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5 Stars Out Of 5
An Awesome Book
July 2, 2014
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Zondervan.
About the Book:
In a format that reflects the tone and structure of the newly revised "NIV Adventure Bible," this devotional uses intriguing fictional adventure stories and other fascinating features to teach children about God, themselves, and what it means to live a life of faith.
About the Author:
Robin Schmitt has been a writer and editor in Christian publishing for many years. He has written several books for children and adults, including The Adventure Bible Handbook, The NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions, Married for Life, 101 Amazing Things About Heaven, and The 100 Most Important Bible Verses for Men. Robin has a passion for inspiring readers of all ages toward spiritual maturity and childlike faith. He lives in Michigan with his wife and three children.
The Adventure Bible is a great Bible used to engage children in the Bible stories that we all know and love. It has a way of drawing them in and holding their attention, possibly because of the slang type language it uses as well as the fact that it is written in a comic book style format. Well the writer of the Adventure Bible has created many other go along type books to help enhance that learning that the Adventure Bible provides. So it is no surprise to me that the author of the Adventure Bible has created a devotional to go along with it.
Written in simple, straight forward devotional style formatting. Your child can read a devotion a day, because there are 365 included---enough for an entire year. Each days devotion contains a brief summary on the point of the lesson, words of encouragement, a simple Bible based fact and the verse to go along with it. Simple and right to the point is something that my children love about the book. And as a mom I love that they are getting their Bible reading in.
The NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions has 365 daily readings to get your child thinking about how God is involved in their life. Each devotion begins with a Bible verse. There is then a fictional reading that your child will be able to relate to. The subjects range from outdoor activities to school related themes and more. Your kids can relate to the readings because they probably have had a similar experience. Each of the devotions is wrapped up with a paragraph that shows how God can be a part of your child's everyday life. They will learn that God is in everything they do and that life is an exciting adventure.
The NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions is meant to be a companion to the NIV Adventure Bible but each book can be used on its own. Children who have the NIV Adventure Bible will enjoy that the NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions looks like their Bible. The devotional also has the same side notes titled Did you Know?, Life in Bible Times, Live it!, People in Bible Times, and Words to Treasure. These offer fun and interesting little snippets of information at the end of each daily reading. I think parents will appreciate the topic and scripture indexes that are provided at the end of the book. There may a time when their child wants to know about a certain subject or Bible verse. These can easily be found with the indexes.
This devotional is geared towards nine to twelve year olds. I have a ten year old and this devotional seems to fit her age group. She read through a few of the days and she said it was quick to read and that she liked it. This would be good to read to younger children but I don't think they could read it on their own. I like how easy it is to read the devotions. They are short and quick , which is good for kids. A long, drawn out and wordy devotional won't keep a child's interest. I rather my child hear one Bible verse and be able to relate to it than read an entire chapter in the Bible and learn nothing. This is a good book for any gender. There is nothing that makes me think it is for just boys or just girls. I think devotions are a good way to start of the day and this is one I would recommend.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange froor my honest review.