Summer Book Club: A Family of Your Own

From the LYWB Blog Team: Congrats! You made it to the end of our Summer Book Club study, Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back) by Jessie Minassian. Wasn’t this great book packed with serious truth and solid advice? We hope you’ve learned a whole bunch of lessons this summer that will help you love your family well. Remember: loving your family = honoring God! And if you missed out on this year’s book club, we’d still love to see you get your hands on a copy of Family. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!

I don’t know about you, but I’m having trouble accepting that summer is coming to a close! Nevertheless, I do hope this final chapter, “A Family of Your Own,” sparked hope and excitement in your heart as you dreamed about the ways you might use all that God has taught you about family this summer in your future family someday (if getting married and raising kids is God’s “best gift” to you).

Let’s chat!

I’ve had a blast leading the Summer Book Club and learning with you this summer! Thanks for joining me and for all your great comments and questions.

For our last discussion, I’d love to hear how your view of family, or your own family dynamics, has changed since the beginning of the summer, as you’ve chosen to love your family well. See you in the comments!

Here’s to taking all that we’ve learned and choosing to invest in our families intentionally, becoming more like Christ in the process. Amen?

It’s time for the last Summer Book Club giveaway! The last copy of Family is up for grabs. Log in to the giveaway widget and answer the discussion question in the comments below to enter.

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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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  • Kat

    I think one of the things this book has helped me is to stop looking for perfection in my family. I’ve learned there’s no such a thing as perfect in families, but yes there’s beautiful and wonderful things. That each family member is special. And it too helped me to think of my future family in ways I haven’t yet, like, that I’m not going to be perfect (because nobody except Jesus is) that my husband is not going to be perfect, but, that together, and with God with us, we can make a happy family, and that is awesome!
    Thank you, thank you a lot for this book club! May God bless you! Love from Argentina!

    • Kat, what an honor it has been to have you join us! I’m thrilled to hear the ways God has worked in your heart this summer to help you love your family well. xo!

      • Kat

        Thank you so much for this club! I really loved it! And I’m already missing it! Do you make more clubs in your own blog? I’d love to follow them too!

        • I haven’t, but I’ll keep that in mind for the future! 😉

          • Kat

            Ok, I’ll be looking forward them! Thank you a lot for this club! Since we don’t talk in english here in Argentina, and some of my friends don’t know how to, I tell them about how this club was, and we talk a lot about it! Most of my friends are the eldest of their families (as I am), so the post about becoming a better big sister was really useful! Thank you!

  • Rachel W.

    Thank you so much for all you have taught us! I am sure that your advice, wisdom, and honesty has helped many LYWB readers. It has been so good to read/watch your posts throughout the summer! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • You are very welcome, Rachel! Thank YOU for following along and joining the discussions!

  • TLC

    Yes thank you!!!❤❤❤❤❤ I loved this study! It’s been such a help!

  • Cassidy Watson

    Thank you for all the wisdom by shared this summer!!! I’m definitely looking forward to how it changes my relationship with my family for the better!!

    • It has been a blast to get to share this summer with you all, Cassidy! Prayers for you as you continue to love your family well!

  • hannah

    The way I think about my family has changed. can y’all please keep my family in your praers my cousin died over the weekend.

    • Praying right now, Hannah. May God use this tragedy in ways that only He can. Hugs!

      • hannah


  • Rachel Lee

    I definitely have thought more about family and what it is in a more biblical perspective so thank you for that! I realized no family is too messed up for Jesus to heal and transform

  • Prairie Girl

    The members of my family are my best friends and they are such a gift!

    • Hope Morgan

      So are mine! they are such a blessing!

    • That’s incredibly refreshing to hear! May your love for each other only deepen in the years ahead.

  • JaLynn Rae Atnip

    I didn’t do the summer book club but my view of family has changed just by getting older and learning and thinking about things. I’d say a big thing for me was learning to accept that even if I’m different from my family I can still fit in the way our family works and still be my own person. I don’t have to agree with everything like my family but that DOESN’T mean I have to be rebelious and not obey my parents or ignore their advoce.

  • Hope Morgan

    Thank you so much for doing this book club, Jesse! Great encouragement!

  • T

    Can I ask for prayer?! Right now it feels like our family is being attacked….