“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV) The LORD God gave this command to his people so that they would teach His Word to the coming generations. Unfortunately this command is not always followed, sometimes due to disinterest but mostly due to lack of a deep understanding of the truth of God’s Word.
It is not that they do not know the Gospel, rather it is that they do not know how to communicate these truths to their children in a manner which a child will understand. One of the greatest tools to teach children the Gospel in plain language any child can understand is the family devotional series Beginning with God: Exploring the Bible with Your Child. This family devotional written by Jo Boddam-Whetham and edited by Alison Mitchell is aimed at preschoolers to use with their parents. Now as a minister to children, youth, and families as well as a father of a preschooler, I see countless books on this topic yet, Beginning with God, is the best I have ever encountered.
In the second volume of this series contains thirty lessons. These lessons cover different narrative accounts from the book of Exodus through most of Jesus’ earthly ministry, with each lesson demonstrating God’s love and our need for repentance. Each lesson is step up like a meal containing an appetizer (opening questions, aimed at getting the child thinking), the main course (the reading of Scripture as well as a few inductive questions), and lastly a snack (which is aimed at getting the child to apply what they have learned). This approach is unique in its simplicity yet sound in its teaching being grounded in the holy, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.
It is important to note that the lessons use the Beginners Bible, an well known children’s bible, yet even if you do not have this Bible the devotional can be used, it just becomes a little more challenging, yet nowhere near an insurmountable challenge. I fully recommend and endorse this family devotional to any and all parents who wish to teach their children the truth of God’s Word in a manner their preschoolers can understand.
This book was provided to me free of charge from The Good Book Company in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Beginning with God: Exploring the Bible with your child (Book 2)
© 2010 by Jo Boddam-Whetham
Publisher: The Good Book Company
Page Count: 80 Pages
Publishers Website: https://www.thegoodbook.com/