Old Story New: New Testament by Marty Machowski
Marty Machowski serves as Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glenn Mills, Pa. He also leads the children’s ministry, Promise Kingdom. This is the third resource in this series. You can find the other two here.
This family devotion resource is divided into 78 “chapter” which are then subdivided further into five days. In other words, you have 78 weeks worth of week-day devotions for the family. They are written in such a way that any age of children can take part in the devotional.
Each week’s devotionals subject is introduced with a short summary. Each day’s devotion includes a “Picture It” or “Remember It” section that get’s the child’s mind working followed by a Scripture reading. After reading the Scripture, there is a short paragraph to help everyone “Think About it Some More” followed by a few questions to “Talk About It.” After that is finished, there are “Pray About It” guidelines to help reinforce the devotion through prayer.
These 78 devotions build from the first book entitled Long Story Short in which are found 78 devotions rooted in the Old Testament. I appreciate the intentional shortness of each day’s devotion as they can often times drag on for what seems like eternity. The questions are worded in such a way that the children, regardless of age, can answer them and in doing so, they dictate the length of the devotion. Some devotions may last longer than others on account of this.
Perhaps more important is the Introduction for Parents found in the front. Here, Marty offers keen insight into how family devotions should look as well as what should be expected for children of various ages. In other words, Marty removes the fear of actually doing family devotions.
My children have already enjoyed Long Story Short (they range from 2-8 years old) and I am confident they will enjoy Old Story New just as much. We are indebted to Marty Machowski for the writing of this phenomenal resource. One cannot find a better resource (though there are many that have become available in the past 5 years) to actually lead your family in family devotions every evening. It is my prayer that those who read this review will pick up a copy and give it a try. The truth is, your family will be the better for so doing.