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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."