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Through learning activities and opportunities to engage with others, families will find themselves participating in God's work and learning more about Him along the way.
Say good-bye to passive family devotions! The energy and creativity of these 40 activities, which can be adapted to all ages, is a great resource for individual families or for churches with family and intergenerational ministries.
Instead of reading a verse that is soon forgotten, you and your kids will engage in activities both inside and outside the home that demonstrate biblical faith in action. The result? Seeing how you can live as disciples whatever your sphere of influence.
Each of the 40 activities includes a creative introduction, a brief exploration of a Bible passage, and active ideas for applying biblical truth
This great discipleship and outreach tool includes age-appropriate discussion questions and activities for age four through teens.
Amazing Adventures, Creative Connections, and Daring Deeds
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Family bonding time shouldn't be boring
If you are thinking of ways to be creative in your family bonding time then you do need a book that is filled with lot’s of ideas to get your family devotions fun and exciting.
Of course, our idea of the usual family time is going to church worship every Sundays and have some bible studies in the weekend.
But this book will take your leap of faith to another level that will strengthen your relationships and build solid foundation. Family members can truly benefit from a wide range of topics—all 40 of them!
Each chapter contains a selected scripture, a suggested family activity, a A&A portion on which you can discussed with your kid or children ranging from 4 to 14 and up.
A REACHING INTO THE WORD portion for in depth bible reading and REACHING INTO THE WORLD for tips on how to reach out to others. There are some suggestions that you might have already done like giving out bibles for those in need. But I found some ideas to helps you become more of a pro-active Christian like offering to babysit, volunteer for a church mission and join a non-profit organization
Things like that didn’t crossed my mind like buy a journal and arrange for several people to write encouraging notes to a certain person and other loads of tips that might be simple or interesting to try.
I would recommend this to anyone who are running out of ideas to keep up the family spirit and how to give generously of your time, resources and inspire you to be part of a larger community.
7/25/2010 3:06:54 AM
I love the concept
This book has been sitting on my nightstand for a long time now. This one has been a struggle for me.
I love the concept. I love the idea of active family devotions.
I read the book's introduction and the first chapter almost immediately upon receiving the book, intending to do some prep work and start using this book as a family study. I couldn't do it. It's taken me a month to pull the book out again and start reading more chapters.
The result? I'm not really sure HOW to review this. I read another dozen or so chapters, and there are things I really, really like. I think my family will (we have not yet!) use the first three sections of the chapters, and then instead of the Reaching Into the World ideas given, we'll brainstorm our own ideas. Because I found most of the ideas given to be quite impractical for our family, and not necessarily the application I think my family needs.
Now that I have finally put my finger on what doesn't work for me, I do think we'll be able to make some great use of the book as a family.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
7/21/2010 7:23:54 PM
A Great Book to Bring Families Closer
I’m so glad that I got to review this book, because this is definitely one that will be used in our family in the years to come!
I think it would be great to pick a certain day of the week or month(whatever is best for your family), and do a chapter on that day. It might be wise to plan ahead. I like the idea of putting all the chapter numbers in a bowl and drawing one out for the next week or month’s activity. That way any planning and preparations can be made. With planning, the challenges can be done very economically.
Each chapter (there are 40) consists of the following:
A Bible verse and an opening statement
Reaching In- an activity with some questions to ask afterward
Reaching Into the Word- a Bible passage and a statement about that passage and 2-3 questions each for different age groups(ages4-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14 and up)
Reaching Into the World- a challenge out in the world
Some of these truly are a challenge. Do you think you could box up all the non-perishable food in your house to give to the needy? The point is to trust in God to provide for your family, help the needy, and teach selflessness.
I really liked the challenge of purchasing Bibles for anyone who may need one. (They don’t have to be new). The Simpson’s suggest maybe there’s a child who attends church who doesn’t have a Bible. They also suggest downloading free audio Bibles on the internet to distribute to those who have bad eyesight. I think this is a great idea! And there’s so many more great ideas throughout this book.
I really think the activities in this book will bring a family closer together and to God. And in the process, you’ll be helping so many people.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
7/8/2010 1:43:11 PM
Grow Together in Faith as a Family
For those of you who are raising families, or are dreaming of doing so one day, this may be a good book to put on your future-books-to-buy list. Amazing Adventures, Creative Connections and Daring Deeds is a book dedicated to the grow of a family’s faith together. Way too many times in American church life today, we leave the growing and fostering of our children’s faith to the local church down the street, while ignoring the HUGE responsibility that starts for us parents at Day 1 of child’s life. While this book is probably not for kids that young, this would be a great one to start when the children hit around the age of 3 or 4. Not only does it focus on reflection, Scripture and serving the community around you, but I think it will bring the family together by pushing everyone out of their comfort zone.
One chapter talked about giving generously, and I suspected that the “action” challenge would be something generic like give a few boxes of mac and cheese to your local food shelter. But, the authors (Tim and Alison Simpson) surprised me by challenging the family to pack up EVERY SINGLE PIECE of unopened non-perishable in the house and take it to a food bank or shelter.
Pick this one up. This isn’t for the family who wants to do a little fuzzy devotional together, but for a family who wants to be challenged in growing outside of their comfort zones, with the hope of these kind of things becoming an everyday part of life.
Here’s free excerpt to check out.
7/8/2010 10:47:20 AM
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move over boring, here's something to get you moving!
Move over boring! This will get your faith up and working!!
Looking for something a bit different for family devotions?
This book is great! Tim and Alison Simpson give 40 unique devotions for you to do with your family.
What's so different about them? Well for starters they have break out questions at the end of the devotions for different age groups, which I love -- I don't have to sort through and figure out what I'm going to ask for each age group my kids fall into because they've figured it out and done a great job of it!
It's broken down into simple to follow sections, so you can really spend as much or little time on it as you want. It starts with a bible verse, a story that helps with the verse, an internal family activity (this is where the age group questions come into play), than an external/outreach part.
I think this is a great way to help your family live your faith, rather than just reading about it. Some wonderful ideas and creative fun in here! You're family can't help but grow through a book like this!
Some of the ideas I've gotten out of the book to do with my children are:
* look online for the 10 commandments in another language that might be spoken and ask a friend who knows the language to translate it; frame it for them, or if they aren't interested in it, than keep it at home as a reminder to pray for them.
* plan a "mission" event for your kids so they can reach out and challenge each other.
* Not just go to a Seniors home and help out, but ask them if you can read their favorite passage or pray for them.
* Invite a new family from church over for breakfast to help them get "plugged in" to your community.
For the rest, you'll have to check out the book!
** review copy provided
7/7/2010 7:16:37 PM