Monday, May 18, 2009

What Does The Bible Say About That? Devotional


What Does The Bible Say About That? by Carolyn Larsen is a devotional designed for ages eight to twelve. Three hundred topics are given a page each and start with a paragraph on what the Bible says about the topic, followed by Scripture references. Then there is a paragraph entitled, "Time to Face the Facts" and a "Today I will..." application prompt. Topics include everything from Abandonment to Ecology, from Hairstyles to Laziness, from Peer Pressure to Puberty, Role Models to Salvation, and Television to Worship.

The book is attractive and contains two hundred cartoons sprinkled throughout the devotions. I like the fact that the devotions are written in an easy to understand fashion and are only one page long. This would be an unintimidating way to encourage your child to begin having their own personal devotions. My only concern is that the title states "What does the Bible say about that?" and then gives opinions and Scriptures on such a wide variety of topics that are not all specifically answered in the Scriptures. Scriptural application can be made through various Scriptural principles, but there is the chance that there will be something stated within these pages with which your family may not agree. I would suggest reading through the book yourself before handing this to your student.

This is a lighter devotional, not a Bible study, but it does allow for deeper discussions and also teaches the child that the Bible is the place to go to have your questions answered. The Bible does cover the everyday topics we deal with in life. This is a valuable lesson passed on by a simple devotion book for kids. Sounds good to me!

What Does The Bible Say About That? is available through Crossway books, as well as your local Christian bookstore. It retails for $15.99.

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