I am so happy I stumbled across Together: Growing Appetites For God by Carrie Ward. In Ward’s book she talks about giving our kids the “appetite” for God’s word. Which, I know this is something that I want to instill in my children. But, what do you do when you have trouble reading the Bible yourself or you are not as educated about it as you would like to be? Well, that’s where this book comes in.
Carrie Ward helps us mothers that are wanting to show our children the path to a relationship with God, even when we, ourselves, are still taking those beginning steps on our paths. I am in that place right now, where I am still learning all the greatness that God has placed in the Bible. Her solution to this problem is, read the Bible with your children.
Ward wanted to teach her kids about what wonderful stories were in the Bible and she discovered there was no better way to do this than to read the Bible itself. She found it could be a little overwhelming when she did the math trying to find out how long it would take her to get though the ENTIRE Bible in just 1 chapter a day. Ward’s findings were…it would take 8 YEARS to do so. Although overwhelmed at this finding she never let it discourage her and started a daily worship time during breakfast with her kids by reading 1 chapter a day. 5 years later they finished. During that journey she discovered some wonderful things happening to her family.
There were some days when she though her children weren’t listening to her read but, after breakfast they would then depart from the table and act out what she has just read. This gave her heart such joy to see that God’s word was making a difference in their lives. She was also amazed at how God was helping her to learn all the while she was teaching her kids. Sometimes reading the Bible aloud can help more than anything.
I love how this book it written. It’s straight forward, simple to understand, and a really quick read. Which is great when you are the mother of young children. You can get support and tips from Carrie Ward in a small potent package. This is a wonderful book for helping any mother get started with reading the Bible with her children.
So, what did Carrie Ward plan to do when she finished the Bible? Well, she was going to read it again.
I leave you now so that I may follow in Ward’s footsteps and start reading my way through the Bible with my children.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. *