Review of David C Cook’s Family Devotionals

 

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As the mother of four, I have always been on the lookout for devotionals for our family.  So when I had the opportunity to review three devotionals from David C Cook, I was thrilled.  These three devotionals include: Knowing The Holy Spirit, Knowing Jesus, and Knowing God the Father.  The three devotionals are available as individual titles or as a set.

David C Cook, a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing and distributing leadership and discipleship resources,  offers a variety of products for all ages and for Christians all over the world.  These resources are designed to help Christians grow their faith so they can pass it on to the next generation.  The company was established in Chicago in 1875 by David Caleb Cook.  Since then, they have published numerous bestselling books including Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  They offer over ten lines of Sunday School materials along with praise and worship songs through Integrity Music, the music division.

Simplified doctrine with easy-to-understand language characterizes these devotionals to ensure children will be engaged and will be able to follow along.  The theological level of these devotions will strengthen parents’ faith while providing an enriching experience for children and parents together.

Each devotion includes a topic or questions designed to start a conversation regarding spiritual matters, while growing the children’s faith.  A simple closing prayer is provided as well.  Illustrations highlighting key concepts help parents and children to treasure the time  spent going through these devotions together while growing closer to God and to each other.

Like all materials our family has used from David C Cook, these devotionals truly impressed our family.  Each devotional contains 52 devotionals for your family to go through.  One of my favorite things about these devotionals results from the length of the material.  It is short enough for even the youngest family members to enjoy, but lends itself to going as in depth as your family wants to go with the study.  These devotionals would be perfect springboards for deeper study – especially if you have older and younger children in your family.

So if you are looking for a single devotional for your family or a set of devotionals, check out these devotionals for yourself.  You can purchase them at the following links:

Knowing God the Father

Knowing The Holy Spirit

Knowing Jesus

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Review for “Renewed” by Leigh Powers

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*****This post is also being posted today on my blog Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy as part of a Celebrate Lit book tour.

MY THOUGHTS:


Leigh Powers provides an insightful and realistic view into what is like to be a preacher’s wife.  Roughly twenty-six years ago, my husband became an ordained Primitive Baptist Elder (preacher), and I became a preacher’s wife.  As I read through this 40-day devotional, I found myself nodding my head in agreement with what she says.  Even though we have been away from our home church since 2008, I still consider myself to be a preacher’s wife because the calling on my husband did not stop just because he went full-time in the Army Reserves.

Her complete title, Renewed: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry resonated with my soul.  She captures the challenges and difficulties pastors and their wives face in the church.  I found the opening line for day 11 to be truthful, “Loving your enemies seems easy until you have one.  And now, God – this?  I’m supposed to forgive this!”  As a Christian, these words come across as both honest and heartfelt.  Forgiving is much easier said than done. We know it is the right thing to do, but that does not make it easy.

Being a Christian often means being hurt by other Christians.  Healing from that hurt challenges us in ways that make releasing the hurt hard.  Leigh Powers does an excellent job addressing these facts.  She offers inisghtful glances at how to move forward and truly love others well as a Christian.

This book suits both pastor wives, those in ministry roles and those who have been hurt by the church.  While serving is typically a calling, something someone feels led to do, it often winds up being an experience of unrealistic expectations, judgemental church members and more make ministry hard.  Leigh Powers captures all those facts in a truthful and insightful view.  As a preacher’s wife, I definitely recommend this book.

So check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

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31 Scriptures of Faith, Hope, Joy, and Love – Day 7

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Here is my Scripture for day7 of my series of 31 Scriptures of Faith, Hope, Joy, and Love.  The Scripture for today comes from the book of Psalms.  Here is the Scripture.

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My book selection for today is Making Room: Doing Less So God Can Do More by Billie Jauss.  This book is definitely one that is worth reading.

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31 Scriptures of Faith, Hope, Joy, and Love – Day 6

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I am continuing my series of 31 Scriptures of Faith, Hope, Joy, and Love.  Here is my Scripture for day 6.

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My book of the day is Faithful Finance by Emily G. Stroud.  I was privileged to be on the book launch team for this book.  If you are looking for an excellent book about being a responsible steward of your finances, then check this out for yourself.

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31 Scriptures of Faith, Hope, Joy and Love – Day 5

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Here is my Scripture for Day 5 of my 31 Scriptures of Faith, Hope, Joy, and Love series.  It is found in the book of 2 Peter.

Here is the Scripture.

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My book for today is Reload Love: Transforming Bullets To Beauty and Battlegrounds to Playgrounds by Lenya Heitzig.  If you want a book to challenge and inspire you, read this book.

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