Friday, April 8, 2011

“When You Rise Up”: Faith in the Mornings— Beautiful Christian Poetry Devotional for Older Kids and Parents (Part VIII of Many (!))

“You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” Deuteronomy 6:7

I have always been interested in those “One Year,” “One Minute,” “Daily,” etc. type of books! The titles just shout “organization”! We have done many of these types of books through the years, but one that I think is beautiful, appropriate for older kids and parents—and appropriate for this month of “National Poetry Month” celebrations is “The One Year Book of Poetry.”

The description for this book states its purpose eloquently: “This daily devotional of Bible-inspired poetry contains some of the most eloquent, inspiring, and profound poetry ever written. Readers will glean understanding, wisdom, and inspiration for life's struggles and victories. But most of all, they will learn more about their Savior and be inspired to devote their lives to him wholeheartedly. Includes indexes.”

Another review said, “Containing some of the most inspiring Christian poetry ever written, "The One Year Book of Poetry" features 365 devotionals, each with fascinating information on the poet, insight into the poem, and a concluding thought for application.”

In keeping with our “quick reads” in the morning, this book really fits the bill. As the reviews mentioned, it has the poem, as well as insight into the poet, the time period in which the poem was written, what the author meant in parts of it, etc. It’s like a devotional and literature lesson all in one!

If you have only littles, I would stick with the “Bible Time Nursery Rhyme” or “Prayers for the Very Young” for read alouds. However, any parent who enjoys poetry and devotional material would like this for his or her own night stand.

Look inside this beautiful devotional at

This book can be purchased from Parable books (and many other sources, but I like to purchase from Christian booksellers when possible) at

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