Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family: 5-Minute Messages by Nicole Carpenter

 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family: 5-Minute Messages by Nicole Carpenter

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


Each morning, around the breakfast table or cuddled on the couch, open your scriptures and read the verse. Discuss it as long as your children will let you. Talk about how it affects their lives or builds on the scripture from the morning before. If you like, add a quote, insightful question and finish with a prayer. It just may be the most important three minutes you offer your children each day.

My Review

The author shares the purpose of this book in the preface and it made me recognize how vitally important it is for families to implement some kind of daily scripture study routine to armor ourselves and our children against Satan's continual temptations and opposition.

The four sections (value lessons, life lessons, gospel lessons, and holiday lessons) each cover several principles, one per week. They can be read in order or you can jump around based on what topic will resonate with your family. Each week's lesson includes daily scripture references, a relevant quote, thoughtful questions to prompt discussion, and a supporting  address from General Conference. Some also have information to access a bonus video available online.

I appreciate that the author encourages reading the daily scripture from the actual scriptures, even though the whole reference is included in the book, so your children experience reading from the scriptures.

Each daily scripture builds upon the one from the previous day, so those should be read in order. Reading the scripture alone wouldn't take 5 minutes, but a thoughtful question and short discussion could take about that much time and also ensure comprehension.

My older daughter just turned eight years old and I am looking forward to developing a habit of daily scripture study with her. Some topics that I'm especially interested in starting with are Gratitude, Courage, Principles of Prayer, and the Light of Christ. I'd definitely recommend this resource to families and individuals who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as many other Christian faiths.

(Thank you to Cedar Fort Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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