Total Family Makeover

Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home by Melissa Spoelstra is a comprehensive guide for moms wanting practical, concrete steps for discipling their children. I loved the bright, bold, and pleasing cover of this book - it's gorgeous and very well designed. I wanted to pick it up right away and start reading it when I saw the cover. It also won the Mom's Choice Award! The book description reads:

"Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home (Abingdon, September 2016)

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it. ---Proverbs 22:6

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."

Immediately upon opening Total Family Makeover, I felt encouraged. I love how it immediately emphasizes the major truth that we aren't graded on our children's behavior - we aren't a good mom or a bad mom based on how our kids behave. Our job is to train and disciple them, yes, but we cannot control their heart or their behavior. We have to fulfill our responsibility and pray for the results in our children. The book is divided into eight sections, each detailing one of the eight key habits of growth as outlined in the description. Melissa gives us practical steps for each key habit, Scriptures, plans, and more. I love her easy to read style and her realistic, real life approach. This is a book that you can begin practically applying immediately as you read. I highly recommend this book to every mom who is looking to do a better job at discipling their children.

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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