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May the Faith Be with You: 180 devotions that are out of this world Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 24 user ratings
ISBN:0310753457
LANGUAGE:English

" My family loves Star Wars and this seemed like a really neat idea. A devotional which sort of reminds us of it (at least the cover.) The age limit is 6 - 10 years, but it seemed as if it were for a lot younger kids. Maybe preschoolers, kindergartners. The print is large, the book is small, and there is nothing of substance. It's just a literal moment with God. Very simplistic. " said.

"About the Book:
Life in the Spirit isn’t about cushioned pews and easy living—it’s about adventure, risk, daring, and the pursuit of wisdom. It’s about letting the awesome power of God work through you to do things you never thought possible.


In this brand-new 180-day devotional, you’ll learn the highest, truest, and most rewarding way to a life of wisdom, apprenticing with the Ultimate Master himself—Jesus Christ. May the Faith Be With You will give you a devotional experience that’s out of this world.

My Review:
Daily life is a struggle at best. Our children get to experience that right along with us. Granted theirs maybe somewhat easier but they still do. They need God in their daily lives just like we do---it's no different for them as it is for their parents. My children want a devotional handpicked for them just like mine so we try to provide them that only one that is on their reading level.

It is so fitting for Zonderkidz to come out with a devotional for our kiddos based on a star wars type theme. This really appeals to kids and they love the fact it's not a boring old book. This is something that will make them eager to learn and it gives them greater knowledge of the Bible in only minutes per day. It is good for 180 days and is geared specifically for ages 6-10.

It has several key features that make it even better all around. The features are scripture, master moment, ways of wisdom, and use the force. And like with all devotionals this one is very flexible and the author explains how to use it, as well.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
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"For many years, the Star Wars franchise has been involved in the publishing industry, giving kids and adults alike the chance to use their minds to create fabulous foreign lands. Those writings have saturated our society, and I am thankful for that. Now, the venerable Zonderkids, longtime purveyors of excellent materials for the development of Christian youth, has produced a lovely little book that explores the life of a student of the force.
May the Faith Be with You is a devotional book that takes the biblical story of salvation and brings it alive for the young reader. It is a book of beautiful simplicity. The captivating cover calls us to attention, letting us know that the celestial story of our Lord can become one of our own.
It is a well organized book, telling the story of God’s love for his people. Starting off with devotions centered on the calling of the patriarch Abraham, and telling the story of his children. This leads to meditations on King David, the Prophet Jonah - all of this leading up to the life of Jesus Christ.
This is an especially necessary thing to convey, since the book is aimed at younglings. The devotions go through the story of the Old Testament, reminding the youths of the promises to come and the blessings found in being counted as a Christian in our modern world. It is also nice how it calls back, from time to time, around the entire salvation history to support recurring themes over several devotions.
As the users of this small devotional will notice, the story does not end with the promise, but with developing a positive spiritual life in Christ. The structure of the devotional book guides its readers to a deeper understanding and progression in their walk with the Lord. Each devotion begins with a small snippet of Scripture, usually just a verse or two, from the NIrV, which is a translation specifically aimed for the younger reader. This is followed by the Master Moment (each Padawan needs to hear from his master, right?). We are told that “these are great words that help give you the main idea of the devotion…They will remind you of God’s love for you.” I found these incredibly helpful, both when I thought about the intended audience, and for myself. Quite often, we can miss the meaning of a text, and the help of an experienced master can point us in the right direction. Following this is a section called Ways of Wisdom. This offers a bit of background on the short text, putting it into context. For example when meditating on the Exodus story, we read that “God asked Moses to gather his family together. They traveled to Egypt. They were going to see Pharaoh. God gave Moses the confidence and help he needed. Moses was still nervous, but he knew God was there with him.” What wonderful simplicity, clearly showing the youthful reader the underlying and basic truths of the text. At the end of each devotion is the section entitled “Use the Force.” Here the readers are offered some words with which to begin to pray. It can be difficult to know what to say, especially for the young soul. That is when the Force, the life and ethos of the Christian spirituality, is offered as a starting point for prayer. I very much like the reminder that “sometimes you may even want to say, ‘God, I’m listening.’” Sometimes this can be a very powerful moment, just sitting and listening for the still small voice of the Lord as it invades our world of digital clutter.
Another nice attribute of this tome is the Scripture index. Quite a wide variety of texts are covered in these 180 devotions. They are beautifully indexed so that they can be referenced, even when they move on to the next devotional book.
This book, coming at the right time to spark the imaginations and interests of the young ones, would be an excellent gift to any child who is ready to examine their faith in an age appropriate manner (that should be all of them!). It is a perfect size to be a stocking stuffer, gift for the kids in your family or for the children of your parish. I hope that each of them will have the opportunity, during this coming season of consumerism and all encompassing marketing of space related movies, to find time to meditate on the larger and more necessary themes of love, devotion, and the blessings of the life in Christ.
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" The book is a great resource for learning as well as progressing with God. It challenges children to believe and expand their faith. I received a complimentary copy. " said.

" My 8 year old son read through the Bedtime Prayers book in this series pretty quickly and really enjoyed it, so I'm delighted to tuck this devotional book into his Easter basket. I love how Zondervan has found a nifty way to tie his Star Wars obsession into books that help grow his faith! Thanks for sending us this book for review, Zondervan! " said.

"Learn the way to a life of wisdom and apprentice with the Ultimate Master through these 180 out-of-this-world devotions!

This little devotional book would be the perfect start to your padawan's school day, since it has the same number of readings as the average school year.

The pages are short and sweet and the perfect introduction to a lifetime habit of daily time with the Lord.

Each page follows the same layout: an opening Scripture verse, the "Master Moment" (main point of the day), a "Ways of Wisdom" paragraph that tells a bit about the story that surrounds the day's Bible verse, and a "Use the Force" conclusion which gets you into a prayerful conversation with God.

The back index consists of a chronological list of the Bible verses, allowing the reader to easily locate his or her favorites or to skip around in a different order.

I feel this devotional has two things going for it: 1) its theme will appeal to a large audience, since it seems that interest in all things Star Wars will never go out of style and 2) the readings are very short, which I feel could really benefit the younger set or those who are just getting started with the practice of a Quiet Time.

If you have a mini Jedi in your house, you'll want to consider adding this devotional to your collection.

I received a free copy of this product as a member of Zondervan's Z Blog Squad in exchange for writing a review. All opinions are my own.
" said.

" My family loves Star Wars and this seemed like a really neat idea. A devotional which sort of reminds us of it (at least the cover.) The age limit is 6 - 10 years, but it seemed as if it were for a lot younger kids. Maybe preschoolers, kindergartners. The print is large, the book is small, and there is nothing of substance. It's just a literal moment with God. Very simplistic. " said.

"About the Book:
Life in the Spirit isn’t about cushioned pews and easy living—it’s about adventure, risk, daring, and the pursuit of wisdom. It’s about letting the awesome power of God work through you to do things you never thought possible.


In this brand-new 180-day devotional, you’ll learn the highest, truest, and most rewarding way to a life of wisdom, apprenticing with the Ultimate Master himself—Jesus Christ. May the Faith Be With You will give you a devotional experience that’s out of this world.

My Review:
Daily life is a struggle at best. Our children get to experience that right along with us. Granted theirs maybe somewhat easier but they still do. They need God in their daily lives just like we do---it's no different for them as it is for their parents. My children want a devotional handpicked for them just like mine so we try to provide them that only one that is on their reading level.

It is so fitting for Zonderkidz to come out with a devotional for our kiddos based on a star wars type theme. This really appeals to kids and they love the fact it's not a boring old book. This is something that will make them eager to learn and it gives them greater knowledge of the Bible in only minutes per day. It is good for 180 days and is geared specifically for ages 6-10.

It has several key features that make it even better all around. The features are scripture, master moment, ways of wisdom, and use the force. And like with all devotionals this one is very flexible and the author explains how to use it, as well.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
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