The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture
Sarah M. Wells
Discovery House Fall 2018
Do you struggle to keep your kids interested in family devotions? Are you looking for something different, a book that engages, rather than preaches at them? Ready for authentic discussions about faith with your kids? Open this book and get started!
The Family Bible Devotional highlights 52 short Bible readings, pairing each with engaging background information and discussion questions. It’s a family devotional that cultivates conversations-one that avoids simplistic answers and instead pulls kids into God’s unfolding, mysterious, beautiful story with all of its twists and turns.
This uniquely designed devotional opens the door to discussions on who God is and why we trust Him. Together, your family will gain a better understanding of many of the Bible’s famous–and sometimes not-so-famous–stories and events. The Family Devotional brings the truth of God’s Word alive for you to explore together as a family.
“When it comes to reading the Bible with my kids, I am among the well-meaning and terrified. I find that I don’t know where to start or how to navigate past my own faith baggage to engage my kids in healthy, wonderfilled conversations about God’s story. This Bible devotional offers a way in. It honors questions, engages creativity, and is flexible enough to work for your particular family, no matter where you’re at. What a gift!”
(Addie Zierman, author of When We Were on Fire and Night Driving)
“The Family Bible Devotional is a great resource for parents who want to engage their children in fresh and meaningful discussions about the Bible. Fun activities, interesting facts, and thought-provoking questions will turn family devotions from boring to exciting. I wish I had this book when my kids were growing up!”
(Crystal Bowman, best-selling, award-winning author of over 100 books for children including Our Daily Bread for Kids)
“Trying to engage the whole family in Bible study in a way that feels authentic and beneficial often leaves me feeling lost. But Sarah Wells is a trustworthy guide. The Family Bible Devotional makes Scripture accessible and memorable. My kids kept bringing up the stories they’d heard in this devotional for days after we read them—and I learned new things, too.”
(Amy Peterson, author of Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World)
“In this excellent devotional, Sarah Wells has packed a lifetime of inspiration and joyful applications that will guide families into a deeper appreciation of Scripture.”
(Dandi Daley Mackall, award-winning author of over 500 books for adults and children, including My Bible Animals Storybook)
“The Family Bible Devotional has added a fresh new dimension to mornings with my 13-year-old daughter. Background information, Scripture unhampered by verse notations (it reads like a story!), and thought-provoking questions and prayer prompts not only serve to structure our discussions during busy breakfast time, but challenge us to consider Scripture from new perspectives. My daughter has been inspired to ask tough questions and deepen her understanding of the Bible, all before the school bus comes around the corner!”
(Tania Runyan, poet and author of How to Write a Poem, How to Read a Poem, and How to Write a College Application Essay)
“When writing for children, especially when topics are confusing or tough to wade through, I think it’s important for kids to have a narrator they can trust, and Wells doesn’t disappoint. Her writing is friendly and thought-provoking, and the activities she’s designed to go along with the devotions are creative and fun. Here’s a family devotional that allows parents to walk alongside their children as they explore God’s story, and find their place in it.”
(Callie Feyen, author of Romeo & Juliet: The Teacher Diaries)
“This book is truly a gift: fun, creative, and sound. My family loved it!”
(Craig Hovey, author of Unexpected Jesus: The Gospel as Surprise and To Share in the Body: A Theology of Martyrdom for Today’s Church)
“A love of Scripture is something that is taught. Sarah Wells has created a tool that can help parents do just that for our children. Thanks, Sarah, for writing such a great resource for families!”
(Steven Cole, Executive Director, The Brethren Church Denomination)