Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
In addition to our family Bible time, I encourage each of my children that can read independently, to have a personal Bible study/devotional time each day. My daughter was excited to get a chance to try out the The Action Bible Anytime Devotions by David C Cook as we reviewed it over the last few weeks.
The first thing I noticed when the book arrived was the colorful illustrations on the cover and for each devotional. The interior pages are full of bright colorful illustrations that help draw a child into the stories.
The book consists of 90 devotionals, each one about two pages long. The devotionals each includes a Bible verse, a short story/devotional thought, and several action points. The devotionals each conclude with a “Take it Further” section, which gives references to which scriptures you can read for the full story that was discussed in the devotional. If you have the Action Bible, this section also refers you to the appropriate story in that Bible version. The scriptures that are quoted with-in the book use the New International Version.
The action points include prayers, things to ponder and consider throughout the day, and ways that you can share what you are learning, help others, and put into action the things you learned in the devotional.
The devotionals are divided into several different categories: love, strength, courage, faith, service, trust, hope and kindness. These categories are labeled both on the devotion itself and in the table of contents. If a child was struggling in a particular area, this could be a great way to choose devotions to target that area.
For example, one devotional was titled, ” When You Feel Ignored” and was in the courage category. This devotional used 1 Timothy 4:12 as the key verse. It discussed how it can be hard when people say you are too young to do things, but Timothy was young and was a strong leader. It encourages the child to become a leader as well. The action points for this devotional included making good choices to ” choose to show God’s love, share your faith, and live a pure life with your body”, a prayer asking God for strength, and an opportunity to talk to your friends about the good choices you want to make. The “take it further” section recommends reading Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:9, and 1 Chronicles 28:20 for more Biblical insight into courage.
This devotional was recommended for ages 8-12, however, my twelve-year-old daughter felt like it was a bit too young and basic for her. She thought it would be better suited for ages 6-10. She thought that the devotionals were well written but that she was not growing like she would like to because it was mostly covering the basics. This may vary depending on how much exposure a child has had to the Bible and devotionals.
All in all, this was a well written but very basic devotional book. It is a great starter devotional for an elementary child or an older child that is just learning or resistant to reading longer devotionals. The pictures are amazing and very engaging, but it may be to easy or basic for an older student who has a strong Bible background. Be sure to check out The Action Bible Anytime Devotions for more information and don’t forget to click on the graphic below to check out the reviews from other Review Crew members to see what they thought.