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Review “Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions: The Second Helping”

I have another devotional to review today!  This one is called Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions: The Second Helping (90 More Ideas Your Kids Will Eat Up). It was written by John Avery Whittaker (with help from Crystal Bowman, Trisha Goyer, Kevin Miller, Ed Strauss, and Linda Wurzbacher.)  Rather than being a kids devotional, it’s meant to read and done as a family.

In this simple paperback book you’ll find 90 devotions which are perfect for families to do around the dinner table.

Each one includes:

  • Mealtime Prayer–a fresh way to bless your food
  • Appetizer–a fun question or activity
  • Main Course–an object lesson or though to chew on
  • Table Talk–questions to spark interesting discussions
  • Vitamins and Minerals–a creative way to thank God for your time together or a reminder that God provides all we need.

What I like:

  • Each page is a single mealtime devotion.  It’s short and sweet and won’t be overwhelming–even to dads (or moms) who might feel uncomfortable starting this tradition.
  • The devotions will help the kids learn more about God and how to follow Him.
  • They’re fun and often have a “food” theme–to go along with meal time!
  • There are many interesting facts–like how long does the oldest living animal live or the proper etiquette for eating a roll!
  • Many contain jokes or a simple game or activity.
  • The “Table Talk” had some great questions to get kids thinking and talking, such as, “If you were a pizza, how many slices would you say belonged to God?” and “Does knowing that God hears your prayers make you want to pray more or less?”

What I didn’t like:

  • I kept wishing the devotions would get a little deeper.  Maybe I was hoping more for a Bible study and not a simple mealtime devotion.
  • There wasn’t always a definite Scripture to read for each devotion.  I think it would have been even better if it were printed out right in the book so that there would be no excuse for not reading it if you couldn’t locate a Bible.

You can read the table of contents, introduction, and first 7 days of devotions here!

(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in order to write this honest review.)

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