What does your bedtime routine look like? In my house, when it is about an hour before lights-out time, my kids put on their pajamas, brush their teeth, pick out their outfit for the next day, and choose their three books for reading time. Once all of this is done, we all snuggle into one bed and read a book or two (or three) before they get reading time (with physical books) on their own.
Studies have shown that kids need at least a half-hour break from electronic devices before bed if they are going to get the best sleep at night. And what better to do during that time than reading together as a family? Even better, what if you were to use that time to do devotions together?
Family devotions are a great way to lead by example when it comes to showing kids that the Bible is important and relevant in their lives. Here are the top ten devotionals that we sold in the last year at Baker Book House.
9780529120663 | Retail Price – $16.99
What it is – A 40-day devotional that focuses on the names of God.
What sets it apart – Most of the items on this list are full-year devotionals. This one allows a family to focus on a single topic while expanding an understanding of God’s multi-faceted character and His love for them.
9780842389402 | Retail Price $14.99
What it is – A year-long devotional featuring a handful of preschoolers with a different issue each day.
What sets it apart – The short devotions use real-life situations to teach preschoolers how God loves them through their day. Each devotion also features a verse and a short, rhyming prayer.
9781627073325 | Retail Price $16.99
What it is – A year-long devotional featuring stories from the Bible that teach truths on a kid-level.
What sets it apart – Though this devotional has the same author as the 1 Year Devotions for Preschoolers title above, it sticks exclusively to stories and characters from the Bible.
9780310750468 | Retail Price $15.99
What it is – A year-long devotional that covers the themes from the adult bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life.
What sets it apart – The name recognition of Rick Warren is important for this title, but the theme that God has a purpose for every life is equally important.
9780718038052 | Retail Price $15.99
What it is – A year-long devotional that matches the content of the adult version, but in kid-friendly vernacular.
What sets it apart – The hook of Sarah Young’s devotionals is that they are written from the perspective of God talking to us personally. This is a great option for families where the parents are using the adult version for themselves and want to discuss the topics with their kids.
9781433681677, 9781433681653 | Retail Price $14.99 each
What it is – A year-long devotional that features topics important to teens because they were written by teens.
What sets it apart – Teens may be more receptive to messages that come from their peers rather than some adult that doesn’t understand what it is like to be a teen anymore. If that’s the case, then the Teen to Teen titles are perfect for them.
9781400323067 | Retail Price $19.99
What it is – A year-long devotional that matches the content of the adult version, but for kids.
What sets it apart – This is the kid version of the original bestseller that launched Sarah Young into the devotional limelight. As listed above for Jesus Today, each devotional is written as through from Jesus himself.
Power Up! Devotional: Kids Edition
9781627073493 | Retail Price $9.99
What it is – A 90-day devotional for kids who love sports
What sets it apart – This topical devotional features devotions written from a player’s perspective and draws material from real-life sports stars through the lens of the Bible. Each devotional also features a Bible verse and a brief fact or tip for improving at the game.
9780781407274 | Retail Price $17.99
What it is – A 52-week devotional that draws from the comic book edition of the Bible, The Action Bible.
What sets it apart – If you don’t have a sporty kid that would enjoy the Power Up! Devotional, maybe you have a comic book lover that would like The Action Bible Devotional. Each weekly devotion features a story from the Action Bible with questions and activities that encourage readers to dig deeper into the Word.
9781433688232, 9781433688225 | $9.99 each
What it is – A daily devotional that partners a Bible verse with a short devotional.
What sets it apart – This is about as basic as a daily devotional can get. The advantage here is in the breadth of topics and the fact that it would take less than three minutes to do with the family. Easy to fit into busy schedules!