Book Review, Inspirational

Book Review – Listen Up

Listen Up by Marty Machowski

Here is another book I’d like to share with you today. Earlier this year, we were given the opportunity to read through this book. LU41EE-5PIijL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_

But before I tell you what we thought of it, I’ll share what Amazon has:

Everyone loves a good story, and children are no exception. Who better to tell those stories than Jesus? Listen Up, by bestselling author Marty Machowski, delves into some of Jesus’s best-known stories in a two-part discipleship resource fashioned to help children explore the parables of Jesus and learn the biblical truths they convey.

After teaching a parable, Jesus often said, “Whoever has ears, let him hear.” In other words, “This is important, so you better listen up,” and what could be more important than the good news of the kingdom of God? This family devotional provides a unique opportunity for parents to help their children “listen up” and hear the gospel as Jesus himself shared it. Jesus told simple stories using everyday activities and objects that point to surprising spiritual truths about life in his kingdom. In the parables children (and adults!) will learn to treasure the gospel.

Children love stories, and the parables provide a wonderful opportunity to engage their imagination and help them understand and live out the good news of the kingdom of God. This thirteen-week family devotional is designed to help families explore the parables that Jesus taught through reading selected parables, activities, discussion questions, and “fun facts.” Each five-day session includes Bible reading, discussion questions, a fun activity, and songs.

Some thoughts I had…

We read through this book this year, using it for our morning devotions. It brought a lot of discussion, and a new way to look at some of the parables of Jesus. I appreciated the fact that it helped us to understand in a new way, some of those Biblical truths we’ve known and been doing our best to follow. The girls also enjoyed these devotionals, but I would say they are mostly geared for children from ages of about 8 – 12.

Probably the thing that I found the biggest drawback is that I only had an ebook copy of this book. I much prefer holding an actual book in my hand, especially for something like devotions.

Written in a way that is easy to understand, yet thought provoking, I think this is a book that can be helpful for many.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


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