The Action Bible Anytime Devotions Review

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

We are big fans of The Action Bible, so much so that I've been tempted to get a second copy just to help settle fights over who's reading it, who lost whose place, and whose turn it is to read it next! So I was pretty excited to see that David C Cook had come out with a new book with similar artwork, The Action Bible Anytime Devotions.

Geared towards pre-teens, this devotional is meant to help kids find Scripture verses to help them reflect and pray on common problems young people face, such as bullying, anger, and courage. There's a table of contents that lists devotions by topic, so kids can go through in order, look for a specific topic they might be struggling with, or just flip through to see how the Spirit moves them.

Each of the ninety devotions begins with a Scripture verse (NIV translation), a short story describing a real situation, and then goes on to relate it to God's Word. Kids are given questions to reflect on, a prayer to pray, an activity that might help, and then can "take it further" by reading a suggested story in The Action Bible and another Bible verse.

My 10-year-old was so excited to get started on this book! It arrived just as Lent began, and he had been planning on increasing his spiritual reading anyway. Several times a week during lunchtime, he has been taking the book out to the porch for quiet prayer, and it would be perfect for family prayer time with older kids as well. Some of the situations in the book are ones that your kids might not be facing now, or even in the near future (social media is addressed in one devotion, which isn't relevant to most of my children, but sparked a good conversation with my oldest, who has been doing some of his narrations for school on his own blog, and is constantly asking me how many comments and views his posts have gotten.), but you can pick and choose which devotions you do, and the table of contents is really helpful for selecting relevant passages.

While this isn't a specifically Catholic devotional, I haven't found anything problematic in the book. Some of the language feels very Protestant to me, particularly the wording in some of the prayers, but that is often something I've found in prayers that feel more spontaneous than formulaic, and I think that that's something Catholics can often work on!

I think this book would work really well in your morning basket, or for assigning children to read particular devotions if they're struggling with a specific issue. The Bible verses would be great for copywork or dictation ideas when it comes time to do school, and I think this devotional is perfect for families that don't school at home, either! If you're looking for a book for your child's Easter basket, or to help with family prayer time, I think this is a great option.

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed reading your post. My husband grew up Catholic and I was raised as a Quaker. The prayers are beautiful and your are an encourager, for sure. Blessings, Christine C Sponsler


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