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

Since having a daughter, I’m all about finding new ways to deliver the gospel to her. This one looked intriguing!

Thank you Revell Books for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: As parents hoping to raise godly children, we may understand the importance of regular family devotions. However, we may find it difficult to get our kids (or even ourselves) fully engaged. But what if devotions looked less like sitting in the living room listening to someone read and trying to pry answers out of reluctant kids 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. They’ll even get dads and any too-cool-for-this-stuff teens jazzed about a weekly family devotional time. 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.

I was a little skeptical about the dangerous part, but it really does turn devotions into something that kids can have fun with. As a science teacher myself, I could totally relate to a lot of these activities. I felt like the book may have taken away from the importance of learning the gospel and focusing more on the fun part, but I do realize some kids really need that practical relation in order to understand what God is teaching us. I do wish there were a lot more photos in this book. There is also a lot of planning that needs to take place in order to complete these activities. Sometimes I really do wish I had something I can pick-up on a whim to teach my daughter. This isn’t one of those things. Love the concept!

3.5/5 Stars

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