Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
Need to make a change in how you are discipling your children? Bethany House Publishers along with Danika Cooley has come out with a really helpful Christian parenting/discipling book. A book that is full of encouragement and teaching about why discipling our children is SO very important. I didn’t think I needed to make any changes, and yet I found my self both convicted and compelled to make change. Come along and discover why eh? Help Your Kids Learn & Love the Bible will help parents who need help discipling children.
What am I reviewing?
I received a trade paperback copy of Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible written by Danika Cooley and published by Bethany House Publishers. A short, but weighty read at 198 pages. You may find yourself reading it straight through, or doing as I did, and reading in short bursts and then pondering. Her goal, to encourage parents in diving into God’s word together with their children. Helping children to see the God of the bible in the words that he has given us and how that then impacts our lives. Simple enough eh? You’d be surprised. 🙂
You’ll find a solidly constructed read of a size easily tucked into a purse, or to take along to someone’s house to share with them. One that will not take up a huge amount of room on your bedside table as you take in the encouragement and advice that Ms. Cooley offers. Honestly, if you want to develop confidence that YOU can disciple YOUR OWN children? You’ll develop that confidence using the advice Ms. Cooley offers.
Because it can be challenging asking for assistance when you help discipling children, I want to tell you about Danika Cooley’s new book Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible from Bethany House Publishers.
Learning the details that will help discipling children
First off, the author Danika Cooley.
I’ve long known of her heart for discipling children. She creates resources like the Bible Road trip, sermon notebooks and various other resources. You’ll find her over on her blog Thinking Kids frequently, helping parents find ways to better disciple their children.
On to the book
The specific book I am reviewing today is entitled Help your kids learn & love the BIBLE. Three parts, eleven chapters.
Part One: You’re the Leader
- Making the bible approachable for your kids
- A good start to a strong finish
- Finding time in an age of hustle
Part Two: Faithful Reading
- Who Wrote this thing, Anyway?
- Keep the message in view
- A library of Books
- Profitable discussion
Part Three: A daily Walk
- Reading the word together
- Hide the word in your Child’s heart
- Praying the word together
- Study the word when you’re not feeling it
You will also find an introduction, a conclusion, various notes and works consulted.
You’ll find when you pick up this help for discipling children that there are lots of headers. Sections are short and easily digestable. The headers accurately reflect what will be discussed in the following paragraphs.
There is little to no adornment, simple chapter headings and good use of white space without being wasteful. It feels like a nice book to read. Comfortable on older eyes too! 🙂
What did I discover?
Well, our family has done a number of things over the years. Various picture books, story book bibles, devotions, family studies etc. We done archaelogical studies where we unearthed the bible. The lad has gone to Cadets and Youth group. He’s been well exposed to studies about the word of God. These are all part of discipling our children into the faith. This I knew and wasn’t really surprised at. 🙂
I was delighted to discover a book full of encouragement written in a friendly tone. It’s rather like sitting down with Ms. Cooley and having a chat about how to make God real to your children.
What I was convicted of?
Just reading God’s word. Simple eh? Just letting God’s word stand alone. Had I ever done that before? In my journey of discipling my son have I simply just read the bible with him?
Doesn’t have to be big or profound, but God’s word tells us it will never go out empty, so just taking time to read a chapter or two of God’s word daily (or as often as you remember to do so) matters. Just read God’s word.
Then, be open to questions and discussion. To a lad saying “I want to read that myself”.
As Danika says “The Bible is necessary for salvation. It is a gift to us that “the Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteous in the sight of the nations.” Without the special revelation the Lord has given us through his Word, we are without knowledge of our Saviour.” (p 86)
So what we’ve done? We’ve started reading the book of Matthew. I thought about starting in Genesis but the lad and I are going through A Stranger on the Road to Emmaus together and I didn’t want to replicate our reading. Are we doing it perfectly? NOPE. We’ve done three days in a row and we’ve skipped an entire week, but it’s easy enough to just book mark a chapter and then just read the next one. It’s hard when you have a working household.
Information I really appreciated
Throughout Help your kids to Learn & Love the Bible you will find help in discipling your children. From questions you can help them ask, to reminding them to read the bible in context, and to think about how does this reading further the story of God’s plan of salvation. Her concrete examples and encouragement make this a tome well worth reading.
I cannot tell you tell how much I love how Ms Cooley was persistent in reminding us to let God tell his own story. To not make stories become a moral talking point, or make a history merely a listing off of dates and activities. THIS is God’s word, his story to his people, that lays out his plan of salvation. At times she drove me to the bible to consider her words and any “moralizing” I may have done in the past. How could I see God at work in the story of Esther?
Need help discipling children : Ideas to make history real
One of the other things I loved was how Ms. Cooley wants us to help make history come alive for our children. And how we can help our teens explore different approaches to scriptural ideas. How can you help your children understand Egyptian hierarchy, slavery, the differences between goats and sheep, the long hours of a fisherman, and other biblical settings? When God tells us to consider the flowers of the field can you go out and see the beauty he has provided us with? Maybe even take the time to preserve some of it? Do a fashion course as well? How can you make God’s plan of salvation come alive? What an encouragement to think of such things eh?
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