Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Review: The Christ-Centered Home: Inviting Jesus In by Emily Belle Freeman

The Christ-Centered Home: Inviting Jesus In, by Emily Belle Freeman
2016, 176p, Christian Non-fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

In the hectic scramble of a world that asks us to do everything, be everyone, and make it all look easy, we often lose track of the experiences that really matter most—quiet moments in our homes with our families when we feel the peace of Jesus Christ.

The lessons Jesus taught in the homes of His followers were simple. They were basic. And they were—and are—essential. In The Christ-Centered Home, you will discover how to fill your family’s hearts with the principles Jesus taught in the most sacred of classrooms: the home.

There is a humility that comes when we invite the Lord into our most private spaces. Within the hush we hear the gentle whisper of His voice, we experience the touch of His hand, and we feel the prompting to rise. Invite Him in, and experience the added measure of peace, strength, courage, and hope that comes when Jesus Christ becomes the central focus of your home.

This book is fantastic! The author has taken twelve lessons from the New Testament that Jesus taught in the actual homes of His followers. The idea is to focus on one lesson each month to have a more Christ-centered home by the end of the year.

As there's more and more uncertainty in the world, our homes need to be the place where positive changes are made and each family member can feel a closer connection to Christ. Each chapter starts with the author sharing scriptures, quotes and questions to ponder which would be helpful to read and study in preparation for sharing the lesson. The lesson itself is pretty short and consists of three parts: The Conversation, which gives scriptures to read together and is a summary of what she talks about; The Connection, where she gives suggestions to connect with and apply the message; and The Celebration, where she includes quick and easy treat ideas. It's perfect to use for Family Home Evening.

The messages in this book are timely and I enjoyed each one of them. One I'm looking forward to sharing with my family is the eighth month, "Forget Your Perfect Offering." This chapter deals with the fact that none of us are perfect and we need to turn to Christ to help us make positive changes in our lives. She also talks about helping our children remember who they really are and to help each of them find the gifts they have been given by God.

There are lots of gems in this book and I'm excited for the amazing discussions that will come from reading and studying each of these topics. The lessons apply to individuals as well as families so everyone will benefit from reading and applying them. I also love her invitation at the beginning to join this journey and that it's not meant to overwhelm, but simply to enrich. She did a great job of keeping it simple yet powerful. This is a life-changing book and one that I highly recommend!

Sample Lesson:

EMILY BELLE FREEMAN is a coach's wife, a mother to four children and a few others who have found refuge in her home, author of several bestselling books, and sought-after inspirational speaker. Her days are spent watching over teenagers, her flock of pampered chickens, and a rabbit that she adores. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life.

For a few minutes every day Emily forgets about the laundry, leaves the dishes in the sink, and writes. She coauthors a blog that is a stopping place for hearts seeking all that is good:


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