8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home: Total Family Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra

Being a mom is a full-time job. Honestly I don't like to use the word "job," but let's just say it's a full-time responsibility. Of course I wouldn't have it any other way. On top of all that responsibly, comes a million other things that do tend to fill up my schedule. Whether or not a day is busier than normal there is one thing for certain, I always try to get that special one on one time with God. I also try to do the same for my son. He is still quite young, but my main focus is teaching him God's word, so he can develop a close relationship with Him throughout life. Total Family Makeover offers practical steps to help grow our children's spiritual walk with God, allowing them to become disciples of Christ.

God calls us as parents to be key disciple-makers in our children’s lives, but if we’re honest, some days it’s a battle just to get them dressed and ready for school on time. How can you mold their hearts when sometimes you can’t even find their shoes? In Total Family Makeover, author Melissa Spoelstra gives parents a way—a sort of spiritual track to run on—when it comes to building family discipleship.

Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology and enjoys teaching God's Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of the "First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree," "Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness," and "Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible" studies and "Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home" book. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids.

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.–Proverbs 22:6

In the book's introduction, Melissa opens with a quote, "Your Kids are not Your Report Card," meaning if kids act out, disobey, or do something that isn't necessarily acceptable in the public eye, it really doesn't mean that the parent has missed the mark. After all, God is labeled as the perfect parent, and as much as he teaches his children right from wrong, many still disobey. Does that mean God gets a bad grade in parenting? Of course not, so goes the same for parents everywhere.

She is right on point with the idea that, "Disciples are made, not born. Whether your children are babes in arms or teenagers getting ready to leave the nest, making disciples at home starts with you." She also brings up a very good point about teaching. While this is a major step in making disciples of our children, it isn't the only step and not even the first step. If we want our children to grow into God loving individuals, then we need to also model the same behavior that we are seeking from them. We can do this by strengthening our own walk with God, so that we can instill those same values in our children. If you think about it, how can we expect a certain behavior or action from our children if we are not modeling that same behavior and action? What example would we be setting if we didn't follow what we preached?

Total Family Makeover focuses on eight different key habits of growth:
  • Spending Time in Prayer
  • Reading God’s Word
  • Growing Through a Mentoring Relationship
  • Finding Community in the Church
  • Serving Others
  • Taking Time to Rest
  • Giving Back to God
  • Sharing Your Faith

Throughout the book, Melissa offers helpful insight and even shares personal stories from her own life. The eight topics mentioned, above, are broken down by chapter and include a separate section for modeling and training. My favorite part of this book are the special practical approaches that offer handy ideas and activities that can be put to use in our own families.

There are a lot of great examples of how Jesus modeled and trained his own disciples, included in the book. I really appreciate how she emphasizes on not only helping our children walk a spiritual walk, but also ourselves. Total Family Makeover is a wonderful resource for any parent out there that's seeking practical ideas to help their children love and follow Jesus.

Be sure to also stop on by this awesome giveaway (please note: this is not an Our Everyday Harvest affiliated giveaway). Plan an evening of fun, pizza, devotionals, and games with your family! Melissa is giving away a Family Fun Night Prize Pack:


One grand prize winner will receive: