resources for effective children's ministry

    It is so important that we as teachers (an parents, too) consistently and regularly feed ourselves by spending time on a daily basis in God's Word and in prayer.  However, far too often we get busy with our lives and do not take time for what is truly important.  If you find this true for you, you will find the following reviews are excellent resources for you to utilize and to recommend for others!

More Precious Than Silver
Author - Joni Eareckson Tada
Publisher - Zondervan Publishing
    In this excellent resource, Joni provides both daily encouragement and daily challenge to the reader to allow the "silver of God's Word" to purify their life.

    favorite features:

  • 366 daily devotional readings
  • each daily reading begins with a Scripture passage
  • each daily reading includes a meditation to encourage the reader
  • each daily reading includes an application to challenge the reader
  • each daily reading ends with a prayer
  • 12 line drawings by Joni throughout the book

  •     Joni encourages us to develop "the rigorous yet simple discipline of spending a little formal time with God and His Word every day.  And nothing kick-starts a daily quiet time better than a devotional book that reads easily and runs deep".  Joni's book does both and is an excellent resource to help us grow closer to God.  It is so very important that we spend time on a daily basis with God if we are going to be effective in our ministry to kids and youth and in our role as parents.  I highly recommend this book as a resource that will make a significant difference in your life.  Extremely well done Joni and Zondervan Publishing!

    Until He Comes
    Author - Calvin Miller
    Publisher - Broadman & Holman Publishers
        favorite features:
  • 365 daily devotional studies take you through the life of Christ
  • written in an unique and interesting format as if Jesus Himself were talking to you
  • each day's study begins with a Scripture passage
  • each study ends with a prayer
  • each study is short enough to help us stick to doing them and challenging, encouraging and interesting enough to help us want to do them and look forward to them as well

  •     I found this a truly amazing devotional, filled with many wonderful and challenging truths from Jesus' life as shown to us in the Gospels.  I highly recommend this study for parents, teachers, helpers, pastors - for all of us as I believe we will get a wondrous and unique glimpse of Jesus as we study and will as a result, experience the joy of walking with Him!  Extremely well done Calvin and Broadman and Holman Publishers!

    Every Day Light
    Author - Selwyn Hughes
    Illustrator - Thomas Kinkade
    Publisher - Broadman & Holman Publishers
        favorite features:
  • lasts a full 365 days
  • six sections cover the vision of God;  from confusion to confidence;  the beatitudes; the power of a new perspective;  the corn of wheat afraid to die;  heaven sent revival
  • each section covered for two months
  • each section begins with amazingly beautiful artwork by Thomas Kinkade - truly a delight!
  • each section begins with a meditation by Thomas Kinkade related to that section's topic
  • each study begins with Scripture
  • each study has scripture passages and questions for further study
  • each study challenges and encourages the reader to more spiritual growth
  • each study ends with a prayer
  • includes a topical index
  • information on how to use and study the Bible

  •     This is another excellent devotional to help you spend the coming year growing closer to God.  Each day's study is short enough to help you stick with reading everyday and will also challenge and encourage you so deeply that you will want to read daily!  It is extremely well done and is sure to delight the eyes while challenging and encouraging the soul!  Excellent work Selwyn, Thomas and Broadman & Holman Publishers!

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