Listen Up: Ten-Minute Family Devotions on the ParablesMarty MachowskiNew Growth Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Opens up the Four Gospels to the young hearts of your children.May 9, 2019Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a parent of eight, I'm always on the lookout for Christian resources we can use in our family devotions. We've made use of some of the books from Marty Machowski before ("The Gospel Story Bible" and others), so I was eager to look at his latest book "Listen Up: 10-Minute Family Devotions on the Parables" (New Growth Press, 2017). I was not disappointed! Listen Up is a fantastic resource for families and guides readers through a thirteen-week series of lessons focused on the Parables.
Each week starts with an overview of what will be covered, and some prep-work that can be done for an object lesson/illustration introducing the theme for the week. Then 5 lessons follow and include discussion questions and prayer pointers, as well as a deeper dive for older kids or adults. From time to time, the book includes fun facts and points out other resources for further study. The result is an incredibly helpful resource that opens up the Gospels for young readers. Even as an adult and Bible student myself, there were new tidbits to learn such as what flower is meant by the phrase "lilies of the field."
The lessons are Gospel-centered and presented from a Reformed-perspective, yet the book is not an overt, over-bearing embrace of the Westminster Confession or anything like that. Conservative Evangelicals of all stripes will appreciate the teaching and themes emphasized in this small book's pages.
This book goes hand-in-hand with a full-fledged Sunday School curriculum from New Growth Press as well. And the style followed appears to line up with a similar lesson series on Proverbs. Machowski also has Old and New Testament curricula available. Check out New Growth Press for these resources and more.
Parents, get this book! It will help you appreciate the Gospel more and open up the Four Gospels to the young hearts of your children.
This book was provided by the publisher. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review.
Lauren DuPrez5 Stars Out Of 5Practical, Simple, and Deeply TruthfulJune 7, 2018Lauren DuPrezQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Listen Up is the latest book from pastor and author Marty Machowski. This family devotional is based on the parables Jesus taught and contains thirteen chapters to be completed over the course of a thirteen week period. Each chapter has content for five days so there is something to go through with your family almost every day of the week. Reading Listen Up reminded me of my family devotions growing up and made me especially grateful for the attention to detail that went into making this book. Regarding the book's title, Machowski explains, "Our book is called Listen Up because it is important to both hear the words that Jesus taught and apply them to your life by following what they say, " (pg. 6-7). Each devotion is divided into four sections titled, Listen Up, Think About It, Talk About It, and Pray About It. I enjoyed the overall consistency because it creates a structure that helps children know what to expect.
The first devotion for each week has additional sections titled, Get Ready and Get Set. The Get Ready section gives families an overview of what they can expect to learn that week. The Get Set section contains an activity that serves as a visual aid that accompanies the content for that week. I really liked each Get Set section and I believe that the visual aids will serve as effective reinforcements when it comes to children recalling the lesson for the week.
Another feature of Listen Up that I greatly appreciate is that Machowski includes the Scripture passage for each devotional within the book. I believe that this will provide a smooth flow to family devotion time and eliminate the distraction of going back and forth between books. The subtitle of the book is 10 Minute Family Devotions on the Parables which is a great help because it gives parents an idea of how long each reading should take.
In the Introduction to the book, Machowski offers this helpful encouragement to parents, "Don't feel pressure to perform incredibledevotions each session. we don't win our children by entertaining them, the Spirit of God wins our children for Christ as we are faithful to share the good news of Christ with them. So rather than looking to be fantastic, just look to be faithful," (pg. 5). This sentiment greatly encouraged me and made me even more thankful for this resource because I know it will be a great help as I point my daughter to Christ.
Listen Up is practical, simple, and deeply truthful and I'm excited to give it my highest recommendation.
I received Listen Up compliments of New Growth Press in exchange for my honest review.
sunny island breezesa sunny island5 Stars Out Of 5Listen UpMay 8, 2018sunny island breezesa sunny islandQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent book for weekly family devotional time. I hove no children left at home, but I've enjoyed using it in my morning devoted time.
This guide gives one lots to think and pray about. It gives the parent daily activities to guide children through each chapter. These aren't fluff devotionals. They go deeper. You'll also find fun facts such as how Dijon mustard was created.
This devotional guide of the parables can be geared to all ages of children. Thank you, Mr. Machowski, for the insight you given us with this book.
***Book provided without charge by Litefuse.***
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5A nice conceptApril 28, 2018Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you are looking for a family devotional study to do, Listen Up is a 13-week family devotional that focuses on Jesus parables. This is a really nice set up and I like that it encourages families to work together and discuss what Jesus taught. We hear stories all the time, either by reading or watching T.V., etc., and this is a great way to get into deeper detail of what the greatest story teller of all time had to say to us. There are activities listed as well that helps make the parable resonate deeper, for example to make cookies for a neighbor. All the activities make word pictures to help younger children to grasp the concept being taught, but this is for older tweens and teens as well. This is a nice, well thought out and planned teaching tool.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Listen Up!March 24, 2018Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4LISTEN UP is an absolutely brilliant lesson plan book for parents and/or grandparents to teach biblical truths from Jesus's parables to their children. I was thinking it'd be ideal for Sunday School teachers, too, and it is also available in that format which would make it easier for the teacher to prepare the lesson.
There is scripture reading, a small object lesson, stories, and discussion questions, all in a short ten-minutes a day, six days a week format. The author recommends preparing for the week by reading "Get ready" and "Get set" on Sunday, but if your Sundays are as busy as mine then it could easily be done on Saturday instead.
I love the idea behind this and recommend this book for parents and other Christian caregivers. I also recommend looking into the LISTEN UP designed for Sunday School teachers as it is idea for classes and also for children's church.
I received a copy free. All opinions are my own.
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