Pass It On by Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee

Did you know your children’s view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home? Don’t freak out because Jim Burns’ and Jeremy Lee’s new book, Pass It On, is here to help! Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life. Forever change the direction of your family’s spiritual legacy . . . starting now!

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Pass It On (David C. Cook, September 2015)

Parents often experience a “freak out” moment when they realize their children’s view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home.

Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life.

While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family’s spiritual legacy . . . starting now!

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee

{More About Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee}

Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He has more than 1.5 million resources in print and a radio broadcast heard on 800 stations a day. Jim resides in Southern California with his wife Cathy and their three daughters. *** || *** Jeremy Lee is the founder of ParentMinistry.Net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible from Group Publishing and the Ignite Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and children.

Find out more about Jim Burns at http://www.davidccook.com.
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The ultimate blueprint for passing your faith on to your children

New book invites parents to change the trajectory of their family’s spiritual legacy forever

8/25/2015 || Seattle: Research and experience both support the truth that parents are the single most important factor in determining a child’s view of God and whether or not faith will become a cornerstone of his or her adult life. Although it is a great responsibility, moms and dads need not panic at the daunting thought. In Pass It On: Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences (David C Cook/ September 1, 2015/ISBN: 978-1434709073/$15.99), HomeWord president Jim Burns and ParentMinistry.net founder Jeremy Lee give parents a year-by-year plan for sharing rites of passage that will set the foundation for their child’s faith.

Pass It On draws its inspiration from Deuteronomy chapter 6:4-9. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (verses 5-7, NIV). This short passage provides God’s blueprint for the successful transmission of faith from one generation to the next. Encouraging parents to step boldly into their roles as the spiritual leaders in their home, Pass it On shows them how to invite their children with them on a journey of discovering their faith.

Clearly outlining annual, experiential, age-specific rites of passage, this book makes it easy to reinforce the values that will form the foundation of a young person’s spiritual life. And it’s never too soon or too late to begin. Whether it’s the generosity rite in kindergarten, where youngsters participate in a service project, or the manhood/womanhood ceremony for high school seniors, Pass it On is filled with practical ideas for parents. It includes specific information to share at each event, gifts or contracts to present, questions to ask and stories of others’ experiences for inspiration.

Asking moms and dads to think generationally, Burns and Lee remind readers the work they’re doing isn’t just for their own children, but for their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond.

“The Bible teaches that we inherit consequences — good and bad — from previous generations of our families, even to the third and fourth generations,” Burns points out. “The choices, traditions and teachings we offer our children will affect not only them but also their children. The spiritual riches we might pass on far outweigh the value of any earthly inheritance — spiritual legacies remain for generations.”

Ultimately, Pass it On calls parents to the bold act of changing the trajectory of their family’s faith legacy for generations to come.

For more information about Jim Burns, visit www.homeword.com or follow him on Facebook (Homeword) or Twitter (@drjimburns). To keep up with Jeremy Lee, visit his website or follow him on Facebook (yojeremylee) or Twitter (@yojeremylee). 

Advance Praise

“I’m so excited for Pass It On. Parents must understand that if we want our kids to keep their faith, we need to have more faith conversations during their growing years. I’m excited to endorse something that is more than a book — it’s a movement of God.”

~ Doug Fields, executive director of HomeWord’s Center for Youth/ Family at Azusa Pacific University

“This book celebrates the role of family and community, and helps parents lead their kids to realize their place as adopted children of God. As Jim and Jeremy say, ‘Reading this book is meant to be a life-changing experience.’”

~ Chap Clark, author and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary

About the Authors

Jim Burns is a renowned youth and family expert, acclaimed author and founder of the HomeWord radio program that reaches more than 1 million people across the country every day. He is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University, a research and training institute offering biblically based resources for parents and youth. Under Burns, the center has become the largest provider of Christian parenting and youth seminars in the United States.

Burns speaks to thousands annually at leadership, marriage and parenting events around the world. He has more than 1.5 million resources in print in more than 25 languages. Burns is a three-time Gold Medallion Award-winning author and has written books for parents, youth workers and students, including: Faith Conversations for Families, Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Most recently, he co-authored a premarital resource with Doug Fields called Getting Ready for Marriage: A Practical Roadmap for Your Journey Together that has an accompanying workbook and online app.

Burns, his wife, Cathy, and their three daughters, Christy, Rebecca and Heidi, live in southern California.

Connect with Jim Burns at www.homeword.com, or follow him on Facebook (Homeword) or Twitter (@drjimburns).

Jeremy Lee is the founder of ParentMinistry.net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible from Group Publishing and the Ignite Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and children.

To keep up with Jeremy Lee, visit his website or follow him on Facebook (yojeremylee) or Twitter (@yojeremylee). 

Suggested interview questions

—What brought the two of you together to write Pass it On?

—Why is it so important for parents to create a spiritual legacy for their children?

—Explain what you mean when you ask parents to think “generationally.”

—The thought of orchestrating a spiritual legacy for your family can seem daunting. How does Pass it On help simplify and clarify the task?

—The foundation of Pass it On is the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. What truths does this book have to offer families today, more than 3,400 years after the time it was written?

—What is a rite of passage, and how does it help a child internalize a truth or lesson?

—Would you describe one of the rites of passages Pass it On encourages parents to experience with their kids?

—Can you share a story of how you’ve celebrated one of these rites in your own family? What feedback have you heard from your children about the practice?

—How do simple habits, such as talking about faith around the dinner table at night, impact your child’s faith journey?

—What are the three “M’s” in life? What influence can parents have on the three “M’s” in their child’s life?

—Why do you think some parents place more emphasis on grades or athletics than spiritual development?

—What about families who are getting a late start? Is it too late to build a legacy if your kids are in their teens already?

—How would you describe the ultimate goal of Pass it On?

Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee are available for interviews to promote the release of Pass it On. To request a review copy or schedule an interview, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Buzz

“I’m so excited for Pass It On. Parents must understand that if we want our kids to keep their faith, we need to have more faith conversations during their growing years. I’m excited to endorse something that is more than a book — it’s a movement of God.” —Doug Fields, executive director of HomeWord’s Center for Youth/ Family at Azusa Pacific University

“This book celebrates the role of family and community, and helps parents lead their kids to realize their place as adopted children of God. As Jim and Jeremy say, ‘Reading this book is meant to be a life-changing experience.’” —Chap Clark, author and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary

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Reviews

  • WHAT TO EXPECT — FOR CHRISTIAN PARENTS

    I can’t imagine going through those early years without that constant reassurance of knowing, month by month, we were (sort of) on track. Physically. Mentally.

    But what about spiritually? Are we on track spiritually? And isn’t that the most important thing?

    Pass It On is a great resource for not only preparing for spiritual growth transitions of your child, but also for steering and celebrating those steps.

    I was wishing I’d found this book sooner – because that first Rite of Passage – an invitation to generosity through a family service project – is one that my 8yo could really use right now. But this book is flexible enough to adapt; we’re just going to start right now with that first Rite of Passage and just squeeze them in a little closer together until we’re caught up.

    Written by Mozi Esmé on October 16, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2OCT1BU7HFU0O/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘PASS IT ON’

    I was really impressed with this book. The layout is user friendly. The writing is simple in the approach, but the concepts have depth. Lots of Bible verses are used to back up the ideas and thoughts. Each chapter describes what a child of that age period will be experiencing, discussion questions, suggestions for instilling faith based rituals, prayers, etc. Each chapter a wealth of information, but doesn’t come across as overwhelming. I really enjoyed the book and intend to implement things into our family. I would highly recommend this to Christian parents.

    Written by Tima Murrell on October 16, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RY8LFY8JOQY4P/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘PASS IT ON’ BY JIM BURNS AND JEREMY LEE {A REVIEW}

    As parents we all want to pass down a legacy to our children. As Christian parents we want to pass down a legacy of faith to our children. But we often feel unsure that we’re doing it right, or doing it at all. We all know people who have chosen to take the easy way out and allow the church to raise their children and to give them the godly legacy. But we can’t do that.

    Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee collaborated on a book, Pass It On, Building a legacy of Faith for your children through practical and memorable experiences. In its pages is nestled a wealth of information and ideas.

    The first few chapters are spent telling you how it’s important to consciously leave a faith legacy to and for your children.

    Written by My Full Cup on October 16, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2FU1TT0SM2VP7/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • GREAT, PRACTICAL RESOURCE {BOOK REVIEW FOR ‘PASS IT ON’}

    Pass It On would be a great book for new believers who didn’t grow up in Christian homes themselves and want a good guide for how they can train up their own kids.

    One terrific part of Pass It On would make it an excellent resource for Children’s Ministry training, childcare workers, and others who spend time with children (in addition to parents) is that each chapter contains a “What you need to know about {that specific grade for each chapter}”. Here you find information that states where this age of child most likely lands physically, emotionally, relationally & spiritually. While I really appreciate the insight and milestone/rites of passage moments for every age, I definitely will continue to look at the book to see that I’m truly meeting my kids at their individual stages.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on October 16, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2ER14OB4L0WRF/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • AMAZING RESOURCE!

    If you only buy one book in leading your family in faith, let this be it. This gives some great background information, as well as a consistent, practical and inspiring plan for passing on your faith to your children, one year at a time. The rites of passage give special meaning to your child’s life and create lasting memories for everyone involved. I can’t wait to get started with my own kids.

    Written by Growing Kids Ministry on October 16, 2015

  • ‘PASS IT ON’ BY JIM BURNS AND JEREMY LEE

    I am not a parent, but I take seriously my role to influence young people as a sister, aunt, teacher, and friend. I feel like this book would be an excellent resource for parents, as it is full of good ideas and information. I know no parent desires for their children to fall away from the faith, but true relational parenting is not seen much these days. By exhorting parents to take full responsibility of passing on their faith to their children, Burns and Lee set the pattern for you to have a home where love and communication reign. Every childhood and adolescence is bound to have some turbulent times, but a solid foundation can go a long way toward surviving it with grace.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on October 15, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3B78XQGFTZCTS/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • WONDERFULLY PRACTICAL RESOURCE

    The authors have done a wonderful job creating Pass It On as a reference book to be revisited each year as parents carve out opportunities to help their children become responsible adults who love God. And the great thing about Burns’ & Lee’s approach to legacy is that you don’t need a seminary degree to implement the rites of passage experiences.

    This is a practical and do-able book that will help parents who are caught up in the panic of not knowing how to leave a legacy of faith for their children. Broken down in easily digested segments, Pass It On will prove a valuable and lasting resource for families.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on October 15, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3UL7IP4VN3C30/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • EXCELLENT CHRISTIAN RITES OF PASSAGE

    I’ve always thought, even though we aren’t Jewish, that rites of passage for children are something that Christians should do – to recognize who their children are as they grow in their faith. Mr. Burns and Lee give parents the tools they need to be able to bless their children at whatever stage they are at and make it meaningful – even if the child rolls their eyes or deny wanting anything to do with a ceremony. So each grade has a different spiritual aspect attached to it, so second grade is “an invitation to the Bible”, the authors walk through what is going on in this child’s life and how it affects their faith, then they describe what a rite of passage could look like for that child (these passages don’t have to be huge to-do’s just gather the immediate family) and some ideas for gift

    Written by Growing for Christ on October 15, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RS10YRC5NFHAQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • GREAT PARENTING RESOURCE

    Pass It On: Building a Legacy of Faith for Your Children through Practical and Memorable Experiences is a great resource guide focusing on experiences that reinforce faith within a family. The ideas in the book span from kindergarten to twelfth grade and are not only meaningful but also easily incorporated into a family’s daily life so they are do-able.

    While this complimentary book was provided for review by Litfuse Publicity Group, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

    Written by Once Upon a Storyville on October 14, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=1434709078&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&ref_=cm_cr_dp_wrt_summary&store=books#

  • {{BOOK REVIEW}} | ‘PASS IT ON’

    It’s so hard for parents to know what to do at each age in our child(ren)’s life/lives to help them in learning the Gospel of Jesus. Pass It On is a great book in helping with just that!

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on October 14, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3H8D48EO32CO2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1434709078

  • BOOK REVIEW—’PASS IT ON’

    I wish Pass It On had come out about 20 years ago, just about the time my oldest was kindergarten age. What a great resource for parents! I know personally how much my children treasure any traditions we have set, whether they are goofy or serious. They are so proud to tell their friends what we do for special occasions that might be a little (or a lot) different. Pass It On gives a Rite of Passage for each year.

    Written by The Loose Screw on October 14, 2015

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘PASS IT ON’

    I think this book is an outstanding tool for parents – I suggest sharing this book with young parents so they can start early! I really likes the summary of each phase of a child’s life, I think it would be interesting to share it with the kids, so they can understand what is going on too.
    Very well written, very clear. I thought the discussion starters were great too. I recommend this book for young parents most of all, so they can start off strong and know where they want to take their kids as they begin to leave a legacy with them.

    Written by Milk & Honey Meadows on October 14, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Pass-It-Practical-Memorable-Experiences/product-reviews/1434709078/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

  • I love the emphasis on quality family time and making meaningful memories together. Relationship is key to winning the hearts of our children and sharing our faith.The authors suggest Rites of Passage experiences to do each year from kindergarten through graduation. It’s meant to be a developmental and cumulative experience through the years. This is a unique approach that I haven’t seen in other books. They take the child’s emotional, physical, and spiritual development into account when suggesting activities. I appreciate that the ideas are age-appropriate and in well thought out progression.

    Written by Embracing Destiny on October 14, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Pass-Building-Practical-Memorable-Experiences/dp/1434709078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444831804&sr=8-1&keywords=pass+it+on+jim+burns

  • YES, YOU CAN FOREVER CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF YOUR FAMILY’S SPIRITUAL LEGACY—STARTING NOW!

    This book is amazing and a must-have and must-read for parents. I love the layout of this book as the first few chapters set the scene and tone of this book and the idea behind it. Then each chapter focuses on each school grade, Kindergarten through grade 12. There is a specific area to be addressed during each grade which is discussed in detail.

    Written by Moments on October 14, 2015 

  • ‘PASS IT ON’

    This is an excellent resource for parents and churches alike! As a relatively new parent, I have wondered how to make my faith in God read for my daughter. So, I was thrilled to receive this book! I look forward to applying more and more of the ideas in it.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on October 13, 2015

  • ‘PASS IT ON’ BY JIM BURNS AND JEREMY LEE

    I was really excited to read this book after I heard Jeremy Lee speak on this a few years ago. I had never thought about the different experiences I could give my children that would help pass my faith on. I loved how this book leads to intentional parenting. It keeps Jesus at the center of the focus of parenting.

    I also love the idea of doing rites of passage for my children throughout their different stages of life. I’m not certain I will do every year as they are growing up, but who knows! I’ve already started thinking about how I will do our first one. I know my children will absolutely love it and I pray it will be something that they will always look back on and remember.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010P0XKWE?keywords=pass%20it%20on&qid=1444761335&ref_=sr_1_3&s=books&sr=1-3#customerReviews

  • ‘PASS IT ON’ BY JIM BURNS & JEREMY LEE: WHAT WILL YOUR FAMILY LEGACY BE?

    I was particularly interested in the Ninth Grade chapter on Driving Contracts. It was detailed and thorough and included a sample Driving Contract. It covered what and how to talk to your teen about responsibility and consequences. Excellent! I’ll absolutely be using this book in the near future!

    Parenting can often be daunting and even intimidating but Pass It On gives you a plan for sharing God with your children. It’s a wonderful tool for guiding the direction of your family’s legacy. Highly recommend!

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on October 8, 2015

  • ‘PASS IT ON’ {A LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP REVIEW}

    I think that many of the ideas for experiences in this book are practical and easy to set up and do by busy families, making this a neat handbook for parents to turn to time and time again for ways to bless and build faith in their children. This one’s staying on my permanent shelf for reference.

    Written by Raventhreads on October 8, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RIVLZ4INQFIWR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘PASS IT ON’ BOOK BLOG TOUR STOP AND REVIEW

    Pass It On is a book that should be on every new parent (and grandparent)’s check list for when they have a baby! Training up children to respect and worship God is so important, especially in this day and time of turmoil and danger. The authors, Burns and Lee, have come up with a sensible and inspirational guide to making faith and worship important once again for families.

    Written in an easy-to-follow language, Burns and Lee give examples of “celebrations” that parents can follow or use for their own inspiration to introduce and bring their kids into family traditions and spiritual traditions. Ideas are included for kindergarten through high school age children and are appropriate for the entire family to participate in.

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on October 6, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.garden-of-books.com/2015/10/pass-it-on-by-jim-burns-and-jeremy-lee.html

  • ‘PASS IT ON’

    I feel this book is so vitally important to this day and age where many Christians are wondering how they are going to pass their faith on to their children. There are so many temptations and things that can pull children away from the faith so parents need to be super vigilant and make sure their children are exposed to the gospel daily. I really appreciated this book and the suggestions that were found in it, I feel this is an important book for any parents out there.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on October 5, 2015

  • ‘PASS IT ON’

    Pass it On is an enjoyable and eye-opening read. This book is specifically for parents, but I believe anyone in connection or in contact with kids (in those same age group) will benefit from the experiences in this book. So teachers, student leaders, youth pastors, babysitters, school counselors…etc, the list can go on and on, even uncles and aunts and godparents will find understanding with “Pass it On”. In that case, feel free to do what it says, pass it on.

    Written by Just Commonly on October 5, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3ECBU6I1B44JI/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • CREATING A LEGACY OF FAITH FOR OUR CHILDREN: ‘PASS IT ON’ BY JIM BURNS AND JEREMY LEE #BOOKREVIEW

    Building a legacy of faith for children is important. They look up to us, so it’s vital to provide family experiences that are going to make a strong impact in their lives. Pass it On can be a valuable resource to parents, since it offers a remarkable approach to strengthening a child’s faith. *Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he* *will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6*

    Written by Our Everyday Harvest on October 5, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2MST5N59UAPRM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘PASS IT ON’ REVIEW

    My first thought was, “WOW, this is a nice book.” And I hadn’t even opened it yet. the cover of the book feels almost like a leather or suede. I have no idea what it is that does that, but the book FEELS good in your hands. when I got passed that I started reading it. I found it well written, and well organized.

    Written by The Open Window: An Autism Blog on October 4, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A1YLE51JI9QBZR/ref=pdp_new_read_full_review_link?ie=UTF8&page=1&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R2UTB87NKG9DK1

  • HELPFUL FOR GUIDING PARENTS

    This is a helpful, instructive, creative how-to for parents who need some help in letting their children know the Gospel. Some of us are very good at knowing ways to bring the Gospel into every day conversation and bigger life-events. For some its hard. This is why this book is helpful. Great addition to the Family Ministry circle.

    Written by kcreatives on October 4, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1GHFK1QEA2EN0/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1434709078

  • ‘PASS IT ON’ REVIEW

    This review is for the book Pass It On by Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee. The intent of this book is to provide parents with ways to pass on a legacy of faith to their children through life experiences. The unique thing about this book is that although it gives lots of ideas on how to pass your faith on to your children, it breaks up the legacy of faith based on the age of the child and their probably physical, mental and spiritual maturity at that specific age. For example, the authors note that fifth grade is a big year because it usually marks the end of elementary school. Children are usually struggling with their identity. So for your child’s fifth grade year, you should focus on their identity.

    Written by The Talbert Report on October 3, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1MT9DT7BJ7FQO/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘PASS IT ON’

    I’m so glad to have received this book as an essential guide to do this for them. The book is very well thought out, researched, and is the best guide I have found so far. I love the author’s ideas about each of the different ceremonies and different Rites of Passage Experiences.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on October 2, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3O7MEFNFWD3LW/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv