Title: Hope for Each Day
Author: Billy Graham
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“Hope for Each Day: 365 Devotions for Kids presents the same messages of the bestselling devotional for adults in terms children can understand,” the back cover states in the children’s book.
~ What ~
At four hundred pages, this hardbound targets children ages six to ten years old who want a daily devotional regarding the Bible. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, the AMP, ESV, ICB, NASB, KJV, NIV, NLT, TLB, and The Message are used. 30 Days with Jesus and 90 Days through the Bible guides with journaling pages complete the book with advertisements. A gold ribbon marker is attached.
Each numbered page is dedicated to a day of the year with the date and title at the top of the page with a short written out Bible verse. Several paragraphs cover the topic, mainly correlating current day events, the author’s memories, or famous individuals with Scripture. Encouraging thoughts and hopeful reminders are included, written for elementary school children to understand.
~ Why ~
Emphasizing Bible verses to be read daily, this devotional for young ones is an ideal way to stimulate day-to-day reading. The highlight of the book is that it matches the adult version with the same title so parents and their children can read the same concepts for each day and discuss them. I liked how the ending had two ways of daily Bible reading for 30 or 90 days (although the 90 day section skips several books of the Bible).
One example I enjoyed is February 2nd titled “Always with Us” with Psalm 84:11 written out. After asking readers what are some of their happiest times, the paragraphs show how Jesus wants to be a part of every experience and moments of our lives whether they are good or bad and that He is with us always, wherever we go.
~ Why Not ~
Children who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus may not be interested in this book. Others may be too young to understand some of the ideas and concepts.
~ Who ~
World-renowned preacher, evangelist, and author, Graham has ministered the Gospel of Christ to others in over 185 countries.
~ Wish ~
I wish the book included short prayers at the end of the devotions to help children adapt to praying daily to God, establishing deep and ongoing relationships with Him.
~ Want ~
If you have or know a child in first to fifth grade who wants a yearly devotion of God and the Bible, this would make a thoughtful gift.
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