Parents, what would you think is an important aspect to pass onto your children? What would be the key to helping them find a guiding stone in their lives? True, as parents, you want your children to be healthy and grow physically and emotionally strong and able, with the education to ensure a good future. What about their spiritual growth? Is that something you hope to contribute or do you prefer that aspect to be delve into individually themselves or by the church? Or you just don't know where to start? Well, fear not. Authors Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee's "Pass It On" is a book on 'building a legacy of faith for your children through practical and memorable experiences.'
This is a book not to miss by any parent who wants to be a part of their child's spiritual growth, or rather hope to instill a foundation of faith in their lives. At some point in the forever frame of mind as your child is getting bigger, taller, stronger and more opinionated, you stop and realize that their view of God and faith all started with you and how your family views it. So what happens? What do you do? Well, Burns and Lee shares with us that it starts young, especially when kids are so impressionable. As you read through "Pass it On", you see that it breaks down the "rites of passage" of faith into the thirteen years, coinciding with their years in school, starting with kindergarten through to their senior year in high school. With each school year age, you are presented with an understanding of that particular age, be it physical, emotional or mental, and using the information, along with resources and practical ways to instill faith and character. With Biblical verses and examples, parents/readers are given a foundation of how and what God taught and continues to teach in relation to individuals and their growth.
I think a line in the book sums up what this book is about. "Becoming a big kid is an exciting prospect for children, so there is no end to the ways you can reinforce, inspire, and foster responsibility in the life of your child." (p73).
"Pass it On" is an enjoyable and eye-opening read. This book is specifically for parents, but I believe anyone in connection or in contact with kids (in those same age group) will benefit from the experiences in this book. So teachers, student leaders, youth pastors, babysitters, school counselors...etc, the list can go on and on, even uncles and aunts and godparents will find understanding with "Pass it On". In that case, feel free to do what it says, pass it on.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, David C Cook through Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.
About the book:Pass It On (David C. Cook, September 2015)
Parents often experience a "freak out" moment when they realize their children's view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home.
Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life.
While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family's spiritual legacy . . . starting now!
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Jeremy Lee is the founder of ParentMinistry.Net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible from Group Publishing and the Ignite Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and children.
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