Holding Your Family Together: 5 Simple Steps to Help Bring Your Family Closer to God and Each Other

by Dr. Richard Melheim. Regal Books, 2013.
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“God bless you. I love you. Goodnight.” These were the words Rich Melheim and his sister heard every night as children, as their mother tucked them into bed. Her blessing was the final act of a bedtime routine that began with reading stories and saying prayers. Based on this powerful childhood experience of being loved and blessed, Melheim, a Lutheran pastor, husband and father, has developed FAITH5, a 5-step method that any family can use to create “a home where every person feels loved, valued and heard”. Holding Your Family Together is a guide to these five steps, with explanations for each step grounded in psychology, sociology, neurology and theology. Every evening, the entire family gathers to 1) share the highs and lows of their day, 2) read a key scripture, 3) talk about how the scripture text or story might relate to the day’s highs and lows, 4) pray for one another’s highs and lows, and 5) bless one another with words and a blessing touch. Practical tips and how-to’s are designed to equip a family, small group or an entire congregation for FAITH5. More information and free weekly resources can be found at the {{Faith5 website | http://www.FAITH5.org}}.

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