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Encouragement and Inspiration—for Family Devotional Time
Got 3 minutes? Your family will find the wisdom and encouragement they need with these just-right-sized readings. This delightful devotional packs a powerful dose of inspiration into dozens of 3-minute readings designed to meet families right where they are in life.
Minute 1: meditate on a scripture selection
Minute 2: read through a devotional created with your family in mind
Minute 3: read a prayer designed to help jump-start a conversation with God
In 3 short minutes, you’ll be on your way to a flourishing family devotional time! (Suitable for ages 9+)
This little book contains 180 single-page devotionals, which start with a bible verse, then include some of the authors reflections and end with a short prayer. They are quick: possibly even less than three minutes for adults or older children. I've been using these with my family (kids aged 5, 7 & 7) for a few weeks now, but am finding that I must disagree with the tag "Perfect for families with elementary-aged kids". The language and concepts (both theological and life-experience) are far too complex for this age group. To pick a sentence nearly at random, we were encouraged to: "concentrate on asking God to be at the center of all you do, so that your work will be supernaturally empowered from on high". Some days, I find I'm spending so much time explaining the author's comments to my children that I would rather have just expounded the bible verse myself! More generally, the author uses analogies a lot, but, in my experience, a direct approach usually works better with elementary-aged children, who often don't appreciate the point of analogies. The devotional thoughts are generally sound, but I do have occasional concerns. Yesterday, for example, the author compared with Holy Spirit to an "internal compass". First of all, this required me to explain various terms to my 5 year-old, such as "road trip", "road atlas", "GPS guide", "super-highway", which took quite a bit of time. Secondly, the passage was Luke 13:24 - "strive to enter through the narrow door" - but the thought and prayer all related to taking the "narrow road"; while this appears in Matthew 7, Jesus doesn't mention roads in Luke 13. A minor quibble, perhaps, but still slightly surprising. Overall, this book could be worth trying with an older family, but I would give it a miss if you have primary-aged children.
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