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Fantastic Families: 6 Proven Steps to Building a Strong Family Hardcover – September 1, 1999

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About the Author

Joe Beam has been teaching and preaching for over twenty years. He is the author of Becoming One, Seeing the Unseen, Forgiven Forever, and Fantastic Families. Beam also serves as president of Family Dynamics Institute, holds a B.A. in Bible, and has done graduate work in clinical psychology.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; No Edition Stated edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582290806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582290805
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One frustration that comes up in ministry, especially when working around counselors, is the constant focus on brokenness. It is like every conversation and news program features a page from the DSM-IV, a book that lists all the ways psychologists and insurance companies agree that people can be broken[1]. After a point, I was curious if anyone had ever studied healthy families. My curiosity led me to the work of Nick and Nancy Stinnett and Joe and Alice Beam: Fantastic Families.

Stinnett and Beam are researchers with the Family Dynamics Institute of Franklin, Tennessee[1]. Fantastic Families is a study based on a sample of 14,000 families from across all 50 states and 24 countries covering, at the time of writing, about 25 years of research (x-xii). The book is written in 7 chapters introduced with a preface and introduction and followed by 4 appendices, notes, and bibliography. The chapters focus on 6 qualities that “good” families share in common:

1. Commitment—these families promote each other’s welfare and happiness and value unity.
2. Appreciation and Affection—strong families care about each other.
3. Positive Communication—strong families communicate well and spend a lot of time doing it together.
4. Time Together—Strong families spend a lot of quality time together.
5. Spiritual Well-being—whether or not they attend religious services, strong families have a sense of a “greater good or power” in life.
6. Ability to Cope with Stress and Crisis—strong families see crises as a growth opportunity (10).

Each chapter then consists primarily of a list of characteristics contributing to each of these qualities. For example, a committed family has 6 characteristics:

1. Commitment to marriage;
2.
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I bought this for a class but I'm keeping it for personal use and reference. It's a well-written book with practical, useful suggestions for building a strong family. I would highly recommend it to parents, teachers, pastors, counselors, and anyone who works with families in any way.
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By DeMing on November 25, 2013
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Fantastic Families: 6 Proven Steps to Building a Strong Family is filled with practical and up-to-date info. For the Christian it shows that God's way was right all along. It is already making my family better.
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It's very informative, there is so many good things to help build a strong family. Today we need more families to do these steps and have good strong families. The country starts with the individual and grows from the family to the community, to the county, to the state, to the nation. We are losing this strength, being run down by a liberal agenda, that takes away family. It doesn't take a village, it takes a strong family, under God, who believe in each other.
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