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Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter (Faithful Families) Hardcover – February 4, 2013
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About the Author
Dave Stone is Senior Pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he preaches Truth to more than 21,000 people each weekend. He and his wife, Beth, have three children: Savannah, Sadie, and Sam, and a son-in-law, Patrick. Dave believes the most practical way to spread the gospel is through moms and dads who model a genuine faith for their children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book starts out by encouraging families to create a family mission statement. I didn't grow up in a Christian home but we want to have a close family that lives for Christ. We had never thought about doing this but I can see where it would help unify the family and clarify everyone's directions in daily life. What a great idea!. . .My family is in the process of creating ours. Developing a mission statement helps companies and organizations succeed so Stone reasons that a mission statement can also help families form a clear vision and succeed. He recommends that everyone be involved in the process instead of just imposing a mission statement on your kids. "Everyone takes ownership. Everyone is invested in the outcome," Dave says. I think this is a great idea and wish we had done this years ago. This was the biggest thing I took away from the book.
The rest of the book contains topics such as contentment, security, loyalty, gratitude, spontaneity, communication, and others. I found Dave's personal anecdotes, related Scripture and other stories to be encouraging at times and gently convicting at others. I found this book to be helpful to our family and one we will refer to again and again. I would encourage any Christian wanting to build a stronger family life to read this book. It is the second in a series with the first book being "Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord."
I received this book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review.
As a Christian parent we are seeking to instill God's Word in our child's heart, not just so they can follow a set of rules but so that when they are confronted by Satan and his evil ways, they know how to respond. I like in the part about parenting, we can start trusting our children but we still don't want to put them into temptations way the goal is that we can trust our children without literally testing them. As I've become a mom to an older child, I realize how carefully one must tread between being a hovering parent and one who gives their child responsibility. I have began to let my oldest have more room to breathe away from me and she knows she must accept responsibility for her actions, whether good or bad and I like what Dave Stone has to say about that, "Quakes will rumble and buildings will sway, but if you've laid the right foundation, they need not fall." I'm not saying that I'm going to let my children hang out with people who do drugs or who are into witch craft - but I can rest assured that if I've built a good, strong foundation my child will continue to stand on.
My only thing about this book was in the chapter that dealt with word power, while a very powerful chapter, it's assumed that you are a Believer married to a like-minded Believer. That isn't that simple for some of us - when clean words are discussed he points out that vulgarity is wrong and children need to be shielded from it - but he doesn't realize that some parents, even those who are Believers may use this language. Thankfully, I've been able to stem the tide and my children know acceptable language and find curse words tasteless. Besides that, this is an excellent book to get some ideas on how to build the joy in your house and it's generously sprinkled with Scripture to back up each idea and topic that he gives.
**Disclaimer: I was provided an e-copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.