Dr. Tony Evans, along with Jonathan Evans, chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys, have worked to compile a unique bible study tool for families. This devotional book is filled with relevant themes to cover the span of one year. This valuable tool is written with families in mind and allows for flexibility. Each devotional can be changed to meet the needs of younger children or be enhanced to reach older youth.
In the introduction to the book, the authors suggest parents use the devotional at meal time. They feel it important to have a "concentrated time for the family to focus on God and one another..." and say it is "critical if we're going to overcome the secular, godless influence that are engulfing our children and drawing them away from the faith." It is suggested parents begin the devotional time with prayer and end by allowing the children to join in the prayer. Each devotional gives clear instruction on content and offers suggestions to help the children understand the covered theme. Scripture readings, games, activities, service projects, and other unique learning methods make this a fun family event.
I was impressed by the attention to detail the authors included in this book. Not only did they make sure each topic was well researched and covered, but they took time to make the book interactive for children of all ages. Instead of children becoming bored or inattentive during a family devotional time, I think this book will help children be eager to learn and absorb biblical truths.
Some of the themes covered in the Kingdom Family Devotional 52 Weeks of Growing Together are:
- Spiritual Warfare
- Courteous Speech
Each weekly theme is divided into five daily sections that reemphasize the concept presented for that week. This method of learning will help drive home with great accuracy a complete understanding so the children will master the concepts instead of just lightly touching on each subject.
I enjoyed how the authors used games as a learning tool. For instance, in one of the weekly readings on Spiritual Warfare, the authors compare it to laser tag. Here is an excerpt from that reading: "In laser tag, invisible bullets fly all over the room. your job isn't' to run from the lasers but to recognize how is hooting them. If a shooter has on a vest that's the same color as yours, you know those invisible bullets aren't directed at you. But if someone wearing a different color vest is shooting at you, you can expect to feel the hit as a physical vibration. Spiritual warfare is a lot like laser tag. There are two teams at war: God's team and Satan's team. God is shooting grace, mercy, love and life our direction. But Satan is shooting anger, depression, guilt, shame, and death. We can't see these bullets coming because both teams are invisible. Yet event though we can't see them, we can definitely feel when we've been hit."
The Kingdom Family Devotional, 52 Weeks of Growing Together, is a well made, well thought out family devotional. It can be used over and over again and will bless those who use it in their family gatherings.
I would highly recommend this book to parents seeking to impart godly wisdom and advice to their children. This is one of the best family devotionals I have ever read.
I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book for them in exchange for my honest review. I was not encouraged to give a positive review although it is my pleasure to do so.
You may purchase the book here.