Old Story New, New Testament: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
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Number of Pages: 418
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2012
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"Marty Machowski has done it again! This book, along with the earlier Old Testament devotional book, Long Story Short, is another masterful devotional book for families. It is simple without being shallow. It is theologically robust without being pedantic. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming. Best of all, it is doable for busy parents with children."
--Dr. Tedd Tripp, Pastor; conference speaker; best-selling author of Shepherding a Child's Heart
"Marty Machowski 'gets' families. Even more importantly, he knows how to connect them to the Bible with simple, relatable New Testament studies that make much of Jesus in every lesson. If you want your kids to see the Savior through his Word, spend some time in this exciting new devotional."
--Dave Harvey, Church Planting and Church Care, Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of When Sinners Say I Do: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage
"Finding time for family devotions is a high hurdle. But finding something enjoyable to do as a family that also illuminates God's Word can be an even higher impediment. In this wonderfully helpful book, you've found the answer to the second challenge. And Marty's clear writing and creativity will help you make the time (even if you don't think you have it) to clear the first hurdle. It's my pleasure to recommend this book and the devotional experience it provides to you and your family."
--Dr. Robert Wolgemuth, Author of The Most Important Place on Earth: What a Christian Home Looks Like and How to Build One
"So much of the family devotional material available today does little more than use the Bible to teach half-truths and full-out moralism. The reason my wife and I love Marty Machowski's books and the reason they have become important resources as we seek to raise our children in 'the discipline and instruction of the Lord,' is their consistent focus on the big picture of the Bible's big story. Old Story New is yet another wonderful resource that we gladly commend and look forward to reading with our children."
--Tim Challies, Author; pastor; blogger
"The church wants parents to lead their homes spiritually; the parents don't know how. Marty Machowski's Old Story New is the answer for both church and parents. Marty has invested his time in the best way possible helping parents shepherd their children with more than stories and morals, but with the central theme of Jesus illuminated clearly in every story."
--Scott Thomas, Pastor, The Journey Church, St Louis, MO; author of Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God
"Marty Machowski's Old Story New, like Marty's children's ministry curriculum and Old Testament devotional, Long Story Short, is a great asset to parents, pastors, and children's ministry teachers. I am particularly excited about the way Marty connects each New Testament story to the gospel of Christ. Marty's book will help your kids learn to see Jesus as the center of every part of the Bible. And what might God do with such a generation raised to rightly handle the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation?"
--Josh Blount, Pastor, Living Faith Church
"Nurturing our children requires us to gain the attention of their hearts as soon as possible. So, what should we use to seize their interest? Thinly veiled morality tales that leave our children wandering in a desert of demands? In Old Story New, Christ is the beacon that captures the imagination of our children. Let this beautiful book lead your children out of the desert and into the oasis of Jesus, so he can quench their thirsty hearts."
--David E. Tate, Pastor, Manor Presbyterian Church
About the Author
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where is has served on the pastoral staff for over twenty years. As leader of their children's ministry, Promise Kingdom, he has worked for many years to develop kids Bible curriculum and devotional material that connect church and home. His passion is equipping families to understand the Bible as one gospel story and help them share that with their children.
"We get to tell God's story to our children - the mighty life-transforming message of the gospel," says Machowski. "We are sowers who plant the seeds of faith each time we speak the truth of God's story to our children. Like a farmer sprinkling the newly planted seed with his watering can, we send our prayers to God while we keep our eyes fixed upon the soil of their lives, waiting to rejoice with the first sprouting leaves. Even then, though we've sown the seeds of the gospel, we still marvel and wonder about how they sprouted. That is where I hope Old Story New can help make sharing the Bible with your children a whole lot easier."
Who can resist a story filled with adventure, suspense, drama and mystery? A story with these elements easily captures our attention, no matter how old or young we may be. However, we often forget that the gospel story has all of these characteristics, and it's a true story that has the power to save. Longtime children's ministry leader Marty Machowski brings the entire family together to rediscover the excitement of the gospel by taking a deep biblical truth and presenting it in an easy-to-understand weekly devotion in his latest release, Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God.
As adults, we often struggle to figure out when to do our own devotions and where to start, so regular devotionals for family Bible study can seem especially daunting. Machowski frees parents from the pressure by giving them everything they need for five daily devotions per week, focusing on a weekly story and covering the entire New Testament in a year and a half (78 lessons). Each week's gospel-centered lesson helps children understand and remember Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, as well as the beginning of the church. The devotional program is designed to explain God's plan of salvation throughout the New Testament. Every lesson asks, "where is the gospel?"
Old Story New walks children through the great truths of the Christian faith through New Testament stories and offers simple discussion questions (and answers) for each day's devotion. By focusing the family for only 10 minutes, parents can keep the attention of their young children and reign in their busy teenagers. Machowski even offers parents suggestions of how to make the gospel-centered devotionals relevant for all grade levels, and the lessons are suitable for children from preschool through high school. These kids Bible materials are perfect for morning routines, after dinner discussions, or bedtime rituals.
"Each week starts off with a creative activity, exercise, or bit of trivia to introduce the passage," explains Machowski. "On days one through four you review a portion of the week's Scripture passage," explains Machowski. On days one through four you review a portion of the week's Scripture passage. Special attention is given on day three to connect the current passage to the gospel. On day four we've added a question for your older children to ask you, and on day five you and your family will investigate a passage from the book of Psalms or an excerpt from one of the prophets to discover how the passage points forward to Christ."
Although Old Story New can be used as a standalone devotional, the stories coordinate with each New Testament story from The Gospel Story Bible and the entire line of Gospel Story for Kids Bible Curriculum. Long Story Short, the first volume in Machowski's family Bible study series covering the Old Testament, was one of 6 finalists for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) 2012 Christian Book Awards in the Inspiration category. Using the two books together, families can go through the entire Bible in three years and gain a better understanding of the whole storyline of redemption.
ShirleyDIndiaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5One step at a time.January 30, 2015ShirleyDIndiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enables one to draw closer to God in easy do-able steps.
A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5An excellent tool for familiesJanuary 10, 2013A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In some ways, reviewing a book like Old Story New is quite difficult. After all, it's a year long devotional guide for families. So, if you wanted to do an experimental review, you'd walk through it with your family_over the course of a year. And that defeats the purpose of doing a timely review coordinated with the release of this book.
On the other hand, doing a review for a book like this is quite easy: you jump in all over the place, reading various days devotionals and then sit back and say, 'Families, use this book; especially if you have young children, use this book.'
In November of 2012, I'd reviewed Machowski's first devotional book for families: Long Story Short. That devotional guide was based upon the Old Testament. In Old Story New, as you could guess from that set-up and the title, is a devotional guide about the New Testament. This is such a helpful tool for families. If you have young children, I can't think of a better book to help in family worship than these two accompanying books. If you have a wider age-range of children, you could involve the older kids in the readings, while the younger ones get involved through age-appropriate questions and prayer. You could also supplement the times of family worship with some singing or the occasional object lesson connected to each day's reading.
The book is arranged by the week. Each week features five days worth of devotionals that will walk you through the entire New Testament in a year. Each day begins with a 'Remember It' question so you're always reviewing what's been learned. Then, there is a passage of Scripture to be read, followed by the 'Think About It Some More' section. This provides Mom or Dad the explanation of each text being examined, put in such a way that all can understand it. Next comes the 'Talk About It' portion, which usually consists of 3-4 questions to draw out from each person present what they've just heard. It also helps solidify that passage into their heart and mind by thinking about it more. Finally, there is a closing time to 'Pray About It'.
My heart's longing would be to get this book (and it's predecessor) into the hands of young families. I'd exhort each of them to take the 15-20 minutes it might take each day to gather everyone around the dining table or in the living room. I'd sit with them and help them get started, making this a 'ritual' that no one wants to miss. Of course, I can't really do it that way. What I can do is recommend this book_highly. Begin the God-honoring habit of family worship, using God's Word and let it transform your whole family.
richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Family Devotions That TeachNovember 12, 2012richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Marty Machowski skillfully blends the elements of suspense, drama, and mystery in telling the Gospel story. "Old Story New: Ten-minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God" combines a strong family focus with an emphasis on the relevance of Biblical truth and specific applications for all ages.
Each of the 78 Devotionals follow a five day plan beginning with a creative activity, exercise, or bit of trivia to introduce the passage, moving to a reading from the scripture, concluding with simple thoughtful questions which draw out the content and meaning the passage. Suggested parallels from the stories found in Machowski's early "Bible Story Bible" add to the approaches available to make expand the usefulness of the book.
Marty's writing is captures the imagination is clear, creating, and challenging. His content is theologically sound, rich in Biblical narrative, spiritual significance, and life transforming truth. Devotionals are made up of doable family worship practices, relatable lessons with Christ as the focal pointing to the need for a personal faith.
Old Story New: Ten-minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God is a rich, unique resource, filled with illuminating insights presented in an enjoyable style, designed to involve preschool, elementary children, pre-teens, and teenagers.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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