Summer Book Club: It Won’t Always Be This Way

From the LYWB Blog Team: We’ve come to chapter ten of Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back), and we just have one chapter left! We hope you’ve been reading and learning with us all summer. If you haven’t snagged a copy yet, get your copy here. (And don’t forget to enter one of our last giveaways for a chance to win a free copy!)

Chapter ten is my favorite chapter of Family. (Coincidentally, it was also the most emotional to write.) I hope hearing my story has inspired you to make the most of every day you have with your fam.

Remember, if you’d like a copy of the “Family Manifesto” to place somewhere so you’ll see it often, you’ll find a printable version here.

Guess who forgot to ask a question at the end of today’s vlog? (Jessie for the win!) But let’s talk about this application question: What changes do you think might come in the next five to ten years? Does the thought of those changes scare or excite you? Join the discussion by posting in the comments below!

I hope you enjoy the next—and final—chapter of Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back), “A Family of Your Own.”

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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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  • hannah

    I think in the next five years I will finish high school and start college. p.s. today is my first day of high school

  • Kat

    Well, I think that, if it’s in God’s plans, I’ll finish school in the next 10 years, and start college, and that excites me! I don’t know what else God has in store for me and my family, so I think we have to trust him that, whatever might happen, good or bad, it will be for our good, and to help us to seek him first. I can’t believe this club is finishing! It has been such a blessing to watch your videos, and find out I’m not the only one struggling with this issues! Thank you!

    • I love your outlook, Kat! And I’m truly so glad the book club has been encouraging! I’m going to miss it too. But one more before we have to *actually* be sad. 😉

  • Rachel Lee

    In the next 5 years, I will finish high school and college! I Some changes include, the possibility of me not living with my parents and in the home I lived in my entire life 😛

  • Gerts

    In the next five years, I will be financially independent from my parents and run my own business. I will also be thinking of pursuing education beyond the degree I earned. I can’t wait! 🙂

    • May God bless your efforts, Gerts, and may you be flexible with whatever “detours” God might have for you along the way! xo

  • Rachel W.

    This is something I really have to keep in mind! My brother recently went to college and I have gone through some other changes, so this is something I understand very well! Thank you for this post and for the chance to win your book!

  • Erika

    Well my plans are to get married in the next ten years XD (I don’t know what God’s plans are…)
    I’m a bit ashamed to say that I often find myself dreaming of moving out of the house (getting away from my family!). They drive me crazy sometimes, but I love them anyway. I’m sure I’ll actually miss them one day!

    • I’m sure you will too, Erika. There’s that old saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” In family, it can definitely work to our favor if we stay intentional about relationship even once we’re not under the same roof. Make the most of today!

  • Cassidy Watson

    In the next ten years, I will graduate from high school and college. I also how to start my own business. That’s kind of scary, but also exciting!!

    • That IS exciting. And the scary part is okay too! We almost always grow most when we’re stretched beyond our own comfort and ability. 😉

  • Sarah K.

    In the next five years I will graduate with a bachelors in political science with hope to be an advocate for homeschooling. It is a bit scary, but also exciting, thinking thatin three years I will be done with school and an independent adult that has to pay all of her own bills. 🙂

    • Ha! Yes bills will come, but I have no doubt you’ll tackle it like a champ. You’ll be ready when the time comes! xo

  • Kerry

    In the next ten years I will graduate college with a doctorate in nursing and midwifery. Hopefully I will be married and have a kid or two by then also. Change is kind of exciting, especially when I’ve been given a chance to think about it and settle into it before anything too big changes.

  • Sarah Bean

    I think in the next five years I will be done with highschool and like hannah said, I’ll begin college. I’ll be able to drive too. Pretty soon I will be able to make my own decisions. I am excited! Thank you for this blog.

  • Rebecca

    I think in the next five years, I will either go to college, or become a better homemaker with my family! (or, potentially, get married :D)

  • TLC

    Well lol enough happens in just one year for our family so… I’m really excited to see what happens in 5-10! Thank you!