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I’ve always turned to the Psalms for comfort, reassurance, praise, and lament, so I was delighted when the Homeschool Review Crew offered a child’s devotional book, Psalms for my Day, published by Christian Focus.
This beautiful hard cover book is written by Carine MacKenzie and Alec Motyer and illustrated by Catherine Pape. It contains 31 devotionals that include a Psalm translated from Hebrew by Motyer, a pertaining devotional, and a prayer with colorful illustrations. The book also has several side-by-side pages of art. We thought the artwork was beautiful and really complimented the text well.
The word, God, is translated as the original Hebrew name, Yahweh. The author’s take the time to explain the significance of using Yahweh and how it relates to our connection with God. Toward the back of the book, they also include a “New Words” page with a small glossary with words that may be new to a young reader. Their website states that this book is geared for ages 5-8. While our younger ones enjoyed hearing the Scriptures and devotionals, it would be a challenging read for them individually.
We used the book as a family devotional to get our school day started. One morning, when burdened with quarantine life during COVID-19, we read the excerpt from Psalm 46, shared here from the King James Version.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah… Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11. KJV.
Throughout the rest of that day, that Psalm appeared in other places more than three times. It was a great reminder for us that Yahweh was inviting us to rest and trust in the Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob.
This book would make a nice gift to a child.
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