Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Family Ministry Resource . . . everyday talk!

As I've been saying, if we are serious about equipping, encouraging and supporting the parents in our church and community, we also need to be serious about finding, and getting the word out about, excellent resources to help parents be more effective in passing on a legacy of faith to their children. I just had the opportunity to review one such excellent resource . . . 

everyday talk
Author - John A. Younts
Publisher - Shepherd Press

Favorite Features -
  • provides "talking points" so parents will know how to guide everyday conversations about everyday life to opportunities to point children to God
  • challenges parents to consider what kind of thoughts "live in their hearts" - to think about what they think about
  • challenges parents to use everyday events to talk with their children about God's world, what He is doing in the world and how they can respond to God
  • outlines how to "impress" God's Word on their children
  • each chapter ends with application questions to help you think about the focus on the chapter and how to implement the concepts in your life
  • excellent info on challenging parents to be sure their "talk" does NOT communicate to children God will only be happy with them if they are "good"
  • focus on helping parents understand their everyday talk needs to communicate grace to children - God's grace - rather than "performance"
  • author says to "delight in your children simply because God gave them to you and you love them"! - I LOVE this!!!
  • the author says the purpose of this book is to help parents "reflect the power of gospel grace in their everyday talk"! - I LOVE this, too!
  • powerful information on helping your child learn to pray by teaching them word-for-word how/what/when to pray, like Jesus did with the Lord's prayer!
  • challenges parents to be good listeners - so they do not miss opportunities to tell their children about God's faithfulness!
  • excellent reminder, the Bible says, "pleasant words promote instruction" - we all need to remember this! Anger will NOT get the job done!
  • challenge to make your everyday talk "holy" and not "ordinary" by being talk which points to God and His holiness and not us
  • helps you understand the role of your home to prepare, protect and cultivate your children to help them grow in God's way
  • wisdom about how to respond to the world, entertainment and how to talk to your kids about sex and music
As you can see, there are a lot of things I really like about this book! It is an excellent tool and resource for you to recommend for the parents in your church. Consider using it as a book for a parenting class to work through and give parents opportunity to practice specific talk in small groups. If all the parents in your ministry are learning to use everyday talk with their children, just think how much more effective the parents will be - and this everyday talk will overflow into your church and children's ministry as well! 

As the author says, "The challenge is great. The power of God is even greater. His power can make your everyday talk what He wants it to be - talk which reflects where your heart is, where your treasure is."

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