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Family time has never been this fun—or life-changing.
Say good-bye to passive family devotions. Parents will welcome the energy and creativity of these forty activities, which can be adapted for all ages. Instead of reading and reflecting on a verse that is quickly forgotten, families will engage in activities both inside and outside the home that demonstrate biblical faith in action. The result: parents and kids living as disciples, whatever their spheres of influence. Includes...
Family time has never been this fun—or life-changing.
Say good-bye to passive family devotions. Parents will welcome the energy and creativity of these forty activities, which can be adapted for all ages. Instead of reading and reflecting on a verse that is quickly forgotten, families will engage in activities both inside and outside the home that demonstrate biblical faith in action. The result: parents and kids living as disciples, whatever their spheres of influence. Includes age-appropriate discussion questions and activities for ages four through fourteen. Tyndale House Publishers
Introduction: A Place to Experience Jesus 9
1 The Big Give 11
2 BFF (Best Friends Forever) 15
3 The Gift of Direction 19
4 Love Comes Down 23
5 The Look of Love 27
6 Thank Your Hometown Angel 31
7 Time Out…It's Prayer Time 35
8 Different, But One 39
9 Future Forward 43
10 All Over the World 47
11 Helping Others Discover Jesus 51
12 Give Me a Break! 55
13 Forgiveness House 59
14 Honks from the Back 65
15 Our First Job 69
16 School's Out 73
17 Perfect Day 77
18 Bank On It 83
19 Downtime 87
20 You're Never Out 91
21 Church in the Spotlight 95
22 New Beginnings 99
23 Lead On 103
24 Staying Connected 107
25 We Got Gifts! 111
26 Beautiful Words 115
27 Busting Injustice 119
28 Pushing Through 123
29 In the Know 127
30 Living the Ten 131
31 Looking Out for Number One 135
32 Extinguishing Evil 139
33 The Big Fear Face-off 143
34 Leaving Your Lights On 149
35 Giving Thanks, Showing Thanks 153
36 Enemy Love 157
37 Pass the Peace 161
38 The Guide Inside 165
39 Open House 169
40 The Never-ending Adventure 175
About the Authors 183
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Posted November 8, 2014
Lakekit climbs a boulder and calls to her sister, "Leafstar shiuld change your name to Snailkit!!" Leafstar watches her kits and laughs slightly. Featherkit rolls her eyes. Soon after, Sundrop, Reedpaw, Wildpelt, and Robinsky padded in fron the sun-high patrol. Reedpaw, Sundrop's apprentice dips his head to his mentor before padding of with a peice of fresh-kill. "Dad! Sundrop!!" Featherkit and Lakekit called in unison. Featherkit jumped off her ledge and lands on her dad's back. "Badger ride! Badger ride!!" Featherkit begs. Sundrop chuckles and lumbers around the camp, making weird noses. Lakekit jumps from the top of the boulder, skillfully. "Let me ride!! Let me ride!" Lakekit yowls and tried to knock her sister off Sundrop's back.
Leafstar greets her mate laughing and purring at the sight of him trying to act as a badger. Sundrop rolls his eyes and crouches so Featherkit can jump off. "Wee!!" She says and jumps off Sundrop's back like she was flying. Lakekit watched jealously. "No fair," She mumbles amd pads off to find the new apprentice Ashenpaw. Leafstar picks up Lakekit by her scruff. "I need to groom you for your ceremony!" Leafstarsays and starts to lick Lakekit. Featherkit watches, sitting by Sundrop. Sundrop's chest was puffed out, showing pride. His daughters were goung to be apprentices! -How could I forget that was _today_!- Lakekit says to herself and desperatly tries to get away from her mother. "I am fine!" She would yowl but Leafstar kept grooming until she was done. "There," Leafstar says and sits close to Sundrop, admiring her kits.
"Beautiful apprentices-to-be!" Larkfrost, OceanClan's newest elder calls from a stump. Badgerclaw watches, Leafstar's prophecy repeating in his mind. "Thank you! Thank you!" Sundrop and Leafstar calls to the elder. With that, Leafstar leaps onto the High Rock.
"Let all OceanClan cats old enough to catch their own prey gather beneath the High Rock for a Clan meeting!!" Leafstar yowls, her voice ringing around camp. Sundrop, Featherkit, and Lakekit sit at the front of the crowd. Both kits tremble with excitment. Soon, the elders gather, Larkfrost, Blueear, Fireclaw, and Deerpelt, all sit together, smiling amd mumbling to each other. The warriors, Wildpelt, Robinsky, Doetail, Sunfall, Heartbeat, Glaciereyes, Bonetooth, and Icepelt, the deputy gather. The only 2 apprentices gather, Ashenpaw and Reedpaw. Leafstar adressed the Clan, "My kits, Lakekit and Featherkit are being granted their apprentice names!" She confronts the new apprentices. "Lakekit, please step forward. From this point forward until you have earned your warrior name, you will be know as Lakepaw." Lakepaw trembles with excitment. "Do you promise to be loyal and learn the ways of our noble code?" Leafstar asks. "I do." Leafstar smiles. "Your mentor will be Bonetooth. Bonetooth, you are loyal amd a skillful warrior. I hope you pass these quialities onto Lakepaw." Lakepaw quivers ad touches noses with her mentor. Leafstar repeated the process with Featherpaw. Her mentor was Robinsky.
"LAKEPAW!! FEATHERPAW!" The clan cheered. Of course, little Ashenpaw tried to cheer Lakepaw's name the loudest. He had a massive crush on her since he was in the nursery.
That is when Dogclaw, Thornpaw, and Antlerpelt bounded in. "HEATHERCLAN INVADERS!" They yowled. What would happen? The new apprentices didn't know a single battle move. Lakepaw and Featherpaw both knew OceanClan was going to win. Or will they this time?
Posted August 22, 2010
Amazing Adventures, Creative Connections, and Daring Deeds by Tim and Alison Simpson is a family devotion book aimed at getting families to reach out with their faith. Rather than simply, reading a devotion and talking about it, by using this book, the family will also have ideas to put each person's faith to work in a very real and meaningful way. Topics include: The Ten Commandments, Giving to the poor, Fear, Forgiveness and many more.
Each devotion is only a few pages long and includes four parts. The first part is a text that the family will read together. This is followed by an activity that is done within the family. The third part includes Scripture reading and discussion questions. There are different questions suggested for different ages. Remember, this part is about discussion, not just answering the questions. The questions are actually designed as icebreakers to get discussion flowing about the topic. The final section is often a challenge of sorts. It gives guidance about how to take this devotion and apply it by reaching out to those outside of the family.
This book is very flexible. It is definitely suited at families that have children. Personally, I don't think a family would do more than two of these devotions a week. The things-to-do in the final part of each devotion are often time consuming or cost money. For example, the very first devotion in the book challenges the family to pack up every bit of non-perishable food and give it away. In my house, that would be very costly. This is not necessarily bad. It just makes for something that is not quite feasible for everyday use.
On a side note, with a little adaptation, many of these devotions could be used as Sunday School or Children's Church lessons.
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."
Posted July 25, 2010
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.
NOTE: I received this book from Navpress as part of their books for bloggers program and the opinions I have expressed are entirely my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the U.S Federal Trade Commission
Posted July 8, 2010
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.
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."