I seriously hope I do not have to enter a store for Christmas shopping this year. I’m so not a shopper and the crowds do me in every time. *shudder* I have been lighting up a path from Amazon to my house and I love those happy packages showing up on my doorstep!
As I’ve been shopping on Amazon, I’ve been on the lookout for Gift Guides. The Pinterest Gift Guides are cracking me up. The Etsy Gift Guides are stunning. No one has made a Gift Guide for 5 Year Old Boys Who Really Don’t Need Any More Plastic In Their House but I’m determined to find it! Anyway, this isn’t a gift guide, per se, but as part of my “31 Days” series, I thought it was a perfect tie-in with Christmas gifts.
As you’re wrapping toys and clothes and video games, make sure you give your kids something that points them to Jesus. It can be a CD, a book or even a shirt—just something that shows the melding of your spiritual life and every-day life. I make it a point to always give books on Christmas. This year Lydia is getting Grandma’s Attic and Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station. I’m still on the fence about what to get for Asa.
So. Back to this “gift guide” and my “31 days”. Part of great Bible books is devotional books. A devotional book has short chapters that help you interact with, understand and apply God’s Word. These are some of my favorite devotionals for kids and families. Enjoy!
1. My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt
I read this book to the kids during lunch for several weeks and really enjoyed it. Not only do you memorize a verse each chapter, you also read a continuing story with great practical applications. Lydia gave her heart to Jesus when we read this book!
perfect for preschool and early elementary
2. Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd Jones
You know I love Sally Lloyd Jones. Her book, the Jesus Storybook Bible is my absolute fave. This is a simple devotional with similar themes to the Jesus Storybook Bible and illustrated by the same illustrator, Jago. I’ve read the whole thing to myself and it’s gorgeous! Simple one-page thoughts about God and His Word. There aren’t any questions or activities. Just nice ideas to get conversations going.
I gave the leather bound version to my niece when she was baptized recently. It’s a beautiful book that will be a treasure for years to come, I think.
perfect for families
Remember the Adventure Bible? Remember how many different versions and cool extras they have? Well, this is one of them. Lydia and I have read a few chapters together but it’s really designed to do every day–the pages are set up by date. (Maybe we’ll pick it up January 1st?) What I liked about it is that it begins with a fictional story. For me, the story lover, a little fictional story gets me zeroed in and ready to read the whole thing!
perfect for elementary to older elementary
4. Princess Stories: Real Bible Stories of God’s Princesses by Carolyn Larsen
Lydia loves this book. I find her picking it up to read on her own frequently. A must for the little princesses in your life.
Perfect for elementary aged
5. Read and Share Devotional by Gwen Ellis
We read through some of this one a few years ago and enjoyed it. Here’s my review and some cute pics of Asa to boot.
Perfect for prechool and early elementary
6. Adventures in Odyssey Meal Time Devotions by Crystal Bowman and Tricia Goyer
Perfect for families and elementary aged kids
7. Big Thoughts for Little People: ABCs to Help You Grow by Kenneth Taylor
I totally forgot about this book until I started prepping for this post. I went through this one with Lydia when she was in kindergarten. It was perfect as she was learning sounds and it has fun hidden-pictures in it. You can read my full review here!
Perfect for preschool and early elementary
8. Creation Inspirations by Cheryl Pickett
We have read through this book as a devotional because it’s got great activities and fun facts about animals. The kids also like to read it like a regular old book and sit down and just flip through every page. I definitely recommend this one! (My full review here!)
Perfect for families
9. Playtime Devotions by Christine Harder Tangvald
I mainly used this one with Lydia when she was very very little. There are lots of rhymes, songs and fingerplays. This would be a great gift for a new mom because you can even use it with babies!
Perfect for toddlers
10. Truth in the Tinsel by moi!
OK. So, I wrote Truth in the Tinsel. And yeah, it’s a Christmas book. But can I tell you something about it? It’s good. And it works. Each day you read a passage of Scripture from the Bible (not from a storybook or from the author’s memory), make an ornament to go along with what you read and then talk about it. There’s something about using your hands to craft while thinking about the Bible that turns it into a meditation.
Do you have a favorite kids’ devotional book?
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