Friday, September 14, 2018

God's Blessings Day by Day | Book Review

My Review
This is such an adorable little book. The cover makes me smile, and then each two-page spread is colorful and decorated with a cute little animal.

The devotions in this book are very short (can be read in about two minutes). The idea of family devotion time with children really pulled me to this book, but as I got to reading the devotions, I was a little disappointed in them, as they are really watered down. I can see them as good for a toddler, but children of 4-above can process things deeper than we give them credit for. The International Children’s Bible is the main text used for the devotional, and the verses don’t always mean the same thing from this paraphrased text as compared to other translations—which then means that the devotionals, while they have good thoughts, are not in line with the passage quoted.

I know that this all may seem harsh to say, but if you feed a child physical food with little nutrients, the child will grow up weak and sickly. The same with spiritual nourishment. If you just give them tiny nibbles of the truth (“love Jesus and you’re His child”) rather than what the Bible says in full (that we must repent of our sins and trust in Jesus Christ as our way to heaven), it will stunt their growth as a Christian (I have heard of many people who didn’t really know the true plan of salvation, because they were taught to just do good and love Jesus). Not all of the devotions are as vague as that (yes, there are several that just say “love Jesus and you will have the Holy Spirit”); some of them do go more into detail, but you’d almost have to pick and choose from them.

I do understand that in such small devotions, it is difficult to expound on deep doctrinal truths. So I suppose it is all about what you’re looking for in a devotion book. If you’re just looking for a reminder for children to be good and kind, this fits the bill. But if you want something deeper, you may have to find another book.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

About the Book
God’s Blessing Day by Day is a trustworthy devotional compiled by renowned pastors and church leaders. Edited by Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, this devotional is the perfect way to introduce your children and grandchildren to a legacy of faith.
One of the greatest gifts - and greatest challenges - of raising children is introducing them to the ways of God. As parents and grandparents, we want to impart our faith to the children we love so dearly, and it can feel more difficult than ever in the fast-moving, instant-access culture in which we find ourselves.
God’s Blessing Day by Day,compiled by Johnny Hunt and more than 50 pastors and church leaders, is the perfect way to build faith through gratitude.
This easy-to-understand, child-friendly devotional is the perfect way to engage your family. Each devotion is written on topics children care about and includes great prayers and takeaways that will spark conversation as the timeless Word of God instructs and inspires your children.
Impart a deeper connection with the Lord in your children, help them establish healthy habits of devotion and prayer, and equip them with the tools they need to grow their faith.

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