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You want your children to become Christ followers, obedient to His commands, and fruitful in their faith, but where do you begin? Though there isn’t a formula or prescription for raising godly kids, what you desire for your family begins with heeding God’s instructions to remember and declare His faithful works to the next generation.
Bestselling author and artist Ruth Chou Simons, along with her husband, Troy, are gratefully raising six boys on a firm foundation of God’s Word by preaching that truth to themselves and their family daily. In this book, they invite you to join them in the holy work of training children to know and love God for a lifetime.
Foundations will help you direct your family one day at a time, as you explore 12 key truths that will help connect your children’s hearts—and yours—to the heart of God. With a simple, chapter-a-day format that includes Scripture, devotional thoughts, meditations, and discussion questions, this book will guide you in leading your family.
“Foundations is flat-out brilliant and necessary. We as parents are starving for resources that actually help us create a home of peace, life, vibrancy, and robust discipleship. This book by Troy and Ruth does that, but even more so. So rich and full of grace, I'll be buying ten and giving them to every parent friend I know!”
—Jefferson Bethke, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion and It's Not What You Think
“Troy and Ruth Simons have faithfully pursued Christlikeness in their parenting, and their examples have been inspiring to us in our motherhood journey. We encourage any parent who is hungry for wisdom and guidance to pick up this book and glean from their wisdom.”
—Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler, cofounders of Risen Motherhood, coauthors of Risen Motherhood
“Foundations is a biblically rich guide for helping parents pass on their faith to their kids. Ruth and Troy share personal stories from their own family to both encourage and equip others. There is so much wisdom in this book, but I especially appreciate their fresh and inviting writing style. If you want your kids to follow Jesus, Foundations is filled with ideas you can put into practice today.”
—Sean McDowell, Ph.D., professor of apologetics at Biola University, popular speaker, coauthor of So the Next Generation Will Know
“Not only is Foundations a beautiful book that draws the reader in to further discover all that is written within its pages, but woven throughout it Ruth and Troy Simons highlight the beauty of the gospel and its impact as the foundation of the Christian life. Each day they share a mix of insightful stories, stimulating questions, and interesting bits of knowledge that make it easy to dive into dialogue as a family pursuing a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Foundations is a great book to use for ‘family Bible time’ or even as a personal devotional or study through Scripture.”
—Aaron and Jennifer Smith, authors of Marriage After God
“Do you ever wonder what people you look up to do to teach their kids about the love of Jesus? When I try to talk to my kids about Jesus, I often find them hanging upside down from the sides of their beds. That's why I'm so grateful for Ruth and Troy Simons. When I first got to know them, I sat around a dinner table listening to how they parent. I had so many questions. Foundations is full of the answers! Not only do they help lay a framework for what relationship with God looks like, but they open their front door and allow us into their home to watch how the love of God for them spills into their boys' hearts. The Simons family is a living testimony that knowing Jesus is all about relationship, and this book helps us discover how that relationship can genuinely be passed on to our kids.”
—Joshua Straub, Ph.D., cofounder and president of Famous at Home, coauthor of What Am I Feeling?
“As the mother of seven, I have come to understand this very important truth: You can't pass on what you don't possess. Through the pages of Foundations, Troy and Ruth Simons teach parents how to do exactly that—pass on the truths of Scripture to their children. In a world of disengaged parents, the Simonses sound a gospel-centered battle cry: Your kids are worth investing in. Every Christian home needs this important book.”
—Heidi St. John, founder of MomStrong International, author of Becoming MomStrong, Prayers for the Battlefield, and Bible Promises for Moms
"In a culture that is flush with secular media voices, age-old, orthodox biblical truth often gets lost amid all the competing influences. Foundations of truth, virtue, and wisdom have never been more needed. Be inspired by the insight, instruction, and direction this book gives. As you read Foundations, you will be heartened and strengthened to walk more confidently in your journey of faith for yourself and for your family. Highly recommended."
—Sally Clarkson, sallyclarkson.com
“Many tools for family worship are as shallow as a mud puddle and just as clear. Foundations is accessible and faithful. Basic truth is served up in digestible bites alongside the kind of arresting art Ruth is so well known for creating. Truth and Beauty are shared throughout, and Goodness is the result. These authors are generous, and this book will serve families who are hungry for an honest encounter with God and His life-giving Word. I am deeply grateful for the gift the Simonses are giving.”
—S.D. Smith, author of The Green Ember series