In keeping with my new year’s resolutions, we’ve been doing a new devotional set as a family. In an effort to always have a devotional handy so there’s really no excuse to not do it, I keep this one at work and Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young at home.
Jesus Calling is written from the point of view of Jesus as if He were speaking to you. It’s very encouraging and draws you in from the first day. Our church is doing a series on knowing the heart of God and this devotion has been a great pairing for what I’m learning on Sundays (actually, we go to church on Saturday night, but that’s splitting hairs…). To be a Christ follower, you have to know who you’re following, and through this devotion, I can feel that happening. As someone who has a really hard time finding a devotional book that I actually like, I highly recommend you pick this one up if you’re in the market for a new one. Definitely worth your time.
As I’ve been using Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence, we’ve been using Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young to have conversations with our daughters. This devotional book is definitely geard toward older kids (upper elementary or middle school) but we’ve used the conversations and scriptures in Elliott’s devotion time. She and Chris normally do it while I’m at school (and recently finished this one), but the conversations that have started from this book have been profound and beautiful. And, of course, Ellie loves sitting down to read with her daddy.
And finally, LullaBible: Baby’s First Bible Stories & Songs by Stephen Elkins is part song book, part baby book with a CD of favorite Bible songs and hymns. And the great part about this CD is it’s not something you dread listening to; it’s calm and beautiful with 20 songs that you’ll be happy to have playing in the background as you play with your kids. We keep it on repeat in the playroom and I’d like to say it’s got a soothing effect on my children, but that might be a stretch. And as a mama who has two baby books with lots of blank pages, I love the “Moments to Remember” journaling sections that are quick and painless. Plus, a little better than the baby book ones if you ask me. This book would make a great baby shower gift for a first-time (or fourth-time!) mom. (Check out the inside here!)
And now the best part! I’ve got a copy of each of these books to giveaway–that means three books and three winners! Just enter below using Rafflecopter.
The fine print: I have been gifted copies of these books by the publisher to review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are mine. Giveaway open to US residents only. Good luck!