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Cultivating family faith talk

With the school year back in session, families are constantly on the move. It can seem daunting to make time for family devotions. That's why I wanted to share some of my favorite books that make it easy for busy families to connect with God's Word.

Search and Find Bible Stories

Search and Find Bible Stories is a gorgeous and very inviting book. The illustrations tell 40 Old and New Testament stories and invite families to have a deeper discussion about them. There also are family activities that relate to each of the stories and drive the main points home. I used the Jonah story family faith talk as the start of my children’s message a few weeks ago. This is a wonderful book for church and home time!

How Can I Help? God’s Calling for Kids

The vocation of a child is a topic seldom talked about—and yet children yearn to be part of their faith community. In How Can I Help? God's Calling for Kids, authors Mary J. Moerbe and Gene Edward Veith give a wonderful Scriptural foundation for parents and clearly communicate vocation to children. This children's book is so beautifully illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. You will want this book for your family and classroom library.

Family Time: A Collection of 98 Stories and Devotions

It's easy for families to read and apply the devotions to their own experiences with Family Time: A Collection of 98 Stories and Devotions. Families with children of different ages can gain new perspectives within the story, discuss concepts related to the catechism, and process ways that they can take what they are learning and apply it to their own situations. I love the prayers at the end of the story or devotion that invite children to explore prayer on their own.

Every day is a good day for family time and faith development. Be sure to share what your favorite resources are for having meaningful conversation. Enjoy every minute of your time together!

Written by

Hannah Osborne

Hannah is a digital marketing specialist at Equip Ministry Resources. She currently lives in the Mitten State, but previously called St. Louis home when she was a copywriter at Concordia Publishing House. On most days, you’ll find Hannah cooking new vegan recipes, running really slowly, and laughing far too loudly.

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