Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Total Family Makeover
Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it. —Proverbs 22:6
God calls us as parents to be key disciple-makers in our children’s lives, but if we’re honest, some days it’s a battle just to get them dressed and ready for school on time. How can you mold their hearts when sometimes you can’t even find their shoes?
In Total Family Makeover, author Melissa Spoelstra gives parents a way—a sort of spiritual track to run on—when it comes to building family discipleship. She focuses on eight key habits of growth:
—Spending Time in Prayer
—Reading God’s Word
—Growing Through a Mentoring Relationship
—Finding Community in the Church
—Taking Time to Rest
—Giving Back to God
—Sharing Your Faith
Disciples are made, not born. Whether your children are babes in arms or teenagers getting ready to leave the nest, making disciples at home starts with you! Give your family a makeover with this practical approach to helping your children learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
MY thoughts: This book has some wonderful ideas on how to implement important habits in your family's lives. A lot of us what to teach our children how to pray and the importance of time spent with God in devotions, but this book does an excellent job of laying out practical ways to help your family become a family of disciples. I appreciate Melissa's honesty and enjoyed the stories that she shared to tie her points together. I also love that she uses a lot of scripture verses and has great discussion questions to accompany each chapter.
This is an excellent parenting book! While I feel like it was good for me to read with young children, I think a lot of it is geared towards families with a little older children, like from age 4 on.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.