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The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture

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As a Christian parent, you want your children to know and understand God’s Word. You want your family devotional time to be relevant and vibrant—an opportunity to explore and understand what God desires for your lives. The Family Bible Devotional cultivates conversations through 52 Bible readings, paired with engaging discussion questions and background information. Open t ...more
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Published August 1st 2018 by Our Daily Bread Publishing
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Michelle Tucker
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
[I received an advanced copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.]

"The Bible has endured centuries of criticism, wear and tear, translation, oral tradition, transcription, condemnation, misinterpretation, abuse, and praise. It is worthy of wrestling with." This sentiment, I think, is what makes this family devotional unique. While I am not a parent myself, as a lifelong church member, current Pastor's wife, and former church worker, I have seen my fair share of
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Chad Johnston
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
[I received a print copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own.]

Ever since I became a parent almost seven years ago, I've thought about my daughter's spiritual formation, and been on the lookout for practical resources for teaching her about the Bible. There are many potential problems that come with teaching one's child about scripture, after all. If I'm not sure why God would allow bears to maul children because they ridiculed Elisha for his baldness in 2 Kings, f
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Allison Barnhart
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We have loved exploring this devotional book with our two kids, ages 9 and 6. Finding a devotional resource that speaks to the whole family was a challenging thing, but this book is a wonderful guide to breaking down key stories of the Bible. My kids always have questions and it was so encouraging to have something that prompts those questions and draws out heartfelt responses.

It also gives you permission to explore these stories in multiple ways. Much like every person learns in different ways,
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Ashley Brown
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not going to lie, I am just terrible at devotionals. I tend to try one for a while with good intentions and fail at finishing it or even consistently keeping up with the daily teachings. I found that this was not the case with Sarah's lovely writing and story like approach to teaching us about God's word. I loved the way each devotional is structured along with the hands-on approach with activities along with the freedom and prompts to ask questions. Kids are good at asking questions and I ...more
Jodi White
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I wish I'd had this resource when my kids were young. Sarah Wells has developed a well-planned, engaging devotional that is sure to foster family conversations and laughter. As an elementary educator, I appreciate that she has included a variety of hands-on activities that appeal to different kinds of learners. Busy parents will appreciate the low to no-prep ideas! The lessons follow a natural progression of related concepts rather than a strict chronological or book by book (of the Bibl ...more
Colleen Cook
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest: Scripture feels daunting to navigate for myself, much less my small children. As a parent of young children, I'm trying to bring our children to faith through meaningful faith experiences. This book, The Family Bible Devotional, is exactly what I have been looking for as our children grow. Sarah Wells understands the value of story in teaching greater truths and in wrestling with tough things. The questions bring insight to scripture, and the activities are engaging and fun for t ...more
Joanne Eades
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Family Bible Devotional offers a refreshing way to explore the Word of God as a family, challenging adults and children alike. While maintaining scripture as narrative, each devotional features a story that enables families to dive deeper through open-ended prompts for questions, discussion, prayer, exploration, and hands-on activities. Children can truly be active learners throughout each study! Meanwhile parents will equally be stretched as each devotional is sure to engender interesting a ...more
Stef
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This devotional has been a game changer for our family. I often struggle with how to present Biblical truths to my children (ages 4 & 6) and Sarah does a fantastic job of weaving Scripture together with discussion points. I love how prayer prompts and activities are also included in order to deepen the truths that we are teaching our children. My 6 year old paid attention the entire time (which is an amazing feat!) and while my 4 year old didn't pay as much attention, he did enjoy the discussion ...more
Faith
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Family Devotional Bible is a wonderful resource for families that want to be having time together to read, discuss, and reflect on Bible stories but want to have some support in coming up with questions or activities to enhance the experience.

Each story has:
1) Set Up, where context is given to frame the reading, often with a teaser regarding what is going to be read;
2) The biblical text;
3) Talk About It and Let's Talk About It: here is where you will find both general warm-up questions to g
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Tammy W (TexasTammy)
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As a single mom of five and as a Christian parent I believe we are accountable to encourage our children to daily read the Word of God and make a habit of it that will encourage our children to become adults that respect the Word. This wonderful book enables busy parents to do exactly this. I have been reading this weekly with my twelve-year-old daughter. These biblical based devotions are suitable for children to teens and read passages from the bible,
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Rachael Groll
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our family is still working through this one. So far, we really like it. It has opened us to some really great family conversations, giving us the ability to explain things to our three daughters. Would recommend to other families.
Sarah Wells
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I reserve the right to think that the book I wrote is pretty good. :)
Charity  Bartley Howard
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the way this book is set up. It is a wonderful way to study the Bible as a family.
Julie R
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So many devotionals are great about going through Scripture, but this one really stands out in it's ability to make God's Word come alive to us. Many times I have felt almost bored re-reading Bible stories to my kids (terrible, I know)... but this devotional has such a way of opening hearts and minds to Scripture! The questions are really thought-provoking, and Sarah gives eye-opening context to situations that help me (and the kids) understand more fully what was going on in Scripture. I love t ...more
Georgia
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good book for young people to read on their own, or parents to read family members to expose them to stories of the Bible in everyday language with helpful questions to ask and important thoughts at end of each story.
Reyna
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Family Bible Devotional by Sarah M. Wells, Discovery House Publishers

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I would recommend this book for families that educate at home, use as devotional material and activities. Also for new parents who do not have or have not had experience working with children before, or who do not have creative ideas to leave important concepts in their memory. It can also be useful
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The Family Bible Devotional
By: Sarah M. Wells
This family devotional is epic. It has everything you need for you and your family to explore and experience Gods Word together. There are different sections to each reading. “Setting up the Story” section gives you some context to what you are about to read. The passage is shared next to read together followed by a “Talk About It” section that provides questions to explore the text and initiate conversation. “Closing Though” brings everything talked
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Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautifully written book. I have enjoyed going through it with my daughters, we are still going through some of the book. This book it helps create a healthy balance to talk to your children, answering questions I will read this book again with my children next year to! I received this book for free from net galley in exchange for a fair and honest review!
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Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce (2009). Poems and essays by Wells have appeared recently in Ascent, Brevity, Full Grown People, Hippocampus Review, The Pinch, River Teeth, Under the Gum Tree, and elsewhere.

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