Moody Publishers are releasing a new devotional this week called “Cassie and Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design,” by Susan and Richie Hunt. It is a beautifully illustrated hardback book with short, story-centered devotions designed for kids 5-8 years old. Husbands, if you are looking for a Mother’s day gift, this might be a great idea for you.
I introduced the book to my five year old, Abby, a couple weeks ago. She loves it. The stories are applicable, the family is realistic (not sugar-coated Christians), and the truths are solid. The focus alternates from Cassie to Caleb so as to be useful for either gender. All of the lessons happen in the context of family, with secondary characters like grandparents, single moms, friends, etc… After each devotion, the “Let’s Talk” section leads you through discussion with your child, with the opportunity to look up verses and pray.
Most parents like me want to have these meaningful discussion with their children, but sometimes we lack the means to follow through. This is a great tool to put your desire into action. In the introduction, the authors identify five key truths they want to teach:
- God’s design for gender roles
- finding Jesus in all of Scripture
- God’s Word as our authority
- Church as significant spiritual family
- the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives
The book is unapologetically complementarian, yet addresses the heart issues behind the differing roles. I have enjoyed this opportunity to talk with Abby about foundational issues and invest these spiritual truths into her life at such a formative age.