Saturday, May 13, 2017

Do Your Children Believe By Terence Chatmon Review

Do Your Children Believe?: Becoming Intentional About Your Family's Faith and Spiritual Legacy
by Terence Chatmon

(From Goodreads)

Are your children ready to live out their faith in the real world?

Most parents who value Christian faith want their children to enjoy a vibrant, growing relationship with God, both now and throughout their lives. But few of those parents ever attach this hope to an ongoing plan; therefore, they fail to lay a reliable spiritual track in front of the fast-moving train of family life. This book is a junction point where deep parental desire meets workable design and where timid inadequacy meets Christ’s sufficiency. It’s where individual families become multiplication factories, exerting a lasting impact not only on their coming generations but even on the culture at large.

The death of Joshua and his contemporaries was barely old news in Israel before the people of God experienced a Judges 2:10 moment: “There arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done” (ESV). One generation is all it takes. One generation who stops remembering. One generation who stops creating. One generation blinded to God’s real work in their lives who then subtly quiets the expectation of His new work in succeeding generations.

Do Your Children Believe? appears at a time in history when another Judges 2:10 moment doesn’t sound so incredibly far-fetched—a day when many people’s only real knowledge of God comes from what they’ve heard and read about, not what they’ve actually seen and experienced, and when His work is more about the dutiful following of rules than the daily adventure of walking with Him as Lord.

Imagine, instead, a generation of your family who knows God with intimate familiarity. Who doesn’t just pretend at faith but actually lives it. Kids who can tell you what they believe and why it matters. Teenagers who handle adversity with the resilient joy of godly wisdom. A family who prays together and worships together, growing into young adults who are equipped and inspired to keep this torch ablaze from the moment their own new families begin.

This book is here to make that reality happen, written by an author equipped with not only a passion for the concept but also a proven plan for success—a wealth of first-hand personal stories from his wife and kids for how they’ve put this plan into living action with remarkable blessings in tow. When God puts His power behind families who embrace this kingdom call, on-the-ground change will result in off-the-charts revival.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Growing up, when my family member found God at a church one day they decided for everyone that there would be a change, it was not a good way to introduce faith more strongly in my early years and I felt forced to believe.  It actually for a long time ruined my experience with my own faith.  I now as an adult understand that while we all want our children to believe how we do, it is not wise to push so hard that they break.

The book is both good and bad but the reader needs to use it as they feel best when connecting to the topic.  Also in my opinion when you push your faith on to someone, it does not help and can do serious damage.  I am not saying to go about life in the dark, just do not blind someone with your light.

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