Old Story New, New Testament: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to GodMarty MachowskiNew Growth Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$18.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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HartmamaAge: 25-345 Stars Out Of 5My kids were begging me to get this!January 14, 2016HartmamaAge: 25-34Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Our family began using Machowski's Long Story Short a few years ago. The devotions are amazing, and have led to many interesting discussions. Recently, our kids were asking if we could go through the New Testament, and I mentioned this book. They were very excited about it and kept asking us to get it. We began the study this week, and they are looking forward to seeing the life of Jesus in detail, and how the early church spread the gospel.
I love how this is based on God's Word, with gentle discussion questions that lead to many other questions and conversations. It encourages them to look at the Scripture closely, and to pay attention to what God is actually saying. It has pointed out many things that I have overlooked, and I am learning so much along the way. The beauty of the Living Word overwhelms me!
The prayer suggestion at the end of each devotion is a great way to teach children to pray for different things and pray in different ways. Sometimes it is a prayer of worship and praise, sometimes it is a prayer of repentance and other times it is a prayer to help us grow in different areas of our faith journey.
I highly recommend this resource for all families!
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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