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Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God: Old Testament

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Transform Your Family with Ten Minutes a Day in the Gospel Story Christian parents know the importance of passing the gospel story on to their children, yet we live in a busy world filled with distractions. Schedules collide, there is homework and yard work and dishes and laundry, the car's oil should be changed, there are phone calls to make and before you know it, everyo ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by New Growth Press
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Mandy J. Hoffman
Dec 08, 2011 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it it was amazing


I love this family devotional book that can easily be made to work for a wide range of ages. The first reason being that it ties the Old Testament to the gospel! Too many family/kid devotionals just give stories rather then truly help kids connect with the Word of God. In this book, which gives you five, ten-minute devotions per week, there is at least one day when your reading a New Testament passage that connects to the Old Testament story line of the week.

The next reason I
Becky Sayler
Feb 09, 2014 Becky Sayler rated it really liked it
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These ten-minute family devotions are companion pieces to our current Children’s Church curriculum for ages 4 – 5th grade, and would be appropriate for children that age. Each week has five days’ worth of discussion topics, questions, illustrations, Bible passages, and ideas for discoveries to make as a family. The weeks line up with the Children’s Church story from Sunday, and the accompanying Bible passages help your family draw a connection between each story and the gospel. You could use thi ...more
Dec 12, 2016 Sandie rated it it was amazing
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I love this book! I really think the questions drive the important points home for kids and some make them think. Often we will do a few at a time, but it depends on how long we have before bed. This is a great resource to read through the Bible with your kids in bite size chunks.
Dan Glover
Mar 04, 2016 Dan Glover rated it really liked it
Our family used this as the basis for our family worship/devotional time after supper 5 days a week in 2014-2015. Machowski walks through the unfolding story of the OT by boiling down the episodes into 5 day long examinations (78 Weeks in total). The first day of the week starts off introducing the particular story/episode with some concrete object lesson which is usually effective to grab the children's attention and engage their thinking and the author uses that to transition into the biblical ...more
Gail Welborn
Feb 13, 2013 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
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Marty Machowski, pastor, father, husband and writer penned Long Story Short, a gospel driven, field-tested family devotional that pairs well with The Gospel Story Bible. The easy-to-use devotional features seventy-eight lessons from the Old Testament designed for busy, time-challenged families of preschool, grade school, middle school, high school or homeschooled youngsters.

Readings and discussions take ten minutes a day, five days a week. Teachings feature biblical truth from the “cross-center
Becky Hintz
Apr 20, 2014 Becky Hintz rated it really liked it
We read through this book at the dinner table, taking a good two years to complete it. It was an excellent catalyst for theological discussion with our four grade-school kiddos and helped them learn to identify Christological types and shadows in the OT (though in some cases the author's links seemed a bit of a stretch). This book is probably best suited for parents who want to teach their children at a deeper level than simple Bible stories, yet don't know how (or don't feel equipped) to do so ...more
Jonathan Wylie
We finished this book as a family worship. We have moved on to Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God. These books are great because very little prep is needed to use these in family worship.

"Blessed is the man who never stops starting family worship."
Aug 04, 2016 Julia rated it it was amazing
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This has provided a really great way for our family to study the (Christian) Bible together. We've really only just started it but I'm so glad to have found this resource to pull from over the next few years.
Apr 09, 2016 courtneycaleb2 rated it it was amazing
It bought my Family closer to God. Bible passages relating to the point of the day.
High Pointe Baptist Church
Useful structured guide to family worship or devotions
I've only flipped through this so far, but am looking forward to using it with my Little Peoples' Bible Study.
Nov 05, 2010 Susanna rated it really liked it
We are in our second week of using this for family devotions and so far it's been a hit with all 5 of us!
Jan 27, 2017 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Used as part of our homeschool studies
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Wonder resource tool!
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love reading this with my family! kids enjoy it and its short enough to hold their attention but engaging.
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Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for more than twenty years. As leader of their children’s ministry, Promise Kingdom, he has worked for many years to develop curriculum and devotional material that connect church and home. His passion is equipping familie ...more
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