Kids Say the Best Things about God: Devotions and Conversations for Families on the Go
Dandi Daley Mackall. Jossey-Bass, $12.95 (195pp) ISBN 978-0-7879-6967-7
Many parents find it hard to schedule spiritual time with their children in the busy round of homework, soccer matches, dance lessons and TV. But Mackall, a freelance writer and mother of three, says that it is indeed possible for families to grow spiritually during the chaos of daily life. This book offers a 30-day plan of ""realistic"" family devotionals, beginning with two to five minutes of conversation over breakfast and then an ""on-the-go"" conversation (which can even take place in the minivan during a fast-food run for dinner) near the end of the day. Each day's devotion begins with a reflection or question from a child: ""Jesus may have been God's son,"" one seven-year-old observes, ""but he still had to go to school."" Mackall uses these quotes as springboards to a spiritual discussion--in this case, what it means to be a Christian at school and how to be the ""salt of the earth."" The brief devotions are practical, down-to-earth, and--best of all--brief enough that children may actually pay attention.
Reviewed on: 01/01/2004