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A fresh and innovative guide for mothers of young children who want to bring laughter and faith to life in their home. In This House, We Will Giggle empowers moms to capture the hearts of their kids in fun and creative ways, teaching core virtues while building treasured memories. Parents will learn innovative ways to showcase the joy of following God as they nurture in their children such virtues as generosity, determination, and humility through delightful antics.
Number of Pages: 256
|Publication Date: 2014|
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More than you realize!
As a mom in the throes of parenting, Courtney DeFeo believes that instilling virtues in children starts with laughter, not lecture. That perspective propelled her to create this idea-packed book, in which she offers motivating reflections, real-life stories, and a sandbox full of inventive ways to help you turn your kids hearts toward God.
Each chapter focuses on one virtue that is key for developing your childs character. Along with insights into how this virtue plays out in the nitty-gritty of life, Courtney includes a memory verse, activity ideas, and discussion questions to reinforce that virtue throughout the month. Here youll find a full year of ways to draw your children closer to God through delightful antics like Family Olympics, One Fancy Feast, and Light Em Up.
In This House, We Will Giggle shows you how to capture the hearts of your children through funso that they experience the goodness of Christ, the joy of following Him, and the difference they can make in the lives of others. (Water balloons not included!)
Courtney DeFeo is a popular speaker, blogger and author of In This House, We Will Giggle. She is also the creator of ABC Scripture Cards (featured on "The View"), Conversation Cups and Light Em Up. She is a graduate of Auburn University and has worked in marketing for Chick-fil-A. Courtney and her husband, Ron, are the parents of two girls. To connect with Courtney, visit CourtneyDeFeo.com.
"Every parent needs this book! I love Courtneys fun, practical ways to connect our kids with biblical truth while making family memories. This book is an amazing resource that will teach children how to have their own relationship with God."
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"Courtney DeFeo has written the book I wish Id had while my kids were growing up! Its full of creativity and fun for anchoring twelve key virtues into the hearts of children. I love how her ideas lay a vital foundation for spiritual growth and developmentand help families have a blast while doing it."
Sandra Stanley, North Point Ministries
"If youre looking for real-life ways to become a more proactive instead of reactive parent, you should read this book. Courtney DeFeo gives us personalized and practical ideas for building love and laughter into our children so we can actually develop an intentional plan for investing in them."
Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange
"We laughed our way through this book with its honest snapshot of all that comes with being a parent. We also were seriously inspired to invite our kids into a life filled with virtues. Courtney takes the guesswork out of it by giving parents creative and practical ways to seize everyday moments and make following Jesus fun!"
Lauren Tomlin, wife of Christian music artist Chris Tomlin and on the journey with him to raising a family after the heart of Jesus
"As a counselor, Im so grateful for Courtney DeFeo and her book. I hear weary parents every day trying to figure out how to combat the entitlement of this generation, instill virtues in their children, and enjoy one another at the same time. This book contains the encouragement and practical ideas to do just that! As a family, you will be inspired to grow, serve, love, and laugh together!"
Sissy Goff, director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries, Nashville, TN, and author of several books, including Intentional Parenting
"Courtney DeFeo, in her typical style, offers us something refreshingly different, powerful, and creative: a secret weapon for parents. For me this book felt like the Swiss Army Knife of parenting, with a tool just waiting to be applied as needed to every occasion…with a dose of fun and giggles along the way!"
David Salyers, vice president of marketing for Chick-fil-A Inc. and coauthor of Remarkable!
"Every mother will be helped by this practical, inspirational, and down-to-earth book. Each page holds biblical truth, family-time suggestions, and a huge trunk full of plans to help you teach twelve beautiful virtues. If you choose to do as this book suggests, your family is in for a lovely journey."
Esther Burroughs, author and speaker with Esther Burroughs Ministries, Greenville, SC
"I love being a dad, but to be honest, Im an insecure one. I want to be really good at this, but there are days when I wonder. This is one of the many reasons I love Courtneys book. She reminds us that we should take parenting seriously, but not so much ourselves. Love, giggles, and virtues are a lot more fun than perfection anyway. This is a practical and encouraging guide for parents who arent perfect but who want to get this extraordinary opportunity rightand have fun along the way."
Jeff Henderson, lead pastor of Gwinnett Church, dad to Jesse and Cole, and husband of Wendy
"Like Courtney, I want to create a home where our children experience Christ in a tangible way. The ideas in this book are practical, and the stories are relatable. Youll come away with fresh inspiration for nurturing a faith-filled, fun-loving family."
Holly Furtick, author of The Preachers Wife blog and wife of Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC
"Like Courtney Defeo, I too want, "memories of joy etched deep in the hearts of my kids." It sounds easy, but it's not. In This House, We Will Giggle is a navigational tool that will help every mom find the way to fill their home with love and laughter. And the joy in their family will contagiously spill over and light up the world around them."
Susan Merrill, Director of iMom.com and author of The Passionate Mom
S ScalesTexasAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lots to love and apply!February 12, 2015S ScalesTexasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Let me get to the pointLOVE the title, LOVE the subtitle Making Virtues, Love & Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life, AND LOVE the cover design for Courtney DeFeos book, In This House We Will Giggle!!!! :) Therefore I was really excited to read this book. I DEFINITELY want more giggles in our home!
Through love and laughter, each of the chapters focus on teaching a different virtue. The virtues included are joy, love, forgiveness, faith, patience, perseverance, respect, responsibility, service, humility, gratitude, and generosity. DeFeo presents the option of focusing on one virtue each month of the year starting with Joy in January through Generosity in December. This is a great way to not feel overwhelmed but give your family time to really learn about, practice, and embrace each virtue. The chapters include a section called catch phrase for_(the virtue)_, a memory verse for the month, a kid-friendly definition for the virtue, questions to discuss, a Bible story to read (from The Jesus Storybook Bible), activity ideas and more.
I started reading the book around the end of January, so I didnt want to rush to start it in January. However, I loved how some of the virtues go very well with the holidays of a few of the months, such as Love in February, Gratitude in November and Generosity in December. Therefore I decided to start implementing the monthly virtue focus in order, but starting in February with the second chapter Love: Letting Concern for Others Guide Our Behavior. (Well go back to January at the end. Dont want to miss Joy: When the Reality of Life Meets a Heart of Gladness!) The kids have totally jumped on board - doing chores for each other, writing notes, .! Its been a sweet family experience so far and we are just starting. :)
Ill close my review with some good questions from the heart of In This House We Will Giggle by Courtney DeFeo
Our home, and the environment we create within our family, sets up the impression our kids will have of faith and God. Will they believe Jesus loves only well-behaved, model children, or will they know He loves them just as they are? Will they see the Christian life as a series of rules to be followed, or will they follow Jesus because theyve learned from us what it means to love Him and find joy in being with Him? -pg. 5
**I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.