Amazing Adventures, Creative Connections, and Daring Deeds  -     By: Tim Simpson, Alison Simpson
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Amazing Adventures, Creative Connections, and Daring Deeds

NavPress / 2010 / Paperback

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This book encourages families to work together and actively do God's work in a variety of ways, and learn more about Him while they're doing it. Each of the forty activities includes a creative introduction, a brief exploration of a Bible passage, and ideas for applying biblical truth. It also includes age-appropriate discussion questions and activities for age four through teens. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1600066240
ISBN-13: 9781600066245
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Family time has never been this fun—or life-changing.
Say good-bye to passive family devotions. Parents will welcome the energy and creativity of these forty activities, which can be adapted for all ages. Instead of reading and reflecting on a verse that is quickly forgotten, families will engage in activities both inside and outside the home that demonstrate biblical faith in action. The result: parents and kids living as disciples, whatever their spheres of influence. Includes age-appropriate discussion questions and activities for ages four through fourteen.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2010
    Tammy
    Im so glad that I got to review this book, because this is definitely one that will be used in our family in the years to come! I think it would be great to pick a certain day of the week or month(whatever is best for your family), and do a chapter on that day. It might be wise to plan ahead. I like the idea of putting all the chapter numbers in a bowl and drawing one out for the next week or months activity. That way any planning and preparations can be made. With planning, the challenges can be done very economically. Each chapter (there are 40) consists of the following:A Bible verse and an opening statementReaching In- an activity with some questions to ask afterwardReaching Into the Word- a Bible passage and a statement about that passage and 2-3 questions each for different age groups(ages4-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14 and up)Reaching Into the World- a challenge out in the worldSome of these truly are a challenge. Do you think you could box up all the non-perishable food in your house to give to the needy? The point is to trust in God to provide for your family, help the needy, and teach selflessness. I really liked the challenge of purchasing Bibles for anyone who may need one. (They dont have to be new). The Simpsons suggest maybe theres a child who attends church who doesnt have a Bible. They also suggest downloading free audio Bibles on the internet to distribute to those who have bad eyesight. I think this is a great idea! And theres so many more great ideas throughout this book.I really think the activities in this book will bring a family closer together and to God. And in the process, youll be helping so many people.I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2010
    Tammy
    Im so glad that I got to review this book, because this is definitely one that will be used in our family in the years to come! I think it would be great to pick a certain day of the week or month(whatever is best for your family), and do a chapter on that day. It might be wise to plan ahead. I like the idea of putting all the chapter numbers in a bowl and drawing one out for the next week or months activity. That way any planning and preparations can be made. With planning, the challenges can be done very economically. Each chapter (there are 40) consists of the following:A Bible verse and an opening statementReaching In- an activity with some questions to ask afterwardReaching Into the Word- a Bible passage and a statement about that passage and 2-3 questions each for different age groups(ages4-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14 and up)Reaching Into the World- a challenge out in the worldSome of these truly are a challenge. Do you think you could box up all the non-perishable food in your house to give to the needy? The point is to trust in God to provide for your family, help the needy, and teach selflessness. I really liked the challenge of purchasing Bibles for anyone who may need one. (They dont have to be new). The Simpsons suggest maybe theres a child who attends church who doesnt have a Bible. They also suggest downloading free audio Bibles on the internet to distribute to those who have bad eyesight. I think this is a great idea! And theres so many more great ideas throughout this book.I really think the activities in this book will bring a family closer together and to God. And in the process, youll be helping so many people.I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2010
    Amydeanne
    Move over boring! This will get your faith up and working!!Looking for something a bit different for family devotions?This book is great! Tim and Alison Simpson give 40 unique devotions for you to do with your family.What's so different about them? Well for starters they have break out questions at the end of the devotions for different age groups, which I love -- I don't have to sort through and figure out what I'm going to ask for each age group my kids fall into because they've figured it out and done a great job of it!It's broken down into simple to follow sections, so you can really spend as much or little time on it as you want. It starts with a bible verse, a story that helps with the verse, an internal family activity (this is where the age group questions come into play), than an external/outreach part.I think this is a great way to help your family live your faith, rather than just reading about it. Some wonderful ideas and creative fun in here! You're family can't help but grow through a book like this!Some of the ideas I've gotten out of the book to do with my children are: * look online for the 10 commandments in another language that might be spoken and ask a friend who knows the language to translate it; frame it for them, or if they aren't interested in it, than keep it at home as a reminder to pray for them. * plan a "mission" event for your kids so they can reach out and challenge each other. * Not just go to a Seniors home and help out, but ask them if you can read their favorite passage or pray for them. * Invite a new family from church over for breakfast to help them get "plugged in" to your community.For the rest, you'll have to check out the book!** review copy provided by NavPress
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 5, 2010
    Tracy
    If you are ready to get your family's feet hitting the ground and running with fun activities to take into the community then this is the book for you. Tim and Alison Simpson's book Amazing adventures creative connection sand daring deed will surly make you family closer to the Lord. This book includes 40 different topics such as The Big Give, Time out.. It prayer Time, and New beginnings. Each of these chapters is broken down into 3 different categories . The firs is reaching in this part involves a family activity that you can do in the home to teach your lesson. Next is reaching into the word, this activity gives you a bible scipture to read followed by questions that are classified in ages ranging from 4-14. Finally is reaching into the world. These are activities that take your family out of the home and into he community to apply what they have learned. I would recommend this book to any family. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    June 24, 2010
    Brandon
    Amazing Adventures Creative Connections and Daring Deeds by Tim and Alison Simpson seeks to re-energize family devotions. The book has 40 chapters, each with a new idea for growing together as a family and towards God. Each one starts with a verse of scripture and a paragraph or two containing the idea on which the devotion will be centered. Next is the "reaching in" portion containing the family activity used to illustrate the idea and to draw the members out, engaging them in the discussion. Questions are included to aid the conversation. Next is "Reaching into the word." Here a portion of scripture is designated to be read, followed by questions listed in recommended age groups to help bring out the meaning and application of the passage for everyone. To finish off each devotion there is a section on "reaching into the world." Here ideas are given to further develop the lesson by seeking to mobilize the family to go out and practice what they have learned. All in all, this book does a good job of presenting ideas to rally the family to engage truth, with the emphasis on application. The activities should work well with most families. For the very young it is suggested that they draw and color their answers and ideas for their participation. If nothing else is accomplished by reading these Amazing Adventures, it is that family devotions are a must for growth in living for Jesus and that they must be intentional. These things won't happen on their own. I'd like to thank NavPress for sending me a free copy for review.
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