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The following reviews are based solely on my opinion from having read through the content and gathered feedback from other like-minded moms. Some of the age ranges were taken from the author’s description, while others are my own opinions based on the vocabulary level, amount of words used in the text, and observations from having used them with children. Be sure to check back for more great resources to come!
Everything a Child Should Know About God
By: Kenneth N. Taylor
Tyndale House Foundation/10 Publishing
Best for ages 4-8
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I truly love it! Kenneth Taylor takes the entire Christian faith and organizes it into themes to help children understand God and His plans for us. Topics include the Bible, God’s character, our need for Jesus as our savior, the Holy Spirit, and how to live for God. It also includes a section about Jesus coming back. His comprehensive, yet simple approach is perfect to help young children understand the basics of our Christian faith. This could be read just as a children’s book, but there is also a question at the end of each section, so I included it in the devotional section.
Sticky Situations 2: 365 Devotions for Elementary Kids
By: Betsy Schmitt
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Best for ages 6-10
My husband and seven year old son are reading through Sticky Situations: 2, an interactive devotional that encourages kids to make good choices through everyday scenarios. My son loves hearing the scenarios and talking through what God would want him to do in each situation. A scripture verse is given to look up to determine the answer. I love how it’s teaching him to find the answers to all of life’s choices in God’s Word. I believe it has encouraged him to make wise choices and grow in his faith and character as well.
Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science
By: Louie Giglio
Passion Publishing:Tommy Nelson
Best for ages 6-10
If you have a boy (or even girl) who loves science, this devotional would be a great gift for them! My seven year old son loves to read this devotional each morning on his own and learn something new about God’s amazing world. Reading these devotions have given him more of an interest in space and animals, and an awe of God and how extraordinary He is!
I’m a Christian, Now What?
Best for ages 7-11
This devotional is perfect for boys or girls. I found it for my daughter once she had prayed to receive Christ at 6 years old. This devotional can be done with parents, but it is mainly for children to do for their own personal devotional or “quiet time.” Each lesson teaches topics about God such as spending time with Him, prayer, sharing our faith, and ways we hear God speak to us. There are fun word puzzles to do and Scripture readings as well. Your child will need enough foundation to be able to look up verses in the Bible, read them, and write answers to questions. I started out doing the devotion with my daughter to get her excited about it and help her understand how to do each lesson. Now she is able to do most of it on her own. There are several other versions of this devotional, and there is one for boys ages 8-12 to look into as well!
Adventure Bible Book of Devotions for Early Readers, NIrV: 365 Days of Adventure
By: Marnie Wooding
Best for ages 6-10
If your son likes his Adventure Bible, he will love these devotionals based on the Adventure Bible theme. Each day your son will read a scripture, hear an interesting adventure story, learn an interesting fact about the Bible, and learn an important truth from God’s Word.
A Boy After God’s Own Heart: Your Awesome Adventure with Jesus
By: Jim George
Harvest House Publishers
Best for ages 8-12
This devotional has such a good message and really gets to God’s heart for His people, even pre-teen boys! Jim George encourages boys to find their real treasure in God and to follow Him with all their heart. As George puts it, “to be willing to go on whatever adventure God wants you to do.” He gives examples of how boys can practically apply this message when dealing with their families, school, church, friends, and even with themselves. I am definitely putting this on my list to read with my son when he is old enough!
A Boy’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices
By: Elizabeth George
Harvest House Publishing
Best for ages 8-12
This is a great devotional for pre-teen boys about make good choices in life based on God’s Word. Some of the topics include choosing to obey, spending time with God, choosing to be patient, displaying a good attitude, and choosing to trust God. Unless your son is disciplined at devotional time, this would be a great father/son devotional or family devotional.
Boyhood and Beyond
By: Bob Schultz
Great Expectations Co.
Best for ages 8-13
My sister-in-law recommended this book, popular in the homeschool community, for fathers and sons to read and discuss together. Such discipleship can happen when a father takes time to go through a book like this with his son! This book teaches sons to become men of God by following Biblical principles, such as respecting authority, displaying justice, learning to be a leader, overcoming temptation, and reading and following God’s Word. I definitely hope my husband reads this book with our son when he is older!