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A spiritual training course for creating disciples! Whether your children are babies or teenagers, author Melissa Spoelstra shows you how small changes in your actions can yield big differences in your entire family. Through practical hands-on ideas - including prayer guides, service work sheets, and more - you'll help your kids learn what it means to be followers of Jesus.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Abingdon Press
|Publication Date: 2016|
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Melissa Spoelstra is a popular womens conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology and enjoys teaching God's Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of the Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More, First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree, Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness, and Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible studies, and the Total Christmas Makeover and Mom's Choice Award-winning Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home books. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids. Find her online at MelissaSpoelstra.com.
"We parents are so busy devouring books on how to get our kids on elite sports teams or into the best schools for their future that we might be missing establishing the core values they will need to literally survive. This practical handbook for busy parents offers easy steps we can do today to ensure a better tomorrow for our children. Melissa writes with a practical no-nonsense approach that I find relatable and refreshing. It's a 'don't miss' book for any household!"
---Kerri Pomarolli, comedian, actress and author of Moms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss
"Do you want your children to love Jesus and follow Him forever? While there are no magic formulas, in the Bible God gives you specific things you can do toward the mission of impressing the hearts of your kids with a love for God. This book is full of those biblical principles and action steps! You will come away with simple but powerful practices that will bless your family for generations to come."
---Dr. Rob Rienow, founder Visionary Family Ministries
"So many of us moms are overwhelmed by our daily responsibilities, and intimidated by the idea of teaching our children about Jesus and the Bible. Melissa encourages us to be confident and intentional in our training, and to be thankful for all our mommy experiences. Through her fun family stories, she shares practical and creative ways to give our children the knowledge of God's love, each day."
---Gina San Martin, MOPS Discussion Group Leader/Assistant Coordinator, Dublin, OH
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.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Basic Spiritual Practices for Nurturing Children and Transforming FamiliesOctober 29, 2016richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Basic Spiritual Practices for Nurturing Children and Transforming Families
Total Family Makeover 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home provides a strong foundation for being intentionally authentic about transforming your life, your family, and your home.
The book is based on Scriptures Jesus modeled in the training of His disciples.
Each chapter features a section on modeling and another on training. Using this practical approach Melissa Spoelstra challenges the reader through:
Inspiring instructions on and suggestions for establishing principles of prayer in the lives of your children
Practical approaches to reading the Scriptures together and making application to daily family life
Comprehensive guidelines on the merits mentoring can have on your parenting skills
Building blocks instilling Christian character in your children through finding community in the church, by serving others, giving back to God, and sharing your faith
In addition to being active as a pastors wife and the mother of four, author Melissa Spoelstra is a popular womens conference speaker, and Bible teacher. She speaks and writes from her heart and models the message she delivers.
Total Family Makeover 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home is clearly must reading for parents from the crib through college. Highly recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5A great resource for family building.October 12, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Parenting - a 24 hours, 7 days a week job. There's no end. As Christians, we would like to show Christ's love to our children, as well as instill Christ-like beliefs and attitudes. Easy said than done. Having no kids of my own, even to be an example to my niece and nephew or young kids at church can be difficult. So how can we make disciples of them?! In comes Melissa Spoelstra's Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home. I'm not saying this is the "bible" to family discipleship, nor am I saying it's fool-proof.
One minor note is that the font seems to be too small, or rather smaller than usual! There's a lot going on here, and the small font does make it seem more condensed.
Each family is different, but in Total Family Makeover, the author provides practical steps, along with biblical references that backs it up. I especially liked the "Practical Approach" areas after each section. The discussion questions at the end of each chapters will also provide questions for each individual to dive deep for the answer, and possible enlighten them. This is a practical guidebook, but I also see it as a study. With the Biblical references, as well as discussion questions relating to your family as a whole, it would be a great couple study to review with your spouse. Together, topics on how can your family grow together, how to pray together, how to deal with anger or how to deal with conflicts will be discussed. In all the main question is how can each member of the family be disciples in Christ? The emphasis on being an example and mentoring children of at all ages makes Total Family Makeover a book for families, young or older.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great resouceOctober 5, 2016MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A contemporary modern approach with Biblical perspective. This was an easy book to read. the 8 steps suggested are genuinely traditional themes presented with a new and modern approach to provide resources for today's busy parents.
As a parent I have leaned on this scripture that Melissa centers the book around
Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they wont depart from it. Proverbs 22:6.
"God calls us as parents to be key disciple-makers in our childrens lives" This was a concept/approach presented by Melissa that I had never actually had put into words and is very valuable.
Each chapter ends with "A Practical Approach' a short snippet with suggested ideas, worksheets and questions to ponder and more.
I recommend this book to parents, grand parents, aunts and uncles Total Family Makeover is a valuable tool to use to disciple the children in our lives.
I received a complimentary copy of Total Family Makeover from Litfuse.
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a good read for parentsSeptember 23, 2016Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this book, it was eye opening and also a gentle reminder to enjoy these moments of raising my children and not being too hard on myself. Melissa's book focuses on molding, and raising children to live their lives as disciples of God. This book is divided into eight sections, each focusing on a key habit. One is growing through mentoring and another is serving others. I found that the Sarah covered so much in this book, but I didn't feel overwhelmed while reading it. Instead I felt encouraged to train my children and to allow myself to seek out guidance from others. I really liked how Melissa stressed the importance of mentoring at all stages and this chapter was probably my favorite in the book, as it is an area I want to, I need to focus more on. The layout of this book is also very "user friendly" as it includes reflection questions and practical steps for trying to instill the principles in my own life.