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Raising World Changers in a Changing World: How One Family Discovered the Beauty of Sacrifice and the Joy of Giving Paperback – May 1, 2018
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"The family you want is possible--and this is the book you need."--Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts
Almost any parent you ask will tell you that they want their children to be happy, successful adults. But many of us forget (or never knew to begin with) that lasting personal joy is not necessarily found the way the world says it is--through reaching a certain socioeconomic status, having a certain job, buying a certain house, or having a certain amount in one's bank account. In fact, personal satisfaction comes not from grabbing on to things but from holding them with an open hand and, very often, giving them away.
In this inspiring book, popular parenting blogger and author Kristen Welch shows parents how to discover for themselves and instill in their kids the profound joy that comes from sharing what we have been given--our time, our talents, and even what's in our wallets--with those who have less. Through powerful personal stories as well as stories from Scripture, Welch offers a tantalizing alternative to status quo parenting that has the power to impact not only our own families but also the entire world.
"As you read these pages, you will not only find guidance in raising children who are world changers, but you will find yourself moved to be a world changer as well!"--Ruth Schwenk, founder of TheBetterMom.com, author of Pressing Pause and For Better or for Kids
"Welch offers parents two things that are sorely lacking in our world today: hope and direction."--Heidi St. John, author, speaker, blogger, and executive director at Firmly Planted Family
Kristen Welch is the creator of the popular parenting blog We Are THAT Family (www.wearethatfamily.com), has a regular column in ParentLife magazine, and is a frequent radio guest and speaker. Author of Rhinestone Jesus and Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen is the founder of Mercy House Global and lives with her family in Texas.
About the Author
Kristen Welch was born and raised in Texas. Her parenting blog, We are THAT Family (www.wearethatfamily.com), receives more than 90,000 unique visits every month with more than 200,000 page views, and she has an active following on social media. Kristen has a regular column in ParentLife magazine and is a frequent radio guest and speaker. Author of Rhinestone Jesus and Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen is the founder of Mercy House Global, a nonprofit ministry that funds maternity homes in Kenya that rescue young pregnant girls, and facilitates Fair Trade Friday, a monthly subscription club that empowers impoverished women in 25 countries. Welch lives with her family in Texas.
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True Joy = giving is receiving
Throughout this book you will find quotes from many other world changers such as: Francis Chan, John Piper, David Platt, A.W. Tozer, Martin Luther King Jr., etc... Also quotes from her kids and people she has done ministry work with. She shares her experience and struggles in starting a non-profit and her trips to Africa and what she learned. After each chapter in addition to some simple actions steps, she asks World Changing Questions to her children, husband, or close friends what they have learned or their thoughts, which can serve as conversations started with our own family.
The power behind Kristen’s words is the way she and her family live their life, which comes to life in the pages of her book. Her message is challenging and shared with honesty and brokenness. She’s not “supposing” the truths she shares from scripture; she’s living them, and her testimony and the gospel is conveyed in word and power. She is and talks about “brokenhearted kingdom hunters” who “met Jesus face-to-face in the middle of their giving, and it made them want to give their lives away too.” I will say, it’s rather convicting. I found it impossible to read without finding myself faced with examining my own heart, priorities and beliefs. In my experience, though, nothing lasting or worthwhile has ever come from just being inspired, because once the inspiration wanes, so does the change hinged on it. For me, lasting change only comes from conviction. If I had to pinpoint one truth Kristen stresses that pierced my heart the deepest, it is this: “I was created for more than surviving, getting by, or moving to the next phase in life…We were created to give our lives away.” And as Kristen says, “Jesus is the greatest giving of all.”
The Lord wants to stir our hearts to be more like Christ. If I could sum up the message I took from Kristen’s book, it is this: Jesus is the most generous giver and world changer; in Him, we are to be generous givers and world changers, too!
If you are looking for a way to parent with conviction, connection and practical application in order to affect heartsets and mindsets for generosity and gospel living, this is a great book to read, discuss, implement and keep close at hand.