have any advice for those struggling
with their home life?

The way of the cross leads home. The Light shines in the darkness, still, and the darkness has yet to overcome it. Whatever storms you may face now, you can survive. If you listen carefully enough, even in the scariest, most howling moments, you can hear a Galilean voice saying, “Peace. Be still.”

What do you hope readers will take away from
The Storm-Tossed Family?

Your family, whatever it is, will bless you, maybe in ways you don’t even notice in the blur of busyness at the moment. Stop and notice these blessings. Listen to what God is telling you through them. They will lead you where you never expected to go. But this is no reason for fear. The path before you is the way of the cross.

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