Creating a Legacy of Faith for Our Children: Pass It On by Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee #BookReview

Building a legacy of faith for children is important. They look up to us, so it's vital to provide family experiences that are going to make a strong impact in their lives. Pass it On can be a valuable resource to parents, since it offers a remarkable approach to strengthening a child's faith.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he
will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

Parents often experience a “freak out” moment when they realize their children’s view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home. Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life. While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family’s spiritual legacy . . . starting now!

Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He has more than 1.5 million resources in print and a radio broadcast heard on 800 stations a day. Jim resides in Southern California with his wife Cathy and their three daughters.

Jeremy Lee is the founder of ParentMinistry.Net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible from Group Publishing and the Ignite Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and children.

From reading the Bible, to having prayer time, there are so many ways in which we can encourage our children's faith. Pass it On discusses the benefits of creating an actual Rite of Passage Experience. The book is a guide to setting these experiences up. Each chapter features a new Rite of Passage activity that you could do with your child based on their age (from kindergarten to twelfth grade). Included are ideas and resources on how to follow through with each Rite of Passage. There's even testimonies from parents who have already tried them with their children, as well as Biblical scripture to connect the different experiences.

While I have already started my mission to pass down a legacy of faith to my son, creating an annual Rite of Passage experience is something that I've only been recently introduced to. I enjoyed reading both author's views and concepts on making this happen. Pass it On shares inspirational ways to create a positive spiritual experience that will not only impact children while they are young, but well into adulthood.