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Trade Paperback
176 pages
Sep 2006
Bethany House Publishers

52 Family Time Ideas: Draw Closer to Your Kids as you Draw Your Kids Closer to God

by Timothy Smith

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Do you want your family time to be filled with giggles as well as some genuine spiritual principles? Author Timothy Smith provides parents with creative activities that are guaranteed to bring everyone closer to the Father of families!

Readers will appreciate the practical ideas and the straightforward presentation. Divided into two parts, the first section features weekly ideas, while the second one focuses on holidays and special occasions. An entire years’ worth of activities are offered, with each session carefully outlined to highlight the main points. An appropriate and bite-sized Bible reading is suggested, along with a family-type game that is meant to bring the Scripture truths to a more physical level. Children from 4 to 14 will certainly benefit from this special time with their parents and siblings.

The author’s creativity and Christian perceptiveness can lead to some meaningful moments for families to enjoy. With only a 20-minute investment, parents and their children can make memories that will last a lifetime. By carefully outlining the weekly sessions, along with scripting certain segments of them, parents have the freedom to use this book without a lot of advance preparation. To help simplify things even more, a master list of ordinary and accessible supplies are included.

In many ways, the pages of this book act as a type of coach for busy families, encouraging them to set aside some quality time, while preparing an effective strategy to maximize their togetherness. Simple ideas hold profound insights that are presented in understandable ways for younger children. The discussion and group activities bring spiritual principles to the heart and mind, as they are learned and explained in an atmosphere of love and laughter.

If anyone needs a reason to read this book, there are 52 good ones inside! – Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Is your family going five different directions at once? Do you long for quality family time--where everyone's together, away from the TV and computer, doing something fun yet meaningful?

With 52 Family Time Ideas and about 20 minutes a week, even the busiest of families can establish and enjoy regular times together that will have a lasting impact.

For each week of the year, including holidays, you'll find an easy-to-follow activity plan to help you and your kids discover and experience timeless principles for strong families. Through games and other activities, as well as short Bible readings and guided discussions, your family will be drawn together and closer to God.     

Ideal for families with kids from ages 4 to 14.