“Before you close your eyes tonight, think a little bit about friendship,” one of the “Carry On, Club!” paragraphs states in Mike Berenstain’s book, The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional: Includes 90 Devotionals.
~ What ~
Part of the Berenstain Bears / Living Lights series, this numbered one-hundred-sixty-page hardbound targets child four to eight years old, especially those who like a bedtime devotional. With no profanity or scary scenes, it has ninety devotions that cover one page each with illustrations added every few pages. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. The New International Version of the Holy Bible is used.
In this compact book, ninety devotions are dedicated to learning and trusting God via the portal of the famous bear family. Divided into ten chapters, topics are covered on prayer, God’s love, being kind, forgiving, thankful, courageous, a good friend, and joyful. Also mentioned are God’s gifts and blessings and having faith. Each page has a short written out Bible verse at the top of the page and one paragraph relating to the topic from the bears’ perspective. Sometimes added is an italicized “Carry On, Cub!” section that brings the topic closer to the young reader’s heart, reminding God is the answer. A one sentence bear child’s prayer is highlighted at the bottom of the page.
~ Why ~
Some children love to be read to at bedtime, especially a short devotional about God. With this one focusing on the Berenstain Bears, it also reiterates to pray to God, be kind, forgiving, thankful, brave, and joyful. I love the simple to follow format and gentle way to think about God and pray as one drifts off to sleep. As an adult, if I only read the italicized paragraphs, I would get something out of how I should relate to God.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will find no need to read a devotion to a young child. Others may not appreciate the Bible version used.
~ Who ~
Since Stan and Jan passed away years ago, their son Mike continues to follow in his parents’ footsteps with the Berenstain Bear series and products. He lives in Pennsylvania.
~ Wish ~
I wish the book used the King James Version as several of the written out verses from the NIV were not how I memorized them as a child.
~ Want ~
If you like the Berenstain Bears series and are looking for a thoughtful wind-down read at bedtime, this devotional will engage your children while teaching them about God and prayer.
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for providing this book for reading and reviewing.
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