Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Book review- Together: Growing Appetites for God

Every night, as part of my kids' bedtime routine, we read a story or two from their children's version of the Bible.  This has been a great way to introduce them to some of the stories in the Bible, and it's always a highlight of the evening.  However, as they are getting older and are capable of understanding more, my husband and I have been talking about reading the actual Bible more often with the kids. I even bought a family reading Bible a few months back, but haven't done anything with it since purchasing it. Thankfully, I recently received a great little book called Together: Growing Appetites for God that motivated me to pick up the Bible and start reading to my kids! Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:

Christian parents have a responsibility to make sure their children know and love God's Word. But what if you struggle as a parent to read the Bible yourself. How can you pass a love for God's Word along to your children if you struggle with it yourself? That was Carrie Ward's story. Until God gave her a plan to help her develop a consistent time in the Word, right along with her children. Readers will walk together with Carrie Ward, an everyday mama, as she journeys through the Bible with her small children one chapter a day. As her children re-enact the Bible stories readers will be able to see Scripture through the eyes of a child. Parents will learn how to impart God's truth to their children day by day, and will see its transformative power on their families. Together: Growing Appetites for God is an easy read and includes helpful tools for scripture memorization and charts to follow progress through the Bible.
I found this book to be both enjoyable and motivating.  The author doesn't pretend to be some big expert on the Bible, she's just a Christian mom who made a decision to read through the Bible with her kids and did it! In only 5 years (the first time through- they're now on round 3 of reading through the entire Bible).  I love her stories of how God used the things they were reading to encourage them and help them through challenges.

I thought Together was a very well-written book.  The author shares lots of stories from her own life, while also discussing the things that worked for her family as they read through the Bible, and tips for others as they start their reading as well.  After the main body of the book, there is an appendix with information on resources, small group questions, a Bible translation comparison, and a message for dads.  All in all, this is an excellent book that I would recommend for any Christian family!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.