As a parent of kids of varying ages, from High School to Elementary School, finding new devotion books that encompasses the needs of my entire family is hard. If I shop with my teenager in mind, it ends up being too deep for my youngest. However, if I shop with my youngest in mind… my teenager is usually bored to tears.
When I had the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of Mission Accomplished, thanks to New Growth Press, I was very impressed.
1) The book covers two weeks of devotions, specifically written for Easter. This is a book I reference year, after year.
2) Each devotion starts with scripture, that supports the devotion theme. It is followed with sections that encourage us to think about the context of the scripture, discussion questions, prayer prompts and even songs or activities to support that particular devotion.
3) The devotions are quick and to the point, which is good for shorter attention spans or those with busy schedules.
4) The devotions are written in a way that will engage your older children, but can be explained by the parents when needed.
Overall, this is a great book for the family who spans a broad array of ages. That said, if your family is predominantly young children, you may want to read the devotions ahead and reword to fit the age group you are working with. You will find some words that your children may not be familiar with (depending on the verbiage your church uses), some of the discussion questions are better suited for older children who have a background of Sunday school classes, and some of the songs referenced in the “Sing About It” portions were not familiar to me. This devotion is definitely written for a more seasoned believer, in my opinion.
I do love this devotion, and with all of the tools we have available; simply pre-reading the devotion can help identify areas you might want to brush up on before sitting down with the family. Since they are short, you can skim it relatively quickly and use your bible or the internet to define unfamiliar words, or even look up the music for the songs.
Do not be intimidated to pick up this devotion, even if some of the references are unfamiliar to you as a new believer. It will help your grow, understanding the Easter story better, and more accurately. The devotions are not overwhelming and they do a great job of tying in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
If you are looking for a good devotion for the family, one that you can learn from & teach from… check out Scott James’ A Mission Accomplished.