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Monday, March 1, 2010

book review and a GIVEAWAY!!!

"Will the world change our children...or will our children change the world? Time is short and lives are at stake. Right now, God is inviting our families to become part of a bigger story—a vision that will engage hearts to make a radical difference. One Million Arrows is an inspirational call to raise our kids to impact their culture, community, and world for Christ. If we want our kids to discover their purpose, if we want them to live with passion for the Kingdom, if we want our family to go down in His-Story, accept the mission...and leave a mark for eternity."

If the above quote gets your attention, I highly recommend reading "One Million Arrows".The following is a book review to give you a taste of what you will discover in the book. Reading the book further inspired and motivated me to keep training my God-given arrows to view the world through the lens of Scripture, and allow the very things that break the heart of the Lord to break their hearts..........not stopping with a broken heart, but moving to action to make a difference in the lives of the some 147 million orphans in the world.
Introduction

There is a movement afoot within conservative Christian denominations regarding discipleship of children for kingdom purposes. Julie Ferwerda has added yet another call to discipling your children with one caveat–she is taking it global.

Summary

The book is divided into three parts: Gather, Sharpen, and Launch. Recognizing that the time is short, and the need great, Julie exhorts all parents to disciple their children to impact the world instead of the world impacting their children. In her part on gathering, she lays out a plan for the parents to chart their own course with their families and to hop on board the one million arrows campaign and challenges each family to own the mission of discipling their children.

Part two guides the parents in gathering the arrows (children) to sharpen them. She helps the reader to understand how to shape your arrows in your home and beyond. In so doing, you will ultimately be able to send your arrows off into the world to impact the kingdom of God.

The final part of the book is how to launch your arrows. This can be a difficult process for all parents while also being perhaps one of the most rewarding times in a parent’s life.

Throughout the book, you get to know Papa–Dr. M.A. Thomas. He was the inspiration behind the book and the movement, One Million Arrows. She shares about Papa that

God gave him the vision of gathering one million orphaned and abandoned children, sharpening them as “arrows for God,” and launching them to start one million churches in the these communities of India who had never heard the name of Jesus. He has been faithfully working toward the vision since, and today he has launched 16,000 orphan arrows as ambassors of Christ into India, and planted 21,000 churches."


In support and celebration of this book release, I will be giving away 3 beautiful Uganda bead necklaces! Just leave a comment to enter and I will draw later this week. Isn't winning stuff fun????

88 comments:

the Steiger's said...

This book is my list of books to read.

Mary said...

Hi Emily - I'm super excited to read this book! Thanks for the suggestion :)

Shonni said...

Ohhh, I just ordered it today...Oh well, I am looking forward to reading it also.

mary said...

Those are beautiful, and great book review!

Aaron & Whitney Pratt (A&W) said...

Emily- Can't wait to read this book, and raise Mekele to love others for Him!

naskren said...

I love your beautiful blog, and I love those Uganda bead necklaces! crossing my fingers on this one :)

Tanya said...

i was already going to comment before i saw the giveaway ;). just wanted to say I, too, would love to read the book. this was the reason I home schooled my children in the early years---so they could learn the heart of God and then shine His light into the world. To learn not to be influenced by the ways of the world but by the ways of God. Looks like a great read!

The Cornwells said...

This book looks great! It is going on my Amazon list.

Kristy -Mom To 9 Blessings said...

Ooooh, I'd LOVE to be in the drawing for a necklace. I cannot keep my eyeballs open at all right now as our family adjusts to our new three, so the book will have to go on the very wayyyy back burner for now! :-)
Blessings,
Kristy

Salon Evidence said...

Thank you so much for the great book review. I am adding to my TO READ list. :)

The Mathews Family said...

Love your blog and thanks for the book review too!

Kim said...

Sounds Great!
I will add this one to my book wish list for my Mom who is traveling to Hong Kong later this month!
Thanks Emily for continuing to inspire and keep us equipped!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

The Redman's said...

Ohh... this is definitely on my must read soon list!!! Can't wait to get it. :)

Jill Funkhouser said...

I will be adding it to the list. Beautiful little video too!

Emily Joy said...

Sounds like an awesome book!!

Becca said...

I read the book too and should have a review up on my blog sometime soon :-) thanks for sharing girl!

Heidi K. said...

sounds like a great book.

um, yes, it is sooo much fun winning stuff.

Kat said...

Awesome! It sounds like something I totally would LOVE to read!!!

ashley said...

Read about this on Karis blog this morning! Looks awesome and cant wait to get it!

Stacy said...

I am ordering it now. Thanks for sharing. My husband and I are beginning the process of adoption from Ethiopia and your blog has been most helpful and encouraging. A friend of a friend suggested I check it out and I'm glad she did.

Kendra said...

I'll be looking the book up...SOON! I LOVE WINNING too!!!

Julie said...

Love your blog - love what your family is doing. I hope we can meet someday :-)

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I'm off to order a copy!

Lori said...

Oh, Em... it looks amazing! Great job!

michelle said...

Hi Emily,

This looks like a MUST read! Thank you for recommending it! Have you read Janine Maxwell's book, "It's not okay with me?" We just had the most amazing weekend, she launched her new book, "Is it okay with you?" and I had the opportunity to read it a couple of weeks ago and want to recommend this one to you. What an amazing woman who is doing so much for orphans in Swaziland and Kenya. Looking forward to reading, One Million Arrows and would be blessed to be chosen to receive a beautiful Ugandan necklace! Blessings!

The Roberts Family said...

This book looks WONDERFUL!!!!! Adding it to my book list! The beads are beautiful also! :)

Denise said...

Looking forward to reading this one. Thank you

Schulz Sightings said...

ready to order right now. I NEED this book! Thanks for the rec!

Kristin said...

Thanks for the suggestion Emily - will be buying that book!
Fingers crossed, hoping to win the necklaces!
Trying to organize a doctors/dentist trip next Easter/Spring break (2011) for the Luke Society Clinic and also volunteers to work at the Miskaye orphanage. Know anyone who might be interested?
Blessings from Maryland!

Cindy said...

I haven't heard of this book before, but will look forward to reading it! Sounds great!

Jillian said...

great suggestion

da momma said...

thanks for always encouraging others to do something for the orphan...be it praying, adopting, or wearing beads as a chance to tell someone about where they came from, etc...I love you lady!

rushhome said...

I have got to win one of these things at some point, right? Love you family and your blog...

We Are Family said...

I can't wait to read the book!

The Fab 4 said...

I've got to go order this book. We're just waiting for a court date to bring our little boy home from India. Not to mention, parenthood is scary--so much more than manners, grades, sports, etc...

Thank you, Emily.

Rebecca said...

I am looking forward to grabbing this book and plan to jump right in with both feet.
Thanks for sharing. Our children are the future and it is up to us to guide them in their formative years.

Mama 2 three said...

The book looks great, and the necklaces are beautiful!

kenzsethia said...

Love a good book recommendation! Ordering now...

Aimee

Amy Jo said...

Hey Emily! VERY fun idea - the book sounds amazing!

I was actually just dropping by to see how life is with your beautiful family. I'm having Ethiopia-homesickness...really wanting to be back with all of the beautiful and loving people - thought I would reach out to others who understand what I'm feeling. :-)

Sending sweet blessings your way!

Andrea said...

Pick Me Pick Me!! I love those. Definitely would love to read the book! A

Oatsvall Team said...

147 will donate the beads if you need ... I know how you keep giving yours away .... hee hee ... will be getting this book if you say so ... you haven't steered me wrong yet ... love ya sister !!!

Kristi J said...

count me in..i love to WIN stuff :) kristi

Tracy said...

pretty necklaces!

Ellen said...

Oooh... I love those necklaces. :-)

Carrie said...

I seriously love that you posted this. I am going to order one as soon as I get home tonight! Thank you so much.
Prayers are with you and your family always.
Carrie
www.hiswillandgrace.blogspot.com

JamieV said...

Great post Emily! This book sounds like a must read! And I LOOOOVE the necklaces too!

Meredith said...

This book is new to me - will definitely read! Thanks for sharing.

Coneymama said...

Can't wait to read this one! You have so many great book suggestions and they always rock my world!!

Erica said...

This is on my to read list as well. Thanks for the review. Now we need to talk soon. :)

Our Family said...

I'll definitely go buy and READ this book. I need a treat this week. Our adoption is completely stuck right now so winning the necklaces would brighten my week. Thanks for sharing!!

Jess B said...

I'm always looking for a good book and those beads are GORGEOUS! :)

Jen said...

You are so much fun. Thanks for the review:)

♪~Jenn~♪ said...

lookfs like a fascinating book! and the beads?! We love to rock the Bead for Life necklaces!

kristen said...

Hi. My name is kristen. I have been following your blog since we started our adoption journey. We are adopting two sweet boys from ET, and should be bringing them home shortly!! You are an inspiration...check out our blog,www.leapoflove.blogspot.com!! The book looks great...looking forward to reading!(i should have a few hours on our way to ET,HA!!) Kristen

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Best giveaway ever!!

Cindy said...

The necklaces are just beautiful!

April said...

Can't wait to read this book!

Amy said...

That book sounds amazing .. and love the necklaces!

Zan said...

It is on my list. Love these necklaces!

Teresa said...

Sounds like an awesome book! Definitely on my list. Thanks for posting.

Hope I win the beautiful Uganda necklaces! :)

These Three Kings said...

I am adding this to my list. Wow..I have a lot of catching up to do on here. Oh, how I would love to adopt someday...pray for me. Miss hearing from you :)
Nicole

Jodi Sue said...

I am brand new to your blog - but have enjoyed your writing!
I hate to be a stalker -but I will be a follower! :)

~Laura~ said...

I'm going to get the book today. Thanks for suggestion. Preparing my children for the world is the most important job I have as a mom. Training up and sending the out to change the world FOR HIM.

3 Blessings said...

I will have to check that book out. Thank you for the great giveaway opportunity.

I am so over the top happy for Gwen and her family. She is such a sweet encouragement to our family. Just saw her last night at the welcoming of a family that adopted four siblings from Ethiopia. Now I cannot wait to welcome Gwen, Daisy and Joseph.
Blessings,
Amy

The Busters said...

The necklaces are beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway! Your family is an inspiration! From, Another Emily :) (also Gladney)

annie said...

My mom has a necklace like these from Uganda! So cool.

Carla said...

Can't wait to read the book!!
I love the necklaces, I've been wanting one!!!

MP said...

Hope to read this book! Thanks for posting about it.
Blessings

Erika Kolecki said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the review! (And I asked for one single thing for Christmas... one of these necklaces... my husband ignored me!)

Kim said...

Can't wait to read the book and i love the necklaces.

Jaimee said...

The book sounds great! Thanks for the suggestion!

HoodMama said...

LoVe these! The book sounds amazing!

Becky said...

Ok...I will shamelessly leave a comment in hopes of one of the beautiful necklaces. I am super duper excited to read the book as well!!

Erin said...

Emily, this has been part of my "to read" list for awhile now. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Mandy said...

I can't wait to read this book. Our book lists are very similar.

kellygriffey said...

Blessings to your family for the stance you are making. I too have a passion for God's orphans!!! Your blog inspires me every time I come to it.

Jess said...

Count me in for the beautiful beads! Miss you friend!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this review. I am trying to disciple my children and have few mentors. I can't wait to read it. I love your commitment for the glory of Christ to be shown and known and cherished!
We are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia.
Jesus is the All-Satisfying Treasure!
Ashley brownash@comcast.net

Shannon said...

This is a definite must read for me. We are waiting for our court date in Ethiopia on Monday to bring home a 4 year old boy from Ethiopia. Your blog has been a wonderful encouragement to me.

Shannon from KY

Sherry said...

Adding the book to my reading list. SOOOOO excited for Gwen! :)

Shannon said...

This is a definite must read for me. We are waiting for our court date in Ethiopia on Monday to bring home a 4 year old boy from Ethiopia. Your blog has been a wonderful encouragement to me.

Shannon from KY

Stacy Ann said...

Ooo pick me!! xoxox

Mark and Heidi said...

Thanks for the book recommendation and there's nothing like an awesome blog give away to flush out those lurking but not commenting, like me lately! XO

sara b said...

I am very excited to look into this book. Thanks for sharing today, it was just what I needed!

TanyaLea said...

Gotta get myself that book!!

And please do enter me in the drawing...I would wear them with pride! :)

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I am going to go get this book.. I would love to win a necklace..
love them.
Thank you for the opportunity to win..
Love your blog..sorry I am a lurker..
hugs..

Who are we? said...

I have been challenged by your last book recommendation - The Hole in the Gospel. Our small group Bible study has been working through it. Thank you for posting great reads. I will look for this next.
Alicia

aroundtheworldand2kids said...

I just want to win so I can have an excuse to come by your house and meet the newest member of Team Alexander!

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"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from becoming polluted by the world." James 1:27
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