The season for Christmas shopping is upon us! Finding a worthwhile gift that will delight the whole family and help everyone grow deeper in the faith isn’t as hard as it may seem. Here’s a list of some of our favorite books to enjoy together as family devotions.
Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes by Dave and Neta Jackson
This is a very comprehensive treasury of stories about the inspiring lives of faithful men and women; some are missionaries, and some are pivotal in church history. Each book covers 15 heroes, and for each hero the books include three stories highlighting specific character qualities and corresponding Bible verses. These are fabulous books for family devotions.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
The story of Jesus is woven carefully throughout this uniquely illustrated children’s Bible. I love that the captivating illustrations for some of the stories are spread out vertically and others horizontally — it keeps story time exciting. This Bible makes a fantastic baby gift. It is available in other languages, as an audiobook and on DVD, too.
Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book by Starr Meade
This book includes 90 illustrated Bible stories highlighting the mighty acts of God. I love the illustrations, and the length of the stories is just right for bedtime.
Wondrous Works of God: A Family Bible Story Book by Starr Meade
This book includes another 90 illustrated Bible stories highlighting the wondrous works of God and His character. Again, Tim O’Connor’s illustrations are wonderful.
This book features 26 devotionals exploring the many names of God. It is very similar to the content of the Children Desiring God Sunday School curriculum, which was produced by the same author.
God’s Promise by Sally Michael
This book features 26 devotionals about God’s promises. Likewise, the content is similar to the Children Desiring God Sunday School curriculum.
God’s Providence by Sally Michael
This book features 26 devotionals about God’s providence.
God’s Wisdom: Making Him Known by Sally Michael
This book features 26 devotionals about God’s wisdom.
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones
This beautifully illustrated book is filled with 101 individual truths to ponder. These are excellent for busy nights when you only have 5 minutes for devotions.
God’s Mighty Acts in Salvation by Starr Meade
Based mostly on the book of Galatians, this study includes 40 devotions about God’s plan of salvation.
God’s Mighty Acts in Creation by Starr Meade
Based on the six days of creation, this book includes 45 devotions.
Leading Little Ones to God by Marian M. Schoolland
This book includes 86 devotionals, which include a lesson, some questions to discuss, a suggested Bible passage and a brief hymn to sing.
Building on the Rock series by Joel Beeke and Diana Kleyn
How God Used a Drought and an Umbrella
How God Sent a Dog to Save a Family
These books feature inspiring stories of God’s wonderful works and are great for either family devotions or personal devotions for your independent readers.
Hymns for a Kid’s Heart series by Bobbie Wolgemuth and Joni Eareckson Tada
Hymns for a Kid’s Heart Volume 1
Hymns for a Kid’s Heart Volume 2
Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart Volume 3
Passion Hymns for a Kid’s Heart Volume 4
This set is truly a treasure. Each book comes with a full-length music CD, which is produced quite well and features very pleasant children’s voices. For each hymn they include about five to six pages. Two pages focus on the hymn story, usually about the life of the hymn’s author. There’s also a one-page devotion, one sheet of music, words of all the verses, a corresponding Scripture, and a prayer. In the back of each book is a glossary of words that may be unfamiliar for children, like “bulwark” and “wretch.” The books also include beautiful illustrations. Sadly, they are no longer in print, but used copies are available.
Miller Family Storybooks (Set of 6)
Wisdom and the Millers – Proverbs for Children
Missionary Stories with the Millers
These books are about the Millers, a family full of sweet characters. They offer great lessons and biblical truths, and it is easy for readers to learn from the mistakes of others in these valuable, albeit old-fashioned, stories with simple illustrations.
That’s all for the list of family devotional books. Up next is a list of a dozen favorite board books — just perfect for the little one with chubby little hands who likes to help you turn the pages as read together.