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I really enjoy doing devotions with my kids and tend to lean towards those that can be done as a family. We recently started a group of family-friendly devotions by David C. Cook and, while they weren't what I expected, I find that I really enjoy their simplicity.
Knowing God the Father, Knowing Jesus, and Knowing the Holy Spirit are 3 devotionals that each have "52 devotions to Grow Your Family's Faith." This is my first experience with David C. Cook. So, I'm not familiar with any of their other publications. I will say that I haven't been disappointed so far.
At first glance, the devotionals are very sturdy with quality binding. I love the soft, matte covers. I know, I know...we're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover but I have to admit...I'm a sucker for a good cover =/
Initially, I was under the impression that these were going to be like a "storybook" devotional. But that's not the case. I liken it more to a poetic style devotional where each devotion is independent of the others. In other words, you could read them out of order and not be lost.
I also anticipated more pictures. While there are a few illustrations sprinkled thoughout, it's not like you'd expect from a typical child's devotional. I think this was a turn off (to an extent) with my youngest ones.
My 2-year-old doesn't engage much with the questions but she does enjoy sitting while I read the devotions to her older siblings.
One of the things I really like about the David C. Cook devotions is the simplicity of their delivery. They address the topic of that days devotion in a clear and straightforward manner. The verbiage is kid-friendly and encourages deeper thinking for both kids and adults alike.
Another thing that I really like is that they address God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit individually. The Holy Trinity can be a complex concept, particularly for children. They do a great job a breaking down the attributes and importance of each one and, at the same time, highlighting their unity. All of them would make a great study tool.
Another great feature is the "Grow Your Faith" and "Grow Your Child's Faith" sections. The "Grow Your Faith" section is for the parents and it allows us to delve deeper into each topic. I'm grateful for this addition because it allows us, as parents, to get more out of the devotion. And, ultimately, it helps us to guide and engage our children through each topic.
Until next time,
Disclosure: I received this product free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!