I was looking for a devotional that I could use with my younger children each day, to introduce the truth about God and the amazing people He used throughout time to show Himself to us. We have a family Bible study everyday, and although the little ones participate, I know much of what we discuss goes over their heads. So, for the past few weeks, we've been reading one story per night from Five Minute Bible Stories just before bed and the kids love it. They are ages 1, 2, and 3 and each night the 3 year old says, "Mama, we gotta read the Bible!!"
The pages are bright and colorful and really literally takes 5 minutes to read each 2-page story. That is about the length of time all of my toddlers together can focus on something. Each story gives Scripture reference so you know where the story is found in the Bible. I read the verse references to my children--which they are familiar with hearing from our regular Bible study--so they will know that ultimately, God's Word holds all of these stories and much more.
At the end of each story, there is a question to provoke more thought or to point out something significant about what was read. Afterwards, we pray and then we "peek" ahead to see what the next day's reading will be. What is great is when my 3 year old hears something from our family Bible time and is able to relate because we read about it from the Bible story book. While I do not feel anything should ever substitute reading the Word of God, this has been a great addition to our family Bible time. It fits nicely into our bedtime routine and is something my toddlers look forward to. I''m so glad I reviewed it and I would highly recommend it for little ones 1-5years old.
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