Title: Seek and Explore Devotions for Kids
Authors: Yvonne H. Van Ee & Michael James Williams
Interior Designer: Denise Froehlich
“When you are finished with this book, you will understand what God is saying to you in every book of the Bible” Yvonne H. Van Ee and Michael Williams write in the introduction of their children’s book, Seek and Explore Devotions for Kids: 365 Days of Hands-On Activities.
~ What ~
This 384-page hardbound targets children ages six to ten years old who want an explorative devotional of the books of the Bible with activities they can do. Including nine animal friends and crafts to do on some of the pages, the over-year-long devotional uses the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible.
After acknowledgments and an introduction, there are sixty-one weeks that have six days of devotional relating to every book in the Old and New Testament. As the six-day week is dedicated to a Bible book, the first day is titled Read About It, followed by Think About It, Finding Jesus, Write About It, Pray About It, and finally Do Something About It. Several writing and art projects are listed in each chapter that may include puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, or creative art designs that one or more can do. There is an answer key at the end of the book.
~ Why ~
This makes a good devotional for young ones who like to read, write, or create as one learns about the different books of the Bible. I like that there is a format for each book to be explored throughout the six-day period.
Here are some of the highlights of Week 8 that covers the book of Ruth, one of my favorites to read:
Day 1 – Read About It: A summary of the book showing how God makes empty lives full.
Day 2 – Think About It: By reading specific verses in Ruth, fill in the words.
Day 3 – Finding Jesus in Ruth: After discussing Christ’s genealogy, put the names in order.
Day 4 – Write About It: While bad things happen, write when have you felt empty in life.
Day 5 – Pray About It: Read the prayer and write reasons why God loves you.
Day 6 – Do the paper cup project that shows how God can stop when we feel drained.
~ Why Not ~
For those in first to fifth grade who want nothing to do with learning about the Holy Bible, this would not be a good choice. Some may not care for the Bible version used or that it takes more than a year to read (sixty-one weeks). There are more writing projects than artwork. If the craft asks to cut out the paper, the book cannot be reused.
~ Wish ~
There may not be ample space for some children to write in this book as only a few lines are available. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If your elementary-school child wants to know more about each book in the Word of God, this is a good choice if he or she likes to write a lot and do thinking-games or art.
Thanks to ZBlogSquad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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