Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Family Project: How God's Design Reveals His Best for You

We all know what families look like when they’re broken. But how are they meant to appear when they’re healthy and thriving? Complementing Focus on the Family’s 12-week Family Project curriculum, Stanton and Wirth’s stand-alone resource will help you delve into Scripture and rediscover the Creator’s majestic plan behind this essential—and endangered—institution.s redemptive design for family to their neighbors, peers, coworkers and, ultimately, their culture.

My Impressions
Focus on the Family has created yet another excellent resource that can be easily adapted to fit your family, a small group study, or a church series. It reminds us that we are all fallen, broken, sinful people, but with the help of God we can be healed and proper image bearers for our families and the world. The authors dive deep into how the breakdown of the family can be tied to the sin issues we see in our society such as: poverty, divorce, abuse, drugs, crime etc, and how when we get our families right with God to be proper image-bearers we help conquer these issues within our community by changing the frame work of future generations of families.

This book offers so many things:
  • Statements of Reflection-wonderful, in depth statement to make you ponder the Word, Gods character, how we are living and should live life, community and more are found at the end of each chapter. You can easily focus your prayers around these reflections and spend countless hours discussing them and searching within the Word to find the in-depth truth.
  • Questions for Consideration-deeply profound questions that will get you thinking about life, consequences, sexuality, Satan, spiritual warfare, roles of fatherhood, motherhood and being a child along with so much more.
  • Charts, graphs and statistics
  • Get the Picture-really fantastic links to photos taken throughout the centuries with some background history. 
My favorite chapter though, admittedly, was My Imperfect Family. The title alone screams out to me. I am an imperfect individual striving for perfection I will never achieve. This small chapter cover how I can improve my current family situations, ways to help create a biblical family (or strengthen the one you have), essential behaviors for parents and kids (praying together, learning each others love language, being involved in your kids world) and learning what your families calling is (make an impact by the way you live life). Wrote is easy to understand terms, this book gives us simply ways to make profound changes within our family that will have an impact generations to come. This book tackles some really tough subjects that frankly alot of others gloss over or leave out. We live in a fallen and broken world and there are certain topics that are uncomfortable to deal with and talk about that our society has deemed appropriate and acceptable. I appreciated the tactful way these topics were handled without glossing over the importance of how they breakdown the family as God has designed it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

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