Together: Growing Appetites for God  -     By: Carrie Ward
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Moody Publishers / 2012 / Paperback

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If you struggle as a parent to read the Bible yourself, how can you pass a love for God's Word along to your children? In Together, Carrie Ward, author of AnEverydayMama.com blog, shares her personal struggles with reading the Bible herself. As the mother of young children, she began reading the Bible aloud to her children. Read about her adventures as her children began acting out what they heard read and how the Bible came alive for both her and her children. Offering advice and encouragement for all mothers, her warm and inviting style will encourage you to read God's Word Together as a family and watch your hunger for it grow. At the back of her book, you will find practical help for getting started reading the Bible together, discussion questions for small groups, handy resources, a Bible translation comparison, and a starter guide for dads.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.00 X 0.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0802404480
ISBN-13: 9780802404480
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

Christian parents have a responsibility to make sure their children know and love God's Word. But what if you struggle as a parent to read the Bible yourself. How can you pass a love for God's Word along to your children if you struggle with it yourself? That was Carrie Ward's story. Until God gave her a plan to help her develop a consistent time in the Word, right along with her children. Readers will walk together with Carrie Ward, an everyday mama, as she journeys through the Bible with her small children one chapter a day. As her children re-enact the Bible stories readers will be able to see Scripture through the eyes of a child. Parents will learn how to impart God's truth to their children day by day, and will see its transformative power on their families. Together: Growing Appetites for God is an easy read and includes helpful tools for scripture memorization and charts to follow progress through the Bible.

A True Woman Book

The goal of the True Woman publishing line is to encourage women to:

  • Discover, embrace, and delight in God's divine design and mission for their lives
  • Reflect the beauty and heart of Jesus Christ to their world
  • Intentionally pass the baton of Truth on to the next generation
  • Pray earnestly for an outpouring of God's Spirit in their families, churches, nation and world

Author Bio

CARRIE WARD - Carrie, her husband Wes, and their four children make their home in Michigan. Join Carrie and other every day mamas at www.AnEveryDayMama.com.

Editorial Reviews

What others are saying...

"MAMA, I'm hungry!!"  What mother hasn't heard that from her children? But how much more important is it for us, as mothers, to hear our children say, "Mama, I'm hungry for God."  How can we instill in our children a desire to know God and to love His word?  In this book, Carrie teaches us, in very practical and biblical ways, how to stimulate an appetite in our little ones for the things that matter most.  I so wish this book would have been available when I was raising my four children.  But I praise God that a generation of children today will be blessed because of Carrie's tender and insightful instruction on how to grow our children closer to Him. - Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host Janet Parshall "In the Market with Janet Parshall" Host/Executive Producer

I am so inspired and challenged by Carrie's book. I you have an appetite for spiritual growth and authentic intimacy with God be ready to "digest" this wonderful, practical book. - Karen Lorritts

Like all Christian parents we long to raise our children "in the fear and discipline of the Lord." Carrie's wonderful little book models one simple but profoundly important way we can do that--reading God's Word together. Together has strengthened our resolve to maintain this important discipline and it has encouraged us to see that it is not only possible, but that it bears fruit. --Tim & Aileen Challies

Struggling with your Bible reading? Little ones running around under your feet? Carrie brings the prescription for Biblical illiteracy to our homes in this fantastic, fun read. Her warm and personal writing style is filled with real life reality, but presses you on to hunger for the Word. - Dannah Gresh, Bestselling author and founder of Secret Keeper Girl

This book could be the very book you have been waiting for. Is it your desire to be in God's Word on a regular basis and also get God's Word into your children? Well, Carrie found a way. Her Bible journey with her children will inspire you and I believe will motivate you to begin your own journey. There is not greater joy that to see our children walk in "truth"... -- Fern Nichols, Founder/President Moms In Prayer International

For every mom who is drowning in a sea of guilt about your own spiritual walk, this book is your life raft. "Together" presents the radical notion that spending time in the Word is best done as a family activity, instead of in quiet moments of peaceful tranquility. For every mom who can't find a quiet moment to think, much less memorize Scripture this holistic, manageable, family-friendly approach is exactly what you need to get into the Word and get the Word into you. In a style that is witty, transparent and engaging, Carrie Ward is just the everyday mama you need to show you that growing in your faith is possible and attainable even amidst the chaos of the little years. - Erin Davis, author of Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role

I wholeheartedly recommend
Together on every level -- as a friend of Carrie and her family (they're the real deal!), as a story lover (this one will make you laugh and cry), and as a girl who grew up with parents reading the Bible to me daily (the impact has been incalculable). Trust me, you won't be disappointed by this read, and it just might change you and your family forever! - Paula Hendricks, blogger TrueWoman.com

Together! Growing Appetites for God isn't theoretical, it's practical, born from the real-life experience of Carrie Ward, an ordinary Mom with an extraordinary desire to know God's Word and share it with her children. Carrie lets us peek in on both the joys and struggles of pursuing a fresh encounter with Christ and his Word, as she read through the entire Bible aloud to her four children, one chapter and one day at a time. Beleaguered parents (and not just Moms, mind you!) who desperately want to "raise their kids right," but sometimes find themselves weary with well-doing and flustered with the plethora of parental advice on the market, will discover in this book a refreshing and liberating simplicity. Many things can distract us, but one thing is necessary: sitting at Jesus' feet to hear his Word.  Carrie's story will challenge, encourage, and inspire you - it will even make you laugh out loud! I'm grateful for the unique and valuable contribution this book makes to Christian parents today. -- Brian Hedges, author of Christ Formed in You, Lead Pastor of Fulkerson Park Baptist Church

Together is a book every mama needs to read! You'll laugh, cry and be insired at the ways the Word of God came alive in this young family. But most importantly, you'll find hope. It's never too late or too early to be transformed by the Living Word. As a new Grammie, i can't wait to get this book into the hands of my daughter-in-law and all her friends! -- Carrie Gaul, author, blogger, & grammie

I just finished your book. I read a lot of it with tears in my eyes. It is a beautiful testimony to the Lord and His power. I have known for years that you have done this and have tried to start several times but have given up frustrated after a few days. Your description of your first days with all the interruptions from the kids was VERY helpful. I let myself get too discouraged by it not being "picture-perfect." Some of mine are always in constant motion but I need to cut them some slack and realize they may still be listening even if there is some movement. This book needs to be read. Sometimes books about motherhood-related issues are very intimidating and overwhelming to me. This was not. It was about God's grace and power in ANY family. It is very clear that you see yourself not as some "super-saint" but as a vessel that God can use by His power in the lives of your children. I want to be that as well. -- Holly, a young pastor's wife & an everyday mama

Moms and dads who long to disciple their children, raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord often find themselves discouraged that the process is a long and tedious one. We wonder if our efforts are having any impact, or worse, doing more harm than good! Carrie Ward calls us to persevere as parents and not to become weary in well doing, for in due time, we will reap. Her insights are wise, practical, helpful and encouraging. -- Bob and Mary Ann Lepine, Vice-President and Chief Content Officer of FamilyLife

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