The Family Bible Devotional
Sarah M. Wells
The subtitle describes this book well:”Stories from the Bible to help Kids and parents engage & love scripture”. What the author has done is to compile a set of 50+ devotionals for parents to share with their children.
After briefly giving some brief suggestions on using the material found in the book, each of the 52 devotions follows a similar pattern:
- A one-paragraph description of the setting for the chosen text.
- The week’s scripture is quoted using The Message
- Some suggested Bible study questions and provide an opportunity for each member of the family to ask their own questions
- “A Closing Thought” summarizing the lessons that may have come from the passage
- A “Prayer Prompt” based on the lesson is provided
- An activity is suggested to help all participants cement the lesson
- Each lesson concludes with a “Pop out” - a bit of trivia, from scripture, history, culture, etc.
Though my kids are long gone from home, this year’s collection of studies is among the best I have seen for use in family worship. It would make a great gift for a church to make to families with middle school or junior high school students. With a bit of work and patience, it might even be used with a younger family. Though not designed for a church setting, it might also be used as the basis for the weekly study with a small youth group.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.