The One Year Devotions for Active Boys by Jesse Florea and Karen Whiting

Book description:

This fun devotional includes 365 upbeat devotions, each with a special twist or dose of humor to keep active boys engaged. The devotions combine Scripture and a spiritual message with jokes, riddles, puzzles, and hands-on activities to engage tween boys. The devotions help boys find how real people interacted with God and help them discover solutions to contemporary issues. Each devotion will help guide a young man in developing a lifetime habit of learning from the Bible. Themes include how to navigate the Bible, make good choices, discern God’s will, use good and uplifiting language, avoid temptation, choose good friends, trust God, etc.

My review:

We really enjoyed reading this book together.  The length of each reading is perfect for a family on the go and I found that some of the readings sparked discussions that were insightful and thoughtful.  The kids really enjoyed the activities, which vary from riddles, to information about holidays around the world, to weird facts about weather, and all the way to hands-0n activities we made together.

Despite our best intentions, it is sometimes difficult to carve out time for a structured devotion time.  We utilize this book on the drive to school, which was perfect!  The children all took turns reading, which was an additional benefit.  It also helped the driver (me) have a more charitable attitude toward other drivers along the way.  Sometimes in Southern California traffic I need all the help I can get!  It also had the added benefit of keeping boys focused on something other than the sounds their brother was making or where his hands were at in relationship to his sibling.  Obviously the hands on activities had to wait until we returned home in the afternoon, but it was nice to have something to look forward to on those days.

On a side note, although this book is geared toward boys, my daughter also enjoyed the discussions, activities, and readings.  If you are a family with a mix of boys and girls, don’t shy away from using it with the girls, too.

I can’t say anything negative about this book.  It is everything it claimed to be and is a great choice for any family thirsting for a devotional book to use all together.  Give it a try and see if it is a good fit for your family.  It is perfect for ours!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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