Kelley, M. (2021). The Whole Story for the Whole Family. B & H Books.
I remember how much I wanted to have regular family devotions with my kids but felt like a failure in the consistency department. How many well-intentioned parents struggle in this area? Had I had this book, I'm pretty sure it would not have ended up on the shelf with a bookmark stuck between pages 25 and 26. What is different? The emphasis is not on "doing" devotions, as if that were the end goal, but in living out your devotion to God, using this book merely as a tool to increase your family's knowledge of and love for God. The format for each day is: 1) Show, 2) Read, 3) Explain, 4) Reflect, and 5) Pray. Each brief devotion begins with "Show," a simple object lesson that draws kids into the topic. Next, the family reads a Bible passage. The readings are organized chronologically to reflect a holistic view of Scripture, with all readings pointing to Jesus. Third, a brief explanation helps to answer the question, "What does this passage mean?" Fourth, reflection questions help children to discern, "What does this passage mean for me?" The devotion closes with a prayer prompt. In contrast to many traditional devotionals, each day's reading is designed to become a part of your family's conversation. In Deuteronomy 6, parents are challenged to teach their children about God not just in a 10-minute dinner time devotional, but throughout the day. This book provides just the spark a family may need to get those conversations started! I have received a free advance copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review. My opinions are completely my own.