Devotions Off the Map: A 52-Week Devotional JourneyDandi Mackall, B&h Kids Editorial, Katherine Blackmore
With Jesus as their guide in Devotions off The Map , kids will learn how to follow, trust, and stay focused on Christ. Featuring color illustrations, memory verses, and discussion questions. Product Details: Ages: 6 - 10Page Count: 224Released: 05/2015
Ages: 6 - 10
Page Count: 224
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Aug 1, 2015
- UPC: 9781433687280
- Height: 0.80
- Width: 6.40
- Length: 7.60
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 224
- Publish Date: May 15, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 10
- Audience Age Minimum: 6
- BISAC: "JNF049240"
- ISBN: 1433687283
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- Loved this Devotional! by Laura on 7/3/2015
I had the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of Devotions Off The Map - 52 Week Devotional Journey with Family Christian Stores. Written by Katherine Blackmore, B&h Kids Editorial and Dandi Mackall. This book is published by B&H Publishing, and let me just say, they know what will catch a kid’s attention and keep them reading. Or at least it did for this old kid!!!
Upon opening the book, you cannot help but notice all the super bright colors and the just complete “neatness” of the book. It isn’t busy, nor is it slow.
As you get into the book there are 52 devotions that give you life situations, and I am going to use this one as an example: Making Camp: Learning to Love along the Way.
Devotions Off The Map is available for Preorder at this website. It should be in the stores by August 1, 2015. The book has special graphics that explain each part of the devotional, like
The Overlook – it explains what your child will learn in the devotional – our example is “You can learn to show love to everyone”
This Is The Way - provides one key Bible verse and some scripture references to memorize, study, word by word, and/or life applications. All pointing you back to the devotional. Our example is O John 4:20 – If anyone says. “I love God” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. And a few more verses that go with the devotional.
Lessons From The Tangled Treehouse - this section is where the devotions come in. Easy to read, challenging for your child and something that your child might find that He or she already knows – Our example is about a person that goes somewhere for a few weeks, and upon their roommate walking in the room, immediately judges them. In their own mind, they are sure they don’t like the roommate, and are not going to be open to getting to know them. However, upon getting to know them, they realize that they and the roommate really do have a lot in common and the further they go into the time together, they really do like each other a lot and become very close friends. Something kids go through at school, camps etc. all the time. God tells us we are liars if we say we love Him, but do not like our brothers. That’s harsh! However, the devotional puts it in words that are so easy for any child to understand.
Shady Grove Prayers – this is the part of the devotional where simple prayers, already written out for you that you can either pray with your child, or have your child read and then say their own based on the examples given. for non-readers can pray out loud and read to them, the words are easy enough and always again they make these so easy to adjust for non-readers and to be able to put into words they can understand. Our example uses this prayer.
“Dear God, Thank you for your love, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for me. Your love is amazing. Help me to show that love to others whether I know them well or not.
want to be more like you. Amen”
I don’t know a child of God (of any age) that would not benefit from God’s help in this devotional. That’s the beauty of this book. So much applies to adults, kids, and even non-readers, (now this is my opinion, so don't go trying to say, oh I know one, I know one!!!) I am sure there is someone somewhere, who wouldn't like this book!
Field Study – is a question and answer section that begin with why, how when or where. These questions, will push a child to think, use their Bible to look up answers or open a dialogue between a parent/teacher/guardian to open the child’s mind to different opinions based on sound Biblical principles – One of our examples is the following “How can you love someone who doesn’t seem to love you?” That’s just one of 4 in this particular devotional.
Walking to Boulder Bridge– this section is where you child puts what they have learned into everyday life. With activities, community projects, crafts or even family discussion time. I love this part of it. Being a very hands on thinker, learner. This appeals to my inner child so much! I know for me, “doing” teaches me so much more and not just reading from a book. So our example, Show love to one another, gives examples, like cut out a heart, put the initials of people you love. On the other side, write people’s initials that may need some love shown to them, and then keep the heart in your pillowcase so that you can remember it, pull it out and pray for each person that you wrote down, also it helps you remember that God loves everyone equally! - This section, again, also opens up ideas from parents/teachers/guardians, and there are so many other ways to use this, like if you know someone hurting, you could write them a short note, or just “God loves you” with the verse reference and even mail it to them or many other applications that are age proper, and based on your child’s skills, and learning abilities. Whatever works best for your family?
I think my last statement “whatever works best for your family” is one of the reasons I love this book so much. Nothing is just as it is. There are so many variations to how each section can be used and applied to your family and your lifestyle.
The Lessons Part - if the child is a non-reader, the book is written in such a way that most younger kids could understand the life application because of wordings that the writers have used in my opinion, younger children, may not understand, because of concepts of time and distance, however, they can easily be used in their words and their understanding and changed up to have a jumping off point and then the book is not just useful for readers alone.
This devotional is used as a follow-up to a VBS, however, there is no way that you need to go to the VBS to understand the book. I pray that anyone that purchases this little book will love it as much as I have! I go on vacation soon with my grandchildren, and this will be our daily devotional book. I am sure around day three of "all the cousins" they will need a great reminder of showing their love to someone and this is just the book for it! We range from 1-year-old to 18 years old, so they all will be able to put it to use in some way and fashion! I really cannot say enough good things about Devotions Off The Map a 52 Week Devotional Journey;
So much simplicity rolled up into 52 devotions, which will touch your child’s heart for a lifetime!
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- Great Weekly Devo for the Family by 247mama on 6/29/2015
Devotions off the Map is a devotional journey for families to take together. While most kids (and adult) devos are intended to be completed alone, this one is great for doing all together. We are a homeschool family and normally our kids get their own devotional to read before school each day. This school year we will be doing Devotions Off the Map together once per week. There are 5 legs of this trips: Prepping for Your Journey, Following Your Guide, Making Camp, Detours and Roadblocks, & Souvenirs from Your Journey. Each devotion has 6 parts. The Overlook is an overview of the topic. This makes the devotional easier to use a specific topic at a time if you choose. This is the Way gives the key verse for the devotional as well as additional Biblical references for more information. Most of the verses are quoted from the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Lessons from the Tangled Tree are the short devo stories to help your children understand the topic and apply it to real life. There is a Shady Grove prayer and Field Study questions. Walking to Boulder Bridge gives the kids a short activity to help think about and solidify the topic. All in all this is a thorough devotional. The topics range from daily time for God to death. It is written in a way that would apply to a variety of ages. The family time concept makes it all the more appealing. Both of my children were impressed with the colorful illustrations that all focused on outdoor scenes to keep with the overall theme. It was easy to give the Devotions Off the Map 5 stars because it is Biblical, engaging, colorful, and fun for the whole family!