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On Being Family: A Social Theology of the Family

Each month, we feature a book from the Lumina College Library handpicked by our librarian. This month's Book of the Month is:

Title: On Being Family: A Social Theology of the Family

Publisher: Wipf and Stock

Author: Ray S. Anderson and Dennis B. Guernsey


In this book, authors explore the connections that produce the marvelous, complicated and often contorted human family. The central thesis of the book is that God has placed human persons in a created order for which the covenant love of God provides the fundamental paradigm for parenting, sexuality, and marriage, and the formation of family life. From the perspective of the church as the new family of God, the human family is liberated from its own failures and fears, and each person is affirmed as having a place in God's kingdom. Through Jesus Christ, to whom we are connected by grace, we are all brothers and sisters. We are family.

About the author

Ray Anderson was Senior Professor of Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary and served on the faculty of the School of Theology since 1976. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Spiritual Caregiving as Secular Sacrament, The Soul of Ministry, Self Care, Living the Spiritually Balanced Life, and Dancing with Wolves While Feeding the Sheep: The Musings of a Maverick Theologian.

Dennis B. Guernsey had long been a prominent teacher and writer in the field of Christian families. With a Ph.D. in psychology and plus being an ordained minister, he founded the Marriage and Family Counseling Department at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California before going to Seattle Pacific University to develop a new Ph.D. program there in the same field.


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