I’m a Whit’s End and Odyssey fan from way back. We used to listen in the car when I was a girl, somehow managing to get five kids hushed enough to hear the stories over the radio. Adventures in Odyssey now captivates my daughter. I’ve been buying her the CDs, starting with the golden oldies from when I was a kid, and now she listens at night before she goes to sleep.
The devotions that the Adventures in Odyssey team have put together are another great spiritual tool to use in teaching my kids about God’s Word and faith in Jesus Christ. Separated into 13 different sections, these devotions cover some of the most foundational themes about our faith: Worship, Going to Church, The Bible, Prayer . . . When you finish the book, you will certainly have at least begun discussions with your children about the basic tenets of what we believe, why we believe it, and why we serve and worship God the way we do.
For each of the themes, there is a theme verse to memorize, some lessons from the Bible or from great heroes of the faith like William Wilberforce, a puzzle here and there to make it fun, some challenge ideas for families to put their faith into practice, and some fun and interesting “asides” from the Odyssey characters. The lessons also often link up with Adventures in Odyssey episodes, so you can always download the audio or build your own AiO collection and listen as a family.
I especially love the introductory comment from “Mr. Whitaker” that “When we use the word story in reference to the Bible, we mean a true historical account from the pages of Scripture. The Bible is not a book of myths, tall tales, or legends. It’s true, every word of it.” I love using imagination and storytelling to teach children and adults about God, but it’s so important to clarify that the Bible is truth.
The book can be minimally covered in just a few minutes before bedtime as a family. But in order to have time to do the extra activities and such, I may set it aside to use during the summer when we don’t have Awana and school and a million other activities. With 90 devotionals, it’s a perfect fit for summer use! Still, families can probably find many ways to use these devotionals effectively at any time of the year.
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