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5 Stars Out Of 5
a great devo for kids
September 13, 2013
The Adventure Bible Book of Devotions is a new devotional for kids from Zondervan. Author Robin Schmitt has a passion for inspiring readers of all ages toward spiritual maturity and childlike faith. The book cover says it's for kids 9 and up - but this is primarily because it would take a 9 year old to "read it" but don't let that stop you from getting it if you want a devotional to read to your younger kids.
I used to have a "One Minute Bible" that I used as teen curriculum and this book feels very similar. Each day is a verse or two followed by a fictional adventure story played out by a few kids. Then, following the story, the devo wraps up with a small application.
Certainly this would be a great daily devotional for an older kid, but the stories are so fun that I could easily see turning this into a bedtime story for a parent who knows how to read expressively. Right now I read my son a nightly bible story and of course it has pictures and the story is written to his level - but often times when I'm done, I feel like I should say something about "why" we learned or read this story. You know? Does a five year old understand the nuances behind the story of Esther or Samson?
I like the idea of reading a story to my son that allows scripture to speak into his every day life and perhaps add a "learning point."
Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
There is a devotional for every day - and in the back of the book there is also a topic index and a scripture index if you want to look up something specific.
Parents - check this one out!
Thank you to Zondervan / Zonderkidz & DJC Communications for this free review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I wasn't sure if my son was going to like the story format, but so far he has enjoyed it. Each day's story illustrates the principle from the scripture in a way that is easily grasped for this age. He likes having a memory verse as well as the interesting information about life in Bible times. I would give a higher recommendation to a devotional that is specifically for boys in this age group with stories that are geared more to a boy's sense of adventure.
My kids and I are enjoying so much this Book of Devotions. They get to understand the meaning of the verse with the story that follows it. And they coment on the situations.I've found they see God is real and understand He is not complicated or too far from them...that He wants and can be their friend.