Friday, June 01, 2007

Teaching our Children

As we have struggled to be consistent in our family devotion time, it is not due to a lack of resources. Christian publishing houses have seen to that by the amount of books they have put on the market. So far, I have relied on several sources for helping us pick appropriate material. One being, a blog I have previously complimented on here called The Children's Hour put together by Pastor Ray Van Neste. Suffice to say in this second post about his blog, it is very helpful and interesting. Another resource has been Noel Piper, the wife of well known Pastor John Piper. Her book, Treasuring God in our Traditions, was extremely helpful to me in making great choices for reading and teaching materials for our son. Two of the books I use the most are Carine MacKenzie's My First Book of Question and Answers and My First Book of Memory Verses.
One last place I have relied on for great children's Bible materials is our local church. Over three years ago, our New Brunswick church bookstore introduced me to Leading Little Ones to God which has been a great book thus far for teaching our son about God and His Word. The chapters are brief, yet well written to convey important theological truths to young children.
There are still books out there that we have yet to own which I have heard many great things about, one being Catherine Vos' The Child's Story Bible which is over sixty years old and has been enjoyed by many generations of Christians. And of course there are others, but I'll save those for another post.
Having the resources to teach our children is great, but consistently using them is indeed better. I pray that the Lord will strengthen my resolve in this area of parenting.

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