Item description for Rock-Solid Families: Transforming an Ordinary Home into a Fortress of Faith by Janell Rardon...
Overview Experts agree that the greatest gift parents can give their children is a happy marriage. Wife, mother, and teacher Rardon offers a spiritual blueprint with 12 foundational building blocks for keeping your family strong: vision, flexibility, order, organization, devotion, prayer, success, obediance, love, grace, creativity---and, of course, your marriage. Practical and inspiring!
"STRUGGLING WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RAISING A FAMILY?"
"ROCK-SOLID FAMILIES is a spiritual training manual that identifies twelve principles or foundational stones that spiritually strong families have in common."
Author Janell Rardon offers inspiration, practical methodology, and strong scriptural application for transforming and ordinary home into a fortress of faith.
"Blindly, my husband and I embarked on our adventure of raising a Christian family," says Janell. "It took a great deal of effort and relearning in order to overcome a dysfunctional family background.
My husband and I were raised in homes where our fathers were alcoholics. Having strong mothers, strong faith, and a gracious, redeeming God has enabled us to face our difficulties and somehow surmount the residual effects of this type of home environment."
Janell and her husband committed to relearn what growing a family is all about. They read all they could about marriage, family, and relationships. Through turbulent waters, they remain focused on the task of raising a strong families. Written after twenty years of ministry, research, personal experience, avid listening, and the keen observation of rock-solid families and "not--so" rock-solid families, this book offers hope for parents who lack confidence in providing spiritual leadership.
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Studio: Living Ink Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Living Ink Books
ISBN 0899570364 ISBN13 9780899570365
Reviews - What do customers think about Rock-Solid Families: Transforming an Ordinary Home into a Fortress of Faith?
Oaks of Righteousness that He may be Glorified! Apr 10, 2008
'Rock-Solid Families' is a wonderful book for families with young children. It would be great for MOPS organizations and small group studies.
Each chapter of the book details an essential element that will help parents produce a rock solid family. The chapters also include illustrations, bible verses, charts and ideas to help form the principle introduced in that chapter. It is a "how to" book. This is extremely helpful for parents trying to raise children in our postmodern secular world. There is a wonderful biblical worldview throughout the book.
I appreciate the authors desire to help families "Transform an ordinary home into a fortress of faith." The chapters on order, love, obedience, and personal quiet time are wonderful. The author shares many personal illustrations from her own life. I appreciate illustrations and think they have great purpose in showing people the practical, however, there are a few too many. It can change the book from a `how to' to a `look at me' or `I' book. However, the book remains solid.
Reader, you will definitely like this book and find it very helpful if you are raising a family or plan to soon. Do not try to tackle every foundational step laid out all at once. Read the book. Then pick out a few of the chapters to get started on. Complete one a week or one a month. Some may be easier than others. This is a building process that takes time and intentional effort.
Kudos to the author for writing a `tool' to help young families grow spiritually minded and become Rock Solid!
Building Spiritually Strong Families Oct 30, 2007
"Rock-Solid Families" is the product of Janell Rardon's twenty years of ministry, research, personal experience, and her observation of successful Christian families. The book reveals insight into what strong spiritual families have in common.
The book is built on twelve foundation stones. Each chapter deals with one of these important foundational principles that will help build solid families. The first chapter begins with the need for vision and a written family mission statement. Values, purpose and determination all play a part in establishing the focus for this vision.
Chapter endnotes provide additional references and reading. These reinforce Janell's research and provide opportunity for further study. The illustrations, charts, and exercises add to the value of the book as a practical study guide on parenting. The book is Biblically based, strong in spiritual application with a practical approach to parenting. Or as the subtitle of the book suggests, it is about "Transforming an Ordinary Home into a Fortress of Faith."
Janell shares illustrations from her own life and the lessons she has learned through these experiences. I appreciated her openness and vulnerability in sharing from her heart. I, personally, found the chapters on devotion, prayer, spiritual success, and obedience especially meaningful and challenging. The suggested action steps in these chapters are helpful for planning future devotional times for both family worship times and personal quiet times. Additional suggestion are provided in an important appendix.
Janell is a natural communicator, and an articulate writer. She beautifully weaves a pattern of spirituality with a practicality that invites the reader to apply the twelve foundations stones to building their own "Rock-Solid Families."