365 Devotions to Help You Know and Love the Savior
Joshua Cooley opens his devotional by asking a single important question to introduce his book:
“Do you really know who Jesus Christ is? What ever your answer, this devotional is dedicated to helping you draw closer to him. Each day’s devotion-all 365 of them-bears his name. This book is all about Jesus.”
From there, Joshua keeps his word, taking the reader on a journey through a year’s worth of daily devotions to help adolescents discover the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The creative storytelling, analogies, and fun facts that Joshua includes in each day’s devotion help connect the truths he is teaching to the young audience he purposes to reach.
Each day begins with a scripture and short devotional explanation of the text. From their each day has a section entitled “What’s it Mean?” where Joshua adds his helpful commentary on the passage. There is also a “Now What?” section in each day’s devotion giving the reader an assignment to complete that enhances the day’s study like looking up a scripture or providing a practical application for the day’s instruction. Every day concludes with a final “Did You Know?” bit of trivia that further enhances and caps off the devotion.
Here is the publisher’s description of the book:
"What does the Old Testament have to do with Jesus? How is His story woven throughout the Bible? Explore the answers to these questions and learn more about who Jesus is in The One Year Devotions with Jesus. Featuring a range of kid-friendly topics, from practical life lessons that Jesus taught to the essential theological truths of His character and deity, The One Year Devotions with Jesus will encourage young readers and help them to know Christ better."
What I like most about The One Year Devotions with Jesus is the central place Josh gives the gospel and his clear presentation of solid gospel truth. For example, in the June 6th devotion, where Joshua is outlining the love God demonstrated to us, he says, “When the Bible speaks of love, especially Jesus’ love, it’s not talking about romantic feelings. Biblically defined, love is sacrificing yourself for the good of someone else (John 15:13). This is exactly what Jesus did for the disciples-and you-through his life and death. And as today’s verse says, he wants you to show that same love to others.” Locating love in Jesus work on the cross instead of emotional feelings or good deeds is critical if our children are going to understand the gospel.
So pick up a copy of this one-year devotional for your preteen or teen for Christmas and perhaps a copy for yourself and read through these devotions together. Parents want to train their children in the things of God but often don’t know where to begin. Joshua Cooley will help you with all you need for next year.
Joshua Cooley is a children's minister, freelance writer, and former full-time sports writer and editor. His freelance work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Sports Illustrated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Orlando Sentinel, FCA Magazine, Focus on the Family's Thriving Family magazine, Clubhouse, and Highlights. Joshua has written the Heroes of the Bible Devotional, and he has also cowritten The One Year Sports Devotions for Kids and Playing with Purpose: Inside the Lives and Faith of the Major Leagues' Top Players. He lives with his wife and four children in Durham, North Carolina. You can visit his website at: http://www.joshuacooleyauthor.com.