Author: Karen Whiting
52 Weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve is a unique devotional that is written for families who have members that are called to serve in first-responder roles like military personnel, police officers, and EMTs, or are called to serve in their churches and communities. Each week features a family beatitude to focus on with a devotion and related Bible reading, activity option, chat prompt, scrapbook/prayer option, frontline tips, and a prayer. This devotional is designed to work with your family, if you have 5 free minutes, or up to an hour, you can customize it to fit into your schedule. Perfect for children ages 4 to 12 years, with activities ranging from preschool-age to middle school-age.
Reviewer: Joan Dowell
I love everything about this book. The author, Karen Whiting, truly lays out 52 weekly quick family devotions with activities, chat prompts, journal options and true Bible connections.
There are many topics covered in this book from respect and honor, comfort, gratitude, our unique family and many others. This devotional is well organized and thought provoking. Bible truths shine through in every devotion.
This is one of the best family devotionals I have had in my hands in a long time. This is a must have for every family looking to serve God together.
Reviewer: Patricia Ann Timbrook
It’s a situation with which many families–past and present– have tussled and still do: Christian Family Devotions. The “tussle” often happens through a “Why?” from the children, and answered with a “Because”, from the parents. Then, sometimes things go smoothly and the sessions go on. Yet, sometimes, they do not.
But, hope and help are available for the frustrated parents, the disappointed grandparents, or for any others who have given up in their failed efforts. The solution might well be Karen Whiting’s nonfictional, 52 weekly Devotions for Families Called to Serve. From the preface, as well as throughout the entire 224 pages, the author credits dozens of men and women who have served, or are serving this nation, from first responders, to the military personnel, to law enforcers, to missionaries, and to volunteers. So, why is this so important in a “family” devotional book? The answer becomes clear from the balanced format of stories, scriptures, activities, question-and-answer sessions, and impromptus. Children will learn to value those who serve others, as well as to be challenged themselves to be servants.
The 3 Ds of this book–(1)Devotions (plant seeds with how-tos), (2)Develop (nurture family relationships), and (3)Deliver (expect growth and maturity), may result in its becoming a most sought after juvenile devotional source. To that, Hallelujah.