Total Family Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra – A Book Review


Total Family Makeover – 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home

By: Melissa Spoelstra

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Basic Spiritual Practices for Nurturing Children and Transforming Families

“Total Family Makeover – 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home” provides a strong foundation for being intentionally authentic about transforming your life, your family, and your home.

The book is based on Scriptures Jesus modeled in the training of His disciples.

Each chapter features a section on modeling and another on training. Using this practical approach Melissa Spoelstra challenges the reader through:

  • Inspiring instructions on and suggestions for establishing principles of prayer in the lives of your children
  • Practical approaches to reading the Scriptures together and making application to daily family life
  • Comprehensive guidelines on the merits mentoring can have on your parenting skills
  • Building blocks instilling Christian character in your children through finding community in the church, by serving others, giving back to God, and sharing your faith

In addition to being active as a pastor’s wife and the mother of four, author Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, and Bible teacher. She speaks and writes from her heart and models the message she delivers.

“Total Family Makeover – 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home” is clearly must reading for parents from the crib through college. Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Abingdon Press, P O Box 2809988, Nashville, TN 37228-0988, 9781501820656, $ 16.99, 2016, 256 pages

 

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God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” From a Biblical Perspective by Amber Picota – A Book Review


God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” from a Biblical Perspective

By: Amber Picota

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

A New Look at Womanhood Embraced by a New Generation – A New Covenant Platform for Christian Women

In her timely, Biblically based book “God’s Feminist Movement” Amber Picota redefines feminism for today’s generation of Christian women. She describes these women as “gracious, humble, wise, gentle yet strong, diligent, and pure in heart; revolutionaries who shape the course of history.”

Her goal is to equip the reader, women and men, co-heirs in the body of Christ, to study the scriptures in light of the historical background, hermeneutics, and the original languages, to put aside preconceived concepts, and to discern for themselves the application of theses passages to make them applicable for a contemporary setting.

The subjects of women in leadership, submission in marriage, headship, and the cost of trail blazing are especially relevant for today. These are important issues that are being faced in business, education, and politics, issues that cannot be minimized in church life. Picota urges the reader to lead the way in breaking away from traditional misconceptions, and trite clichés to claim the promises and follow the patterns of the New Covenant.

I was deeply moved by Amber’s personal testimony of coming to Christ, the struggles that followed and the unique way that God worked in her spirit to a commitment of her life to fulfill His purpose.

Amber writes from heartfelt convictions, her message is convincing, contagious, and commanding. “God’s Feminist Movement – Redefining “A Woman’s Place” from a Biblical Perspective” is important reading for pastors, organizational ministries, and lay leaders in the Church in this and future generations.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257,

978-76809345, $ 15.99, 2016, 176 Pages

Unstuck – Escaping the Rut of A Lifeless Marriage, by Barry D. Ham, P.H.D – A Book Review


Unstuck – Escaping the Rut of a Lifeless Marriage

By: Barry D. Ham, P.H.D

Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 970768408539, $ 15.99, 2016, 234 pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Steps to Restoring Vibrancy, Energy, and Intimacy to a Troubled Marriage Relationship

“Unstuck – Escaping the Rut of a Lifeless Marriage” offers hope and happiness to couples seeking to reconnect in an intimate and vital marriage relationship. Dr. Ham is a highly skilled communicator with a unique gift of storytelling. True stories, examples, and case studies come alive and identify real issues readily identifiable offering practical resolutions leading to a new commitment to reengaging, and infusing new life into the marriage relationship.

Dr. Ham draws from his ministry and therapeutic experience as a marriage and family therapist to provide biblical insight, helpful guidelines, and workable strategies for couples seeking counsel. He writes with clarity and is forthright in his observations. His illustrations are matchless and will challenge the reader’s thinking and allow them to explore causes for disillusionment and to determine steps to pursue in their search for reawakening romance and a successful marriage.

The book is extensively researched, well documented, and highly endorsed by recognized Christian leaders, professional therapists, and pastors.

“Unstuck – Escaping the Rut of a Lifeless Marriage” is important reading for pastors, lay counselors, and for couples seeking recommitment, healing, and restoration in their marriage.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.