For parents who need help leading their kids like Jesus {aka, everyone}…a video book review

April 5, 2013 | 7 comments

God Centered…family

Last October I met Tricia Goyer, an amazing godly women. She inspired me not only with her writing resume (30+ books), but with her authentic faith and ministry to teen moms (read more here about her redemptive story).

As a testimony to her “awesomeness”, the week after meeting Tricia she started a private Facebook group for God Writer Moms. In that space she provides encouragement on how to include children in the writing process, stay balanced, and seek God first. From that group she invited me to help launch her new book, Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families

, which she co-authored with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.

I recently shared my friend Lara Williams’ book with you, “To Walk or Stay”…a book which helps women seek God.

This book helps families seek God.

Based on leadership principles and discipleship techniques, ‘Lead Your Family Like Jesus’ gives parents the tools to intentional lead their home for God’s glory. I don’t know about you but most of the parenting books in our home have been read by “moi”. However, this is one parenting book I could see Bruce enjoying too (particularly the chapters on the importance of vision).

Honestly I could sit and chat with you for about an hour about this book. I decided to do a video book review instead. “They” (aka, the blogger gurus) tell me it’s best to keep a video under 3 minutes. So after  many, many “takes”…this was the result:

It’s truly amazing how closely this book lines up with what I write about here: the dangers of pride & fear in parenting…casting a vision for your children…daily meeting with God through spiritual disciplines.

Yet, so many times I read a chapter or a few pages from this book and the words stuck with me for the next few days, helping me focus my parenting on what God desires:

  • Keeping an eternal perspective instead of a temporary one.
  • Saying “yes” to the best & no to the rest.
  • Recognizing the difference between an accident and misconduct.
  • Inspiring obedience–not rebellion

*Just FYI…the authors frequently use the Message translation of the Bible…not a deal breaker for me, but may be for some of you. 

Honestly, this book will help young families get off on the right foot in their parenting journey. Using the ideas and activities parents can set their hearts in the right position, identify their family values and goals, establish healthy relationships with their children and begin to seek daily conversations with God.

iPad Mini Giveaway…what?…

Celebrate the release of Lead Your Family Like Jesus with Tricia by entering her iPad Mini Giveaway and RSVPing for the Lead, Momma Lead LIVE Webcast Event (with MomLife Today’s Tracey Eyster) on April 16th.


One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A Tricia Goyer library

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 15th. Winner will be announced at the “Lead, Momma Lead” Live Webcast Event on April 16th. Connect with authors and everyday moms, Tricia Goyer and Tracey Eyster, for an evening of sharing and perspective-changing encouragement for leading your family. Tricia and Tracey will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Lead Your Family Like Jesus and join Tricia and Tracey on the evening of April 16th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!

*Disclaimer…as a member of Tricia Goyer’s launch team, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor did I receive any additional compensation.

7 Comments

  1. Erin

    Excellent review! I love how you organized it with the four pictures. I will go out and get this book.

    • Heather MacFadyen

      thanks Erin! I hope it truly will help your family. I’m pretty picky about what books I recommend on this blog. This one definitely lines up with my thoughts on parenting. 😉

  2. Janel

    Looks like a good book! You did a great job with your review, Heather!

    • Heather MacFadyen

      It really is. I especially like the focus on looking how Jesus led his disciples when we consider leading our children…good stuff. (thanks for your sweet encouragement!)

  3. Joyce and Norm

    Sounds like a great resource to families. You’re right, there’s not a lot of books, or other resources in general, that are geared to guys on topics like these.

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