Just Add Family – An Excellent Teaching Tool

My mom happens to be the director of the children’s ministry at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.  She gave us a copy of the Just Add Family by Kurt and Olivia Bruner.  And I couldn’t be happier with it.

I’ve always been hesitant/apprehensive/fearful about doing devotions with our kids.  While I have no trouble identifying with and teaching adults, I must acknowledge that I’m not the most fun adult for kids – of almost any age.

Just Add Family is a set of recipe cards for family devotions – and they’re just what the doctor ordered.  With a tag line of “Easy Recipes for Faith-Filled Fun”, Just Add Family makes it easy for me to pick an activity, prepare for it, and – importantly – pull it off, with the kids having enough fun that they’re always wanting to “do another card”.

There are 48 cards in the set.  Each card lists the following at the top:

  • Best Use
  • Ingredients Needed
  • “Nutritional Value” (the goal accomplished)

And finally, of course, there are the recipe instructions themselves.  Easy to follow, and always fun for kids and parents alike.  And all the recipes culminate with reading a Bible verse that the activity has been building toward, and a “lesson to learn”.  The cards are organized into Special Occasion, Bedtime, Mealtime, and Secret Sauce sections, color-coded for quick access.  And there’s a section of blank cards for you to write ideas you come up with.

It took me a while to actually try one of the cards – I’ve seen “recipes” before, and they’ve generally disappointed.  But the proof is in the pudding – we’re actually doing devotions now, and the kids are loving them.

I found Just Add Family online at Christian Book.com.  No, I’m not getting paid/linked/compensated for this.


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