Dive Devotions (Faith Alive, $7.99) Finding a devotional for middle schoolers can be tricky. Too adult and they’re bored. Too “babyish” and they won’t touch it. Dive Devotions by Brian Keeley hits young teens right where they live. With topics ranging from “belonging” to “decisions” to “what’s really important,” Keeley’s sense of humor and understanding of middle school life combine to create appealing, thought-provoking daily readings. Bible readings, quirky illustrations, a “Think about It/Talk about It” section, and space to write and draw make Dive “the whole package.”
God’s Big Story Cards (Faith Alive, $9.99) This set of 165 cards encourages families to have fun together as they explore God’s ongoing story. On the front of each card is a story symbol along with the scripture reference. On the back are six activities that families can do in response to the story (retell, wonder, pray, praise, share, and respond). Start by reading the day’s story in the Bible; then roll the included color-coded die to choose one of six ways to explore the story together. There are many creative ways to use these cards!
Faith Talk cards (Vibrant Faith Ministries, $24.95) Created to keep your family’s faith active and alive, these discussion cards pose questions focusing on one of four areas of spiritual development:
• Caring Conversation: Sharing Our Stories
• Devotions: Identifying God’s Presence in All of Life
• Rituals and Traditions: Living Out Our Beliefs
• Service: Actions that Honor Our Values by Caring for Our Neighbor
Families are the strongest faith influence in the lives of kids and teens! That's why Faith Alive developed this blog especially for busy parents and caregivers, or others who play an important role in kids' lives (like stepparents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles). It's full of fun, faith-building ideas, articles, and devotions to use at home!