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Wise Up: Ten-minute family devotions in Proverbs

by Marty Machowski
160 pages / 2016

This is a solid family devotional. Author Marty Machowski takes passages from Proverbs and makes them more concrete for children (and parents) to understand and relate to. The devotions are an appropriate length for kids (true to the 10 minutes as advertised), and there are creative activities that can be done weekly, as well as a weekly song.

I particularly enjoyed each devotion’s “talk about it” section where questions move beyond simple fact-based ones (to check in for children listening) to engaging discussion points where parents are encouraged to give personal examples from their own lives. Each day also has a “pray about it” section that gives prayer suggestions and at times a Bible passage to pray through together.

This devotional is aimed at families with kids in grades 1-6 and I would agree that this is accurate. It is not a flashy book and has no pictures so preschoolers would be harder to engage. Check out an 11-page excerpt here.

If you like it, then you’ll be interested to know Marty Machowski has another family devotional called Listen Up, which is based on the Parables.

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