Saturday, October 1, 2016

Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home + Giveaway


Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it. 
---Proverbs 22:6


Title:   Total Family Makover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home
Author: Melissa Spoelstra
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Release Date:  September 20, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Non-Fiction; Family Living



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.




Parenting - 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 through Litfuse Publicity Tour for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women's 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 First Corinthians: Living Love When We DisagreeJoseph: The Journey to Forgiveness, and Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible studies and Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home book. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.

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Plan an evening of fun, pizza, devotionals, and games with your family! Melissa is giving away a Family Fun Night Prize Pack.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on October 7. The winner will be announced October 10 on Melissa's blog.

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