Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
It seems strange to be doing a review this week, when our entire world has been turned upside down. But I think this was an appropriate week for a review of Psalms for My Day by Carine MacKenzie and Alec Motyer and illustrated by Catherine Pape. This book is a simple, daily devotional for young children that focuses only on the Psalms. Each day, we read a psalm together on one page with a short explanation on the opposite page, along with a prayer to conclude the devotional.
As we go through this turbulent time, it was refreshing to start each school day with a word from Psalms. The devotionals are short, taking only about five to ten minutes to read. Each page is also covered in colorful illustrations. The pictures are appealing, but I did wonder why there were some pages that were only pictures when there could have been more Psalms. However, it was wonderful to point my children’s hearts to praise God as we grieve of our loss.
Psalms for My Day is just one of several books published by Christian Focus that targets young children. It is to be read to ages four to six, but it is also promoted as a self-read by ages seven to eleven. However, I think that I would probably just classify this in the young readers category and find deeper material for my nine-year-old and twelve-year-old. The hard cover and thick, glossy pages makes it a book that should endure any sticky toddler hands! We did this together as a family, so I had the opportunity to hear the opinions of my older two children and know that they preferred something a little more advanced.
In this book, Carine MacKenzie took the explanations of Preacher Alec Motyer and created a book that could speak to young hearts.
Sin is serious. … It is like carrying a heavy burden like a sack of sand (Alec Motyer).
Each section is certainly short enough for a young child to sit still and hear. And I do believe that the illustrations are perfectly designed with a young child in mind. My six-year-old enjoyed this book and sat quietly as I read it to her. And my son enjoyed it as well. But I think my twelve-year-old was ready to move on to something else.
While I am not sure that I would have purchased it on my own, I do think it is a sweet addition to our library and have appreciated meditating on the Psalms with my children as we mourn the loss of their grandfather.
While I had the opportunity to review this particular book from Christian Focus, several other members of our crew had the privilege of reviewing other works from the company. Follow the link below to see if there’s one that might be a good addition to your home library!