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Dreaming of More Book Review

As a big fan of all things “Family Ministry” I’ve had a great opportunity to read Michelle Anthony’s new book, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation: A Lifetime Faith ignited by Family Ministry.  I’ve been digesting this book for the past month, and I’m telling you…this book is a game-changer.  It’s been one of the more thought provoking books I’ve read in a long time.  Dreaming of More has helped me probe my own expectations of what a successful Family Ministry looks like, and has introduced some new angles that I’ve never thought about.

Specifically I loved the emphasis on teaching kids and students to respond to the Holy Spirit.  This is a totally forgotten trend in Family, Children, and Student ministry.  We don’t always teach our kids how to listen, wait patiently, and individually respond to the Holy Spirit leading them.  It’s not some  charismatic, holy-roller concept; it’s the Bible.

I’d love to give away one of the books, and you can enter your name in the drawing below!
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Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Jonathan · June 9, 2012

    We make sure our small group times at the end of service have “free time” built in to leave space for whatever the holy spirit wants to do

  2. Eva Scott · June 10, 2012

    At the end of our small group time, we let the kids say their prayer requests.  We pray and ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill us and use us.

    • Jonathan Cliff · July 1, 2012

      Letting kids say their prayer requests is the easiest way possible to get kids to be “spirit led.” It’s funny that more don’t allow this…

  3. Eva Scott · June 13, 2012

    Hi, have you announced the winner of the book yet??