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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31 Scriptures of Faith, Hope, Joy, and Love – Day 12

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Today is day 12 of my series – 31 Scriptures of Faith, Hope, Joy, and Love.  My Scripture for today is found in the book of Galatians.  Here is my Scripture.

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My book for today is:

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Chautona Havig writes some of the most amazing books.  I definitely recommend reading this one.

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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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Review of “Young Whit – The Traitor’s Treasure” by Phil Lollar & David Arnold

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For as long as I can remember, our family has been fans of Adventures in Odyssey and of John Avery Whitaker. So when I found out I had the opportunity to read about the life of the young John Avery Whitaker, I was thrilled.  You can find a description of the book and the opporunity to purchase it here.
This book is set during the time of the Great Depression and opens with John Avery Whitaker’s mother dying.  The impact this has on the young John Avery is substantial.  The first chapter picks up with John, his father Harold, his stepmother Fiona and half-sister Charli moving to a new town.  Even growing up, John Avery Whitaker demonstrated the love for science and discovering things for himself that would become the backbone of the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey.
I truly wanted to love this book from the first page, however, I must say it took me a little while to get into the book.  But once I did, I was hooked.  The tension between John Avery Whitaker and another student named Wilson, along with Wilson’s friends, creates quite the drama.  I think one of my favorite scenes involves John demonstrating his skills at karate in order to avoid a fight with Wilson.
Fiona, his stepmother, is one of my favorite characters.  she demonstrates wisdom and love for John throughout the book.  We are not given too many details about how she came into Harold and John’s lives, but it definitely was to their benefit.
Ben Huck, the school custodian, captured my attention as well.  The relationship between John and Ben helped establish momentum in the story.  The mysterious circumstances of relatives of both John and Ben created a situation I could not resist finding out about in the end.
Morever, as a girl growing up, one of my best friends in high school was a young man, so the relationship between John and Emmy.  The two become friends and cohorts in mischief.  Emmy refuses to give into peer pressure to disassociate herself from John Avery Whitaker.  I loved how Emmy helped give John Avery Whitaker the nickname of “Whit”.  So whether you have been a long-time fan of Adventures of Odyssey or not, check out this book for yourself.  I have to caution you though, the ending is a cliff-hanger to help ensure you want to read the next book in the series.  I know I will be reading it.
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