If you're looking for a little more peace at home... The Christ-Centered Home by Emily Belle Freeman (Blog Tour Review)

The Christ-Centered Home: Inviting Jesus InThe Christ-Centered Home: Inviting Jesus In
by Emily Belle Freeman
Christian Nonfiction
Paperback & ebook, 176 Pages
April 19th 2016 by Ensign Peak


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.

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My Review

THE CHRIST-CENTERED HOME was such a wonderfully inspiring and applicable read for those who are seeking to invite more of Jesus into their lives, families, and homes. The subjects covered include opening our homes, faith, prayer, scripture, holiness, unity, grace, change, love, worship, gratitude, and being built upon Christ, one for each month of the year. The author shares simple, straight-forward, uplifting, and Bible-based messages that are sure to bless homes for those willing to do some self-assessment and apply each message in their lives. Highly recommend to Christians of any faith seeking to have more peace and light in their homes.

In complete honesty, this book is plane awesome! I loved the scripture-backed messages, thoughts, and the way that the author went about seeking "What does Jesus say?" The spotlighted quotes were all wonderful, as were the questions, ideas, and mini-discussions and treat/snack recipes for families to use to apply each topic. The whole goal is to make our homes more open to the Spirit, to let Christ in, and to have the peace that should be felt there because of who we are and who we believe in. I loved her approach and that each topic was so easy to understand and to apply. I also loved that it felt like she was sharing what she'd studied and learned and wanted to share in a very noninvasive way. I plan on taking my family through each of the discussions in the coming year and am looking forward to seeing what positive changes this will bring.

There were so many nuggets of wisdom. One that I found quite useful was:
"I love you because" is a phrase that helps us look more deeply into what it is we love most about the people closest to us.

In the end, was this what I wished for? Yes! This book was much more than I was expecting. I can't recommend it more!

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Emily Belle Freeman

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: www.multiplygoodness.com.

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On tour with Shadow Mountain.

So, on a side note... I didn't realize until I saw the author's picture that I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at a women's event this past spring called Time Out For Women. She was a great speaker and really inspired me to be better and to reach out. Her message was sweet, to the point, and applicable to anyone regardless of religion. I loved that her message was also shared in such a way that it was gentle. It didn't make me feel guilty about anything. It just made me think and do a little self-assessment. The same sweet directness comes across in this book. She doesn't pass judgement or tell you what you should be doing. She comes across as wanting to help and sharing what she has learned as she has studied for herself. Definitely worth reading about what she learned. :)

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