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Pass it On is a resource that focuses on a yearly rite of passage from kindergarten through high school graduation. Each year's rite of passage focuses on a concept and invites the parents and kids to participate in the experience together. The rites of passage are practical, memorable, and experiential in nature.
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Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2015
While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your familys spiritual legacy ... starting now!
Jeremy Lee is the founder of ParentMinistry.Net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible from Group Publishing and the Ignite Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and children.
The Rites of Passage▼▲
Kindergarten: An Invitation to Generosity
-----Learns about generosity through a family service project
1st Grade: An Invitation to Responsibility
-----Learns about responsibility and how to be a "big kid"
2nd Grade: An Invitation to the Bible
-----Learns the importance of the Bible and receives one of their own
3rd Grade: An Invitation to Rhythm
-----Learns about the busyness of life, the Sabbath, and rest
4th Grade: An Invitation to Friendship
-----Learns how to be a good friend, and the qualities of a good friend
5th Grade: An Invitation to Identity
-----Learns who they are, in the eyes of self, others, and God
6th Grade: Preparation for Adolescence
-----Learns about the physical, mental, and relational changes of puberty
7th Grade: The Blessing
-----Receives a public (or private) blessing from the parent(s)
8th Grade: Purity Weekend
-----Learns about purity and asks any sexually related questions during a fun trip
9th Grade: Driving Contract
-----Learns how to drive, expectations for driving, and about freedoms
10th Grade: Money Matters
-----Learns the importance of money by trying to duplicate the family budget
11th Grade: Family Tree
-----Learns where he/she came from, the family mission, and about relatives
12th Grade: Manhood/Womanhood Ceremony
-----Receives a public ceremony filled with prayer, blessing, and a symbol
About the Book▼▲
The ultimate blueprint for passing your faith on to your children!
Research and experience both support the truth that parents are the single most important factor in determining a child's view of God and whether or not faith will become a cornerstone of his or her adult life. Although it is a great responsibility, moms and dads need not panic at the daunting thought. In Pass It On: Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences, HomeWord president Jim Burns and ParentMinistry.net founder Jeremy Lee give parents a year-by-year plan for sharing rites of passage that will set the foundation for their child's faith.
Pass It On draws its inspiration from Deuteronomy chapter 6:4-9. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" (verses 5-7, NIV). This short passage provides God's blueprint for the successful transmission of faith from one generation to the next. Encouraging parents to step boldly into their roles as the spiritual leaders in their home, Pass it On shows them how to invite their children with them on a journey of discovering their faith.
Clearly outlining annual, experiential, age-specific rites of passage,this book makes it easy to reinforce the values that will form the foundation of a young person's spiritual life. And it's never too soon or too late to begin. Whether it's the generosity rite in kindergarten, where youngsters participate in a service project, or the manhood/womanhood ceremony for high school seniors, Pass it On is filled with practical ideas for parents. It includes specific information to share at each event, gifts or contracts to present, questions to ask and stories of others' experiences for inspiration.
Asking moms and dads to think generationally, Burns and Lee remind readers the work they're doing isn't just for their own children, but for their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond.
"The Bible teaches that we inherit consequences - good and bad - from previous generations of our families, even to the third and fourth generations," Burns points out. "The choices, traditions and teachings we offer our children will affect not only them but also their children. The spiritual riches we might pass on far outweigh the value of any earthly inheritance - spiritual legacies remain for generations."
Ultimately, Pass it On calls parents to the bold act of changing the trajectory of their family's faith legacy for generations to come.
"I'm so excited for Pass It On. Parents must understand that if we want our kids to keep their faith, we need to have more faith conversations during their growing years. I'm excited to endorse something that is more than a book - it's a movement of God."
---Doug Fields, executive director of HomeWord's Center for Youth/Family at Azusa Pacific University
"This book celebrates the role of family and community, and helps parents lead their kids to realize their place as adopted children of God. As Jim and Jeremy say, 'Reading this book is meant to be a life-changing experience.'"
---Chap Clark, author and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5excellent parenting bookOctober 14, 2015Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It is scary and overwhelming to think how much responsibility we as parents have in regards to teaching our children, teaching them in all areas of their lives, including their spiritual health. Jim Burns & Jeremy Lee have joined together to write the book, "Pass It On," to help parents build a legacy that will live in their children. This book is amazing and a must-have and must-read for parents. I love the layout of this book as the first few chapters set the scene and tone of this book and the idea behind it. Then each chapter focuses on each school grade, Kindergarten through grade 12. There is a specific area to be addressed during each grade which is discussed in detail. Then each chapter ends with bulleted lists that explain where your child and typical children in that grade are at physically, emotionally, relationally and also spiritually. I am thrilled with this book as a mother and am excited to teach these lessons and instill these concepts in my children to prepare them for the future.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Focuses on intentional parentingOctober 13, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was really excited to read this book after I heard Jeremy Lee speak on this a few years ago. I had never thought about the different experiences I could give my children that would help pass my faith on. I loved how this book leads to intentional parenting. It keeps Jesus at the center of the focus of parenting.
I also love the idea of doing rites of passage for my children throughout their different stages of life. I'm not certain I will do every year as they are growing up, but who knows! I've already started thinking about how I will do our first one. I know my children will absolutely love it and I pray it will be something that they will always look back on and remember.
This book will be one that I consult a lot through the years. I can even see this given to several of my friends at their baby showers. We tend to think our faith will be passed on without us even talking about it, but I love how this book reminds parents of the importance of being intentional with passing our faith no. We can't just assume that they know why we believe what we do or even what exactly we do believe. It offers parents a chance to be transparent with their child and to really have those heart-to-heart conversations. And who knows... maybe your child will pass their faith on with these special moments, as well.
I received this book free from David C. Cook and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Missica5 Stars Out Of 5Love the cover!October 5, 2015MissicaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0My first thought was, "WOW, this is a nice book." And I hadn't even opened it yet. the cover of the book feels almost like a leather or suede. I have no idea what it is that does that, but the book FEELS good in your hands. when I got passed that I started reading it. I found it well written, and well organized.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A Strategic Blueprint for Passing on Your Faith to Your ChildrenSeptember 22, 2015richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Pass It On Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences is divided into three parts and provides guidelines and suggestions for:
1. setting up a program for building a legacy of faith for your children through practical and memorable experiences.
2. Providing rites of passages for individual sons and daughters for each of their thirteen years in school, kindergarten through their senior year of high school.
3. Encouraging finishing strong and crossing the finish line.
Each chapter parallels the childs age or year in school and incudes suggested rite of passage projects or themes for laying a foundation of faith. Age appropriate topics from generosity, friendship, preparing for adolescence, and intimacy are included. These suggestions are creative and doable; the authors also encourage the reader to add to the list or to improvise the details.
I found the suggestions dealing specifically with what you need to know about your child at each age: physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually, especially helpful and practical.
Pass it On is written for parents. It is an important resource and can be of benefit to family counselors, student leaders, (professional and lay). The book is highly endorsed by youth educators, pastors, and student ministry leaders.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.