I know that many of you are enjoying Top Ten: A Refreshing and Encouraging Study on the Ten Commandments that takes place on Wednesday evenings and is led by some of our amazing FBC ladies. It’s so rewarding to study God’s Word. I thought this would be a great time to review for you some of the wonderful resources from our own FBC Library on the Ten Commandments.
A few of these will be a perfect complement to the study and others are perfectly suited to help you pass on this life-giving information to your children and grandchildren. Bill and Kathy Peel remind us in their book, Where is Moses When We Need Him? that “the children of Israel had Moses to teach them faith, moral values and spiritual truths. Your children have you.” Dr. James Dobson writes passionately in his latest book, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift, about the importance of passing on our faith to future generations. He says the spiritual training of children should be the central priority of parents and grandparents.
Please take advantage of our wonderful library and check out one or more of these great resources!
God Shows the Way: Ten Rules to Obey by Dandi Daley Mackall. Simple rhyming text and delightful illustrations introduce the young child to the message of the Ten Commandments. This engaging book is part of Dandi Daley Mackall’s much loved series entitled “My Favorite Verses” which helps young children understand the meaning of key Bible passages by putting it into the context of their own lives.
The Big 10 for Little Saints: Helping Children Understand the 10 Commandments by Matt & Lisa Jacobson. Transcending time and culture, the Ten Commandments still offer the very best moral code. In an increasingly immoral world, parents need good tools to enable them to teach their children and grandchildren about God’s rules for living. The simple text and lovely illustrations will make a lasting mark on young impressionable minds.
The Ten Commands from God’s Own Hands: Ten Wiggly, Giggly Bible Stories that Teach God’s Ten Commandments by Phil A. Smouse. With rollicking rhyme and zany illustrations, Phil Smouse demonstrates the meaning of the Ten Commandments in a way kids are sure to remember. Using favorite Bible stories, the meaning of each commandment becomes clear – on a kid’s level in a way they will never forget. Share this fun-filled book with the child in your life and laugh together as you learn about God’s Top Ten!
Kids’ Ten Commandments DVD Series by Nest Family Entertainment.
Through the adventures of an 11-year old boy, named Seth, captivating stories bring God’s Ten Commandments to life for children and teaches them how to apply the Ten Commandments to their daily lives. This award-winning 5 dvd set features state-of-the-art animation and inspirational music the entire family will enjoy. Individual episodes are: The Not So GOLDEN CALF, The REST is Yet to Come, A LIFE and SETH Situation, Stolen JEWELS, Stolen HEARTS and TOYING with the TRUTH.
Where is Moses When We Need Him? Teaching Your Kids The Ten Values That Matter Most by Bill & Kathy Peel. “The children of Israel had Moses to teach them faith, moral values and spiritual truths. Your children have you.” Using the Ten Commandments as a framework, Bill and Kathy blend superb biblical scholarship with lighthearted contemporary illustrations and dozens of great ideas for seizing “teachable moments” to show you how to guide your children toward a Christ-like life. It’s not what we provide or leave for our kids, but what we leave in them that counts.
Idol Lies: Facing the Truth About Our Deepest Desires by Dee Brestin. When I was a little girl I thought I had a star by Commandments 1 & 2!! I certainly didn’t worship any wooden idols or graven images and I loved the One True God. But as I have grown in my faith God has revealed to me the hidden idols of my heart – one of which is comfort. For you it may be control, or approval, pride, or maybe even food. We often don’t realize we are worshiping these false gods. In this life-changing book, Dee Brestin will help you identify your hidden idols and show you what can happen when the idols of your hearts are replaced by the Lover of your Souls. Powerful, convicting, liberating are words I would use to describe this book that calls us to have no other gods before Him.
The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan. Widely-acclaimed author Mark Buchanan states that what we’ve really lost is “the rest of God – the rest God bestows and, with it, that part of Himself we can know only through stillness.” Stillness as a virtue is a foreign concept in our society, but there is wisdom in God’s own rhythm of work and rest. This book seeks to help us receive anew the gift of Sabbath, a day of rest and renewal. It is a weekly festival that subverts the tyranny of clock and chore and allows us to live more fully. Sabbath, truly kept, is delightful. It restores our soul. Readers will be forever changed by this pivotal book.
The Forgotten Commandment: Experience the Power of Honoring Your Parents by Dennis Rainey with David Bodhi. This is easy for some, challenging – but – possible for others. Yet it stands as God’s will for children of every age and all circumstances. So much is lost when we neglect this command – the emotional connection of expressed love, the bonding of generations, the healing of past pain and the real possibility of family reconciliation. Rainey offers practical instruction and biblical motivation for honoring all parents, even those who may not live quite so honorably. This is a message every family needs to hear.
The Tender Commandments: Rules Chipped in Stone, or Loving Counsel from a Father’s Heart by Ron Mehl. Our culture hates rules and screams, “No one can tell me what to do.” It portrays the 10 Commandments as “padlocks and chains” to limit our freedom. The Tender Commandments recasts them as messages of love from the heart of a loving Father/Creator who is wise and good and desires for us to experience a joyous and blessed life. Mehl portrays each gracious, God-given commandment as a loving boundary and guideline that can keep us from being battered and broken by the deadly traps of a fallen world.
And of course we have all flavors of commentaries on the book of Exodus.
Hope to see you soon in our FBC Library!