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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2011
Family by God's Design is
A safe haven where family members esteem and honor one another and where words and actions communicate value and respect to everyone, young and old;
A reliable sanctuary where each person receives grace, unconditional acceptance, and extravagant generosity with no strings attached;
A place where each person finds that family is available, attentive, and emotionally connected to them;
A community of celebration, laughter, and play; a safe haven where family members can let their hair down, reveal themselves fully, and know one another intimately.
At its best, the family is a celebrating community of honor and grace.
Family by God's Design delves into how the family reflects God's image and how you can shape your family in that image an image of honor, grace, and celebration.
Author: John Salmon
Located in: Pittsburgh
Submitted: June 14, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. I work with families in the Pittsburgh area. I married my wife in 1992 and together we have two beautiful daughters. I enjoy swimming and music as well as hiking and biking (when I get the time).
What was your motivation behind this project? While working with families at risk, I began to struggle to understand God's desire for families. After much consideration, I realized God desires that our families be filled with honor, grace, and celebration. I hope that this project will inspire people to use the practical ideas in the book to make their family a community of celebration, honor, and grace...a family after God's design.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope and pray that families will come to see the importance God has placed on families and how families reflect the image of God. I also hope that families will grow in their ability to honor one another, show one another grace, and celebrate their love for one another, even in the midst of discipline. By filling the family with honor, grace, and celebration I believe each family member can grow closer to one another and to God.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I learned a great deal about the importance of honor and the dangers of dishonor while writing this book. I was personally inspired by learning the extent to which God desires to celebrate with His people and how far He will go to make that celebration possible. I was also fascinated by how closely honor, grace, and discipline connect with true celebration in the family.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I enjoy CS Lewis. I loved Tim Kimmel's book "Grace Based Parenting," a must read for all parents. In addition, I believe many of the ideas in Family By God's Design are influenced by the work of John Gottman.