Do you feel like you’re being graded for how your kids turn out? Author Melissa Spoelstra reminds parents they are not their children’s report card, and if they measure their parenting by their children’s behavior it will lead to disappointment and discouragement. Instead of worrying about how their kids are doing at that moment, parents need to strive to lead their kids to know and love God over the long haul.
Melissa Spoelstra is a popular women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study. She has a deep, abiding passion for studying God’s word and teaching others to do the same.
Spoelstra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute and enjoys teaching God's Word to diverse groups and churches within the body of Christ. She is the author of First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree (released in August), Joseph: The Journey to Forgiveness, and Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World Bible studies and Total Family Makeover: 8 Steps to Making Disciples at Home book (all available from Abingdon Press at www.abingdonpress.com/melissaspoelstra).
As a parent, Spoelstra has struggled in the past with knowing how to help her kids love and follow Jesus in a world that is pulling them in many directions. Total Family Makeover was born from her own biblical studies and experiences with her children. Spoelstra wants to inspire parents to keep pursuing Jesus and implementing ideas to help their kids develop their own relationships with Him.
Spoelstra describes herself as a small-town girl from East Texas, but now resides Dublin, Ohio, with her church planter/pastor husband of 20 years and their four children.