I was so happy to get a chance, courtesy of JustRead Tours, to read Max Lucado’s new devotional for kids, You Can Count On God. JustRead Tours has provided some more information about this book for you that you’ll want to know; then, I’ll share some of my thoughts. And, you can enter the giveaway (but do that quickly; it ends March 3, 2022!).
⇒ Book Name You Can Count On God: 100 Devotions for Kids
⇒ Author Max Lucado
⇒ Publisher Tommy Nelson
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⇒ Book Blurb
From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado, these 100 devotions will help kids worry less, bravely try new things, and draw closer to God as they learn to trust His faithfulness.
Adapted from the encouraging devotional for adults, You Can Count on God teaches children that they can count on God because He will never leave them, and will love them unconditionally. Give your child the gift of knowing that they can count on God, no matter what.
With a ribbon bookmark, presentation page, attractive textured hardcover, and bold color interiors, this hope-giving devotional for kids is the perfect gift for any child needing courage for a new challenge, peace from anxieties about the future, or relief from disappointment, insecurity, and overwhelm. You Can Count on God will guide children into a deeper relationship with God as they learn about His faithfulness in the past and build confidence that they can always trust Him to help them.
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How I wish that devotionals like You Can Count on God were being published when I was a child! Max Lucado’s wonderful new kids’ devotional includes 100 devotionals written in Max’s signature clear, easy-to-understand conversational style. Each devotional includes a title, a Bible verse and its address (printed out in the text), and facing pages with Max unpacking what kids can learn about God, the verse, and life. Last, each devotional reading closes with questions for kids to think on, a prayer, an activity to do, or something important to remember. The devotionals have some deep material in them but they’re written so clearly that kids will understand, whether they experience You Can Count on God as a family read-aloud or if the child reads it alone.
I love this devotional so much. It covers so many topics (after all, the Bible contains a LOT of ideas in its 66 books!) and helps kids to understand where God is, how He can be found, and how deeply He cares for all of us. It teaches readers ideas (what to do when we mess up; how we can love others; how we can meet God; how God brings provision, fellowship and community; and more). It also brings stories about Bible characters to life (like Hagar, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Naomi and Ruth, and of course, Jesus!). All of these are written with humor and kindness, and also quite vividly, so that kids will remember them.
Max also shares Scriptures quite liberally. There are verses which headline each devotional. But there are also a number of verses sprinkled within each one. This is fantastic, because this practice helps expose kids to more of the Bible as well as showing them that it really does apply to everyday life. And, that it can help them in good moments and difficult ones; and it can become a guide for helping them make decisions.
Some of my favorite parts are…
I have to share some of my favorite passages with you from this lovely devotional. Here they are!
- “Why did God let all those bad things happen? Why did he let Joseph be sold as a slave and then get thrown into prison? Because that wasn’t the end of Joseph’s story. God worked through all those terrible things to do something wonderful…So the next time you’ve got troubles and you don’t see how things could ever be good again, don’t give up. Trust God. He’s got a plan. And he’s always working for your good.”
- “How much does God love you?…His love for you stretches farther than the edge of outer space. It’s bigger than the mountains and wider than all the seas. God loves you like he loves Jesus, his own Son (John 17:23). And he’s made you part of his family (1 John 3:1).”
- “I AM had a special meaning in the Hebrew language, the language of the Israelites. It means that God always lives and is always with his people. Always. That means back there in the desert with Moses, and it means right here today. Whenever you’re worried or upset or scared or just having the worst day, call to him. Then remember that I AM is with you and he will lead you to a better place.”
- “M is for meditate. And meditate is just a fancy way of saying think about. God wants you to “think about the things that are good and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). Because when your mind is all filled up with thoughts of good things, there’s no room for worry.”
When I was reading You Can Count on God, I remembered that when I came to Christ as a 9-year-old, I had three resources; the King James Bible, the Living Bible, and The Chronicles of Narnia. I would be the first to tell you that it took me awhile to gain any traction in my walk with God! But today’s generation of children and teens has a wonderful library out there to help them grow in their faith, and Max’s new kid devotional is a wonderful addition to it. Why don’t you purchase a copy of You Can Count on God. It might be just what your kids are looking for!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.