I'm regularly looking for Bible devotional materials for our family to use. We enjoy reading the Bible together, and some of the newer (and older) family devotional books can really make the Holy Scriptures come to life for our children!
I received the opportunity to review a new family Bible devotional book by Starr Meade: God's Mighty Acts in Creation, published by Crossway.
The girls and I began a chronological study of the Bible and world history back in 2005. That means that it has been almost six years since we have sat down to specifically study and learn about the book of Genesis and God's creation of the world! Since we are currently studying the renaissance and the reformation in our history studies, it will still be a few more years until we begin all over again at the beginning of creation, the book of Genesis.
This was an excellent time to read about and review creation with more depth than the last time we talked about it as a family, back when the girls were 5 and 7 years old!
The author, Starr Meade, has shown our family some neat insights about God's hand in the creation of our world and humankind. A wide variety of topics are pointed out in the daily or weekly readings, much like the insights we learned when first going through the beginnings of time in 2005 with another Bible/history curriculum.
Each biblical day of Creation is broken down into 5-12 individual family Bible studies.
Each individual study starts with a passage of Scripture and then follows with a two-page lesson that brings Old Testament values to life as they combine with our modern, everyday world. Most of the studies end with an enrichment activity you could either do with your family or a topic of discussion to have with your family after the lesson.
While this book is primarily targeted to elementary aged children, according to the publisher, we have noticed that it would be best for readers or listeners who have exposure to a variety of literature. We think it is appropriate for third or fourth grade and above, although if the parent planned ahead and brought in a visual or some object from around the house to help captivate attention, it could easily work with younger ages as well. And, the level of writing isn't insulting or dumbed down even for the adults, so this helps to make God's Mighty Acts in Creation a book that is easy to use with the entire family.
We have enjoyed using this book in our family Bible devotional times in the evenings together. None of us has had any complaints at all. I think you will enjoy it!
Disclosure: I received God's Mighty Acts in Creation from its publisher, Crossway Books, solely for the purpose of using and reviewing this on my website. No other compensation was provided.
12/11/2010 03:18:20 pm
Thanks for sharing, Juieanne! I have your other book still but don't really need it anymore. Hannah is a master sleeper thanks to God's guidance through that book to her parents!
12/11/2010 03:18:52 pm
Emily, I'm so glad that the material I loaned you was so helpful! There are additional levels of that which we really appreciated using with our children, so I could loan you the next level or two if you would like them. Just let me know, and I can give them to your mom.
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