As parents hoping to raise godly children, we may understand the importance of regular family devotions. However, we may find it difficult to get our kids (or even ourselves) fully engaged. But what if devotions looked less like sitting in the living room listening to someone read and trying to pry answers out of reluctant kids and more like, say, electrocuting a pickle? Or converting a leaf blower into a toilet paper launcher? Or lighting toothpaste on fire?
These hands-on, kinda dangerous, totally unforgettable object lessons (along with nearly fifty others) are not only more fun than other family devotions--they actually deliver the spiritual impact you desire for your kids. They'll even get dads and any too-cool-for-this-stuff teens jazzed about a weekly family devotional time.
So put away the flannelgraph, get out the safety goggles, and start bringing the truths of Scripture to vivid life in your household. Just remember to change out of your Sunday clothes first.
The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions: 52 Activities Your Kids Will Never Forget by Tim Shoemaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh, if only this book had been available a few years ago! For many years, it was my ministry to offer a short children's sermon each Sunday morning to the young people in our church and I was constantly in search of ideas and subjects to be used as object lessons. The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions is a new book by Tim Shoemaker and even though he has targeted family devotions, there are many suggestions that could be adapted for a group of children. In each of the 52 activities the author suggests a theme, a list of the materials needed, instructions for both preparing and running the activity, and a lesson to teach. There is even a quick key for parents and adults that shows the activities that may be dangerous or perhaps too advanced for younger children and I believe that this would be especially useful when choosing an activity.
Young people need to be exposed to God's Word and taught the value of living a Christian life but they live in such a fast-paced, visual world and just telling them isn't always the way to grab their attention. Shoemaker understands our current popular culture and he suggests Legos, Light Sticks and that all-time favorite, Slime, as some of the materials to be used. Having 52 ready-to-use ideas for hands-on activities is so convenient and these are certainly great ways to impress the need to love and serve God and then help these young people remember the concepts.
In his introduction to The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions Shoemaker states that 'As parents, we protect our kids, we provide for them, and we prepare them for the future. Teaching our kids spiritually is essential for all three of these things.' This is a well-prepared book that will certainly help in this effort and I recommend it to parents, Sunday school teachers and youth leaders.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and I have chosen to write my honest thoughts in this review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
You can discover more at http://www.timshoemakersmashedtomatoes.com/
Published May 21st 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
Paperback, 304 pages
ISBN: 0800735552 (ISBN 13- 9780800735555)
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