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In This House, We Will Giggle

Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life

Courtney DeFeo

About In This House, We Will Giggle

What do indoor picnics and funny face contests have to do with loving Jesus?
More than you realize!
 
As a mom in the throes of parenting, Courtney DeFeo believes that instilling virtues in children starts with laughter, not lecture. That perspective propelled her to create this idea-packed book, in which she offers motivating reflections, real-life stories, and a sandbox full of inventive ways to help you turn your kids’ hearts toward God.
 
Each chapter focuses on one virtue that is key for developing your child’s character. Along with insights into how this virtue plays out in the nitty-gritty of life, Courtney includes a memory verse, activity ideas, and discussion questions to reinforce that virtue throughout the month. Here you’ll find a full year of ways to draw your children closer to God through delightful antics like Family Olympics, One Fancy Feast, and Light ’Em Up.
 
In This House, We Will Giggle shows you how to capture the hearts of your children through fun—so that they experience the goodness of Christ, the joy of following Him, and the difference they can make in the lives of others. (Water balloons not included!)

Praise

Praise for In This House We Giggle

“Every parent needs this book! I love Courtney’s fun, practical ways to connect our kids with biblical truth while making family memories. This book is an amazing resource that will teach children how to have their own relationship with God.”
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

“Courtney DeFeo has written the book I wish I’d had while my kids were growing up! It’s full of creativity and fun for anchoring twelve key virtues into the hearts of children. I love how her ideas lay a vital foundation for spiritual growth and development—and help families have a blast while doing it.”
—Sandra Stanley, North Point Ministries

“If you’re looking for real-life ways to become a more proactive instead of reactive parent, you should read this book. Courtney DeFeo gives us personalized and practical ideas for building love and laughter into our children so we can actually develop an intentional plan for investing in them.”
—Reggie Joiner, founder and CEO of Orange

“We laughed our way through this book with its honest snapshot of all that comes with being a parent. We also were seriously inspired to invite our kids into a life filled with virtues. Courtney takes the guesswork out of it by giving parents creative and practical ways to seize everyday moments and make following Jesus fun!”
—Lauren Tomlin, wife of Christian music artist Chris Tomlin and on the journey with him to raising a family after the heart of Jesus

“As a counselor, I’m so grateful for Courtney DeFeo and her book. I hear weary parents every day trying to figure out how to combat the entitlement of this generation, instill virtues in their children, and enjoy one another at the same time. This book contains the encouragement and practical ideas to do just that! As a family, you will be inspired to grow, serve, love, and laugh together!”
—Sissy Goff, director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries, Nashville, TN, and author of several books, including Intentional Parenting

“Courtney DeFeo, in her typical style, offers us something refreshingly different, powerful, and creative: a secret weapon for parents. For me this book felt like the Swiss Army Knife of parenting, with a tool just waiting to be applied as needed to every occasion…with a dose of fun and giggles along the way!”
—David Salyers, vice president of marketing for Chick-fil-A Inc. and coauthor of Remarkable!

“Every mother will be helped by this practical, inspirational, and down-to-earth book. Each page holds biblical truth, family-time suggestions, and a huge trunk full of plans to help you teach twelve beautiful virtues. If you choose to do as this book suggests, your family is in for a lovely journey.”
—Esther Burroughs, author and speaker with Esther Burroughs Ministries, Greenville, SC

“I love being a dad, but to be honest, I’m an insecure one. I want to be really good at this, but there are days when I wonder. This is one of the many reasons I love Courtney’s book. She reminds us that we should take parenting seriously, but not so much ourselves. Love, giggles, and virtues are a lot more fun than perfection anyway. This is a practical and encouraging guide for parents who aren’t perfect but who want to get this extraordinary opportunity right—and have fun along the way.”
—Jeff Henderson, lead pastor of Gwinnett Church, dad to Jesse and Cole, and husband of Wendy

“Like Courtney, I want to create a home where our children experience Christ in a tangible way. The ideas in this book are practical, and the stories are relatable. You’ll come away with fresh inspiration for nurturing a faith-filled, fun-loving family.”
—Holly Furtick, author of The Preacher’s Wife blog and wife of Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC

"Like Courtney Defeo, I too want, “memories of joy etched deep in the hearts of my kids.” It sounds easy, but it's not. In This House, We Will Giggle is a navigational tool that will help every mom find the way to fill their home with love and laughter. And the joy in their family will contagiously spill over and light up the world around them."
—Susan Merrill, Director of iMom.com and author of The Passionate Mom

About Courtney DeFeo

Courtney DeFeo is a popular blogger (CourtneyDeFeo.com) and the creator of ABC Scripture Cards, which are sold nationwide. A graduate of Auburn University, she has a background in marketing and public relations and has worked for Ketchum Public Relations and Chick-fil-A. Courtney and her husband, Ron, are the parents of two young girls.

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Product Details

256 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Oct 7, 2014

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

What do indoor picnics and funny face contests have to do with loving Jesus?
More than you realize!

Click here to download chapter one of In This House, We Will Giggle.

As a mom in the throes of parenting, Courtney DeFeo believes that instilling virtues in children starts with laughter, not lecture. That perspective propelled her to create this idea-packed book, in which she offers motivating reflections, real-life stories, and a sandbox full of inventive ways to help you turn your kids’ hearts toward God.

Click here to download chapter one of In This House, We Will Giggle.

 
 

By Ashley Wells

Firstly, I just ooh and aah over the "look" of this book. As soon as you open it, you can tell it is just BEAUTIFUL!!! They really put time into making the content not just great, but the presentation. I just love a book that not only is full of great information but is beautiful while sharing that information!!!I am busy mom to four kids and sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the chaos of life it is so easy to get swept away by all the...

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By Tiffany Stephens

Parenting is tough. Most of us dream of parenthood with a clear vision of how we're going to do it, what we are going to instill in them, and so much more. Then they get here and reality sets in. I love this book. I grew up in a home where Christ like relationships were not modeled for me. There were a few moments of joy sprinkled in between a lot of disconnect and pain. I never want that for my own kids.As an adult, I have struggled with...

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By Erin IRVIN

The title of this book caught my eye immediately.  I want my kids to remember their formative years as fun, while at the same time instilling in them our core values, and that is exactly what In This House We Will Giggle discusses.Courtney DeFeo lays out twelve virtues, one for every month, and outlines fun ways to incorporate that value into daily life.  The idea is that we can model these virtues and behaviors for our children and teach...

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By Katie Reid

Since intentional mothering is something I aspire to--yet often fall short in--it was refreshing to read Courtney's practical and grace-based handbook on the subject. Each chapter focuses on a virtue (like Joy, Forgiveness and Respect) and gives simple ideas to incorporate it into hearts and home for the month. My favorite aspects are the definitions and catch phrases that Courtney provides to help children understand and remember...

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By Nykiah Doutrich

I am always so drawn to the artistry on the cover of a book. Most times judging a book by its cover is what gets me interested when choosing a book to read. "In This House We Will Giggle" by Courtney DeFeo was a story just like that.(I received this book free from blogging for books in exchange for my review.)I was drawn to the image of the littlest girl in striped tights jumping on her mama's couch and I wanted to know more about it. In this...

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