Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Action Bible Devotional

I'm always looking for something to read with my kids, especially during the evenings. Over the years, I've tried several children's bibles, kids devotionals, regular Bible and the like. Recently, I started going through The Action Bible Devotional (published by David Cook) with my nine-year-old son. The publisher states that, "The Action Bible Devotional pairs selected stories from the bestselling Action Bible with spiritual lessons and action-adventure missions that launch kids’ faith into everyday life. Covering themes such as friendship, temptation, sibling rivalry, self-esteem, and materialism, The Action Bible Devotional offers a year’s worth of activities, questions, and ideas that will keep young readers engaged with the Bible every day."

Me and my son are a few weeks into it... 

The images are engaging, the summation narrative used for the various stories is concise and good. I particularly like the devotional reflections at the end of each selected reading. The questions are comprehendible and applicable for my nine-year-old. We've already had several good conversations (and prayer times) regarding various stories in Scripture and how they can be applied to his own life. I look forward to the future moments we'll have together as we continue to work through it... 

I only wish there were 365 devotions to go with the Action Bible, rather than merely 52 (one for each week). We are currently going through 2-3 devotions a week and using the other nights to engage other readings/Scriptures/etc...

The devotional element has several interactive thoughts, questions and means of personal engagement:

  • Each reading as a key verse
  • X-ray Vision (short thought connecting with gospel story)
  • Mission (three fun activities to make the story tangible)
  • Debrief (questions)
  • Mission Accomplished (Notes, etc)
  • Share the Adventure (Ideas for involvement)
  • Big Picture (Creative Page to write, draw, or add to devotional)

1 comment: said...

Samuel wanted to get that one but we started with a younger Bible and he read the whole thing in under two weeks... Thanks for posting feedback. We looked at this one but its nice to hear from someone whose using it with their son