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The Phone Tree Edifier
4 Stars Out Of 5
A very good family devo resource
November 8, 2013
The Phone Tree Edifier
Experiencing God at Home Day-by-Day: A Family Devotional was a book I really liked. It was filled with rich lessons from the Bible. I particularly loved the format and the initial entry regarding, "The Importance of Family Devotion Time and Bible Reading."
Written in such a way as to involve every member of the family, no matter what age, this book provided numerous ideas and tips on how to best facilitate the family devotional. That was a help. Other helps included the Parent Connection, the Quest, the Quiet Family Prayer, and the Quiet Times sections.
I thought that the Scripture references were such that reading time was realistic for the busy family, meaning that it was not too laborious nor was it too brief. The quick starts were a hit and miss for me. I liked some and did not care for others. I did appreciate the authors attempts to try to link the lesson with a practical life question, however.
There was a section of the book that I thought was unique, and that section dealt with Special Occasion Devotionals.
My Final Thoughts:Â This book would be a very good family devo resource. I would definitely recommend it to others. I would love to see it in a larger print, but despite that, it does what it proposes. (4.25/5 Stars)
This is a compact, padded book that may look small but packs a powerful message sure to impact your family. Each page starts with a question that opens up a conversation that is then easily steered in the direction of the focus of the day's study. Using the Scripture Reading provided at the top of the page as the story or theme, it allows you to lead your family into a more indepth study, and permits control over how much time you can invest during your devotional time. The Family Prayer Time is set up in the same manner so you can let one person pray or each may add to the prayer. The additions of Quiet Time for both younger and older children are excellent ways of introducing kids to having a personal quiet time aside from family devotions and training them early about the need to seek out their own relationship with God.
Day 1 is a Parent Connection that gives the topic of the week so you can better prepare for the discussions you will be having with your children. Tips are provided for extra Scripture to read and to familiarize yourself in order to answer the questions that are sure to arise. Another part I loved is the section in the back for Special Occasions. Of course there are the various holidays, but topics like 'Last Day of School', 'Death in the Family', 'Pregnancy', and 'Celebrating An Achievement' are all included. Finally, there are several blank pages provided for notes. If you are interested in having a family devotional time, leading your family, and training your child in the tenets of faith...this book is an excellent resource.
I received this book free from Shelton Interactive for review purposes.. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."