Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Instant Family Devotions - Book Review

If you have been reading grandma's cookie jar for very long, you know one of the most important things to me is for my grandchildren to know, love and walk with God! So, I always have my eyes open for resources I can use with my grandsons and resources I can give their parents as well. I recently had the opportunity to review the book, Instant Family Devotions by Mike Nappa and Jill Wuellner . . . this is a resource well worth passing on to your children so they can use it with your grandchildren!

Instant Family Devotions: 52 Bible Discussions for Anytime, Anywhere Use  
Authors - Mike Nappa & Jill Wuellner
Publisher - Baker Books

Favorite Features -
  • love the C.S. Lewis quote at the beginning of the book - "We feed children in order that they may soon be able to feed themselves; we teach them in order that they may soon not need our teaching."
  • Section one has 26 family discussions from the Old Testament
  • Section two has 26 family discussions from the New Testament
  • Twenty Tips for Fantastic Family Discussions in the Appendix
  • Love the introduction and the "purpose" of Instant Family Devotions . . . "To help you and your kids add a few fun, faith-building conversations to your twenty-first century lifestyle. To help you take charge of the faith-growth opportunities that come during the raising of a child. To help you join the on-going conversation about God that goes on every day in your child's mind and life. To help you be ready - anytime, anywhere - with a few Bible-centered family devotions to share with your kids. To give you an easy-to-use tool for making fun, family faith memories that'll last a lifetime."
  • Each devotion includes a theme, Scripture, opening activity, questions to help you "dig into" the Bible passage, focus on understanding and living what you learned
  • I love the "behind the scenes" box in each devotion with insights for parents so they are able to help their children understand the Bible passage they are reading!
  • Parent Tips are sure to be used by parents!
  • Scripture and Theme Indexes
This little book is an excellent tool to help families dig into God's Word and really enjoy doing so! I love the focus on understanding and living what they learn and how the book walks a family through the Bible. Very easy to use, just open the book and follow the questions . . . if you can read, you can lead your family in getting to know God, one another and yourself better! This book would make a wonderful family Christmas gift!

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