Published by Good Book Company on October 1, 2021
Genres: Children's, Bible Stories, Christmas
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These simple 10-minute family devotions for Advent, with graphic-novel-style illustrations, explore the Gospel accounts of the first Christmas in an engaging way, and will help families keep Christ at the heart of their celebrations.
With all the Bible passages and questions already laid out, you can lead these devotions without needing any extra time to prepare, making family devotional time an achievable joy, not an unrealistic burden. There are different sets of questions for 3-4s, 5-7s, 7-12s, teens and even parents, so the whole family can enjoy looking at the Bible together.
This devotional book features twenty-five daily readings, which are all brief and easily attainable for busy families. Each reading involves a quick preview of where the story is heading, a prayer, an opening prompt, and the story and Scripture reading for that day. There are also discussion questions for different age brackets, with optional activity ideas and extra insights for adults at the end. This book provides a simple, guided journey through the biblical Nativity story, including all of the key details and elements while remaining simple enough for young children to understand.
The Adventure of Christmas: A Journey through Advent for the Whole Family is appropriate for a wide range of ages, with targeted discussion questions for preschoolers, young school age children, older school age children, and teenagers. Ed Drew explains at the beginning that parents can adapt this to their own families, knowing what length of time or level of detail their children can handle, and he points out that some of the questions aimed towards older children could also be appropriate for younger ones, depending on the circumstances. This book is adaptable for different needs, and families can also return to it in future years with a different age focus.
For the greatest success in using this devotional, parents should glance through each day’s reading in advance, picking up on key elements and thinking through questions that their children might ask. Also, because the author is British, American parents should take note of occasional British English words and slang terms that appear in the book, so that they can either define or substitute them for their kids. Overall, this is a great resource that provides a deep, biblical, and inspiring view of the Nativity that is accessible to a wide age range.