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One Million Arrows: Raising Your Children to Change the World Paperback – September 1, 2009

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About the Author

A professional writer and speaker, Julie Ferwerda challenges families nationwide to become part of a movement by using their God-given gifts and talents to make a significant spiritual impact in their schools, workplaces, and communities. She is the mother of two teenage daughters who are both making a significant spiritual impact in their community.

Recognized for making the Bible relevant to daily life, Julie's work is featured in many Christian magazines and Web sites. She hosts regular blogs for Crosswalk.com and CBN.com, and is the author of The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love.

Julie volunteers her most of her time and talents to international orphan discipling ministry. She is a Certified Lay Counselor and a faculty member of CLASSEMINARS, INC., a professional communications development organization.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Winepress Publishing (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606150111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606150115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For years now the church in the US has continously developed ministry after ministry targeting our children and young people. Effect?? More and more are leaving the church after leaving the home. As a former student pastor I saw the effect first hand. The reason: I asked a roomful of "church kids" whose parents served in the church, how many of them had prayed with, had devotions with, or even spiritual conversation/guidance from their fathers, or parents in general within the LAST FEW MONTHS. The answer was 1 in 30! The answer is not more church programs to monopolize your families time. The answer is YOUR FAMILY! God, wife, children, are your top three priorities and One Million Arrows calls us all to stop dropping our children down our list of to dos behind work and "church." OMA calls us all as parents to take up this banner for our lives and run with it so that our children will not become casualties of a generation of unconcerned, lukewarm, Christian by name only young men and women, but truly Arrows for God!
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Inspired by the work of Dr. M.A. Thomas in India, Julie Ferwerda enthusiastically embraced his God-given vision of sending out One Million Arrows (children trained to reach the nations with the gospel) into the world. While Thomas has been faithfully laboring to raise abandoned and orphaned children for the Lord while training them for future roles in ministry and evangelism, Ferwerda has expanded this vision to include our own biological children here in North America, and any whose lives we may touch through giving.

Ferwerda both encourages families to raise their children whole-heartedly for missions and ministry, while examining the impact that families can have mission-ally and financially as they seek to reach the world for Jesus. Recent years have seen a huge re-evaluation of the approaches used to impart discipleship upon children. Increasingly parents are turning away from reliance upon formal church ministries and embracing visions of family discipleship within their homes. Author Julie Ferwerda offers a unique approach to creating a family on fire for the great commission in One Million Arrows.

One of my favorite portions of the book was the inclusion of the paths different families have taken to raise their children with a passion for Christ. Many homeschooling families have shared their stories and the fruit their children's lives have borne. Likewise, the stories of many orphans who have been raised in Christian homes with a heart for ministry are also shared along with some of their impact upon the world.

Ferwerda's passion is unmistakable, but at times her message of spreading the gospel through the lives of children who have been abandoned and consequently raised in Christian homes seems a bit cold.
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What I Liked: For starters, the subject matter. I've cut back seriously on book review opportunities lately, trying to catch up on my backlog. But I couldn't pass this one over - the topic is just too close to my heart. More than any other dream I have for my little daughter, I want to raise a child who loves God and changes the world, through Him and for Him. And service to humanity has always been a dream and priority of mine, even before Esmé came into the picture.

Somehow, though, I didn't expect this book to pierce me so much. To point out my shortcomings so well. To make me realize I need to change the very essence of my thoughts on homeschooling and education.

In fact, I just spent the weekend studying different methods of education. I tried to sum it up on my Mozi Esmé blog - realizing that I could never get it all figured out, and ultimately loving and savoring my baby girl is by far more important than picking the right handwriting teaching method and helping her ace the SATs. This book takes it even further.

This book is full of quote after motivational quote that I wish I could memorize and internalize. Here's one:

I don't want children who are just productive members of society. I don't want to encourage my kids to strive after mere hapiness either. In the short window of opportunity I have to impact their lives, I want to raise spiritually fulfilled kids who are productive members of eternity.
Not just inspiring quotes and ideas, this book is also full of inspiring stories. One after another. Of parents. And children. And it makes me realize no matter what my circumstance, what my daughter's personality, what the ingredients are - kids CAN make a difference for God.
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As someone who has seen first hand the great need for parents to raise their children and the need for parents in countries whose streets are filled with orphans, this book speaks a clear word to everyone who cares about justice and mercy and the lives of children. Trust me, this book will change your perspective on pretty much EVERYTHING concerning the future of the world we live in, because the future is in our kids, and their kids, and the kids who have nobody to teach them right from wrong.
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