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Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God Paperback – November 3, 2010
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Long Story Short is the best material for family devotions I've ever seen. If you're looking for something careful, creative, and Christ-centered without being corny, confusing, or condescending look no further. Pastors would be wise to buy this book by the boxful and get a copy into the hands of each family in their church. --Justin Taylor Blogger (Between Two Worlds); managing editor of the ESV Study Bible
Parents, you know that teaching your children God's Word especially with children of varying ages is never easy. But Marty Machowski has just made it easier. Long Story Short guides your family through Old Testament stories, each one highlighting the love and faithfulness of God and the hope of a Savior to come. To use this guide is to have an experienced father and pastor assisting you every night. These moments together, informed by Marty's book, will help your children understand and be amazed by the grace of God as revealed in the Old Testament. --C.J. Mahaney President, Sovereign Grace Ministries; author of many books, including The Cross Centered Life
This is simply an outstanding book, and Christian families need it right now. I have never seen a devotional book that is so well suited to family devotions and to children, even as it is faithful in relating biblical truth. This book will help any Christian parent lead family devotions that will be memorable, faithful, and practical for Christian living. I'll admit this too parents will find that they love the stories, illustrations, and learning suggestions along with their children. Marty Machowski has written a wonderful book. --R. Albert Mohler, Jr. President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
Marty Machowski is the Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for twenty-two years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester Pennsylvania.
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There are many different outlines for family worship, but in case others are interested we integrate this book into our evening worship time as follows:
1) Gather together on couch before bedtime
2) I or my wife reads the scripture passage referenced in Long Story Short, asking questions and making commentary while reading to help with comprehension
3) Short summary review of what was just read and main take-away
4) Skim through the discussion presented in Long Story Short to see if there's anything I missed in my summary
5) Say, "Ready for questions?" Children (love to) respond, "Bring it on, Daddy!"
6) Ask the questions presented in Long Story Short. Typically, at this age, will have to assist the children with answers requiring more than one or two words (thinking versus memorization questions).
7) We each pray: Dad, 4yo, 2yo, Mom
8) We sing hymns/songs and the children will usually dance. This is the part our children enjoy the most, so we usually sing at least 4-5 songs of varying lengths, sometimes more. First the new hymn we are learning (same one until we learn it by heart), then the kids take turns going back and forth picking songs until we realize we've let them stay up too late again.
9) We close with everyone saying the Lord's Prayer together.
10) As soon as we say "Amen," they race to the bathroom to brush their teeth.
Again, this has been an invaluable resource in getting rid of the fear of starting and continuing our family worship time. I'm grateful it has been made available.
Oh, one last thing: ignore the 5-days a week component of the book. Just do the next day each time you do family worship. Otherwise, you'll stress yourself out when you skip family worship for whatever reason and have trouble getting yourself started again as you'll feel like a failure. Just ignore the "week" component of the book completely and take it day by day. If you miss a day or two or three or four, don't fret. Just start back up again where you left off and you're good to go!
The book is chronological, teaching 78 of the main stories and characters of the Old Testament. Each week one story / character is taught. 3 days are spent on the actual story, one day is spent seeing how this story points to Jesus, and the 5th day a different Bible passage is read with the purpose of seeing what it teaches about Jesus.
This book is appropriate for preschool - elementary children as written. It could be modified fairly easily for younger and older children so the whole family can learn together.
Each week starts with an object lesson of some type. This relates to the story for the week. There are (usually) short passages from the Bible to read each day. (This is important, we want children to hear God's Word.) Then, the author does a brief recap of what the Scripture says. I have found these recaps to be very accurate and worded in ways that will help children understand. Next there are a few focus questions to discuss the story. Finally there is a prayer suggestion. The book claims to be "Ten-Minute Devotions" and it is possible that it could be finished in 10 minutes. I believe that many parents and children will stretch the 10 minutes!
I love the way the author teaches great truths about God drawn from the story or character being studied.
The one weakness I see is that there are no pictures! The book is intended for adults to read to children, but many children will benefit from pictures to help them understand the story. A Bible story book is due out in about a year from the same author that will have pictures. This will greatly help families with younger children to teach this material. Until then, families could use other picture story Bibles for the illustrations, and use the content of this book.
Any Sunday School teacher, parent, or other adult working with children can greatly benefit from using this book. This book will be a great blessing to the body of Christ.