Together: Growing Appetites for God  -     By: Carrie Ward
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If you struggle as a parent to read the Bible yourself, how can you pass a love for God's Word along to your children? In Together, Carrie Ward, author of blog, shares her personal struggles with reading the Bible herself. As the mother of young children, she began reading the Bible aloud to her children. Read about her adventures as her children began acting out what they heard read and how the Bible came alive for both her and her children. Offering advice and encouragement for all mothers, her warm and inviting style will encourage you to read God's Word Together as a family and watch your hunger for it grow. At the back of her book, you will find practical help for getting started reading the Bible together, discussion questions for small groups, handy resources, a Bible translation comparison, and a starter guide for dads.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.00 X 0.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0802404480
ISBN-13: 9780802404480

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Publisher's Description

Christian parents have a responsibility to make sure their children know and love God's Word. But what if you struggle as a parent to read the Bible yourself. How can you pass a love for God's Word along to your children if you struggle with it yourself? That was Carrie Ward's story. Until God gave her a plan to help her develop a consistent time in the Word, right along with her children. Readers will walk together with Carrie Ward, an everyday mama, as she journeys through the Bible with her small children one chapter a day. As her children re-enact the Bible stories readers will be able to see Scripture through the eyes of a child. Parents will learn how to impart God's truth to their children day by day, and will see its transformative power on their families. Together: Growing Appetites for God is an easy read and includes helpful tools for scripture memorization and charts to follow progress through the Bible.

A True Woman Book

The goal of the True Woman publishing line is to encourage women to:

  • Discover, embrace, and delight in God's divine design and mission for their lives
  • Reflect the beauty and heart of Jesus Christ to their world
  • Intentionally pass the baton of Truth on to the next generation
  • Pray earnestly for an outpouring of God's Spirit in their families, churches, nation and world

Author Bio

CARRIE WARD ¿ Carrie, her husband Wes, and their four children make their home in Michigan. Join Carrie and other every day mamas at

Editorial Reviews

What others are saying...

"MAMA, I'm hungry!!"  What mother hasn't heard that from her children? But how much more important is it for us, as mothers, to hear our children say, "Mama, I'm hungry for God."  How can we instill in our children a desire to know God and to love His word?  In this book, Carrie teaches us, in very practical and biblical ways, how to stimulate an appetite in our little ones for the things that matter most.  I so wish this book would have been available when I was raising my four children.  But I praise God that a generation of children today will be blessed because of Carrie's tender and insightful instruction on how to grow our children closer to Him. - Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host Janet Parshall "In the Market with Janet Parshall" Host/Executive Producer

I am so inspired and challenged by Carrie's book. I you have an appetite for spiritual growth and authentic intimacy with God be ready to "digest" this wonderful, practical book. - Karen Lorritts

Like all Christian parents we long to raise our children "in the fear and discipline of the Lord." Carrie's wonderful little book models one simple but profoundly important way we can do that--reading God's Word together. Together has strengthened our resolve to maintain this important discipline and it has encouraged us to see that it is not only possible, but that it bears fruit. --Tim & Aileen Challies

Struggling with your Bible reading? Little ones running around under your feet? Carrie brings the prescription for Biblical illiteracy to our homes in this fantastic, fun read. Her warm and personal writing style is filled with real life reality, but presses you on to hunger for the Word. - Dannah Gresh, Bestselling author and founder of Secret Keeper Girl

This book could be the very book you have been waiting for. Is it your desire to be in God's Word on a regular basis and also get God's Word into your children? Well, Carrie found a way. Her Bible journey with her children will inspire you and I believe will motivate you to begin your own journey. There is not greater joy that to see our children walk in "truth"... -- Fern Nichols, Founder/President Moms In Prayer International

For every mom who is drowning in a sea of guilt about your own spiritual walk, this book is your life raft. "Together" presents the radical notion that spending time in the Word is best done as a family activity, instead of in quiet moments of peaceful tranquility. For every mom who can't find a quiet moment to think, much less memorize Scripture this holistic, manageable, family-friendly approach is exactly what you need to get into the Word and get the Word into you. In a style that is witty, transparent and engaging, Carrie Ward is just the everyday mama you need to show you that growing in your faith is possible and attainable even amidst the chaos of the little years. - Erin Davis, author of Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role

I wholeheartedly recommend
Together on every level -- as a friend of Carrie and her family (they're the real deal!), as a story lover (this one will make you laugh and cry), and as a girl who grew up with parents reading the Bible to me daily (the impact has been incalculable). Trust me, you won't be disappointed by this read, and it just might change you and your family forever! - Paula Hendricks, blogger

Together! Growing Appetites for God isn't theoretical, it's practical, born from the real-life experience of Carrie Ward, an ordinary Mom with an extraordinary desire to know God's Word and share it with her children. Carrie lets us peek in on both the joys and struggles of pursuing a fresh encounter with Christ and his Word, as she read through the entire Bible aloud to her four children, one chapter and one day at a time. Beleaguered parents (and not just Moms, mind you!) who desperately want to "raise their kids right," but sometimes find themselves weary with well-doing and flustered with the plethora of parental advice on the market, will discover in this book a refreshing and liberating simplicity. Many things can distract us, but one thing is necessary: sitting at Jesus' feet to hear his Word.  Carrie's story will challenge, encourage, and inspire you — it will even make you laugh out loud! I'm grateful for the unique and valuable contribution this book makes to Christian parents today. -- Brian Hedges, author of Christ Formed in You, Lead Pastor of Fulkerson Park Baptist Church

Together is a book every mama needs to read! You'll laugh, cry and be insired at the ways the Word of God came alive in this young family. But most importantly, you'll find hope. It's never too late or too early to be transformed by the Living Word. As a new Grammie, i can't wait to get this book into the hands of my daughter-in-law and all her friends! -- Carrie Gaul, author, blogger, & grammie

I just finished your book. I read a lot of it with tears in my eyes. It is a beautiful testimony to the Lord and His power. I have known for years that you have done this and have tried to start several times but have given up frustrated after a few days. Your description of your first days with all the interruptions from the kids was VERY helpful. I let myself get too discouraged by it not being "picture-perfect." Some of mine are always in constant motion but I need to cut them some slack and realize they may still be listening even if there is some movement. This book needs to be read. Sometimes books about motherhood-related issues are very intimidating and overwhelming to me. This was not. It was about God's grace and power in ANY family. It is very clear that you see yourself not as some "super-saint" but as a vessel that God can use by His power in the lives of your children. I want to be that as well. -- Holly, a young pastor's wife & an everyday mama

Moms and dads who long to disciple their children, raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord often find themselves discouraged that the process is a long and tedious one. We wonder if our efforts are having any impact, or worse, doing more harm than good! Carrie Ward calls us to persevere as parents and not to become weary in well doing, for in due time, we will reap. Her insights are wise, practical, helpful and encouraging. -- Bob and Mary Ann Lepine, Vice-President and Chief Content Officer of FamilyLife

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  1. Scottsdale, AZ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent and practical
    October 1, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a very practical book for busy moms with little ones. It was a very quick and easy read and the principles are such that they are very easy to implement. I can't wait to start reading through the Bible with my little one.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read!
    June 22, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had seen a blogger I admire mentioned the book Together by Carrie Ward, and the title and cover caught my attention. I was so very excited when a week later Moody Publishers sent me my own copy!

    Sharing God's Word with children is a subject near and dear to my heart, but one I have a hard time really articulating for some reason.

    The day the book arrived, my children were playing at the park behind our home with their grandparents, and I had a couple hours to myself to just sit and quietly read.

    This book was AMAZING. I also began the habit of reading to my children straight from my own NKJV Bible when they were very young, and have been so abundantly blessed in the years we ave been doing so. Often I am more blessed through the times I read and discuss with them than I am in my own private, quiet study of God's Word. It is absolutely amazing the way a child's brain can understand and soak up The Word of God!

    A absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to all parents!

    I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very encouraging and inspiring
    June 10, 2012
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The short book is very encouraging with its "if I can do this, anyone can" tone. I loved that she started it while her children were so young still; so many things I read online about teaching your children about God and the Bible seem too old for my very young kids.

    The appendix lists useful resources, but as Ward emphasizes, all you have to have is a Bible. The chapter on getting through the tough stuff was also helpful as I think ahead to how we'll handle difficult passages.

    The ideas are simple, but not easy, and I was so inspired that before even finishing the book I'd begun implementing my own routine of reading the Bible with my children.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  4. Katy, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 16, 2012
    Katy, Texas
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    Gender: female
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    Such a great read! I felt as though I was sitting across the kitchen table with Carrie and her children. I could just see and hear her children playing Moses and Pharoah. I felt their pain on their "sick day" and rejoiced with them that the scripture spoke directly to their need. Of course it made me wish I'd done the same with my children. I have given Carrie's book to them and they may be encouraged to start this daily reading of the word with my grand children! Glad I heard Carrie on Revive Our Hearts and so glad she wrote this book.
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    April 6, 2012
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    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is a good book for any mother who is trying to decide how to implement Bible reading with her children. The author is funny and gives some great ideas on ways to make reading the Bible interesting for your children. Her personal examples are what make the book worth reading. I enjoyed her sense of humor and also liked her simple ideas. Seeing the effect of reading the Bible with your children is the goal the author asks you to set. Although that sounds easy, after reading this book you will understand that it will take some effort on your part. I especially enjoyed the discussion questions available for each chapter. I thought they were well thought out and really made you think about what you had just read. I only gave this book 4/5 stars because although I liked all the personal stories, I think there was just too many of them. Sometimes less is better!

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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