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It Starts at Home Book Review and Giveaway

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Tools_Books_It_Starts_At_HomeChurches worldwide are seeing a decline in the attendance of children who were raised in the church and have made a decision to walk away from their Christian roots.  Bill Hybels is quoted saying, “If the local church is the hope of the world, then we must take seriously the church’s responsibility to call couples, parents, and grandparents to create God-honoring homes.  Only then will we see the tide turn on declining generational faith transference.”

Authors Kurt Burner and Steve Stroope who both serve as ministers at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, have shifted the focus of the church towards helping parents reclaim their duty and responsibility to raise their children in a Godly home where biblical principles are not only taught but also witnessed through daily application.  Together they have written It Starts at Home: A Practical Guide to Nurturing Lifelong Faith, a book that proves the purpose and lasting success of intentionally raising children, families, and marriages where Christ is at the foundation and center of all homes.  Home is where the family lives and breathes; it makes sense that the home should also be the central location for spiritual development and where growth should continually be occurring in all members of the family.

The book presents strategies and goals for intentional couples, parents, grandparents, as well as church leaders.  It’s imperative to recognize that parents and families should not be waiting or expecting the church to teach their children but that faith formation begins at home.  Included in the book are parent report cards and tips and activities to building strong faithful families.  There is also a 120-day challenge for intentional marriages, parenting, and grandparenting that will inspire you to cultivate the faith of the future generations.

Christian home leaders are challenged to restore their homes and step into their God-given role to strengthen their family and become the central point for Christian growth.  It Starts at Home is a must-have for all family libraries.  It’s not a quick one-time read but a lifelong program about being intentional and strengthening the home.  The book is scripturally sound and full of biblical truths and at-home applications and strategies that families can easily apply to their everyday lives.

The Judgmental Christian was blessed with the opportunity to give away one copy of It Starts at Home.  What a blessing to be able to share this inspirational book to one of our faithful readers!  Thank you Lake Pointe Church for this unique opportunity!

Click HERE to learn how you can enter for multiple chances to win a free copy of this book.

This book can be purchased online at the Lake Pointe bookstore.  There is also a coupon online for 20% off any book or Bible.  It Starts at Home was donated to The Judgmental Christian and I was not compensated for my Review or Giveaway. 

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk
along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands
and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

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Mardel Gift Card Giveaway

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10310142_BG3Who doesn’t LOVE Mardel?  The store has something for every member of your family and it’s a guarantee you can shop without your children seeing anything inappropriate.  From books and bibles, movies and children’s entertainment, house decor and wall art, clothing, school and art supplies, homeschool and educational materials, church supplies and literature…. the store is a favorite for many families.  Mine included!

Because I am so excited and thankful about this blog and the amazing things God has inspired me to write about, I bought this gift card on my own to bless and share with my readers.   It’s a $20 gift card you can use anywhere in the store.

To enter the contest:

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  3. Share the giveaway on your personal Facebook page
  4. Leave a comment on THIS blog with your FIRST and LAST NAME as your contest entry

Please complete all three steps to ensure your contest entry.  The contest begins April 24, 2013 and will run through May 1, 2013 at midnight.  A winner will be announced the following day on May 2, 2013.  One winner will be announced and tagged on our Facebook page and will receive the gift card through the mail.  The winner must reside inside the US and must respond within 72 hours or a new winner will be contacted.

Nefarious and TShirt GIVEAWAY

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I am so excited to announce we are giving away Nefarious: Merchant of Souls produced by Exodus Cry.  The documentary is an inspiring film about the global problem of sex trafficking and the quest to combat sex slavery and the sex trade industry.  The dark secrets of this terrible crime are exposed and the film sheds light on the increasing problem of lust and sex in every nation.  The documentary serves as a testimony to the enslaved victims of this modern-day slavery and offers hope for every victim being rescued and redeemed from the evil darkness this crime entangles.

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We are also giving away a FREE tshirt.  This shirt supports a missionary overseas in Kenya, Africa who is fighting sex trafficking in a small community.  She is working with a team to pull young girls from the streets and moving them into a safe home.  They are providing information to families, feeding the community, offering school and extra activities, and educating the young ladies about their bodies.  They will also be reaching out to the johns and pimps in the area and providing education to them as well.

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To enter the contest:

  1. LIKE our Facebook page
  2. Share the blog post on your personal Facebook page
  3. Leave a comment on this blog as your contest entry

Please complete all three steps to ensure your contest entry.  The contest begins April 1, 2013 and will run through April 15, 2013 at midnight.  A winner will be announced the following day on April 16, 2013.  One winner will be announced and tagged on our Facebook page and will receive both the copy of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls and the tshirt.  The winner must reside inside the US and must respond within 72 hours or a new winner will be contacted.

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls REVIEW

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Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is one of the most horrendously difficult and yet incredibly inspiring movies that documents human trafficking and the sex slave industry.  Benjamin Nolot, director and narrator, lays out his heart and exposes the dark secrets of sexual slavery, which was once thought to be abolished but is quickly becoming an increasing global problem.  It’s estimated the sex trade industry has claimed an estimated 27 million victims around the world.

The heartbreaking and moving film offers a very deep, real and honest look at sex slavery as the film makers follow women, men, children, and families from various parts of the world.  The film reveals the realities of the growing number of orphans in Eastern Europe, the sad family dynamics in Southeast Asia, the legalized prostitution in Amsterdam’s red light districts, the demand and desire for sex and prostitution in Sweden, and the attraction and excitement of sex in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The reality that these women, men and certainly the children are not doing this by choice is made very clear; rather a well-crafted lie by satan is now revealed with the truth.

Several interviews are included in the film for the purpose of education as well as the redemption and love that can only be provided by Christ.  Former pimps, current brothel owners, psychologists, social workers, law officials, and reformed johns and prostitutes all discuss the problem of sex trafficking and their search for an answer to this horrifying crime.  Viewers will see the evils of grooming, kidnapping, selling, and entrapment of victims.  The violence these victims encounter is recreated in the film to give viewers a glimpse into the struggles and psychological abuse as they become slaves to their captors.  You will see women beaten and forced to submission, stripped naked, auctioned to the highest bidder, and sold multiple times night after night for the simple pleasure of a stranger.

The documentary serves as a testimony of these enslaved victims and addresses the global problem of this tragedy.  The answer to the problem is clear… Jesus Christ, who frees these victims from the evils of sexual slavery.  It’s a sad reality when people turn their backs on the Gospel and fall prey to lust of the eyes and flesh and the ripple effect this has on society.  The film shows the problem is much deeper than poverty and that the fingers of evil are entwined throughout every aspect of this unfathomable “business” and this un-chosen way of life.

Produced by Exodus Cry, the film proves the complex issues and horrors of modern-day slavery and will capture your heart and lead you on a mission of hope to end sex trafficking.  With the facts presented in the documentary, we cannot ignore the need for change but must press forward with hard work and a desire for justice.  The film offers hope for these victims being rescued and redeemed from this evil darkness.  There is a lot of work to be done, lives to be saved and ministered to – and it starts with you and me.

Watch the preview of the film below: