Monday, September 26, 2016

Total Family Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra & Giveaway

Total Family Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra
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
•         Serving Others
•         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:
I wish this book would’ve come out when my babies were, well, babies. The eight steps to making disciples is broken down into logical suggestions with Biblical principles and a few examples of implementation. Even though I’m in the home stretch with my own children, I found there is still a great deal of value to be found in these pages. For me, with two teenagers living at home and one in college the chapter that spoke to me most in my current stage of parenthood was the one on rest. The Lord knows my family, with its busy schedule, needed to hear the importance of building margins of rest into our lives.

The chapters are rather long and would probably be best digested in smaller portions throughout the week. With the deadline of posting this review looming I pushed through the chapters much faster than I would like and believe readers will get the most out of this if they choose one step they want to work on as a family and focus on turning the step into a habit until it becomes natural.

The steps can also be read out of order, which is great because I believe as a parent we know the areas where we are weakest in modeling discipleship in our household and what step we might already have a firmer grasp on. Also understanding the stages in your children’s lives where they need encouragement is important because readers could specifically focus on helping their child with that step.

The Total Family Makeover offers parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, fun and simple ways to train children up into the disciples God created them to be.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase a copy of The Total Family Makeover HERE & Don't forget to enter the Total Family Giveaway details in the margin on the right side >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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