Adventures in Odyssey: Whit's End Mealtime DevotionsCrystal Bowman, Crystal Bowman, John Avery Whittaker, Tricia Goyer, Crystal Bowman
You make sure your children get the proper food they need to grow physically. But are you providing a healthy spiritual diet to grow their hearts for God and others? Get everyone talking - and learning - with the nourishment of Whit's End Mealtime Devotions: 90 Faith-Buildin... Read More
This book of family devotions from John Avery Whittaker, Adventures in Odyssey's friendly mentor, will encourage quality family time and pass on a strong spiritual heritage to your children. The devotions include anytime mealtime devotions, holiday devotions and other themed devotions, created by Focus on the Family to engage children in fun, lively, productive dialogue.
Pass the fun around the table with the 90 five-course devotional menus included in Whit's End Mealtime Devotions. Each one includes:
- Mealtime Prayer - a fresh way to bless your food
- Appetizer - a fun question or activity
- Main Course - an object lesson or thought to chew on
- Table Talk - questions to spark interesting discussions
- Vitamins and Minerals - a creative way to thank God for your time together or a reminder that God provides all we need
Ages: 5 & up.
Page Count: 112
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Mar 15, 2013
- UPC: 9781589976764
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 97
- Publish Date: Apr 1, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 12
- Audience Age Minimum: 5
- BISAC: "JNF049120"
- ISBN: 1589976762
Customer ReviewsWrite your own review
- Great Mealtime Discussion Starter by DiscipleMom Laura on 3/23/2013
Whit's End Mealtime Devotions: 90 Faith-Building Ideas Your Kids Will Eat Up!
by John Avery Whittaker with help from Crystal Bowman and Tricia Goyer
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2013
First of all, I like the idea of mealtime devotions. Research points to the importance of family dinners. The authors do their best to make these devos easy to use so busy parents can make the most of family mealtimes. I've read the book myself and tried some of the devos with my children and their grandparents. I can attest to the fact that Whit's End Mealtime Devotions allow for lots of lively discussion and teaching centered around the Bible and Christian life.
Each day's layout is simple to follow. The authors describe it this way in the introduction:
Mealtime Prayer - a prayer suggestion
Appetizer - something to whet your appetite for more
Main Course - the "meat" of the devo - something to chew on
Table Talk - challenging questions to help families think about what they've learned and how to digest it for their daily lives.
Vitamins and Minerals - a Bible verse that relates to the day's reading and discussion
I like the fact that you can skip around and find topics relevant to your family at a particular time rather than having to go from cover to cover. I also appreciate the special sections of holiday devos (Valentine's, Good Friday, Easter, Mother's Day, etc.) and themed devos (treasure hunt, backward night, Bible riddles, grandparents, caming, etc.)
I give Whit's End Mealtime Devotions:
5 out of 5 for user friendly
4 out of 5 for keeping kids' attention
5 out of 5 for relevant topics
3 out of 5 for some lengthy Scripture readings (40 verses is a bit much for children at a mealtime!)
I highly recommend this book for ease of use and for generating lively discussion at the dinner table and just helping you talk as a family about spiritual things. Rather than just pulling out the book, make sure you read through your selected devo. If you pick one with a long Scripture passage, you can read it ahead of time, summarize the majority of it and pick the most important verses to read.
Note: I received this book free from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.