Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family

Exploring Grace Together

A few years ago I shared what is probably my very favorite parenting book of all time with you.

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus is a primer on how the gospel should transform our parenting, and it’s a must-read in my book! Now, co-author Jessica Thompson has given us Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family.

Exploring Grace Together puts the principles discussed in Give Them Grace into action through a series of simple family devotions. Our family has been going through the book this summer, though we haven’t managed to read every single day, so it’s taking us a bit longer to get through the entire book.

A short introduction to read to your children portrays the devotions as a “treasure hunt” to find Jesus in everything we do, in every circumstance. The first several readings work through a basic explanation of the gospel using Romans 3:11-12, 23, 6:23, 8:38-39, and Ephesians 2:8. The rest of the readings build on that foundation, covering such topics as feeling misunderstood, feeling alone, family discord, blame shifting, lying, materialism, grief, and more. Each reading ends with several discussion questions to provoke more thought and conversation. 

The devotions are short and to the point. Each one begins with a Scripture verse. Using the verse as a jumping off point, Thompson depicts a fictional scenario that kids can identify with, such as having a temper tantrum over not being allowed to do something, losing a grandparent, or bringing home a bad report card, and illustrates how the gospel applies in these situations.

These are perfect for my younger two, who are now eight and five. Jessica Thompson is gifted at communicating the gospel and how it transforms our lives in a way that young children can grasp. The illustrations are a bit simplistic for my sixteen and thirteen year olds, but the discussion questions draw them in and get their wheels turning.

I appreciated the letter to parents at the beginning that offered encouragement for those days when the kids seem disengaged or unresponsive, and reminds us that convincing our children is not our job. God is the author of salvation, and he can still use the book and our fumbling words, even if the response we get from them is disappointing at times.

There are two major themes that I try to focus on making sure my children grasp well:

  • the idea that the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation (and in fact, all of history!), is one continuous story of God’s plan of redemption, not just a collection of disconnected events that illustrate how we should live.
  • the truth that the gospel is so much more than just a set of facts to believe in order to be saved, it’s the fuel for all of life!

Exploring Grace Together is an indispensable resource in helping to communicate the second one! I highly recommend it for your family discipleship toolbox!

Disclosure: Thank you so much to Crossway Publishers for providing a review copy of this title to me! I received no other compensation, nor was I required to give a positive review. Affiliate links are included in this review. If purchases are made through these links, I receive a very small commission which helps to offset the cost of maintaning this site, and the price you pay is not affected in any way. If you choose to use these links, thank you for supporting Home With Purpose! 🙂

 

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