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October Faith Practice – Wonder

It’s easy to read a Bible passage and think we know what it means, but when we are willing to look at it with new eyes, when we wonder aloud about it, the old stories become new again. Asking “I wonder” questions can lead us to new places. Questions like:

  • I wonder what the main character was feeling…
  • I wonder what it was like to be there…
  • I wonder what my senses would notice in that place… What would I see? What would I hear?

Faith Practice Spotlight: Look at something in a new way. Looking at something in a new way is a great way to stretch your spiritual imagination. Maybe you’ll look at a bug’s wing under a microscope or study something up close you’ve never really noticed before. Learn about how bees or ants work together in community and wonder with your family what it means.

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Great Books to Read

We are reading these two books during Kairos as we learn about the fruit of the Spirit.  These are great books to add to your home library.  Another option is to listen to a read-along version on You-Tube.

By Jennifer Grant Every child wonders where God lives or what God is like. In Maybe God Is Like That Too, a young boy asks his grandma where God is in their city. She invites him to pay attention to where he sees the fruit of the Spirit. Where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are, there too is God. The boy sees God in the kindness of a doorman holding the door for a man using a wheelchair, in the patience of his teacher helping him tie his shoes, and in the love, faithfulness, and gentleness of his grandma. An ordinary day in his city opens this young boy's eyes to God's Spirit at work all around him.
A fun book for all ages! Reminds us that we all have a place in God’s choir. Big...small...quiet...loud...feathered, flippered, or furred.... All God's critters have a place in the choir! And this jubilant and raucous bunch is waiting for you to join in because everybody has a part to sing. It doesn't matter if you sing like a bird...howl like a wolf...or croak like a frog!

Books for Preschoolers

Children Use their whole bodes to praise God! Your family will love this unique board book! Using colorful, engaging artwork, Psalms of Praise introduces little ones to the lyrical Scripture of the Psalms while illustrating how our everyday movements are actually postures of praise. "I love to read this book with preschoolers and practice all the movements to praise God. It is a fun read!" -Mary Langley
Another great book from Jennifer Grant – A young girl wonders how to be a good neighbor to the dozens of people in her apartment building, the people on the street, and the other kids at the park. With help from her mama, the girl discovers that all it takes is a little kindness and creativity to show love to neighbors near and far.
The Bible is filled with amazing promises for young and old alike. Children will love practicing their ABCs and learning these simple Scripture verses, introducing them to God's Word in a fun and colorful way. "This book has a variety of verses from the Old and New Testaments. It is a great way to begin helping your child know God’s word." -Mary Langley