In The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional, Mike Berenstain uses the characters in Bear Country to illustrate important Christian truths to a young audience. The layout includes a simple Bible verse, a short story featuring a member of the Bear family, an application section that helps tie in the teaching of the verse and story, and a concise two phrase summary that concludes the lesson. The book is divided into several themes including joy, thankfulness, and forgiveness with a number of chapters devoted to each theme allowing children to gain different angles of each focus. For example, one chapter talked about how joy is expressed in singing, dancing, and praising God expressively. The next chapter however provided another aspect in that we can experience joy through the quietness and peace that only comes from God. As such, each chapter aims to help young children recognize and focus on God as the ultimate source of all good things.
I would happily recommend this devotional to parents of toddlers as they establish a bedtime devotions routine. This book will be especially attractive to kids who have already been exposed to the Berenstain Bears through their leisure reading. I can remember reading dozens of Berenstain Bear books during my childhood and am quite pleased with how the younger Berenstain has able to integrate Christian truths into his parent’s work. I look forward to reading more of the “Living Lights” series and seeing how the Bear family continues to realize God’s truths in their everyday lives.
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