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Here is a list of links to books, websites, and other resources that can be helpful for use during family worship time.  There are some great ones out there!  Feel free to send me suggestions that have helped you so I can get those on here to share as well!
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This book is a fantastic resource!  We have been using this for the last couple of months and are loving it.  Wonderful, Biblically sound devotions.  We love it.  I would say it would be good for 7 or 8 year olds and up.  It is definitely good for young teens, older teens, and adults as well.

 

There is a blog on childrendesiringgod.org.  It’s a wonderful website and resource!  There are articles/blogs to encourage and help you in your endeavor to teach your children and resources and ideas are given to aide you as well.  How cool!  http://blog.childrendesiringgod.org/

 


 

I can’t say enough good things about these books!  We have every single one and have gone through many of them multiple times now.    They are a must have in your library of books.  They are easy to pick up and begin at any given moment and are great to teach your children Biblical truths about God throughout the day as well a during a family worship time.  I can’t say enough about how much we enjoy these and how grateful we are for them!  I think they are good for 6 and older, depending on the child.

If you go to http://www.childrendesiringgod.org/resources/resourceGroup.php?productPageId=3 you will find the full list of books written by Sally Michael:  God’s Names, God’s Providence, God’s  Providence, God’s Wisdom, God’s Battle, God’s Word, God’s Gospel, and recently added God’s Design.  Click on each to read about them.  They are available on Amazon as well.

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The Ology:  Ancient Truths Ever New

We checked this book out from our church library earlier in the year and really loved it.  Designed for ages 6-young teens.

“In the cellar of the old stone cathedral, Carla and Timothy uncover a life-changing treasure, a carefully wrapped ancient book known as The Ology. What adults might describe as a beautifully illustrated storybook of systematic theology, the kids discover to be a story of adventure, mystery, and wonder that leads them to the truth about God, themselves, and the world around them”

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Discover God – http://discovergod.com   and   Discover God 4 Kids – http://www.dg4kids.com

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Discover God is an affiliate ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.  It is a fantastic resource.

Click around the site and explore.  If you are single, married, have older children, or younger children these two websites are a fantastic resource to help guide you as you learn more about who God is as individuals and as a family. So important!

Example: If you would like to talk about God’s character click here:  http://discovergod.com/character/all-powerful/  You will find Scripture with discussion and these links as aides. How wonderful!

Example: If you have younger kids you could go to : http://www.dg4kids.com/attribute/god-is-totally-truthful/ and talk about how God is totally truthful.  You will find an introduction and a memory verse. Bellow that you will see the acronym ABIDE.   If you click on the “B” for BIble Times you will find 5 days worth of lessons and discussion!  The reason I began writing some family worship lessons was because I found when we focussed on a Scripture and a single topic for an entire week we actually memorized and gained lasting knowledge and change.  I was so thrilled that I was led to this site when I was searching for something online.   A really wonderful resource!  Check it out and take advantage of the help!

A Activity … Family Fun Activities!
B Bible Times … Exploring God’s Word together
I Influencing Others … how can you make a difference?
D Drawing/Drama … exploring your creative side!
E Experience … finding the teachable moments

 


 

Helping Children to Understand the Gospel

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So excited to find this on the childrendesiringgod.org website!  “This booklet explores the following topics: preparing the hearts of children to hear the Gospel; discerning stages of spiritual growth; communicating the essential truths of the Gospel; and presenting the Gospel in an accurate and child-friendly manner. Includes a 10-week family devotional to help parents explain the Gospel to their children.”   There are no copies available on Amazon.com but this review was great. http://www.amazon.com/Helping-Children-Understand-Childrens-Desiring/product-reviews/B0052YNZL0/ref=dpx_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1 “This easy to read (not too short but not too long) spiral booklet is a must-have and a must-give-away to new parents. It teaches the scriptures (man is sinful, God is holy and perfect, God demands perfection, we cannot attain his perfection on our own, we need a Savior who can, etc. [all a quick paraphrase]). It provides wonderful activities in the back that will surely help children put readings and teachings into vivid imagery. It also contains loads of scriptures for parents to study and use throughout the week and encourages daily applications so that a one-night a week devotional isn’t one-night a week but everyday throughout our days. It has many prayer considerations for you and your family. This booklet does what so any other “children” books do not do, it keeps the gospel Christ-centered. It points out that we are under God’s complete Sovereign rule. It does not encourage or promote easy believe-ism that plagues many children to grow into un-saved adults with false assurances of salvation. Amazon currently has it as “unavailable”, childrendesiringgod.org takes individual and bulk orders. I highly recommend passing these out to new parents.”

 


 

Thoughts that Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones

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This book is wonderful and can be especially useful when time is short, you are on the go, or attention spans are low.  Great for any age.

 


 

My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God’s Word in Little Hearts by Susan Hunt and Yvette Banek

I love the stories told in this book that help apply the Bible verses to real life situations.  Suggested for ages 3-7

 


 

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

My favorite children’s Bible.  We will continue to read through it again and again.  Each Bible story points to Jesus.  Although it is geared towards ages 4-8 I feel it is great for all ages as well.

 


Long Story Short:  Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God.

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Fantastic!  The title sums it up pretty good.  Click on it and read the reviews.  My friend Anna brought it to my house and shared how much her family has been enjoying it.  There is a second one called Old Story New: Ten Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God as well.

“You won’t find a more important focus for a family devotional than a daily highlighting of the gospel of grace. Clever stories and good moral lessons may entertain and even help children, but the gospel will transform children. The gospel is deep enough to keep the oldest and wisest parents learning and growing all their lives, yet simple enough to transform the heart of the first grader who has just begun to read. Ten minutes a day, five days a week is enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known. Long Story Short is a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.”

 


 

Exploring Grace Together:  40 Devotionals for the Family.

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Take a minute and read some of the reviews on Amazon and take a look at  the example pages.  Fantastic resource!

“Assisting parents with this high calling, Jessica Thompson offers us an alternative to merely telling our kids what they must do to please God and be a “good Christian.” Designed for the whole family, this collection of gospel-centered devotionals will help you teach your children to treasure and rely on Jesus more than anything else.”

 


 

Training Hearts, Teaching Minds:  Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism – by Starr Meade

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Supplies two needs: (1) profitable, useable material for family devotions and (2) a practical guide for parents helping their children learn the catechism.

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Comforting Hearts, Teaching Minds:  Family Devotions based on the Heidelberg Catechism – by Starr Meade

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Starr Meade enables families with school-age children to participate in satisfying devotions together by taking them through The Heidelberg Catechism explaining its answers in short devotional readings accompanied by relevant Bible passages.

 


 

This is a really cool ministry.  http://kidscorner.reframemedia.com Their mission, “To present the Christian message to kids and their families in an entertaining way that promotes biblical literacy and understanding of the gospel, and calls for a response of faith and obedience.”  Go to the Bible Corner link.  There are Bible stories, Bible studies, Bible devotions, Bible Puzzles, and even Family Activities. What a fantastic resource!  (Geared toward ages 6-12)

 

 


 

Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God – by Bruce A.Ware

For children 6-14 years old.  It teaches through the whole of systematic theology at a level their children can understand.  I thought this review bellow was lovely.

“I praise God that this book has been written and that a person of Bruce Ware’s theological stature has taken seriously the potential of theological training in the first two decades of life. Although this tool can serve different instructional venues, I cannot help but see the gift this is to Christian parents and to dads in particular who are charged with the spiritual instruction of their children. The foreword alone is worth the price of this book and more than enough inspiration to follow Bruce’s example in the faithful instruction of his two daughters. What Christian father would not want to be remembered by his adult children as a man who loved the gospel and who faithfully imparted the truth on which they now firmly stand. Dear brothers, imagine the impact on future generations if our children could grasp what has taken some of us decades to understand. Take this beautifully written, Bible-saturated, God-centered, theologically comprehensive summary of the truth and teach it diligently to your children, and until your children leave your home talk of it when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
David Michael, founder of Children Desiring God, Minneapolis, MN

 


 

A Family Guide to Narnia:  Biblical Truths in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia – by Christin Ditchfield

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This was just shared with me and I’m so excited to know it exists!  So cool!  “Do you read The Chronicles of Narnia sensing that the stories are full of biblical parallels, even if you’re not always sure what they are or where to find them? This user-friendly companion to The Chronicles of Narnia is written for C. S. Lewis readers like you who want to discover the books’ biblical and Christian roots. Read it, and you’ll find that this chapter-by-chapter, book-by-book examination ofThe Chronicles will widen your spiritual vision.”

 


 

Grace for the Moment: 365 Devotions for Kids.

I love these daily devotions.  There is a memory verse for each month, a lesson for each day that relates to the monthly verse, and a “Growing in Grace” suggested activity to help children to think practically about what they have learned.  Great for 5-10 years old.

 


 

Casey & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design – by Susan Hunt and Richard Hunt Jr.

Suggested for 5-8 yrs of age.  Through short stories from the life of Cassie and Caleb children will learn: “1. The creational principle that God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27) is extraordinary! 2.That Jesus is in all of Scripture. The Bible is not a collection of disconnected stories; it is the one big story of the Triune God redeeming His people.  3. God’s Word is our authority and His Glory is our purpose.  4. That when we belong to Jesus we belong to His covenant family, the Church.  5. A Biblical framework for living and thinking.”

Story telling can be a wonderful tool in teaching our children.  We learn well when we see how to apply things to real life.  Even Jesus used stories and parables in His teachings.

 


 

I love this ministry!  If you do not have their CD’s or have not downloaded their music you are truly missing out!  Seriously!  We are singing God’s Word constantly and it comes back to mind in the most wonderful and difficult of times.

http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com

You can even download free Scripture memory cards to go along with the songs or just to use!  http://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/memory-cards

 


 

Pilgrim’s Progress, Based on John Bunyan’s allegory

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This is a simplified version of Pilgrim’s Progress that was given to us.  We have used it for family worship twice now our daughter loved it so much!  I have not read through the other simplified children’s versions (there are several) but I can tell you that I like this one because there is a “Thinking It Through” section at the back of each chapter which gives you the ability to have a good discussion about what you have just read together.  There is also a Scripture verse.  Pick a song to sing to the Lord and you have a time of family worship!  =)

 


 

Big Thoughts for Little People:  ABC’s to help you grow by Kenneth N. Taylor

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This book is for the very little ones but it is a great resource for discussion.  We started teaching our daughter when she was almost 3 using this book.  I think it is best for 2-5 year olds.

“Using the alphabet as a learning tool, the easy-to-use format of this beloved picture book connects Bible themes and verses that teach kids ages 3-7 Christian values. Each spread represents a letter of the alphabet and a Christian value or moral lesson beginning with the same letter. Kids are encouraged to find the lesson being modeled (or not) in the illustrations. They are also asked questions to help them apply the lesson to their lives. This book is sure to win the hearts of kids and parents alike.”

 


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