I wrote this letter to a R.U.F. pastor a few weeks ago. And since it includes my ideas for kids’ devotionals, I thought I’d share it with you guys today. Personally, I think the very best devotional is time spent in the word of God with your children. (That’s one of the reasons I haven’t taken the time to read several of these devotionals.) But since this person asked, I’ve tried to answer as best I can. Be sure to let me know what you think or if you know of better ones I could have recommended!
Hi! It was a pleasure to see you and your wife last weekend. Always nice to be reminded that God is working in places beyond my field of vision!
You asked me last weekend if I could recommend a devotional book for girls similar to My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. I don’t have a perfect answer. In my opinion, most children’s devotionals are too topical and don’t focus enough on Christ and good theology. However, the ones out there that have a lot of meat to them are often visually off-putting and a little too adult. Hard to find ones that treat kids respectfully without asking too much of them.
All that said, here are a few devotionals that you might want to check into further. 1) Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids*. I should start by saying I have NOT read most of this, but the few pages I’ve read seemed thoughtful and Christ-centered. 2) For younger girls (and boys), Leading Little Ones to God is a classic, which you’re probably aware of. Still, worth putting on the list; 3) God’s Names (Children Desiring God) seems to be a unique approach to studying Scripture for elementary kids by focusing on the names of God; and finally, 4) How God Used A Drought and An Umbrella (The Building on the Rock Series). This is great fireside or poolside reading, though to my mind it isn’t exactly devotional material since it doesn’t take Scripture as its beginning point. At any rate, though, it’s rich theological meat, and the stories are set in places and times that aren’t hip or particularly culturally relevant. They are entertaining nevertheless, and very spiritually relevant.
One other book you might look at is A Girl After God’s Own Heart: A Tween Adventure with Jesus. I am NOT recommending it because I have not even peeked at the contents inside. It seems to be more topically based and has the look of a girl magazine on the cover. That usually means I won’t like it. Still, it might be worth checking out….
*Before purchasing, see comments on this post for Tim Challies’ insight into the book. As I said above, I had not read much of Jesus Calling before writing this pastor.
Have you used any of these devotionals? Do you know of any other good devotionals out there–especially for young girls?
You can read my thoughts on sharing God’s word with your kids in Bible Stories and the Story of the Bible, as well as Buying Your First Story Bible and The Whole Counsel of God: Complementing Your Story Bible. Or you can check out my family blog www.liltinglilies.com–not intended to be commercial–to see how we’re using The Westminster Confession to organize our morning devotions.
And don’t forget our read-along that just got started with C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength!