With the coming of summer, family schedules are a little less hectic. You might want to consider beginning with your child , Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, a devotional for kids published by Thomas Nelson in 2010.

Kids are used to e-mailing, texting or phoning their friends when they want to talk. But in this devotional Young asks them to relax, let go and see what God has to say to them through the Bible. The format is a page a day and each is short, simple and Biblical. Each is written as if Jesus is speaking, using Me or I for Jesus.

For example January 1st is titled “Get Ready for a New Adventure” and focuses on Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you  . . . ” It asks the reader not to look back on past mistakes but to trust Me (Jesus).

The intriguing titles of “Flipping the Switch” to “Singing with the Angels,” along with the kid-friendly content, makes this devotional book perfect for third through sixth graders. Each day’s entry ends with extra scriptures to acquaint the reader with other Bible passages. The book suggests the reader keep a journal and record the times he or she has “listened” to Jesus. These devotionals could also be done with the family gathered around the table and asking each to add their thoughts to the discussion.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is married and the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

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