Friday, November 05, 2010

The One Year Choose Your Own Ending Devotions, a Review

The One Year Choose Your Own Ending Devotions is designed to go hand-in-hand with the Hands-On Bible NLT (reviewed here).  I was intrigued at the possibility of a "Choose Your Own Ending" situation, so I requested a review copy, and soon the book arrived at my house.  While the target audience for this devotional is kindergarten age or around, I thought this would be a great tool to use for church activities and for whenever we have kids.

The layout of the devotional is simple.  For every day of the year there is a daily devotional.  Each one presents a short scenario, usually told in two or three paragraphs.  Then some Scripture is read and the reader is asked to think about how an ending should go in relation to the bible verses.  There's also some follow up questions or points to drive home the meaning.  In addition, many of the days have activities or ideas to do to really help make the illustration clear.  Each day has the following format.
  • Story (An unfinished story awaiting a conclusion)
  • Read (What scripture to read)
  • Think (Things to think about)
  • Do (Activities to make the point clearer)
  • Pray (How/What to pray about related to the story)
  • Memorize (A daily verse taken from the passage read)
  • What's the Point?  (Drives home the point)
At the back of the book is a "suggested" ending for each devotional.  I found it fun to make up my own ending and then see how closely it resembled the "suggested" ending.  There's also an index for daily memory verses and daily passages read.  

Overall, The One Year Choose Your Own Ending Devotions is a sleek book that's perfect for family devotions, especially with children.  I really enjoyed the devotions I did.  The stories will capture the kid's attention, force them to think, and learn to understand the bible.  I think this is a devotional I'll be using with my own children, and I think anyone interested in a family devotional should consider this one.

**The One Year Choose Your Own Ending Devotions was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest and fair review on my blog.


Marie said...

Sounds like a neat book for people looking to make devotionals a bigger part of their life and family life. Neat.

logankstewart said...

Marie: Yes, definitely a neat little book for folks wanting to do that. Even though it's for younger kids, my wife and I both enjoyed it, too. :)