Thursday, April 18, 2013

Organic Outreach for Families

As a Christian parent, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to live out my faith in front of my children...not that I'm some sort of 'super-Christian' or anything, but I desperately want them to be able to look at both my husband and myself and be able to say with confidence that my husband and I each have an authentic faith- one they'd want to emulate. 

For far too long I've feared people more than I've feared God and have not lived out very well the idea of hospitality.  So when I ran across the book by Kevin and Sherry Harney, 'Organic Outreach for Families: Turning Your Home into a Lighthouse', I was pretty excited at the thought of learning how to reach out to others.

The book is divided into three sections:  Reaching Your Own Family (because you can't reach others if you haven't reached your own family first), Raising Children of Light in a Dark World (get to know your children and discipling them, equipping them to handle all the fiery darts the enemy will cast their way in this world), and Turning Your Home Into a Lighthouse (creating an inviting atmosphere, reaching out to others).  Each chapter ends with a section for practical application titled 'Becoming a Lighthouse' in which readers are challenged with a few action steps for the up-and-coming week. 

We are commanded:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself." 
~Luke 10:27 

For families who have struggled in the area of reaching out to others, and for those who are simply looking for a fresh way to do it, this book gives practical wisdom on how to put into action the command of Luke 10:27.

**I received this book free from Tommy Nelson publisher's Booksneeze blogger program.  I was not compensated in any way for this review, and was not compensated in any way for a positive review of this book.