Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Family Bible Devotional - A Review

The Family Bible Devotional


Sarah M. Wells

A Review

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:

  1. A one-paragraph description of the setting for the chosen text. 
  2. The week’s scripture is quoted using The Message 
  3. Some suggested Bible study questions and provide an opportunity for each member of the family to ask their own questions 
  4. “A Closing Thought” summarizing the lessons that may have come from the passage 
  5. A “Prayer Prompt” based on the lesson is provided 
  6. An activity is suggested to help all participants cement the lesson 
  7. 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.

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