Helping You Pick a Gospel Centered Devotion Book
Many Christian parents are looking for advice, encouragement and ideas for ways to teach, proclaim, and strengthen their children’s faith at home. The next few posts will focus on God’s word in our homes.
Many Christian parents decide to share God’s word with their children by regularly reading devotions together. But, choosing a great devotion book to use can be an overwhelming challenge. There are thousands of devotion books to choose from. Some are junk and some are gold. Whenever I’m reviewing a Christian devotion book, I ask these questions:
1) Who is the overall hero of the devotion?
If the answer isn’t “Jesus” it’s probably junk. The whole Bible points to Jesus and his work for us. If the devotion is pointing to any other human, the focus is off. But what if that human is someone like David when he fought valiantly against the giant Goliath? Well, was David the true hero of the story? No, David just had faith in the true hero, God.
(Interestingly, David was a lone substitute who fought in the place of the whole Israelite army so that they would not be slaves to their enemy. Does that sound familiar? It reminds me of our substitute, Jesus, who fought a great battle in place of sinners so that we no longer have to be slaves to sin.)
2) Is the goal of the devotion to change my children’s behavior?
If the main goal is moral improvement, it’s probably junk. What Mormon or Jew or Atheist doesn’t want a well-behaved moral child? Christians are different. Christians want more for their children. Christians want their children to know that they are sinners and they have a Savior who saves them and loves them deeply.
In future posts we will give a few book recommendations. We’d also like to hear from you. Have you found any great Gospel centered devotion books to share with your family?