Title: Everybody, Always for Kids
Author: Bob Goff and Lindsey Goff Viducich
Major Themes: Love, Devotionals
Synopsis: Using interesting stories from his life, Bob Goff helps children (and adults) to find practical ways to show love to the people around them.
I like to read from a Bible story book or a children’s devotional every morning as we begin our school day. When the opportunity came up to review Everybody, Always for Kids from Tommy Nelson Publishing, and we were offered a print copy, it was a no-brainer. I wanted this book! I’m enjoying it, and the children seem to be, as well. We haven’t quite finished it, since we’re just reading one chapter a day, but I have liked everything I have seen so far.
Each chapter has a story from Bob Goff’s life, and he works a life lesson in naturally. These lessons are designed to help children learn to love other people. The story we read this morning hit me especially. It was about his son learning to fly, and then to fly seaplanes, and how he landed on a small lake. The takeaway was that when we love someone we let them do what they are doing, without giving constant directions and cautions. That’s something I need to learn with my older children!
A lot of the stories just give practical ways to show love to people around us, like making it possible for everyone, no matter what age, to participate in a race, or ordering cake pops for people you disagree with. There is encouragement to be patient and to be forgiving (even when an expensive vehicle ends up at the bottom of a cliff in the ocean because of someone’s mistake). This is really a book for all ages—not just children.
I really like the feel of this book. It has a very nice hard cover, with thick glossy pages. The pictures are full-color and quite nice, and I like the ribbon marker—it means I don’t have to keep putting the bookmark back after the toddler looks through the book! She often picks it up and studies the pretty pictures when I’m finished reading in the morning. I am a bit disappointed in the ribbon, though. It started fraying almost immediately, and I need to melt the edges with a flame again, for the third time.
There is a five-day lesson plan that goes with the book. I downloaded it to have a look, but we didn’t use it. Each plan gives directions for a craft project to go with one of the stories, in which children are challenged to think of ways to show love to other people. There are also questions to discuss to spark a conversation about the topic, and supplemental activities that you can use to add even more to the experience. In looking it over just now, I noticed that one of the lessons has to do with the chapter about a time capsule. After we read that one, one of my sons made a time capsule and hid it under the house somewhere! So, I guess we did one of the activities, though inadvertently.
If you want a devotional to read with your children, this is a good one. I highly recommend it.
I received a free copy of this book from the Homeschool Review Crew, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9, 8 – 12