This week I got to review "Whit's End Mealtime Devotions: 90 Faith-Building Ideas Your Kids Will Eat Up!" by John Avery Whittaker (with help from Crystal Bowman and Tricia Goyer). My 6 year old was especially excited about this review since she listens to Adventures in Odyssey every night before bed!
Unlike most devotional books, these daily tidbits do not need to be read in a certain order. There are three categories of devotionals listed in this book: Any Day Mealtime Devotions, Holiday Devotions and Theme Devotions. The Any Day Mealtime Devotions are pretty self explanatory and contain a wide variety of topics from the Creation of the world to the 10 Commandments. The Holiday Devotions contain 15 different devotions for holidays such as Birthdays, Good Friday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The Theme Devotions are a collection of 11 devotions that contain themes such as Pirate Night with a search for treasure, or Home on the Range Night with a camping theme.
Each night's devotion contains a Mealtime Prayer, Appetizer, Main Course, Table Talk and Vitamins and Minerals. The Appetizer is usually a fun fact, an activity, or a question to get the discussion started. The Main Course is the topic of discussion and may contain a Bible passage and thoughts to go along with it. Table Talk is the question and answer time. "What was the most exciting part of the story?" Or "If you rode in a fish's belly, would you get seasick? What do you think it would be like?" Finally, Vitamins and Minerals is the summary of the story and closing thought.
We usually do devotionals as a family right before bed, so the concept of reading it at dinner time was a bit different for us but it ends up working quite a bit better that way. Dinner time is always difficult for us to get our 6 year old to sit through. We try to play games, ask questions and make it fun, but it is still usually difficult for her to sit still for the duration of the meal. This devotional has definitely changed that for our 6 year old. It has made dinner time fun and exciting, and it gives her something to do! At the same time, it's encouraging to know our family is spending time in God's Word together! I am so blessed that we can make family memories in this way.
This Devotional is set to release on March 31, 2013! I would highly recommend this book and rate it as 5 stars. :)
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers to give my honest unbiased review.