Review-“52 Commands of Christ for Children” Susan Chamberlain Shipe

I was blessed to be on the launch team for Susan’s new book “52 Commands for Children”.  It is a a one year  devotional, Using commands from Christ on how to live. One for each week.   She based these off a sermon series her pastor did  from teachings from The Institute of Basic Life Principles.

One devotional a week.  Humility, Initiative, Endurance, Dependability etc.

I really liked this book and can see me using it with my grandchildren.  As well as suggesting it for my friends who are parents of young children.

That said, this, I think is more geared to mid to upper elementary.  I will use it with my grandchildren but adapt it a bit. Only because I think some of the language is geared, more for older children.

The same principles are needed in all ages.

She has a coloring page included at the end of each devotional.  Rather nice, more like black and white photographs to color in. Great for older children.  If you were using this for youngers, you would want to obtain coloring pages that would fit the skill set of younger ones.

Susan includes 3 to 4 talking points for every “command”, using the leading Scripture as her base.  Like this, if you have the time and  your child’s attention you could use this in one sitting. But it would probably work best to divide it up 3 or 4 days of the week. Always repeating the opening Scripture.

Love some of the ideas she includes for parents.  May incorporate them into my own teaching times.

If you are familiar with the Institute for Basic Life Principles and have their character sketches, you could certainly compliment this devotional with their character traits.

I am excited for Susan in her new endeavor!

I was given this book at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

Available in bookstores now.

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