I recently had the chance to review two beautiful books by the mother-daughter writing team of Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley. Together, they wrote Our Daily Bread for Kids and Our Daily Bread for Preschoolers. These are amazing devotionals for the young people in your life, and I highly recommend both of them!
Our Daily Bread for Kids is a full-year series of daily devotionals for children 6-10. Each day’s devotional is just one page long and includes a daily verse, a short devotional, a key idea, a suggestion to read more, and a fun fact to help them remember the devotional. These are kid-friendly and engaging without being soft on the Truth. One of the devotionals that stood out to me was called “Carry the Cross.” It tells the story of Simon carrying Jesus’ cross to Golgotha and what it means for us today to walk with Jesus and carry a cross. This short, simple devotional was so beautifully written and packed with power that it brought tears to my eyes. Others are lighter but no less meaningful such as “Lifeguard on Duty.” This devotional wraps up with a fun fact that shares the Australian word for lifeguards!
Our Daily Bread for Preschoolers shares 90 “big moments with God” in such an adorable and relatable way for preschoolers. The devotionals are very short, focused on one key lesson to take away. It includes a Bible verse and a short rhyming prayer. It also includes a simple question designed to engage your child. It could be what color something is in the story’s illustration or a basic comprehension question. I love that the questions are designed to help your little one feel a part of the story and feel that special sense of accomplishment and ownership that comes when you answer a question right! From Creation to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, to His promise to return, Our Daily Bread for Preschoolers is designed to stir up wonder in your child’s heart and fuel a desire to learn more about God and His love for us.
I was extremely impressed by these two books. One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is the illustrations. These devotionals are richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Luke Flowers. The pictures leap off the pages and bring the story to life in an absolutely mesmerizing way!
I had the opportunity to interview Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley about their work on these projects, and I’ll share more about that when the interview is published. But I cannot recommend these books highly enough. If you have anyone in your family or community from ages 3 to 10, these books are an ideal gift. And with Christmas coming just around the corner, I can’t think of a better time to pick up a copy of each (you might want to buy more than one!).
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of these books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.