Title: God’s Blessing Day by Day
Editor: Johnny Hunt
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“This 52-week devotional will help you enjoy those quiet times with your children as you teach them about the Lord and His blessings,” editor Dr. Johnny M. Hunt writes in the introduction of his compiled book, God’s Blessing Day by Day.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-thirty-six-pages, this small hardbound targets children ages eight years old and older who want a daily devotional about God and His blessings. Using mainly the International Children’s Bible, also referenced are the CEV, NCV, and NIV. A contributors’ list and Scripture index, as well as a white ribbon marker, complete the book. With some complicated wording, the book should be read out loud to beginner readers.
Written by fifty-three pastors, children’s ministers, and other church leaders, the My Daily Devotional for Kids covers one page per every weekday plus one weekend day of the year. Divided into the fifty-two weeks, each devotion by different authors begins with a title, followed by one to three Bible verses written out. Several paragraphs cover the topic, ending with a short prayer. A purple tab highlights a feature of the topic; the bottom of the page lists the author.
Some topic titles include Jesus Loves Us All, Happy Parents, How Powerful is God?, Don’t Forget to Remember, Our Amazing God, We Have Good News, God’s Comfort, Just Like a Magnet, Jesus Can Use You Too, We Need One Another, Joy, and Words That Taste Like Candy.
I like that each author’s devotion is written differently and focuses on topics most third and fourth graders can comprehend about the Almighty. The day’s page is short and to the point.
One example I enjoyed is Night Guard, Week 23 Weekend, that has Psalm 121:3 as its key Bible verse. After mentioning how a guard watches over someone to make sure they are safe, the devotion reminds young readers that God takes care of them, even when they are asleep, and He protects them every minute they are awake. The prayer is of thanks to God for His protection, and the purple tab states “I can trust God to keep me safe.”
~ Why Not ~
This is not an in-depth devotional and may be best for children who already have Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Some readers may not like that there are only six devotions per week included.
~ Wish ~
Since the book seems to state it should be read out loud to children at the end of the day, it may not engage those who are mature at the age of eight years old or older due to some of the rudimentary topics. I think the book may be more geared to read to those in kindergarten and the lower grade levels.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a kid’s six-day-a-week devotional about God and the wonderful blessings He bestows on us, this may be a good option, but it may be targeted for those younger who enjoy having someone read to them.
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This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gods-blessing-day-by-day-thomas-nelson/1127480862