Book Reviews—3 New Kids’ Devotionals for the New Year

Books based on the Book ought to be included in every family library. Here are three new kids’ devotionals to consider for the new year.

Faith and Science with Dr. Fizzlebop: 52 fizztastically fun experiments and devotions for families

Is there a science-loving kid in your family? Or a child with fun-loving curiousity? This just might be the faith-building book he or she needs for 2022.

Wait—do science and faith really go together?

Of course, says Dr. Fizzlebop, AKA the author of the book.

Each week’s entry, based on a Bible event, contains a 5-10 minute science experiment, a 5-minute devotional that relates the experiment to Bible truths, a page for collecting data and responding to the devotional, and a prayer. And of course a supply list for the experiment—most are materials you already have at home.

There’s also a section in each week’s entry called “Dr. Fizzlebop, what’s happening?” that explains the actual science demonstrated by the experiment.

And as a bonus, there a QR code takes kids to videos of some of the experiments plus bonus experiments on the author’s website.

There’s lots to learn, making this new book a great resource for families as well as churches and after-school programs.

Faith and Science with Dr. Fizzlebop
written by Brock Eastman
published by Tyndale Kids
paperback, 299 pages

Solomon Says Devotional: 100 Days of Wisdom From the World’s Wisest King

Is the wisdom of the past worthwhile for my life today? This new devo shows young readers the answer is Yes!

Each of 100 devotions in the book is based on the book of Proverbs, written long ago by Israel’s King Solomon, the world’s wisest king.

The sayings in the book of Proverbs are short observations from God’s perspective about how life works. Each entry in the book contains a short passage from Proverbs, background and application, a meaningful prayer, and an activity.

Each devo is complete on two pages. That plus the variety of activities throughout the book make this new devotional offering just right for its tween audience, both boys and girls. Parents and older siblings can find value here too, however, so add this to your list of resources for family nights, Sunday school classes, and youth groups.

Solomon Says Devotional
written by Sarah Humphrey and Amy Parker
published by B&H Kids, 2021
hardcover, 208 pages

Read & Pray Through the Bible in a Year: 3-Minute Devotions & Prayers for Morning & Evening for Girls

Middle-grade and young teen girls can use this new daily devotional several ways.

Each day offers a through-the-Bible reading plan with chapters or passages from both Old and New Testaments plus either Psalms or Proverbs. (It’s a LOT of reading for most adults, however, and most children probably will need help to follow through.)

But each day also provides components for morning and evening use. In the morning, girls can read a verse (from one of the suggested daily readings) and offer the related prayer. For evening, there’s a one-paragraph devotional thought based on the day’s verse as well.

With a cute koala on the cover and throughout, this small book might make a sweet add to someone’s Christmas stocking—a gift to last all through the new year.

Read & Pray Through the Bible in a Year
written by Jean Fischer
published by Barbour Kidz, 2021
paperback, 384 pages

Making God’s wonders known to the next generation,

– Diane

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