Oh, if only this book had been available a few years ago! For many years, it was my ministry to offer a short children's sermon each Sunday morning to the young people in our church and I was constantly in search of ideas and subjects to be used as object lessons. The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions is a new book by Tim Shoemaker and even though he has targeted family devotions, there are many suggestions that could be adapted for a group of children. In each of the 52 activities the author suggests a theme, a list of the materials needed, instructions for both preparing and running the activity, and a lesson to teach. There is even a quick key for parents and adults that shows the activities that may be dangerous or perhaps too advanced for younger children and I believe that this would be especially useful when choosing an activity.
Young people need to be exposed to God's Word and taught the value of living a Christian life but they live in such a fast-paced, visual world and just telling them isn't always the way to grab their attention. Shoemaker understands our current popular culture and he suggests Legos, Light Sticks and that all-time favorite, Slime, as some of the materials to be used. Having 52 ready-to-use ideas for hands-on activities is so convenient and these are certainly great ways to impress the need to love and serve God and then help these young people remember the concepts.
This is a well-prepared book and I recommend it to parents, Sunday school teachers and youth leaders.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and I have chosen to write my honest thoughts in this review.