Sunday, February 19, 2017
Family devotional time has always been an area where my family has struggled to be consistent. Trying to figure out a time when everyone can eat dinner together is challenging. Then to find material that is engaging for all age groups? Really tough. I'm always keeping my eye out for good resources. I picked up this book to see if it would be appropriate for my family with boys ages 9-14. While some tweaking will be necessary, I believe this is worth a try!
The Kingdom Family Devotional is designed to last a full year, focusing on one topic per week, Monday through Friday. Examples of topics: Love, Respect, Purity, Money, Forgiveness, Courteous Speech, Wisdom, Repentance, and Humility. Each day is only one short page, beginning with a Scripture. You will find short stories and illustrations, verses to memorize as a family, discussion questions, and suggestions for activities. Wednesdays tend to focus more on Scripture (Wednesday in the Word), while "Fun Fridays" have an activity.
I found that I really like the content of this devotional. The Scriptures and readings that have been selected are interesting and relevant. I can see meaningful discussions taking place as a result. The one area that will require the most adaptation is the activities. Crafts? Not happening. Family dance and song writing? Nope, that's probably out too. Read ahead...If you see there's an activity coming that you know would not work for your family, simply omit it or tweak it to fit your style.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.