The 5 Best Books for Family Devotions
God has called parents to shepherd their children. Teaching children about God, both in word and deed, is one of the main callings for parents. Instructing children in righteousness, knowledge of God, and the salvation from sins only offered through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is a common theme throughout the Bible, specifically in the book of Proverbs. Of course, children are commanded to "Hear ... your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching" (Proverbs 1:8). However, for children to obey that command, parents need to teach their children well. Family devotions are an important tool in the parents' instructions to their kids. Unfortunately, many Christian parents are at a loss as to how to hold family devotions that are instructive, edifying, and God-centered for the entire family. Many of the books written for children or family devotions embrace an individualistic and consumer mindset that turns the Bible into a self-help book or some kind of owner's manual for humans. In contrast, I've listed the five books that I have found are the best at helping parents hold family devotions that speak to all ages of children as well as the parents and that point people to God and not to themselves.
5. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
For the fifth spot on this list, I was debating between The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Gospel Story Bible, both excellent books. Unable to decide, I asked my wife. Without hesitating, she declared, "The Jesus Storybook Bible!" While specifically written with younger children in mind, the theology is still rich and will be profitable for kids of all ages. In her engaging book, Sally Lloyd-Jones "tells that Story beneath all stories in the Bible." The Jesus Storybook Bible will help you instruct your family that the entire Bible points to Jesus.