Book Review: Old Story New Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God by Marty Machowski

Old Story New: Ten-minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God

By: Marty Machowski

New Growth Press, 1451 S. Elm Eugene St., Suite 1102, Greensboro, N. C., 978-1936768660, $ 19.99, 2012, 418 Pages

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Family Devotionals That Teach

Marty Machowski skillfully blends the elements of suspense, drama, and mystery in telling the Gospel story. “Old Story New: Ten-minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God” combines a strong family focus with an emphasis on the relevance of Biblical truth and specific applications for all ages.

Each of the 78 Devotionals follow a five day plan beginning with a creative activity, exercise, or bit of trivia to introduce the passage, moving to a reading from the scripture, concluding with simple thoughtful questions which draw out the content and meaning the passage. Suggested parallels from the stories found in Machowski’s early “Bible Story Bible” add to the approaches available to make expand the usefulness of the book.

Marty’s writing is captures the imagination is clear, creating, and challenging. His content is theologically sound, rich in Biblical narrative, spiritual significance, and life transforming truth. Devotionals are made up of doable family worship practices, relatable lessons with Christ as the focal pointing to the need for a personal faith Old Story New: Ten-minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God is a rich, unique resource, filled with illuminating insights presented in an enjoyable style, designed to involve preschool, elementary children, pre-teens, and teenagers.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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