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The One Year Book of Devotions for Boys
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2001
I purchased this book "sight unseen" from ... some months ago. I was interested in adding some spiritual content to the nightly reading sessions that I have with my two sons (ages 7 and 10.) I had originally intended to merely "tack on" the daily page-long devotional to the end of our sessions. I found, however, that my boys are so eager for this type of instruction, and the little stories are so compelling, insightful, and contemporary, that our 1/2-hour long sessions have been converted completely to the one page, its corresponding scripture verse, and the "How about you..." discussion questions provided. The kids actually remind me if I forget, and beg me to read them the night's selection when I try to defer if I claim I'm too tired!
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2001
I have three sons, and will read this book with each of them as they become ready! I was fortunate to find this book last June, just in time to start a summer devotional program for my oldest son (now 8 and in second grade). This book definitely enriched our summer! The stories are warm. The teachings are based on scripture. The main characters in each of the 365 stories are young boys that all young boys can relate to. They present solutions to issues which most young boys will likely encounter or ponder (kindness, honesty, obedience, faith, loyalty, etc.). At the end of each story is a 'How About You' section which poses questions for discussion between the parent and child. If you keep this open and non-confrontational, then this section can really encourage the child open up and to learn from you by talking, asking questions, and sometimes even make confessions to you. Because these are age-appropriate teachings presented in stories which young boys can identify with, I believe they will have a tremendous chance of impacting our young boys and keeping them on the right path when we as parents cannot be near them.
This is a great resource for parents who want help or additional resources for instilling solid Christian-based morals and decision making in their young boys. Sharing these stories with my son has been such a delight! By the way, he himself absolutely loves this book!!! We have nine more months if we read one story a day, but we will be finished much sooner because he has asked if we can start reading backwards after we finish our daily story (we average about 3 stories a day). P.S. I love to read him the day's story while waiting for his bus in the morning! What a great way to send him off to school! Best of luck. I hope you enjoy this book with your son as much as we do!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2002
Highly recommend !! This is the only book that I have not had to ask and encourage my 10 year old son to read. He loves this book. As a parent, I love this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2006
We've graduated our 2 boys into this Devotions for Boys book, they needed a more challenging collection of devotions and this book is packed with older grade school scenarios, thought provoking and sensitive material, like..July 21st devotion that reads about Mark's new neighbor who just got out of prison and the lessons of forgiveness and people judging other people. At the bottom of each devotional is a HOW ABOUT YOU series of questions that asks application questions and discussion prompts to discuss with parents and kids. This is a great way to have one on one time with your kids and find out exactly what's going on in their lives. Also, a related Bible Verse and reference is listed, for those of us who don't always have our Bible as handy as it should be. I like the way this devotional is organized, the contents page lists each topic by month and the lesson for each day so you can either do the assigned day's devotional or go to the contents page and pick a specific topic to cover with your child that he/she is struggling with at the moment. If you have boys that know the basics but need some polishing around the edges, this is the book for you! I'd recommend this book to boys above 8 years old and maybe through age 15.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2011
The amazon description lists this book for ages 4-8. My boys are 4 and 6 and often the topics were much too old for them. We didn't want to read a devotional about parents fighting or divorce right before putting the boys to bed. I don't even think my boys know what divorce is. We'll save it and maybe it will be OK in a few years. For now, it is not for us.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2006
This book is perfect for my 8 1/2 year old son! The devotion is only a page long, but it packs quite a punch. There is a short themed story centered on a boy, with thought provoking questions at the end. There is also a bible passage supporting the day's theme. Theme's include loving one another, being honest, forgiveness, and following rules.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2006
I wrote the orginal review for this book over five years ago, under my previous name- Tracy Byrd Berryhill. My boys loved the book then, and we occassionally pull it out to go over beloved tales. The book is wonderful. We have since added its sequel to our collection. More than anything, it enabled us to establish a family devotional time when the boys were school-aged. That is priceless. This is an excellent book if this is what you are trying to develop. The stories are well written, current, and hold the interest of the listener.I highly recommend the book for the values it instills,as well as for the ambiance it provides.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2011
I have been using this devotional with my three elementary age kids for about 6 who are currently 9 (girl) and 11 (twin boys). They don't seem to care much for it's approach. It seems like the stories are kind of contrived and they use really wierd analogies. I ffinally noticed that one of sons has been avoiding devotionals lately and trying to just "go to bed early" to avoid hearing these. Seems like a lot of good intentions went into this book, but then you know what they say about where most of those can lead you. We are moving on out to hopefully greener devotional pastures, I checked out a couple other ones like "The One Year Book of Did You Know Devotions for Kids", "The One Year Book of Fun & Active Devotions for Kids" and "If God Loves Me, Why Can't I Get My Locker Open". They seem like they will be a little have a bit more comfort and joy in them and encourage a bit more curiosity about God's word then this one did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2009
My 7yr-old son and I have found this bible study guide to be extremely helpful. It deals with everyday issues that boys face at home, at school and everywhere. My son is able to relate to the stories each day and learn the word of the Lord on how to respond. More so, my son learns how to pray based on the stories. I would recommend this book to any parent who wishes to make the word of God relevant to a boy's life. The stories also helps me in parenting! It is worth every cent!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2010
This is an awesome devotional book for kids. It's even great for a family to do together and discuss. It opens up the lines of communication for those children entering the "it's not cool to talk to parents years".
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