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October 6, 2016

Total Family Makeover {Melissa Spoelstra}

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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.

My Thoughts:
This book is broken down into eight sections that could easily be used as an eight-week Bible study. Throughout the book, we see practical advice on how to work through the eight areas in our life to help get our family on track to serving God the way He intended.

Each section starts with a real-life story from the author to create an example of the area of focus. Then the author takes you on a journey of advice, Biblical references, and key points to help outline the topic of the chapter. I enjoyed the real-life stories included in each section as a way to break into the discussion. The stories were practical, entertaining, and helpful in knowing we are not alone in this crazy parenting journey.

Throughout the chapter the pull-out sections focused on ways to increase your focus in particular areas, questions to help you begin to think about how to make a change in your home and references for further ways to explore the topic at hand. The little sections were very helpful in making the book something that can be used over and over again.

Overall I thought this was a great book. It is full of advice to help you grow as a Christian, a spouse, and a parent, as you lead your family towards becoming all God has in store for you.

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 Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness, Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World, and the forthcoming Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.

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