"Best Family Devotional Book on the Market - I wish this book had been written when my children were young! It is so well written that anyone can be made to look and feel like a pro. Each lesson points to Jesus throughout the Old Testament and is only 10 minutes in length. What an amazing tool for Christian parenting!" -T. L. CLOWE, Spokane, WA
This set of devotion books written by Marty Machowski will explore 78 stories from each the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Each night builds the story, reviewing and applying the truth until the culmination. The weekly pattern looks like this:
Day 1 - "Picture It" - This section helps your family understand the context, setting, and subject of the story. It is then followed by a reading of the text, questions concerning the interpretation and application of the text, and a time of family prayer.
Day 2 - "Remember It" - This section helps your family recall and retain what they encountered on Day 1. It is a time of open discussion as your family reviews the story and its significance. Again, It is then followed by a reading of the text, questions concerning the interpretation and application of the text, and a time of family singing/prayer.
Day 3 - "Connect It to the Gospel" - Perhaps my favorite feature of Machowski's devotional series, this section encourages your family to think about how the story either points forward to or back at the gospel. A wonderfully helpful section that helps your family steer away from mere moralism and move toward an understanding of the Scriptures insofar as they tell the grand story of God's redemptive work in Messiah Jesus.
Day 4 - "Remember It" - Having discussed a particular story for 3 days, this section helps get your family talking about the impact the story has had on their lives this week.
Day 5 - "Discover It" - Yet another unique feature of Old Story New, Machowski helps your family connect the New Testament story with its Old Testament roots (specifically the Psalms and Prophets). This will give your family an increased awareness of the unity of the Scriptures and the grand story they tell. Additionally, it may serve to awaken an interest in the Old Testament Scriptures among your children, as much of the OT, in some churches, is often left aside while a majority of time is focused on the NT.
Learn more about Long Story Short and Old Story New.