Devotions, like bedtime stories & getting tucked in, are often a treasured family routine. Some families prefer to do them in the morning to start the day off right. Most devotionals are geared for a 365 day time frame. ‘Make It Count’ uniquely offers one with a 180 day time frame, starting with Day 180 & counting backwards, to coincide with the school year.
Sue Christian, a former teacher & a Pastor’s wife, designed this devotional for elementary school aged children. It is simply illustrated and has a special topic for each day.
The Scriptures consist of a sentence or two. They are the perfect length for memorizing and parallel the thought or quote on the page. Topics include: working hard in school, idolatry, & using God’s name properly. Scripture text comes from the Common English Bible’s translation and spans the Old & New Testaments.
My 9 year old son really enjoyed these. We read through several & have agreed to restart on the first day of school. The length of each devotional is just enough to hold the attention span of younger readers. It is also written so that he could easily read them himself at a fourth-grader’s level. But, in our time-crunched days, they are just the right size to provide a proper message without feeling rushed or losing his interest.
There certainly are endless offerings in the field of Christian nonfiction-especially in devotionals. This one, however, could be considered a go-to for any family. If you are in the market for a devotional that is simplistic without being too babyish for your elementary school kid, I would highly recommend ‘Make It Count’.
It definitely achieves a 5 of 5 stars from my son & me.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press
I received one print copy to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.