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The family Bible devotional : stories from the Bible to help kids & parents engage & love scripture / Sarah M. Wells.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan : Discovery House, [2018]
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246 pages ; 23 cm
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220.9505 WEL Book Adult General Collection

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As a Christian parent, you want your children to know and understand God's Word. You want your family devotional time to be relevant and vibrant--an opportunity to explore and understand what God desires for your lives. The Family Bible Devotional cultivates conversations through 52 Bible readings, paired with engaging discussion questions and background information. Open this book, read the Scripture passages, and ask the questions to get your family exploring together what the Bible says.

Author Notes

Sarah M. Wells is an author, poet, essayist, and blogger. She has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have been listed as Notable Essays in five collections of The Best American Essays. She resides in Ashland, Ohio, with her husband, Brandon, and their three children, Lydia, Elvis, and Henry Find her at

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Tips to Keep the Kids Engagedp. 11
And God Said It Was Good: Genesis 1p. 13
The Word and the Light: John 1:1-18p. 18
The Rhythms of Our Lives: Genesis 2p. 22
When We Lost the Rhythm: Genesis 3p. 26
The Great Divide: Genesis 4:1-18p. 30
Those People: John 4:1-42p. 33
Noah's Ark: Genesis 6-8p. 38
The Story of the Lost Son: Luke 15:11-32p. 43
A Future to Hope For: Genesis 15p. 49
Change of Plans: Luke 1:26-56p. 53
The One True God Who Gives: Genesis 22:1-19p. 58
Jesus on the Cross: Matthew 27:32-54p. 64
Jacob's Giant Family: Genesis 29:16-30:24p. 68
Mr. Misunderstood: John 7:1-18p. 73
Joseph Reunited with His Brothers: Genesis 45p. 77
I Am Who I Am: Exodus 3-4:17p. 82
Blood, Frogs, Darkness, and Hardened Hearts: Exodus 11:1-10p. 87
Jesus Turns Water into Wine: John 2:1-12p. 90
Moses and Passover: Exodus 12:21-42p. 93
Jesus's Last Supper and Our Communion: Luke 22:7-20p. 97
The Cloud, the Fire, and the Water: Exodus 13:21-22, 14:5-31p. 102
Faith for the Waves: Mark 4:35-41p. 107
Manna from Heaven: God Provides: Exodus 16:1-35p. 111
The Enemy, God, and Job: Job 1, 2, and 3p. 116
The Test: Matthew 4:1-11p. 121
Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:1-21p. 124
The Beatitudes and the Salt of the Earth: Matthew 5:1-20p. 128
Jesus and the Rich Young Man: Mark 10:11-27p. 132
Be Strong and Courageous: Joshua 2p. 136
Trusting God, Even on the Water: Matthew 14:22-36p. 140
Praying Big Prayers: Hannah and Samuel: 1 Samuel 1p. 144
An Unexpected King: Samuel, Saul, and David: 1 Samuel 16p. 150
David and Goliath: Tie Full Armor of God: 1 Samuel 17p. 154
Who Is the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?: Matthew 18p. 160
David the King of Israel: 2 Samuel 11p. 165
The Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery: All Have Sinned and Fallen Short: John 8:1-11p. 171
The Building of the Temple: 1 Chronicles 28:1-21p. 174
Jesus Clears the Temple: John 2:13-22p. 178
Elijah and the Widow: 1 Kings 16:29-33 and 1 Kings 17p. 181
Feeding the Five Thousand: Matthew 14:1-21p. 185
Elijah and the Prophets of Bad: 1 Kings 18:16-46p. 189
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath and the Pharisees Don't Like It: Matthew 12:1-37p. 194
God of Many Chances: Jonahp. 199
Jesus and Nicodemus: John 3:1-21p. 204
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: No Other God Can Save This Way!: Daniel 3p. 209
Lazarus, Come Out!: John 11:1-44p. 214
For Such a Time as This: Esther and Xerxes: Estherp. 218
One Bright Morning: Mary Magdalene and Jesus at the Tomb: John 20:1-18p. 223
Tongues of Fire, Changed Lives: Acts 2p. 226
Saul, Saul, Why Are You Out to Get Me?: Acts 9:1-22p. 232
A Different Change of Heart: Acts 10:9-43p. 236
Love Letters to the Church and Our Place in the Story: 1 John 4:1-21p. 240
Notesp. 244
About the Authorp. 246