Treasuring God in our Traditions - by Piper, Noel.
Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2003. 119 pp.
Reviewed by Anita Mosier, wife of TMS student Ben Mosier
As a newlywed, I find myself day dreaming at times about traditions, both the traditions I grew up with and will want to continue or ones my husband and I will begin for our own family. This past fall I was given a book written by Noel Piper entitled Treasuring God in Our Traditions. In her book, Mrs. Piper defines tradition from a biblical perspective and then proceeds to discuss how to keep tradition in the everyday things of life like prayer, meals, and worship as well as for bigger occasions like holidays.
Mrs. Piper dedicates an entire chapter each to Christmas and Easter, sharing creative ways to keep the focus on Christ while your children are young, as well as how to modify these traditions as they grow. A Christmas idea she shares is incorporating a manger scene in the middle of an Advent candle arrangement to help younger children see Jesus as the Light of the world coming to earth. The author also suggests a “resurrection tree” at Easter, decorating a bare tree with small ornaments such as a donkey, grapes, wheat, coin or little money bag (betrayal), rooster, crown of thorns, nail, and so on.
All of us have traditions that we will pass on to our children, grandchildren, and great-grand children, Lord willing. Mrs. Piper’s book on treasuring God amidst the hustle and bustle of life is an invaluable reminder to us as wives and mothers to pass on a godly heritage that will not be lost, and to give a clear message to the guests in our homes that we serve and worship Jesus Christ.