Friday, October 19, 2012

Favorite Character Building Books, Part 2: Devotionals

These were my favorite Devotional books with my children:

TODDLER THROUGH PRESCHOOL:
The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers (Little Blessings Line) by Chrystal Bowman
I loved this devotional book with my young children because the pages were short, the pictures super cute, and each selection was well written and covered a relevant topic for this age group. Topics include things like sharing, being kind, prayer, being thankful, and many more. Here is one example from the devotion on April 21 "Uh-oh! Kaitlyn and her friends were playing outdoors and now it's raining. They're running home so they won't get wet. Do you run home when it rains? Do you run home when you get hurt or when you feel afraid? It's good to run home when you have a problem. God wants you to run to HIM when you need help too. He wants to take care of you. But you don't need to use your legs to run to God. All you need to do is close your eyes and pray!" In addition, each page has a Bible verse and prayer.

There is a second book, The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers by Carla Barnhill that also looks very good, but I haven't personally read this one.


PRESCHOOL THROUGH ELEMENTARY:
My Big Book of 5-minute Devotions by Pamela and Douglas Kennedy
My son loved these devotions and was interested from about age 4 and up. Each devotion is two pages (one written page and one picture with questions) about an animal and a quality about that animal. For example, the penguin devotion is about patience, the dolphin devotion is about friendship, the gorilla devotion is about family, etc. Each page gives interesting information about the animal and ties that character trait into how we are to be. The pictures are very cute and there are questions at the end having the children look for thing in the picture, answer questions about the animal, and answer questions about relating that character trait to their own lives. There is also a Bible verse for each devotion.

As a side note, this book is a compilation of Five Minute Devotions for Children and More Five Minute Devotions for Children.

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