Review: The One Year Did You Know Devotions 2

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Kids ages 6-10 love trivia, and this devotional is chock-full of interesting and sometimes silly facts. Each fact is explained briefly; the theme of the fact is then used to share a biblical truth as well as a Bible verse. The Bible message and verses tie directly to the theme of the facts, providing a better opportunity for kids to remember and apply the biblical message. What car was the first car Henry Ford built? Why do we say o’clock? Which American candy was named after someone’s daughter? Find the answers to these questions and learn a biblical lesson by reading The One Year Did You Know Devotions 2.

I don’t like devotionals. They are tedious, mundane, and generally not in-depth enough for me; however, the author, Nancy Hill, has created a dynamic and entertaining book for kids of all ages, yes, even me.

When my daughter (age 7) first picked it up, she was sorely disappointed when we told her she was limited to reading one per day. This has really become her book which she uses in her reading lessons and to read to her brother (age 5) daily. The ‘did you know’ parts are quite funny at times and causes daily rounds of laughter and delight from my children. They are learning, on their level, interesting facts and to connect even the silly things in their life to the things of  God. It provides fodder for our conversations as well, in drawing their actions to more godly actions. Sometimes, parents need help to counter many of the perverse things in this world, and books like this help. Devotionals like this help children from a very early age to see the relevance of God in their own life.

And the best thing? It doesn’t make the bible trivial.

The structure is this: On each day of the year, a verse is given, a very interesting factoid is told, and then the simply and yet powerful devotional. It sneaks up on the reader and isn’t overly dogmatic.

I would highly recommend this book for those of you with children, grandchildren, or who know a child who could use this to develop not only their reading level, but their interest in a variety of things as well as introducing them to daily bible reading.

I want to thank Tyndale for this review copy.

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