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As parents, we all want our children to enjoy a vibrant relationship with Christ. But how many of us ever attach this hope to a concrete discipleship plan? In this practical study of intergenerational faith, Chatmon offers step-by-step guidance for how to lay a spiritual "track" in front of the fast-moving train of family life.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Are your children ready to live out their faith in the real world?
Most parents who value Christian faith want their children to enjoy a vibrant, growing relationship with God, both now and throughout their lives. But few of those parents ever attach this hope to an ongoing plan; therefore, they fail to lay a reliable spiritual track in front of the fast-moving train of family life. This book is a junction point where deep parental desire meets workable design and where timid inadequacy meets Christs sufficiency. Its where individual families become multiplication factories, exerting a lasting impact not only on their coming generations but even on the culture at large.
The death of Joshua and his contemporaries was barely old news in Israel before the people of God experienced a Judges 2:10 moment: "There arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done" (ESV). One generation is all it takes. One generation who stops remembering. One generation who stops creating. One generation blinded to Gods real work in their lives who then subtly quiets the expectation of His new work in succeeding generations.
Do Your Children Believe? appears at a time in history when another Judges 2:10 moment doesnt sound so incredibly far-fetcheda day when many peoples only real knowledge of God comes from what theyve heard and read about, not what theyve actually seen and experienced, and when His work is more about the dutiful following of rules than the daily adventure of walking with Him as Lord.
Imagine, instead, a generation of your family who knows God with intimate familiarity. Who doesnt just pretend at faith but actually lives it. Kids who can tell you what they believe and why it matters. Teenagers who handle adversity with the resilient joy of godly wisdom. A family who prays together and worships together, growing into young adults who are equipped and inspired to keep this torch ablaze from the moment their own new families begin.
This book is here to make that reality happen, written by an author equipped with not only a passion for the concept but also a proven plan for successa wealth of first-hand personal stories from his wife and kids for how theyve put this plan into living action with remarkable blessings in tow. When God puts His power behind families who embrace this kingdom call, on-the-ground change will result in off-the-charts revival.
Terence Chatmon, a successful senior executive in corporate America, served in leadership roles with several Fortune 50 companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, and Coca-Cola, but he was failing to become the spiritual leader of his home. He was challenged by his wife to chart a course for the spiritual growth of his family and children. After much prayer, he took what he knew from his corporate-world success and biblical teaching to develop one of the worlds most transformational step-by-step family spiritual development process.
Terence is now a family legacy champion, and his family discipleship workshop, Charting Your Familys Spiritual Course, has reached more than twenty thousand participating families and continues to grow. He is the president and CEO of Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI.org), a network of executive leaders spanning more than one hundred countries. FCCI uses training conferences, personal relationships, and a rich library of resources to equip and encourage business leaders to see their companies and careers as powerful tools for transformational change.
A Chicago native and graduate of the University of Illinois, Terence brings drive and ingenuity to every role he plays in life, as an elder at a prominent eight-thousand-member mega-church, a Bible study teacher, and most importantly a husband and father.
Scotty3 Stars Out Of 5A meandering book about intentionally building your family's spiritual legacy ...September 6, 2017ScottyQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2After the dedication of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.
If youre like most Christian parents, youve likely thought about your familys faith and spiritual legacy just enough to know you sincerely want your children to be genuine followers of Christ, but like most Christian parents you may not be doing much about actually evangelizing and discipling your own children so you can build a spiritual legacy for your family.
Becoming intentional about your familys faith and spiritual legacy is the topic of a new book called, Do Your Children Believe? by Terence Chatmon (published by W Publishing Group). The subject of leading your own children into a relationship with Jesus Christ is so vitally important that I was excited to see a new book out on the topic, hopeful it would be an insightful resource for Christian parents.
I found myself somewhat disappointed.
The first reason for my disappointment is that this book does a LOT of meandering before ever seriously getting to the subject. I understand you have to set context for your message and the information you share, but the author took about the first 60 pages to do that! I think Chatmon would have been more effective with his readers if he would have been significantly more concise in conveying both his message and related information.
Second, theres nothing special about the plan Chatmon offers for how to become intentional about your familys faith and spiritual legacy. Given his background as being CEO of Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, youll find Chatmons suggested plan to be sourced from his experience in business. Very simply, Chatmons plan largely focuses on a family defining and developing their core values, a vision and mission for the family, setting goals, and infusing all of it with prayer. Yes, theres a little more detail to it than that, but not much more.
Because I think this topic is so critically important, it could be I expected too much from this book; you may get excited about what it has to offer. If youre at a place where youre finally serious about becoming intentional about YOUR familys faith and spiritual legacy, maybe this book is exactly what you need. Just be prepared to do some meandering as you read.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Joy5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent! A must read for everyone!April 10, 2017JoyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I wish I had Terence Chatmon wifes, Wanda, insight and wisdom. She epitomizes why God made man a woman help-mate! She is so on target! This is something every family needs, and thank God you took the initiative to be the leader God has called you to be!
My son accepted Jesus as His Lord and Savior when he was 15, but when he moved away he left God behind. For several years, he has not been growing in the Lord, but as I started reading your book I started writing down my plan and implementing it. Now we are praying regularly on Sundays and he said he is planning to go to church on Resurrection (Easter) Sunday! Praise God!
The spiritual strategic/blue-print plan works and can be customized for each individual family! God is faithful!
I gave a copy to the Luther Rice College & Seminary library, which is currently checked out. I know that everyone who reads it will want to leave this priceless, eternal, spiritual legacy for their families!
Awesome book! Thank you, Terence Chatmon, for being faithful to your calling!
God Bless and Love-in-Christ,