A Wonderfully Accessible Devotional Tool For All Ages
Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids
by Sarah Young
(adapted by Tama Fortner)
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
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About Sarah Young
Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today, Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence — each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children’s hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine. Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him. Adapted from ECPA Gold Medallion–winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.
Spend time with Jesus today . . .
A friend gifted me a copy of Jesus Calling for Christmas. I’ve much enjoyed and benefited from my daily readings of the book. So, naturally, when I had the chance to check out the children’s version of Sarah Young’s sequel to Jesus Calling — Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids — I was excited.
Though it’s not a strict day-by-day devotional (which can be good, as not everyone starts a new book on January 1st), Jesus Today, like its prequel, is presented in such a way as to make the reader feel like he/she is having a quiet heart-to-heart chat with Jesus. One difference in the sequel, which I find extremely helpful, is that rather than just referencing scripture by listing the book, chapter, and verse, Jesus Today prints the quotations on the facing page, so you don’t need to flip through your Bible or use your Bible app to look up the related verses to each day’s devotion.
Tama Fortner has expertly adapted Sarah Young’s words and design to make Jesus Today more accessible to children (suggested ages 6-10). Though the language is simple, the content is neither dumbed down nor diminished. In fact, the integrity of the content is so well maintained that I’d venture to say that, in addition to being a useful tool for moms and dads to guide their young ones toward spending time with Jesus and studying scripture, this could serve as a wonderful guidebook for new or “young” Christians of all ages — even adults! That’s why it makes such good sense to include the printed scriptures rather than just providing reference, because new believers or explorers may not yet have taken the leap of buying a Bible.
This is a book that all ages may use without trepidation. Rather than being daunting or intimidating, it speaks plainly and directly, with most of the translations (unless otherwise noted) being taken from the International Children’s Bible. The design, color, and format help underscore the hopefulness that the entries inspire. Sarah Young wrote Jesus Today during a tumultuous time of illness, so the book particularly speaks to and encourages readers in times of struggle, darkness, despair, and doubt, reminding us that Jesus is ever-present, ever ready to help, and always in control.
– Dawn Teresa
5 of 5 Hearts. A Wonderfully Accessible Devotional Tool For All Ages.
Easy enough for kids, yet robust and meaningful enough for teens, or even adults, Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids is a special text that takes the struggle out of growing closer to Jesus and will likely make quiet time something kids not only enjoy but look forward to.
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