Many thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing this product/product information (Roar Like a Lion) for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post. Affliate links will be used in this review, no cost to you but it encourages me in my blogging. 🙂
Are you looking for a way to teach the stories of the bible to your children? Tommy Nelson has provided 90 devotions within the cover of Roar Like a Lion to help us develop a courageous faith in our children. Now who wouldn’t want that? Written in a conversational tone to engage his readers, Levi Lusko has a heart to develop faith in children.
The Basic Details of Roar Like a Lion
Roar Like a Lion holds to 192 pages which contain 90 devotions, information about the author and illustrator, along with a challenge to find anchors. If you can’t find them all… he gives the answer to that challenge as well. Published by Tommy Nelson, I was contacted by Momentum Influencers for the purposes of this review.
The devotions cover such topics as
- peer pressure
- working hard at what you do
- handling difficult emotions
- depending on God
- and understanding how we fit into God’s great story.
Written by Levi Lusko and Tama Fortner. Mr. Lusko is a pastor of a church in Wyoming where he lives with his family. Ms. Fortner is an author and ghost writer, she lives with her family in Tennessee.
Catherine Pearson is a Swiss illustrator who likes to create playful illustrations.
Talking about the Basic Set up
Within the pages of Roar Like a lion you will find these cute illustrations gracing every devotion. Each illustration spoke to the devotional it was representing. Isn’t this sloth adorable?
Each illustration is followed by a bible verse taken from the ICB, NCV or NIV bible versions.
Then you come to the main devotional. Written over a two page spread, containing a prayer and either a Get Read to Roar sidebar or a Did you know sidebar (more on those later). The devotional itself contains fascinating stories and is written in a conversational style. Imagine you were listening to a children’s story at your local church, that is what these devotionals read like.
Every other page you’ll find one of these two sidebars.
You’ll either learn, in the did you know sidebar, some interesting fact about the moon, or some animal, history, nature, people or whatever. Some fact that is like HUH, I never knew that. Cool connection.
Get ready to roar gives a variety of calls to action, like prayer asking God to help you cope with loss, or making cards sharing the good news of God, talking with your parents, or even a place to call your own to journal. Steps of action that children of all ages can do mostly without help.
Closing with Prayer
As most devotionals do, Roar Like a Lion is no different, it closes with prayer. Simple prayers that speak to the heart of a child reaching out to God. Do children need simple prayers? No. They can and do listen to long prayers. But you know what? Most adult devotionals that I read have super short simple prayers closing out a day’s reading as well! I found that, even though I did not read every page, those that I did, the prayers were on target with the day’s lesson.
Should you get it?
Well, like with all devotionals you have to approach them from the vantage point that people are trying to help children understand the bible more. Devotionals are often a mixed bag. Some devotions will be spot on, others will take scripture out of context, and yet others will oversimplify concepts, and some will mix it all up within the same reading! It’s hard to please everyone when it comes to devotionals.
Roar like a Lion is no different. Some of the readings are excellent, others I kinda wondered where he was going, and others were a mixed bag. That’s why parents read them with their children. Then you can take the time to correct what needs correcting and even from a young age start teaching our children discernment.
You can purchase it here. The bright colourful images, the calling of children to prayer, and the desire to help children become more like God… it’s good that!