HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Solving Family Problems
Author: James R. Cope
Publisher: J. R. C. Publications, 1971
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Cope, James R. Solving Family Problems (published by J. R. C. Publications, 301 Greencastle Ave., Temple Terrace, FL 33617). James R. Cope (1917-1999), born in a small community near Sparta, TN, was a gospel preacher and educator. After beginning his teaching career at Freed-Hardeman College (now University) in Henderson, TN, he became President of Florida (Christian) College at Temple Terrace, FL, in 1949. At 32, he was the youngest college president in America at that time, and I believe that it has been said that on his retirement he was one of the longest-serving college presidents, if not the longest-serving, in American history. I first met Cope when he came for a gospel meeting with the Park Ave. church of Christ in Hillsboro, OH, in the late 1960s. I was a teenager at the time. A little later, I attended Florida College from 1972 to 1974, while he was still President.
In 1971, Cope prepared a series of seven lessons under the heading “Solving Family Problems” which he presented all over the nation. He also put these lessons together in a booklet of the same name, subtitled, “A series of studies for concerned Christians—older and younger, married and single, parents and children.” I had the privilege of hearing him deliver these lessons many times. His preaching was always soundly based upon the Scripture and appealed to the reason, but he never failed to touch the heartstrings and frequently elicited tears. Of course, simply reading the booklet in no way conveys the same power that he had in speaking, but the written material would make for a good basis for studying the family in either a congregational or homeschool setting.
The seven lessons are as follows: 1. Christ—the Christian’s authority in all relationships; 2. Parental responsibilities; 3. Discipline in the family; 4. Christ in the home; 5. How shall a Christian choose entertainment?; 6. Problems of young Christians; and 7. A young Christian’s faith in a faithless world. In the back is a collection of materials that were frequently requested by those who heard them in connection with the studies. Unfortunately, so far as I know, the book is no longer in print, but if you can find a used copy, it is worthwhile. Two other works by Cope are in print and available from the Florida College bookstore. The One True Church is a tract about what the Bible says concerning the church in contrast to the doctrines and opinions of men. The Wonderful Word Worker is an excellent Bible study book on 2 Peter.