Monday, December 7, 2009

"Setting Up Stones" Book Review & Giveaway!

A Parent's Guide to Making Your Home a Place of Worship
Martha & Greg Singleton

Is family devotion time at your house greeted with less than shouts of enthusiasm? Is there even a family devotion time at your house? I have good memories of devotions growing up, but they weren't done like clockwork. My husband on the other hand has nightmares of the nightly 2 hour devotions growing up in his house. So finding a balance hasn't really happened in our house yet. This book caught my interest right away when I found out what it was about. I think there is a real need for something like this. So lets take a look...

Think of Setting Up Stones as a workbook, at the end of each chapter there are ideas to try and questions to answer to really get you thinking. It is interactive if you let it be. The first part of each chapter is part Greg and part Martha giving illustrations, stories and insight into ways you can bring worship into a daily part of your family life. The important thing being that they get you to reevaluate what worship is. The beauty of this book is that you will start to see worship all around you and in more things that you do and you will help your kids see it too.

Great book! I have recommended it to my mom for the Young Moms Bible Study she teaches at church because it would be a perfect book for something like that.

*********Greg and Martha are doing a 2 part series on Family Life Today on the radio on December 7th & 8th so tune in and check out their interview! Thank you to Greg and Martha for the review copy they sent out to me, and they would like to give away a copy of this book to one of you! So leave me a comment telling me what you currently do (or don't do) for family devotions or to bring worship into your home and I will enter you! Be sure to leave your email though if you want to be entered... contest open to US and Canadian entries.

Setting Up Stones is a fast-paced, interactive release to help today’s busy parents do three important things: (1) hone their spiritual parenting skills; (2) help their children build a solid foundation of faith; and (3) transform their home into a place of worship. The interactive format of Setting Up Stones will quickly engage parents in more than passive reading; it will invite them to lift the ideas off the page and creatively apply them to their family situation. Biblical principles are explained and illustrated concisely; lively anecdotes help readers see the relevance to today’s family. Each chapter has sidebar content that provides ample opportunity for parents to apply key ideas and try practical activities. Setting Up Stones provides a fresh take on a timeless topic.

Author Bio

Martha and Greg Singleton have, for 29 years, met the challenges of balancing successful professional careers in journalism and marketing while raising a faith-filled family. Together, they creatively share their experiences and insights on family life at conferences, seminars, workshops, churches of various denominations, schools, organizations, and businesses. Professionally, Martha has built some of the nation’s most highly acclaimed scholastic journalism programs while Greg has worked with clients such as ABC Sports, ESPN and Promise Keepers to develop strategies. The couple resides in San Antonio, and has two adult children, Anne and Matt.


Michelle said...

I hate to admit, but I'm really not doing anything to set up a devotional time in our home. I could really benefit from a book like this.

Thank you for entering me!
scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Anonymous said...

We read from a daily family devotional every morning at breakfast time. It's the only time when we're all together.

Linda said...

This book sounds like one needed book for everyone. Please enter me.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Winning Readings said...

We read 5 books before bed every night, and I make sure one of those is a Bible-related book. And we pray before sleeping, too. Other than that, devotions are pretty much hit and miss. We're doing Advent devotions with our Jesse tree right now that are fun - including coloring, putting an ornament on the tree, and unwrapping a book. That'll end soon, though.

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...

We struggle with being CONSISTENT with our devotions. Right now we're reading through The Jesus Storybook Bible, it's fabulous!

Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...

Sorry, forgot my email!

jennifer at quiverfullfamily dot com

Carolynn W. said...

My favorite devotions are Our Daily Bread, Secrets of the Vine and any Ron Mehl books.
When kids are staying over at our house I usually read Little Talks about God with them.

Kerrie said...

My husband and I have 3 boys and we currently do not do any type of devotion. Our goal for 2010 is to start, this book would be a great resource

hippmom said...

My kids and I have a bible study book we are going through- albeit sporadically- together. Having something fresh woudl be a great tool!

Thanks , Janna!

angelahipp (at) charter (dot) net

Abi said...

Nightly my husband reads a portion of the Bible and tells about it. We then take turns in prayer.

I'd love to win this book Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jennifer said...

I don't believe in worship/religion but my husband does and I fully support him

Anonymous said...

We each do our own individual devotions, but I am all for pulling us together for family time.

We each take our own time to spend private time with the Lord.
I think it is vital for our walk with the Lord to spend time in his word each day.
mommiesgotfivechildren at hotmail dot com

Sarah said...

My husband reads the childrens Bible to our kiddos almost every night.


Melissa said...

My son and I do Bible studies while my husband is at work. Then we usually do a Bible reading at night; for each of the past few years, we've been reading through the One-Year Bible.

Tony and Rett said...

For worship, we sing. Lots. And badly. haha! But God thinks it's beautiful! As for devotions, we have done some off and on in the past, but haven't found one that works with our small children. I'd be excited to try this one!

Thank you!

melissa said...

we dont have a time for this and we need to get closer as a family, this book would really enrich us.

debbiejackson said...

we spend time talking and sharing but we could do better.

Linda Kish said...

I could benefit from this book for myself.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Misusedinnocence said...

I would really love to be entered into this giveaway. I haven't found a church that I really like around where I live and have been doing sunday school at home with my son, but could definitely use some more ideas.

Diana D said...

I would like to win this for our son who is raising our grandsons. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book! I would like to be entered to win, either to keep for myself or to give it as a gift to a new family. Thank you!


Jolene said...

Sounds like a great book. Enter me for the drawing

Anonymous said...

We are learning a Bible verse for each letter of the alphabet.

ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Janna said...

And the winner is...

Tony and Rett!