5 Children’s Books for Family Devotions

Our most important responsibility as parents is discipling our children!

While we can always do better, it is something we’ve been intentional about from the beginning. Some of our previous posts include: Praying the Scriptures for Your Children, Praying for Your Children, Family Devotion, Teaching Kids to Pray, and “Praying Circles Around Your Children” (these last two were written in the last three weeks).

In the Family Devotion post, I listed a few books we were using two years ago. But, our list has grown, so here is an updated list of the resources we use for family devotions

My First Read And Learn Favorite Bible Verses (Mary Manz Simon)
This was probably our first devotional book. For the first few years, we read through it over and over again, about two weeks, at a time. These days, we prefer Bible story books, so we don’t use this one as much as we used to, but we occasionally pull it out.

Children of God Storybook Bible (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
We like this Bible storybook because of the international flavor. The writers and illustrators come from many different nations, and the stories reflect their native context.

The Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd-Jones)
This is another a nice Bible storybook. The stories are well-done and the artwork is appealing. This is one of the kids’ favorite Bible story books.

Jesus Calling Bible Storybook (Sarah Young)
We just added this book to our collection within the last week. It looks like a great Bible storybook. We’ve only read a few stories, so far, but I expect it to become another family favorite.

Psalms for Young Children (Marie-Helen Delval)
We also just added this one. This book will be a good way to pass on our love for the Psalms. There are only a few verses of each Psalm, and not all of the Psalms are included. It is a “selection of Psalms, paraphrased for young readers.”

We go through one Bible storybook at a time, reading a story each night during our family devotional time just before putting the kids to bed.

We’re in the process of starting a new devotional practice — reading a Psalm and praying together before school. We just started this practice this morning. I’m sure it will be challenging, at times, but we’ll do our best!

If you’ve found a great resource for family devotions or want to share a favorite family devotional practice, please let us know by leaving a comment!

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