Tuesday, July 21, 2015

7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

With decades of ministry experience, Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman capture the guiding essentials of life-changing family ministry.
These seven essentials for children and student leaders emphasize:
1. Empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home
2. Forming lifetime faith that transcends childhood beliefs
3. Teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth
4. Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit to teach and transform
5. Engaging every generation in the gospel of God’s redemptive story
6. Making God central in every biblical narrative and daily living
7. Participating in community with like-minded ministry leaders
7 Family Ministry Essentials will energize and equip you with the practical steps, inspirational stories, and biblical foundation you need as you lead those in your ministry.
About The Authors:
DR. MICHELLE ANTHONY is the vice president and publisher of learning resources at David C Cook and a popular speaker in the area of family ministry. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, and Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family. Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian education, Bible and theology as well as over twenty-five years of family ministry experience. Michelle and her husband, Michael are the parents of two adult children and live in Colorado.
 MEGAN MARSHMAN is the director of student resources and production for David C Cook and has led and challenged thousands of students in their faith at Hume Lake Christian Camps. With a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, Megan speaks nationally at churches, conferences, and university chapels. She and her husband, Randy, live in Long Beach, California.
My Review:
This is the book to own, read and apply to your life if you are in any way involved in a family ministry program in your church, or if you are in fact a parent. It is absolutely loaded with essentials that will allow a family ministry program to not only be developed and grow, but to also THRIVE! Michelle Anthony has been one of my favorite family ministry authors for a couple years now, and I am so glad that she and Megan Marshman have collaborated on this much needed book.
The book is first and foremost very well written, easy to read for any one but especially for those of us who are not in ministry, and is very well organized. The book covers so much and I found myself writing many notes as I read. It is absolutely one that I will share with those I know in family ministry but also one that I will keep in my personal library as a parent of two children. 
Overall this is an excellent book that reminds the reader that it it first and foremost the parents responsibility for the faith formation in their child, and, along with a great family ministry program, those children will be nurtured in this formation for a long time to come. Each chapter is completed with a ministry assessment and as well, there are many valuable tools to use on the authors website for the book. 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase 7 Family Ministry Essentials online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite Christian book retailer from David C Cook.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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