Also by this author: The Promise and the Light: A Christmas Retelling, The Songs of a Warrior: Saul and David: A Retelling, The Songs of a Warrior, The Friend Who Forgives Family Bible Devotional: 15 Days Exploring the Story of Peter (Devotions on the cross and forgiveness, for Lent and Easter, ... at home.) (Tales That Tell the Truth), Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer Family Bible Devotional: 15 Days Exploring How We Can Talk with God, Jesus and the Very Big Surprise: A True Story about Jesus, His Return, and How to Be Ready, Jesus and the Lions' Den: A True Story about How Daniel Points Us to Jesus, Goodbye to Goodbyes: A True Story About Jesus, Lazarus, and an Empty Tomb, The Friend Who Forgives: A True Story About How Peter Failed and Jesus Forgave, God's Very Good Idea: A True Story of God's Delightfully Different Family, The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross, The Storm That Stopped, The One O'Clock Miracle, The Christmas Promise, The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song
Series: Tales That Tell the Truth Family Bible Devotional
Published by Good Book Company on February 1, 2023
Genres: Children's, Bible Stories, Easter
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These easy-to-lead family Bible times will help kids to understand that Jesus' death on the cross means that we can be forgiven, just like Peter was.
Based on the passages referred to in the award-winning storybook, The Friend Who Forgives by Dan DeWitt, these 15 flexible, engaging family devotions explore what the cross means to us today through the story of Peter. Children will learn that Jesus is the friend who always forgives.
Ideal for Lent and Easter, these devotions can also be used whenever you want to explore during family discipleship Jesus' sacrificial love and what it means to follow him.
Each session can be done in under ten minutes and is easy to lead. The sessions include a Bible study, reflection questions, and prayer prompts. There are also optional extras designed to engage older children, plus bonus puzzles and colouring activities for younger children. This resource is suitable for children from age five upward.
This family devotional book is designed to go with The Friend Who Forgives by Dan DeWitt. However, this works perfectly well as a standalone, as Katy Morgan takes readers through the biblical story of Jesus’s friendship with Peter. This is a nice supplement to the storybook, but it is a completely independent resource that features fifteen devotional readings. Each one involves a scripted opening prayer, an icebreaker discussion prompt, a Bible passage and discussion questions about it, and a prompt for a closing prayer. The readings all include some optional, more complex questions for older children. There are also occasional activities like coloring pages and a wordsearch.
The Friend Who Forgives Family Bible Devotional: 15 Days Exploring the Story of Peter is an exceptionally well-designed devotional. The discussion questions that Katy Morgan wrote are concise and practical, with some of them asking comprehension questions about the text and others prompting children to consider possible applications in their lives. The vibrant illustrations from Catalina Echeverri are expressive and appealing, and the coloring pages share black-and-white outlines of her drawings that kids can color in.
This is a great choice for family devotions, and the additional material for older children makes this a practical option for families with multiple kids spanning different ages. This is also an appealing, fun, and age-appropriate choice for an elementary-aged child to use for their personal devotions, and Sunday school teachers can adapt this to a classroom setting if desired. I am very impressed with this book’s quality, and hope to see other devotionals in the future from the Tales That Tell the Truth series.