The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions by Tim Shoemaker | Devotional Book Review

The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions by Tim Shoemaker

Tim Shoemaker
Devotional

The remedy to ho-hum, not-again, "Do we have to?" family devotions

Regular family devotions are important. Unfortunately, they're often . . . boring. But what if devotions looked less like sitting still and listening to someone read and more like, say, electrocuting a pickle? Or converting a leaf blower into a toilet paper launcher? Or lighting toothpaste on fire?

These hands-on, kinda dangerous, totally unforgettable object lessons (along with nearly fifty others) are not only more fun than other family devotions--they actually deliver the spiritual impact you desire for your kids. So put away the flannelgraph, get out the safety goggles, and start bringing the truths of Scripture to vivid life in your household. Just remember to change out of your Sunday clothes first.

My Thoughts

My first thought after reading this book was, "where in the world was this when I had a house full of kids?" This is seriously one of the best family devotional books I have come across. 

The stereo-type for family devotions is somewhere along the lines of the family gathering in the living room with dad reading aloud, mom shushing everyone, and the kids squirming or zoning out. Not with this book. One of the devotions has you visiting a funeral home! If that doesn't get your kids attention I don't know what to say.

There is so much that I like about this book. It's very creative but still contains impactful lessons. The prep is minimal so it doesn't become a great burden to do the actual activities. I also like that it could be used in several situations. Of course it is designed for once a week family devotions but what about each night of summer camp? Or choose a few for a small group activity. 

The little by-line on the front of the book says "52 Activities Your Kids Will Never Forget". I think that's true but I also think as an adult these activities will leave a lasting impact as well. I recommend this to all the parents. I'm sending a copy to each of my kids to use with the grands, you should too!

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