I’ll be honest from the start — I thought this would be a corny, irrelevant approach to families and how they operate. I imagined it to be a little like the Waltons. I was raised with three brothers, so you can imagine how calm our house was on most evenings! I think the authors resonate with people who aren’t the Waltons. They published this book because they recognize a conversation needs to be had about these issues. How do we represent Christ to our kids? How do our kids confidently represent their King to the darkness of this world? It’s not an easy task, but the Harneys provide great insight for us all to give a listening ear to!
“The Harneys offer a solid recipe for ‘organic outreach’ that will help every member of the family-parents and kids alike- participate in the awesome work of advancing Christ’s Kingdom on earth.” — Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family
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I would be most excited to see this book land in the hands of parents. Mothers and fathers have got to understand their role as the light that lights their children. On the flipside, I have seen young adults become interested in “doing things right” as they launch their families and as they concretize their own self in the community and their families. All that to say, this book isn’t just for parents of kids or even for grandparents who are contemplating how to reach your neighbors; I would be equally excited to see young folks who are interested in raising a healthy, outward-looking family. This is not a book about the workplace; I will be doing another book soon representing Christ in the workplace (called SHOW ME HOW TO SHOW CHRIST IN THE WORKPLACE by Larry Moyer). This book is not about using sports to reach your community. THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT FAMILIES; how your family is to look inside the walls of the house and how it is to look outside of its haven.
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Chapter titles include:
PART 1: Reaching Your Own Family
1. Living the Gospel in Your Home
2. Sharing Jesus with Your Children
3. The Timing of the Spirit
4. Reaching Your Extended Family
PART 2: Raising Children of Light in a Dark World
5. The Home as a Safe Haven
6. The Home as an Emergency Room
7. The Home as a Playground
8. The Home as a Place of Prayer
PART 3: Turning Your Home into a Lighthouse
9. Lighthouse Homes
10. The Spirit and Atmosphere of Your Home
11. Connecting in Organic Ways
12. Overcoming Outreach Challenges
Concluding Thoughts: LET IT SHINE!
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Back Cover Reads:
Do you want to shine the light of God’s grace and love among your neighbors, friends, and extended family? Kevin and Sherry Harney, together with their three sons—Zach, Josh, and Nate—share insights from Scripture and give practical advice from their own experiences to help you learn how to transform your home into a lighthouse of God’s amazing grace.
The Harneys discuss several ways you can naturally share your faith with others:
* Reaching your own children with the message of Jesus.
* Sharing God’s grace with your extended family.
* Raising your children to be beacons of light in their schools and in your neighborhood.
* Opening the doors of your home to make it attractive and welcoming.
* Shining the light of God’s grace into your broader community.
Balancing a concern for developing your home into a safe, secure environment with the biblical mandate for believers to be salt and light in the world, you will discover creative ways your family can naturally become the presence of Jesus where you live, through community activities, and as a witness to your neighborhood.