The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity

The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity

by Barnabas Piper


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The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity by Barnabas Piper

The Only One Facing As Much Pressure As the Pastor is ... The Pastor’s Kid
Dad may be following God’s call, but the Pastor’s kids (PKs) are just following mom and dad. Often to devastating results.
Barnabas Piper – son of Pastor and bestselling author John Piper – has experienced the challenges of being a PK first-hand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues and accelerated scrutiny PKs face.
But more than just stating the problems – he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) is to live in true freedom and wholeness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780781410359
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barnabas Piper is a PK, the son of well-known pastor John Piper. He writes for World Magazine at and blogs at He writes regularly for the popular blog, The Blazing Center. He and his wife live in the Nashville area with their two daughters.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 15

Chapter 1 What's Wrong with That Boy? 21

Chapter 2 The Fishbowl 31

Chapter 3 Expectation Roller Coaster 45

Chapter 4 Identity Crisis 61

Chapter 5 What a PK Needs More Than Anything 75

Chapter 6 Pastor and Child 95

Chapter 7 Parent for Your Congregation 117

Chapter 8 PKs: What Are They Good For? 131

Appendix: Seven Rules for When You Meet a PK 145

Notes 149

Acknowledgments 153

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Jenny_K1 More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read the book since every member of my immediate family was a pastor's kid and I knew that had shaped our family and us as individuals. The book far surpassed my expectations. One area I would have liked to have seen spoken on in the book is conflict within the church as that is an experience that many PK's are privy to. The book put words to my feelings and thoughts and brought to light new aspects of what it means to be a PK. It was my experience and my struggles on many of the pages, but it didn't stop there, but pointed to our great God and how He works in our lives and redeems us and redeems difficulties in our lives. It helped me love Him and His church and want to serve them both more. The last chapter which focusses on the strengths of being a PK was a great way to end and very encouraging. Anyone who is a PK, a pastor, or knows a PK could benefit from this book.