Friday, July 3, 2015

Bedtime Devotions with Jesus My Daily Devotional for Kids By Johnny Hunt Published by Thomas Nelson

About the book: Bedtime Devotions with Jesus is a collection of prayers and devotions written by pastors, pastor's wives, children's ministers, and other church leaders. In this book are valuable lessons on such topics as thankfulness, obedience, trusting God, being kind, loving others, and many more. God's Word comes alive using simple language, and the devotions are featured with delightful illustrations of teddy bears. This book will teach children ages 4-8 the value and joy of spending time with God every day.

Each devotional includes a scripture, a brief devotional reading, a prayer, and a meaningful takeaway that helps children build a strong foundation of faith. This is the first children's book in the hugely popular MyDaily™ Devotional line. Devotionals for adults in the MyDaily series have sold more than 173,000 copies.

My thoughts:  As our children were growing up, we tried to instill in them a love of God's Word, Jesus, and God. We used Bible story books, the Bible, songs, and prayers to do this. At that point in time, there was not the rich variety available to parents there is today. So today's parents have a grand opportunity to instill reverence for God and Jesus and a love for His Word using many tools.

After reading through the content of Bedtime Devotions with Jesus My Daily Devotional for Kids, I am grateful that publishers and authors are rallying to provide material that can be used with the very young child. Though this book is designed for the age 4-8 child, I really think it best for the age 2-5 child. Especially if the family is active in church.

The Bible quotations are from the International Children's Bible. Frankly, I prefer the good and reliable King James Version. Children can learn verses straight from the King James Version at an early age. However, I think key to this particular devotional book for young children is to instill reverence for God, establish a pattern of nightly devotionals, and learn lessons on obedience, God's love, trust, forgiveness, etc. Using this book can fulfill this purpose.

I think the goal is worthy and the purpose achieved in publishing this book. I believe that parents should consider if they want to use it with the International Children's Bible as the source for quotes.

About the Author: Dr. Johnny Hunt is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia. He is a sought after speaker who holds conferences each year for men, senior adults, and youth. He is the president of Timothy Barnabas Ministry designed to encourage pastors and their wives. Devotionals by Johnny Hunt include The One Year Devotional Prayer Book, The One Year Devotional Prayer Book Vol. 2, Pathway to Discipleship, and Walk Through the Word.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the BookLook Blog Review program on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishers. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

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