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Family Works – DVD Review and Giveaway

The fine folks at Franklin Springs Media have a great new DVD out: Family Works (Volume One)

Family businesses are among the most enjoyable and fascinating entrepreneurial endeavors to observe. Built with a pioneering spirit and the lively dynamics of family relationships, the stories of families that work together provide a fun and unique view of family life. The Family Works Series is a captivating blend of entertainment, inspiration, and practical business instruction that features business profiles from a variety of family enterprises.

This DVD profiles two family businesses that are already large and successful, although very different. Through these profiles, the creators address common family concerns – having more time together with your family, teaching your children about your values in real life, having time and funds available for Kingdom work, and living out your Christian worldview in the workplace.

  • Cook’s Pest Control is a fourth generation family business. It is the seventh largest pest control company in the U.S., with over 1,300 employees. This service business was started with essentially no up-front investment.
  • Holden Coal is in their first generation of ownership in the emerging energies market – selling coal and servicing and selling coal burning stoves. This product-based business required a substantial investment to purchase an existing business with the needed facilities and equipment. The father, a former pastor, spent years in the process of making the transition.

Both companies are family run with multiple generations serving in the day-to-day business operations.

These stories were informative and inspiring. The point which struck me most was the Christ-centered-ness of the workplace – even at all the many far-flung Cook’s offices. This is in short supply in our country today, and (tragically!) many people seem to feel that your work and your faith don’t/can’t/shouldn’t mix.

I hope in future Volumes, this series will explore smaller businesses. In our journey to Contentment, we would like to run a family business that can support our few additional needs… But we do not have the intention or desire to create a business on the scale of these two.


I received this product free from Franklin Springs; I was not compensated in any other way for this review. This review has not been approved or edited by anyone.
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One lucky As For My House reader will win their own copy of the Family Works DVD!

Make sure to leave your email address with each comment. (Used only to contact the winner. If your email is entered in the form it will be saved for me but not displayed).

1. Leave a comment here telling what you think is more appealing about a family business, or what is most worrisome about it for you.

Extra Entries (leave separate comments for each).

Once you have completed #1, you can earn additional entries by doing any or all of the following. For those worth multiple entries, please leave that number of separate comments – each comment is one entry when I draw a number at the end!

2. Become a Facebook Fan of Franklin Springs Family Media. (If you’re already a fan, just let me know that!)

3. Blog about this giveaway, and link to this post and the sponsor’s site. Please leave the link to your post in the comment. (5 entries)

4. Subscribe to As For My House in your favorite feed reader, or by email. (2 entries) (Current subscribers count, too!)

5. Enter any other giveaway posted here, *or* over at Life on the Road between now and the end of the giveaway – keep checking back! – then just leave a comment here telling me which one you entered. (There are going to be several on each blog over the next couple of weeks, and you can get an entry for each!)

6. Post this giveaway to your Facebook wall (leave your Facebook name), or Tweet about it (and leave the link)! Each may be done daily for extra entries.

In additon to these, there are MANY more ways to earn extra entries. You know, all the usual stuff like sharing on Facebook, Tweeting, and so on? Just click over to our Giveaway Policy page for all the details!

This giveaway ends 9/30 at 11:59pm (Central), or more likely some time around 5 am the following morning when I log in again.

The winner will be chosen using and announced on the blog, as well as contacted by email. Winner must respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. Your DVD will ship directly from Franklin Springs.

** Comments are now closed. Look for a winner to be announced soon in a new post! **


7 Responses to “Family Works – DVD Review and Giveaway”

  • Lisa Stone says:

    Most appealing is the freedom involved in a home business. Flexibility, time with family, a legacy . . . but the fears of inconsistent income is huge for me. So is the up front costs.

  • Lisa Stone says:

    I’m already a fan of Franklin Springs Family Media

  • Lisa Stone says:

    I already subscribe to As For My House on my blog

  • Lisa Stone says:

    I entered the giveaway for the Homestead Blessings Crafting DVD.

  • Mrs. White says:

    I would love to win this. We have owned several businesses as a family. They’ve worked well for us. Now life is different. My children are mostly older. Some are adults now and have moved out. I would like new ideas for a family business for my youngest 2 (who are teens).

    Mrs. White

  • Mrs. White says:

    I subscribed to your blog in google reader. (entry 1)

    Mrs. White

  • Mrs. White says:

    I subscribed to your blog in google reader. (entry 2)

    Mrs. White

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