Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Litfuse Review: Total Family Makeover by:Melissa Spoelstra

 Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home
About the Book:
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 Review:
 Our first ministry is always going to be to our family and loved ones. Making disciples out of our family isn't always the easiest to achieve. I know for our family we have tried to disciple our children and most of the time it goes fairly well. My health took a rather drastic turn that forced me to not get them involved with serving community projects as often as I like. So for us it's rather difficult to help in that way. We do require our children to help out at church when they are old enough so we are trying to foster serving in that manner and for us that works for now.

 The author does a great job showing you the in's and out's of discipling your family and she gives excellent recommendations to get you headed in the right direction. My favorite part of these steps would be her suggestion for taking time to rest. I know for us sometimes we get so busy that we forget about this very important truth and it costs us and those we serve.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.