Summer Book Club: The Family Secret

From the LYWB blog team: Happy Monday to our amazing readers! Thanks for kicking off the 2018 Summer Book Club with us. We hope you’ll grab a copy of Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back) for yourself and start reading one chapter each week! (PS: These chapters aren’t big and scary—they’re like chatting with a big sis who has lots of practical tips and biblical truth to share!) Let’s dive right in.

Welcome to the 2018 Summer Book Club!

I’m so honored to return to the Lies Young Women Believe blog to be your host through my book Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back).

Whether you’re determined to deepen your family relationships this summer or just looking to survive more time with your parents and siblings, I hope you’ll join me on this journey of learning to love your family well (and make it easier for them to like being around you in return).

So without further adieu, let’s dive into chapter one!

Don’t forget to join the comments below to answer these questions:

  • What do you hope to accomplish in reading through this book?
  • What do you hope to see change in your family—or in you—this summer?

I hope you enjoy chapter two of Family: How to Love Yours and Help Them Like You Back, “Dreams, Meet Diaper Rash.” I’ll see you again next Monday for another installment of our Summer Book Club!

PS: As promised, we’re giving away a copy of Family in every single Summer Book Club post! Log into the giveaway widget below, and answer one of Jessie’s discussion questions (above) to enter this week’s giveaway!

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About Author

Jessie Minassian

Jessie Minassian is a speaker, blogger, and the author of ten books and Bible studies, including Crushed, Unashamed, and Backwards Beauty. She is the "resident big sis" at, a Q&A website for teen girls. Her work for teens and their parents has been featured internationally through outlets such as Focus on the Family, Parenting Today’s Teens, She Reads Truth, Axis, Revive Our Hearts and YouthWorker Journal. She and her husband live and serve at Hume Lake Christian Camps in California, and have two daughters.

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  • Rachel Lee

    I really hope I can learn how to love other people well whether it be my biological family (siblings, parents, cousins, etc) or my church family. I have a hard time loving others and being selfless instead of selfish. I hope to see my family come to know Jesus and for those who already do know him, love him even more through seeing Jesus inside of me.

  • T

    I hope to see us all grow closer together as a Family!

  • Brenda

    I hope to see everyone get along better. I hope to be a better listener and communicator.

  • blessed life

    I hope to grow a stronger and more intimate relationship with my family.

  • Erika

    I want to learn how I can be a better daughter/sister and how my family can “live together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). Thanks for doing this, Jessie!

    • Awesome goal, Erika! And it’s my pleasure. This is going to be fun! xo!

  • Loved

    I want to learn how to accept that even though my sisters lives are changing I can still have a relationship with them.

  • Hannah

    I want to be able to be more loving and patient to my siblings. Thank you so much for this Jessie!

  • Eunice Afonso Pinto

    I’m so excited to be joining this summer book club. I’ve never done anything like this before and this book truly meets one of my needs at the moment. At the beginning of the year one of my goals was to strengthen my relationship with my siblings and I’m sure I’ll get there through God’s help and this book!

  • hannah

    I hope to stop fighting with my sister and to be able to get along with her and my parents.

  • Charis Chen

    I hope to be able to learn to respect my parents more and be an instrument of peace in the midst of conflict.

  • These are all such great goals! Praying for each one of you right now. May you see God work in mighty ways this summer—in YOU and in your families. Thanks for joining me on this journey!

    • hannah

      where can we get the book so we can read the chapters?

      • Hi Hannah! You can get a copy of Family pretty much anywhere books are sold. (If you don’t find it on the shelf, they should be able to order it for you.) You’ll also find a list of popular online retailers at

        • hannah

          Ok thanks

        • hannah

          is there anywhere you can read it for free?

          • Sorry, Hannah, there is not a free version available, and if you find one, please let me know. (Just as with music, if an author’s work is pirated, the author can’t pay the bills, which means no more books get made, which means my children go hungry.) BUT, if you genuinely can’t afford a copy and would like to do the study, by all means shoot me an email at and we’ll work something out. (That offer is extended to anyone reading this message.)

          • hannah

            Ok thank you I will let you know if I need a copy I just thought i would see if there was a free version.

  • Kk

    Thank you! 👍

  • Keren

    I hope to learn how to meaningfully spend time with my parents. Too often I just shut myself in my room with a book/movie and miss out on doing things with them

  • hannah

    who won the book?

    • Samantha Loucks Nieves

      Hey there, Hannah! Bailey B. won this week’s giveaway! 🙂

      • hannah

        ok cool